The Amsterdam city council introduced a tax on cruise ship passengers in early 2019. Several cruise lines opted for alternative ports to avoid paying the Amsterdam cruise tax. One of those ports is the nearby located port of IJmuiden. Cruise lines are now seen marketing the port of IJmuiden as a main port of Amsterdam. In this article about P&O Cruises you can read how the cruise line now uses shuttle buses to make sure passengers are still visiting Amsterdam despite the cruise tax.
IJmuiden’s arrivals matter
It is safe to assume that a majority of cruise passengers going to and from IJmuiden are transferred to Amsterdam. Arrivals in IJmuiden therefore still have an effect on how busy the Dutch capital can become. Below is an overview of all ships arriving and departing from both IJmuiden and Amsterdam.
IJmuiden Amsterdam 2019 schedule
|wdt_ID||Arrival date||Departure Date||Port||Cruise ship||Passengers (max)||Crew|
|2||01.02.19||01.02.19||Amsterdam||Mein Schiff 2||2.894||1.000|