Amsterdam Institutes Day Tripper Tax
Once of the great things about cruising is you pay one price, unpack once and you get to visit multiple countries, cities or islands in one vacation. But if you want to visit Amsterdam on a cruise, it will cost you extra.
Beginning on January 1st, Amsterdam put into place the Day Tripper Tax assessed against tourist visiting Amsterdam via cruise ship. The tax is around $9 for each day and applies to anyone arriving to Amsterdam as a port of call but does not apply to anyone embarking or disembarking in Amsterdam. In addition, it is not charged to anyone arriving by car, train or plane.
Some cruise lines have already reacted to the charge by changing itineraries for the upcoming European season as well as 2020. Both MSC and Cruise & Maritime Cruise Lines will replace Amsterdam with Rotterdam and will have options for trips to Amsterdam.
According to Travel Market Report CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) was very
“disappointed in the tax and said there could be more cancels on the port of call. This due to the pace in which this was implemented, only 2 months.
As with any money grab tax, there will be negative impacts on Amsterdam. With cruise lines cancelling calls on the city, they will lose millions in port charges and the Day Tripper Tax is unlikely to make up the difference.
As with any cruise you book, there is always the possibility of a change in itinerary. As a travel adviser, it is my job to make sure you are informed of any changes. So be sure to monitor your cruises along with your travel adviser so you are prepared.
Information and quote found at the Travel Market Report.
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