We're Lampedusa Cruises – a collective with members from Egypt, Eritrea, the Netherlands, Syria and Sudan.

Our mission: to use the traditional Dutch love of sailing as a way to meet others, teach them about how important immigration has been in Amsterdam's past, and integrate ourselves in Dutch culture."Welcome to Lampedusa Cruises.
We organize alternative tours and cruises in and around Amsterdam.

Come sail with us! You're welcome on our Canal Tour, where we'll show you how immigration has shaped our city. Or stop by for some Friday afternoon relaxation – to share a meal, some music, and our stories.

It's totally free to get on board – yes, you read that right! But since we're all volunteers, donations help us keep the boats afloat and the gas tanks full. If you can drop us a few euros at the bottom of our page, it'd really make our day!


Friday Afternoons with Mr. Friday

Join us on a Friday afternoon for a tour with our flagship Alhadj Djumaa ('Mister Friday' in Arabic). Twice a month we sail to the IJ river from our little harbor at Mediamatic (Dijksgracht 6) to eat, drink and meet. Most often we have a storyteller, musician or theater maker among us to complete it. Reservations for a 'Friday afternoon with Mr. Friday' can be made by clicking on the link below. We like to see you on board! Maybe bring some of your favorite snacks and drinks with you.

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Canal Tour

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Join us for our alternative Canal Tour, in which we will focus on the role migrants have played in the making of Amsterdam. The open and tolerant character of the city have shaped her into the international hotspot it is today. Our guides tell you the hidden history of Amsterdam through the eyes of its immigrants and outsiders, including their personal migration story.

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Lampedusa Cruises is the ultimate shuttle service for your festival or event. The most compelling service of our company, transferring people. Departure from Western Europe to .... you decide. Our shuttle service will be active during several festivals like the Oerol festival between Harlingen and Terschelling and at the fabulous Magneet Festival. Order our shuttle service by emailing to A reservation for the shuttle service can be done via the website of the festival we are hired by.

We Are Your Friends

Lampedusa Cruises is on a mission. Our mission is to improve the integration proces and fix the image of newcomers. To continue our mission we seek friends who want to support us. Friends who keep us sailing and in return we will give you our love and devotion. If you are interested in becoming a friend (or a lazy sailor) mail or call us and ask for Mohammed. Mohammed then explains what the pros and cons of our friends program are.

For more information please email to Mo (Mohammed Al Masri)



The official name of this Egyptian vessel is 'Alhadj Djumaa'. Alhadj means the old wise man who has been on pilgrimage, Djumaa means Friday. Summarized Mr. Friday. The boat is 11m80 long and 3m80 wide and departed on the 25th of July 2013 from Egypt in the direction of Lampedusa. One day later, the boat was picked up by the Italian Coast Guard, with 282 passengers on board, 217 Eritreans and 65 Ethiopians.

The boat was seized by the Italian authorities and given to us by the same authorities.
However, the original owner might be able to claim their boat. The current crew still searches in their network and on social media to the original passengers and captain, sharing photos of the boat in WhatsApp groups and forwarding requests.

On board of Mr. Friday there was a guitar book between the garments, life jackets and oil barrels. From this book 'Method Modern Guitare - Par Joseph Ichkhanian', our home guitarist will sometimes play a song during a cruise or crossing. On the back of the boat is written: road of safety, way of peace. In Egypt, similar boats are becoming less used for fishing and find a second life as partyships.


The name of this small boat has yet to be unraveled. Although there is "Hedir" written on the side, which means 'thunder' or 'roar' or 'powerful woman' in Arabic. With its 6m length, the boat is extremely suitable for the Amsterdam canals. Since all new vessels in Amsterdam have to be electric, we made this former refugee boat move silently.

The history of the boat is relatively unknown, except that it was picked up by the Italian coast guard on August 29, 2014 about 18 miles southwest of the Sicilian town of Portopalo.

Special: On the boat a diving goggle was left behind.


  • Teun

    37 years, Nederland

  • Sami

    24 years, Eritrea

  • Mutayam

    39 years, Syria

  • Rora

    27 years, Eritrea

  • Tommy

    32 years, Egypt

  • Yusuf

    34 years, Sudan

  • Omar

    25 years, Syria

  • Moe

    25 years, Syria

  • Felice

    33 years, Netherlands


For more information please call Felice
at 0620120897 or mail to

Home base and harbor:
Dijksgracht 6
1019 BS Amsterdam

Thank you! You are ok! You probably knew that already, but you rock, you really do! Love from the whole crew X