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Rave Reviews
It's 2010. I really need to update this section. So many good reviews, so little time!
March 2008

The Netherlands' capital is a watery place, nestled well below sea level, and touring by water provides a great way to view the rows of 17th-century canal-side homes and warehouses. Forgo the cumbersome cruise-boat tours that crowd the major waterways and take a more pleasant, personalized journey through the backwaters. The St. Nicolaas Boat Club is a little-known gem that offers daily tours on their small fleet of quaint, authentically Dutch canal boats. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and see one of the most beautiful European cities from its most unique vantage point. For the pleasure, your ship captain will accept donations at the end of your voyage. Read more.

Lonely Planet's
The Netherlands,
If you blanch at the thought of the foggy windows and stale commentary of the big glassed-in canal boats, do yourself a favour and try this not-for-profit venture, which takes small, old barges out onto the canals. ... The trip will definitely show you a different side of the city. Read more.
Australia's Getaway. November 18, 2006 A great video story on Getaway. This is THE big travel show in Australia.
New York Magazine.
October 11, 2006
A nice write up by James Wallman in New York magazine.
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February 2007

I "second" Michael's recommendation. The group that runs the tours is called the Sint Nicholaas Boat Club:

Their small boats are perfect for seeing the small canals that the big tour boats can't access. Our guide was wonderful and would answer any questions we had. I highly recommend their tours and by going with them you help them to preserve their historic boats (the club is a non-profit organization).

Here is a photo from our tour:

Enjoy! PB

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Brendan and Jane Wilson

September 2006
Hi to you all,
And a BIG thanks to Diego for our fantastic boat ride on Wednesday 6th Sept (our 31st Wedding anniversary). I found your details in the Boom magazine and the boat ride helped to make our day extra special.

I was bit hesitant to join your party, and half expected drugs drink and debauchery (after reading the magazine write up) and was presently surprised by Diego's calm sober demeanor, the fact that we went on the midday trip probably meant that all the party animals were still asleep!!!

I hope Diego managed to get his new sofa home as all his "friends" had disappeared in his hour of need!!!

I have attached a couple of photo's and look forward to meeting up with some more of the crew the next time we visit the "dam"

Happy sailing!

Brendan and Jane wilson

August 2006
I just wanted to let you guys know what a fantastic cruise you guys (and girl) put together. Nicole couldn't possibly be more pleasant and informative during our outing and we had a great time with her as our captain. We had an absolute blast touring sections of Amsterdam that we might have never seen, thanks solely to St. Nicolaas Boat Club. I will definitely refer you guys to anyone who is going to Amsterdam and look forward to renting out another boat next year. Thanks for the wonderful service you guys provide. You now have a lifelong patron.

Thanks again,

from Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Amsterdam: St. Nicolaas Boat Club:
"The only boat ride that's really fun"
Aug 18, 2005:  A TripAdvisor Member, New York, NY

Amsterdam's canals are the best and most unique feature. Venice of the North? forget it. Venice is the Amstedam of the South.

Normal tour boats are exactly what you think, but nothing special. St. Nicolaas runs 12 person open-air boats that are much more fun. Captains know a lot about Amsterdam and aren't like the big boats where they press play on the tape and try not to fall asleep.

One of the best things to do in Amsterdam!
Michelle Smith
Boston, MA USA
We visited Amsterdam in summer 2005.  It was our first time, and
we were amazed at how wonderful the city is.  By far, the highlight was our
boat tour with Rod and Ken.  They were informative and entertaining.
A special thanks to Ken for his hospitality (aka use of his apartment), and
to Rod for his overall presence.  It wouldn't be Amsterdam for us without
Patricia Rikken
Raamsdonksveer, Holland
Hi, I am the sister of Toine Rikken and I am so proud to read all this about my brother.
I miss him very much, but I love the way that Peter writes about all the things they did together and for the boat club. Many greetings and good luck!!
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