Re: National Holidays trip to Amsterdam
Fabulous, Lion Queen. You and the girls are going to have a great time.
You being Yorkshire-based, you will no doubt be travelling via North Sea Ferries on P&O Cruises.
It sounds like the two nights are for the trips each way to/from Amsterdam, not with a night in a hotel in Amsterdam also? I'm in Hull anyway, so we drive instead of the coach and park up at the port.
We have done this trip many times, either to Brugges on a shorter trip or to Amsterdam.
You have booked the right option in getting the "sea view" accommodation with the much better sleeping option. The beds fold out from the walls opposite each other, 2 to a cabin. The budget (and worse) version is the bunk beds because on the the top bunk you are about four inches from the ceiling and it's so claustrophobic it's awful. I was almost having panic attacks! We always get the fold-out beds when we go now.
When you get onboard get something to eat (although it is very expensive in the restaurant). There are little snack bars though. Alternatively, you're talking£16+ for a meal in the restaurant but you can eat as much as you like. We generally pay for breakfast only and that sets you up for the day because it's a bit of a coach journey to Amsterdam.
Go in the 'blue room' on the top deck where there is a pianist playing. It's really chilled and later you can go to the Show Bar for dancing and an act on stage, plus games and quizzes.
Amsterdam is lovely. Lots to do. Shopping, markets, just general sight seeing. Be careful of some of the bars. Although everybody is friendly, watch what you eat as if you buy a slice of cake in some of more seedy places it may well be laced with cannabis - it's the way out there. But whatever tickles your fancy I guess! I've tried it without prior knowledge of it being in the cake, and it gives you a buzz for a while but my wife was pretty poorly on it.
I'm sure you will have a great time. I am thinking of going again in December around my wife's birthday.
Enjoy it and let us know how you get on!