American Hotel and Town Hall
A 10 minute taxi from the airport landed us at the NH Center Hotel where all passengers were to meet. Two rooms were provided for people to freshen up, but apart from that we were all gathered in a rather crowded conference room. Checking in was efficient.
We arrived early in the day, and as the NH Center Hotel was quite central, we wandered off to explore and get something to eat. If you fancied a posh breakfast or afternoon tea, the American Hotel, with its resplendent dining rooms, is just opposite.
On our return, our tour director, Hendrik Jan, gave a brief introductory address and then the choice was to do an optional trip to Zaanse Schans to visit this model village with its famous windmills (ending up at the boat around 5 pm) or to stay in town until the transportation to the MS Poetry at 4 pm.
M/S Avalon Poetry in Amsterdam
Tony had been to Zaanse Schans so stayed in town to shoot, but I took the trip. It was touristy but worthwhile, check out the photos I took to see what's on offer.
This was our first experience with a river cruise so it was interesting to observe the initial interaction of the 150 passengers who were to be our fellow travellers for the next 15 days.