The tour — introduced in 2011 by Rederij Lovers — no longer exists. For now.
Old information and reviews are still, well, floating around online. So there is considerable confusion about this unique tour.
What seemed like an interesting concept fizzled out and was eventually cancelled in 2012.
Splashtours coming to Amsterdam
However, the company behind the Floating Dutchman successfully operates an amphibious bus tour in the city of Rotterdam. Since 2011 its bright yellow Splashtours bus has been taking to the water in the neighborhood of Katendrecht.
The bus, with a maximum capacity of 42 people, makes 1200 trips a year carrying a total of some 40.000 passengers.
Now Splashtours wants to conquer Amsterdam.
Co-owner Christoffel Wielders says permits are are about to be issued, and the maiden trip is expected to take place in 2019.
The diesel-engine vehicle will operate on the city’s River IJ — not in Amsterdam’s canals, where emission free sailing is mandatory.
The Floating Dutchman came and went
In cooperation with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, trips with The Floating Dutchman were marketed by Lovers as a layover option.
Lovers (pronounced “loafers” — although they don’t mind hearing ‘lovers’ either) has ordered four buses. The first bus cost 2.5 million euro — three times higher than was budgeted.
Tickets for the 2-hour tour, 45 minutes of which actually on the water, sold at 39 euros per person.
However, Schiphol airport bowed out of the project when it turned out the amphibious bus frequently was grounded due to technical issues.
With the airport no longer in the picture, Lovers — one of the largest companies offering canal cruises in Amsterdam — pulled the plug on the ‘Most Splashing Way To See Amsterdam’.
There are plenty of tours to choose from, from plain and simple to ones featuring pizza, wine & cheese, or dinner by candlelight.
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