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KLM DAY FAM TRIP - AMSTERDAM REPORT - 23rd MAY 2017 Check in early morning at main terminal at Glasgow Airport was really easy. You just put in your booking reference and scan your passports – literally a couple of minutes and that's it done. It was then up to security approx. 10 minutes to get through but I would definitely recommend to leave plenty of time to get through - especially in Peak season KLM had kindly arranged for us to get into the Sky Lounge at Glasgow airport - nice treat – thanks KLM! It has recently been refurbished and is modern and clean. The flight itself , great. Cabin crew friendly, efficient, and displaying a high standard of service you would expect from the Dutch. We had a Large group onboard , 17 gentlemen connecting in Amsterdam to go to Lisbon. Love the fact that cabin crew will make an announcement during the approach to Schiphol. They know the connecting passengers on board and announce the gate areas that each passenger is to go to. On disembarking the aircraft, it was also noted that the group of 17 got special guidance from KLM staff. We went to the rail station at the bottom level of the Terminal building. Trains are every 15 minutes and takes about 20minutes to get into Amsterdam's Central station. Super easy On arrival in the City of Amsterdam the sun was shining! We took a canal cruise. We were lucky enough to enjoy a glass of Prosecco, strawberries, chocolate as we sailed along the canals . Our captain gave us tourist information and facts during the cruise. Did you know that there are 800,000 people in Amsterdam and 1.5million bikes?? !! After another walk along the canals taking in the sights and interesting smells!! Did you know that there are over 1000 'coffee shops' in Amsterdam? We arrived at The Grasshopper hotel – a real Amsterdam institution. . There we were treated to lunch outdoors. A definite must do when in Amsterdam. Food was really good and nice to chill. Amsterdam is a beautiful unique city however you really need to be on the ball in Amsterdam for your safety. It would be so easy to get struck by one of the thousands of bikes or even a tram. .. So after the Grasshopper we had a final relaxed stroll around the city taking in its last bit of culture including going by Anne Frank's house. If you want to do Anne Frank's house allow time to do this, you will likely be queuing for a while or pre-book them if you can. Barrhead Travel can do this for you too. So back to the airport for the return journey The airport itself is impressive. AMS is very modern, clean, shiny and super sign posted. The airport has one terminal. Is it long one level terminal split into ‘Zones’. There is quite a bit of distance involved if you are walking. Elderly passengers and those with even slight walking difficulties should pre-request wheelchair assistance. Barrhead Travel can do this for you. Loads of staff at each gate area and lots of kiosks on hand to assist everything feels that the design of the airport is very much about efficiency. This is a super easy airport to connect through. For those passengers with an overnight in the airport there is a Yo Hotel, wow! Ultra-trendy and futuristic Time to fly back - We enjoyed the same friendly efficient service and enjoyed a small snack. We had a savoury wrap and a cup of tea. On the return flight cabin crew were offering a simple drink service, wine, beers. This is all complementary on KLM . Another great short flight which landed into a rainy Glasgow
When there's an expanse of water between your home and the place you want to visit, what is your automatic thought? With flight routes across the globe and the option of low-cost airlines, it has become the default form of transport when trying to travel somewhere off mainland UK. However, don't overlook travel via ferry when researching your options – if you're trying to organise a trip to Amsterdam, France, Ireland or any of the British Isles then a ferry is worth looking into. While flying offers benefits such as quickness and flexibility of destinations, there are several reasons to travel by ferry rather than plane. 1. Fear of flying If you suffer from a fear of flying, don't force yourself to board a plane. The ferry routes around Europe offer an alternative to anyone who hates the ideas of taking to the skies. 2. Luggage restrictions We've all been there: having to decide what to leave at home in order to remain within the airline's luggage restrictions (even worse when you're going for a city break and only want a carry on!). Ferry companies are usually more lenient with their luggage restrictions (as long as it fits in your cabin or car you'll be fine) and don't have to comply with the liquid restrictions that airlines have to. 3. Take your own car for a road trip Being able to take your car is one key feature that ferries offer – and will cost around £70pp including cabin. Whether you want to start your European road trip in the French countryside or driving by the windmills of Holland, make your memories in your own vehicle. 4. More dining options Unlike planes, ferries don't have to pre-prepare all their meals and the on-board chefs create a menu of dishes for passengers to select from. First class passengers sometimes have their own restaurant as well (and first-class on a ferry is much cheaper than first-class on a plane). 5. Activities for restless kids Most adults don't like being strapped into a seat for two hours; kids like it even less. If you have a child (or children) who can't sit still while travelling, ferries have plenty of space for them to burn off their energy. They can run around on deck or play in the ball pools and arcades, plus some ferries also have a small swimming pool. 6. More privacy Even when flying first-class you still don't always have complete privacy. On a ferry you have your own room with en-suite and your own bed (so not only more privacy, but more comfort as well). DFDS also has a range of premium cabins with flat-screen TVs, a seating area, and mini-bar. 7. It's cheaper than you might presume When low-cost airlines joined the market they opened up new parts of the world to people who could previously not afford it. So much that it has become the default option for people looking for a cheap getaway. However, ferries should not be overlooked when trying to cross to mainland Europe for the best price. Crossing the North Sea can cost as little as £30pp for two people sharing and, if you prefer the idea of a mini-cruise, DFDS Ferries are currently offering packages to Amsterdam for as little as £59 per person, which includes food and use of the facilities on board. 8. You can start your holiday while you travel It's not just those of us with a fear of flying, or who have rowdy kids, or have a preference for fine food that don't enjoy flying: it's universally considered something you have to endure to get to foreign shores. While some ferries are simple and their primary focus is getting you to a destination and back, some ferries offer mini-cruises where you start your holiday as soon as you board. If you've booked yourself onto one of the many impressive large cruise ships that start from Amsterdam, taking a ferry across the North Sea is the perfect way to start the holiday. Ferry cruises offer facilities that allow you to relax as soon as you board – so even the logistical travelling part of the holiday can still feel like, well, part of the holiday.