optional post cruise package
AUGUST 5 thru 8, 2022
Pride Amsterdam & Canal Parade
|Friday, August 5||Pride Street Fair & Opening Party|
|Saturday, August 6||Pride Canal Parade|
|Sunday, August 7||Drag Olympics & Closing Party|
|Monday, August 8||Morning in Amsterdam|
Pride Amsterdam is one of the best known and exciting pride celebrations in the world and is oh so much more than just its main event, the famous Canal Parade. The festival attracts over half a million visitors each year and is one of the largest events in Europe. Amsterdam Pride includes unique exhibitions, cultural and sporting events along with countless street parties throughout the city. Today is yours to let your pride flag fly and dive headfirst into one of the largest parties on the planet! We’ll disembark our ship this morning and transfer to our host hotel, the Swissotel Amsterdam in time for all the revelry!
Today experience the peak of the festival and Amsterdam Pride’s signature event, the Canal Parade. Known the world over, the Canal Parade is a procession of boats cruising the city’s canals celebrating the past, present and future of the LGBTQ+ community in lavishly decorated boats and barges. The Canal Parade is the festival’s centerpiece event where lavishly decorated barges give the term ‘float’ a literal meaning. Participants put on a show with their onboard DJs, show-stopping themes and plenty of smiles. Smaller boats line the canal walls, enjoying the party by shimmying up to each other, forming a huge flotilla of fun.
Don’t miss the Drag Queen Olympics today, with events like the Stiletto Sprint, Handbag Discus and the “Tug of Love”. All kings and queens are welcome to cheer on the drag athletes as they battle for the gold at Homomonument. Afterward, catch your breath and head over to the official Closing Party of Pride Amsterdam where we’ll close the weekend out with a bang! Celebrate diversity and Pride in the most famous space in Amsterdam, Dam Square! The party starts at 2:00 pm and runs until the “official” end at 10:00 pm, although party goers have been known to party on through the night while closing out Pride Amsterdam.
Enjoy some time on your own this morning or just sleep in and recover as we say “Vaarwel” (Dutch for goodbye) to the city of Amsterdam and our grand OUTbound Pride to Pride adventure. Spend your final hours in Amsterdam enjoying one of the many cafés along Reguliersdwarsstraat, one of the most important LGBTQ+ streets in Amsterdam for wining, dining and partying. At the core of the area is the espresso bar Lunchroom Downtown. Originally opened in 1970, it has remained active and is a pleasant hangout to this day, inviting patrons to relax in true Dutch style with coffee and pancakes.
Our OUTbound host hotel is none other than the world-famous Swissotel Amsterdam, a four-star boutique hotel located by Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic city center. The hotel is surrounded by shops, museums and restaurants and is within walking distance of all the pride action, including of course your front-row seat for the Canal Parade. Our host hotel is located between Amsterdam’s two main gay districts and will be a prime spot in the center of all the pride street parties and events. Despite being situated right in the heart of the city, its side street location means the hotel is sheltered from most of the hustle and bustle and is also within the boundaries of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District (De Wallen). No matter how you choose to celebrate your pride, know that Amsterdam boasts one of Europe’s most vibrant and inclusive gay scenes and has some of the best clubs and bars in the world, offering OUTbounders a truly unique and exciting visit. Known for its nightlife and liberal attitude, Amsterdam is the perfect end to our Pride to Pride cruise!
All roads lead to Swissotel Amsterdam, as it is situated right in the middle of the city center at the famous Dam Square, the location of the Closing Party. Behind its historical facade of 19th century buildings, our host hotel offers luxurious rooms in a contemporary and sophisticated style. All our OUTbounders enjoy free wireless internet and access to the fitness center and complimentary daily breakfast served each morning in the dining room.