International ferries link Holland with the United Kingdom. There are two daily Stena line crossings between the Hoek van Holland (Corner of Holland, an industrial shipping area west of Rotterdam) and Harwich, on the car ferry, taking approximately six and a half hours. The overnight crossing takes about seven hours. These are the only ferry crossings that can be booked at the international travel window in large railway stations. There is one P&O Ferries overnight crossing between the Europoort in Rotterdam and Hull, which takes about 12 hours, and one DFDS Seaways overnight crossing from Newcastle to IJmuiden, in Amsterdam, taking 15 hours.
Hire your own boat or take a guided city canal tour of Amsterdam, Leiden, or Delft; alternatively, take a harbor tour to check out Rotterdam's extensive Europoort, the world's biggest harbor, and the flood barrier. There are pedestrian ferries behind Amsterdam's Centraal Station across the IJ.
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Passengers visiting Amsterdam as part of a cruise will find themselves arriving at the shiny new Passenger Terminal, 400 yds east of the city's Central Station. After entering Holland's great North Sea Canal at the port city of IJmuiden, most passenger ships then head south to Amsterdam. Once there, besides the usual embarkation and disembarkation facilities, the new terminal has a number of food outlets, along with several souvenir shops offering you that last-minute chance to stock up with those indispensible Delftware clogs and "I Heart Holland" T-shirts. Piet Heinkade 27, Amsterdam, 1019 BR. 020/509–1000. www.ptamsterdam.com.
Boat in Gent (0478/63–36–30. www.boatingent.be.)
Minerva Boten (09/233–7917. www.minervaboten.be.)
To/from the U.K. and Holland
DFDS Seaways (Sluisplein 33, IJmuiden, 1975 AG. 0255/546–666 in the Netherlands; 0871/522–9955 in U.K. www.dfdsseaways.com.)
P&O Ferries (In Holland Beneluxhaven, Havennummer 5805, Rotterdam/Europoort, Rotterdam. 020/200–8333 in the Netherlands; 070/707–771 in Belgium;. www.poferries.com.)
Stena Line (In Holland: Hoek van Holland Terminal, Stationsweg 10, Hoek van Holland, 3151 HS. 0844/770–7070 in U.K.; 0900/8123 in NL, [€0.10 per min]. www.stenaline.nl.)