The cruise review community website Cruise Critic announced today that Amsterdam has been named by cruise passengers as the favourite cruise destination in Western Europe and the British Isles for the second consecutive year. The Dutch capital city previously won this prestigious award in 2016. Cruise Critic is the world’s leading cruise information website, with more than 5 million visitors a month using the site to plan their cruise. Travellers also use the site to share their personal cruise experiences with the community. Excerpt from a review by one cruise traveller: ‘The city of Amsterdam and surrounding areas are beautiful. The terminal is located in the heart of the city, and the city centre was within easy walking distance. It was a fabulous experience.’ Proud Alma Prins, Cruise Manager at Port of Amsterdam: ‘We are very proud and honoured to receive this award, which is a testament to the unique qualities Amsterdam has to offer. Our guests clearly value the facilities available in our city. The fact that such discerning visitors regard us as their favourite destination shows that Amsterdam and its Port have something truly special to offer the world. Cruise travellers are known to visit museums, dine at local restaurants and shop at upscale stores. They spend more money than any other category of tourists visiting Amsterdam.’ Janine van Oosten, Chair of Amsterdam Cruise Port: ‘This award is a wonderful recognition of our city, our port, our activities and our partnerships. We are delighted to receive it, and it encourages us to continue improving our cruise facilities and focus even more on regional distribution in order to continue to provide cruise passengers with a unique experience.’ Future Cruising will remain a key part of Port of Amsterdam’s operations, as detailed in the Vision2030 report. The number of visiting ships is expected to further increase to 250 by 2030, versus 122 last year. Since the Amsterdam City Council is in favour of constructing a bridge from Java Island to North Amsterdam, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) will eventually need to be relocated. Two new sites are currently being investigated for this purpose. The construction of the bridge across the IJ Waterway can only commence when an appropriate new location – which must also meet Amsterdam’s high standards – has been found where cruise ships can safely drop anchor.