After our diamond factory tour we climbed aboard buses that took us back to our ship for lunch. Along the way we got to see a bit of central Amsterdam. It took about 15 minutes to head back to the Amstel River, drive up a major thoroughfare called Rokin that ends at Dam Square, and then traverse Amsterdam’s main street, Damrak, all the way to Centraal Station and our ship. What we saw on the way was lots of bikes, lots of people on bikes and lots of people, period. It was midday on a sunny Saturday and it looked like half of Amsterdam was out congregating in or near Dam Square (most people simply say “Dam” or in Dutch “de Dam”).
After lunch we had a few choices of what to do for the rest of the afternoon and we decided to walk back to the Dam and environs for a closer view of central Amsterdam. Others decided to take an optional tour to the Keukenhof gardens and nearby tulip fields but the tulips were no longer in bloom and most of us passed on this choice. We learned that evening, however, that the gardens — even though sans tulips — were still lovely. Another choice was a bicycle ride around the Dutch countryside but this was cancelled for lack of interest. So off we went around the train station to Damrak, the Dam and Rokin and then back to the ship.
It was a nice afternoon of light shopping and people-watching and we got back to the ship in time for dinner which was followed by a quiet but relaxing period in the lounge. Most cruises have their grand dress-up dinner and party on the last night of the cruise but we had our affair on Friday because the majority of the passengers wanted to take the optional Red Light District tour on Saturday night.
This was our last night on board the Felicity. Our cruise officially ended after breakfast on Sunday. This was also the half-way point on our vacation. It rained on five of our first eleven days, including three days on the cruise. And it rained all day on Sunday. But that was the last time we got wet. We enjoyed beautiful weather during our last ten days of travel in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.