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Author: grammyflo

Joined: 3/15/2010
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August 29, 2013

Have been considering this cruise.  On Day 3 of the itinerary it says you will "see" the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.  Does this truly mean we will just see it or will we actually enter the house? If not, is there time to visit it by ourselves?

Any thoughts about the cruise itself? thanks for any info.

Author: nanaandpapa

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August 29, 2013

 When we did the trip about four years ago, we only cruised by and saw the house. If you want to enter it, you will have to do it on your free time. You will want to get tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

Author: pauline

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August 29, 2013

We went to the house during our own time on the pre-trip for the Holland & Belgium cruise.  At that time, we didn't get the tickets ahead but went at the dinner hour when we were told it would be less crowded.  My son went to Amsterdam about 28 years ago when he backpacked around Europe after college, and he said it was the only place that had lines.  So I would do what Jack suggested and get tickets ahead.

We also went to the Rikjsmuseum, which we'd missed on that pre-trip; it wasn't included.  Although the Van Gogh was.  But I hadn't seen the Night Watch since it had been cleaned.  My previous time in Amsterdam was in 1954 after my college graduation.  Florence, since you saw Van Gogh when you were in Conflans you should pick the Rikjmuseum over the Van Gogh if they give you a choice.

Pauline

Author: grammyflo

Joined: 3/15/2010
Posts: 148
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Traveler Since: 2002

August 29, 2013

Pauline,

Actually, we visited the Rijksmuseum in 2011 on a Christmas cruise with another cruise line. They had the Vermeer exhibition at that time and it was included in the cost of the cruise.  WONDERFUL. 

 We had the opportunity to stay at the museum while everyone else when to the diamond factory (not interested) so we headed right back to the ship and never regretted it.  Barely made the bus!

Yes, I loved the Van Gogh tour when in Conflans. (I simply cannot pronounce Auvers-sur-Oise :D) The day was rainy, dark and gloomy - perfect for Van Gogh, but we walked it all and the young man who was our tour guide was excellent and passionate about his subject.

(Doesn't that tell all!)  Sorry, I digress, but it was a wonderful trip.   Florence

Author: dgevry

Joined: 9/4/2010
Posts: 53
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Traveler Since: 2010

August 29, 2013

Early in the morning is another good time to visit the Anne Frank House if you don't buy tickets ahead of time. We did this at the end of our Holland and Belgian cruise in 2011. We simply walked from the docking area to the museum  after breakfast (about a 20 minute walk), got in a short line and were in the museum about 9:05. They started letting people in about 8:50AM, even though the official opening time is 9:00. It took about 1 hour to see the museum.  However, in order to visit the Anne Frank House in the AM, we had to skip the included canal cruise. This was OK for us, as we had done it the previous year on the Great Rivers of Europe cruise. If you are doing a pre or post-trip in Amsterdam, an early morning visit might work out.  Otherwise get timed tickets on-line because the lines are very long later in the day.  The Great Rivers is a fantastic cruise - enjoy.

Diane

Author: grammyflo

Joined: 3/15/2010
Posts: 148
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Traveler Since: 2002

August 30, 2013

Thanks, Diane.  Will keep these tips in mind.  We are thinking probably June or July. Hope the weather is good  and those rivers behave next year.  :D 

Florence

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