Went with the River Cruiseline on the Lady Anne Amsterdam & Bulbfield Spectacular Cruise 26th April 4 nights 5 days (not really because we were travelling for two of these days). Having done some research we decided to make our own way to Dover and opted to stay pre and post nights at the Ramada (room was acceptable but the food was awful) so when our lovely driver David from Port Talbot managed to get on an earlier ferry on our return to England we decided to head straight for home because the Ramada had signs in the hotel apologising for the noise until midnight because there was a party.
Now to the cruise itself - well it was more like the Lady Anne was being used as a floating hotel. We were informed before departure that we would not be going to Volendam because it was closed to all shipping traffic so we did very little river cruising and every morning we seemed to have to move early (6 a.m. the engines started) to a different spot. On our first night some of the cabins were broken into whilst moored in Amsterdam with valuables and medication taken. Luckily because of previous reviews saying how small the cabins are we decided to upgrade to a promenade deck cabin. It had everything we needed (after all you only want to sleep and have a shower) and for the amount of time we were there it was adequate but we wouldn't have wanted to spend a long time in it.
Our cruise director was Maggie but we personally found her to be very arrogant and thought she was not really the right person for the job. The cruise manager was Robert and we found him friendly and helpful. What we found really odd was when we had a welcome meeting the next morning no-one mentioned the robbery even if it was just to warn us to be very careful. Perhaps they didn't want bad publicity but feel they handled it badly.
All the crew were lovely and very friendly and all work extremely hard. We personally thought the food was very good considering the small amount of space the Chefs have to prepare it. There is only two choices for the evening meal. We were allocated seats in the restaurant on a table for 6 and were fortunate to be with two lovely couples and also spent our evenings with them having a great laugh. The restaurant is reached down two separate very steep and narrow stairs so definitely not suitable for the less mobile.
It was our intention to do all the excursions but it was so hectic we opted out on the last day. The weather was awful with everything from snow sleet thunder lightning and rain and very very cold.
Het Loo Palace was worth visiting. Keukenhof Gardens was really lovely and the tulips were at their best although it poured with rain whilst we were there so we probably didn't see all there was to see.
The cheese and wine cruise was nice but the Amsterdam City and Diamond Factory was a complete waste of time as we had seen most of it on the cheese and wine cruise the night before. We didn't do the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague but decided to walk around Amsterdam on our own. Very much like London very very busy dodging the cycles and trams.
We had a nice time and are glad we did it but it was very tiring with more coach travel than cruising on the canals and when we did cruise we were in the restaurant having breakfast and could only see the water lapping against the windows.