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  1. Shops normally open 12-6 in the main shopping areas. Hopefully the shuttle buses will be organised especially when a ship the size of Ventura has never docked in Ijmuiden. It would have been preferable if the shuttle had been to the central station too
  2. I think the call has been bought forward a day as there is another ship in port on the 2nd September and their statement did say that they may need to move the call to Rotterdam. It looks like they’ve bought forward the call instead
  3. Looking at the timings I’ve on seen on the ***** website, the ship arrives at 10am on 31st and leaves on 1st at 8pm so they’ve got rid of the seaday, I wasn’t really sure why they needed a seaday from the UK to Holland anyway when a ferry can do it in less than twelve hours. I think you’ll have extra time on the evening of the second day
  4. It is disappointing as I am doing this cruise in July. The drop off point though is close to a number of the main attractions including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. It also makes the shuttle journey shorter as it allows the coaches to use the motorway from Ijmuiden to Amsterdam and then a short drive from there rather than driving in towards the central station along the North Sea canal road . I definitely would prefer to dock in Amsterdam though as I’m doing a tour to volendam and this will make my journey much longer
  5. Looking at the Amsterdam cruise schedule it was previously scheduled to arrive there at 8am when it was docking in Amsterdam so I imagine it will be around two to three hours earlier in Ijmuiden
  6. I think docking in Ijmuiden will add a few hours to the length of time in port as they won’t have to sail the two to three hours into Amsterdam. Whilst it isn’t ideal at all having to dock there, there should be more guarantee of being able to successfully dock. With the overnight calls the port tax actually doubles to €16 per person so P and O or Carnival have chosen to save the approximately €52000 euros it would cost for a ship the size of Ventura to dock in the city centre.
  7. The cruise line are usually able to secure additional coaches for tours particularly in Europe where there is a large number available. As long as they can secure a tour escort/guide they should be able to run additional tours Sent from my iPad using Forums
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