FAQ Pure Boats Amsterdam

All answers for your canal cruise with Pure Boats

Why should I chose to book a Pure Boats cruise?

We know, there are so many tour companies that it might be hard to choose. But we like to make it a little easier for you because:

  • Our boats are designed by superyacht designers (and you can tell).
  • No cruise goes by without guests (and people on the shore) saying “wow” at least twice.
  • We have an extensive assortment of drinks that includes amongst others Brouwerij t’IJ, Texels Skuumkoppe, a delicious Cava and a vegan Chardonnay. They can all be added in an open bar.
  • Our luxury catering options are available for all our cruises.
  • Our team is excited to work with you to customise your cruise, so we can be sure that everything is taken care of down to the last detail.

How can I book a cruise?

We’re so excited to welcome you aboard! Would you like to book a private Amsterdam boat cruise? You can find our luxury private cruises on this page. Would you rather book a small group tour with other like minded travelers? You can find those options here.

Do you cruise during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The health of our guests and team is top priority at Pure Boats. When we can cruise we keep to the restrictions of the government. This means we ask for a QR code and cruise with smaller groups to allow 1,5 meter between groups of 2 guests. We offer hand sanitizer aboard, clean our boats between cruises and our captain won’t shake hands when welcoming you aboard. This way we can assure a safe and comfortable cruise!

Do I have to steer the boat myself?

We always provide you with an amazing, knowledgeable and fun captain. But if it’s possible and you would like to steer for a bit.. Sure, why not!

Can I order food and drinks on my cruise?

Yes, of course! Our on board bar is fully stocked with local craft beers, European wines, soft drinks and juices. And if you let us know in advance, we can present you with a beautiful snack platter of your choice when you hop aboard, or other delicious catering from our local partners. This does require pre-order, so get in touch to add food to your cruise. More info can be found on our catering page.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

You are most welcome to bring your own food aboard! However, we ask you to please not bring snacks that could stain the decks and couches — we hope you understand! Because we do have an extensive range of drinks aboard all of our boats, we do ask you to make use of our onboard bar. If you do wish to BYO we ask a cork fee of €15 pp.

Can I bring pets?

All pets are welcome on our private cruises, however we do ask you to bring something for the pawsenger to sit on. On our shared cruises we don’t allow pets, because although we love animals we can’t be sure the other guests love them as much.

Can I smoke on the boat?

We ask our guests on our small group tours not to smoke, but if you have booked a private tour it’s your boat for that time so you can do whatever you want (within reason!).

When should I arrive for my tour?

Please arrive at the dock five minutes before your scheduled departure, where your captain and boat will be waiting for you patiently! If you have booked a small group tour we do urge you to be on time, unfortunately we cannot wait for late arrivals.

Are your cruises suitable for kids?

Our private cruises are perfect for families with kids! We have special life vests for kids so they can cruise with us safely – please do request these in advance when you can. Just keep in mind that Our City Highlights Cruise is bookable for all ages, but our 2hr Ultimate Cruise is only for adults.

What do you do when it rains?

We are of course used to a little rain here in Amsterdam! Both the Geertje and Pure Spirit have a pop-up canopy that can provide you with a cover, and the Schollevaar has a very comfortable indoor saloon seating area incase of heavier rain. We also have umbrellas on-board to provide some shelter from a shower so we can assure you that you’ll have a great time whatever the weather! In the unlikely event of continuous rain then we will look into rescheduling your trip. 

Can we book you boat with our business?

Our boats are perfect for an Amsterdam business trip! Just get in touch with us, and we’ll make sure the business cruise exceeds your expectations.