Introduction

We're Lampedusa Cruises – a collective with members from Egypt, Eritrea, the Netherlands, Syria and Sudan. We organize alternative tours and cruises in and around Amsterdam.

Our mission is 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.

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 on the Mister Friday – to share a meal, some music, and our stories.

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!

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to info@rederijlampedusa.nl.

Tours

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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Every Saturday at 11:00 and 13:30, from the beginning of June onward. The tickets will come online very soon. We also sail on demand! If you want a tour just for yourself email us at info@rederijlampedusa.nl.

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.

Shuttle

The ultimate shuttle service for your festival or event!

Our most compelling service is transporting people. Departing from Western Europe, destination .... you decide. Mail us at info@rederijlampedusa.nl to arrange a shuttle. Last year we provided the transport to festival De Parade, and we hope to do so again this year. We are open to any other suggestions and opportunities, and love yo bring you to your festival whilst you listen to the stories of the guide.

We Are Your Friends

Lampedusa Cruises is on a mission: to improve the integration proces and fix the image of newcomers. To continue our mission we seek friends who want to support us and keep us sailing. In return, we will give you our eternal love and devotion.

For more information please call, or send an e-mail to info@rederijlampedusa.nl and ask for Mohammed. He will explain all the ins and outs to you of being our friend.

Fleet

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The official name of this Egyptian vessel is 'Alhadj Djumaa'. Alhadj means a wise old man who has been on pilgrimage, and Djumaa means Friday. It departed Egypt on the 25th of July 2013, headed for Lampedusa. It's only 12m by 4m, but it carried 282 passengers – 217 Eritreans and 65 Ethiopians. Written on the back: road of safety, way of peace.

The boat was seized the day after departure by the Italian authorities, who later gave it to us. Nonetheless, we still want to reunite the boat with its original owner. The current crew still searches in their network and on social media for the original passengers and captain, sharing photos of the boat in WhatsApp groups and spreading their message.

In between the oil barrels, life jackets and clothes left behind on board, we found a book of sheet music for guitar. Using this book, 'Method Modern Guitare - Par Joseph Ichkhanian', our resident guitarist will sometimes play a song during a cruise or crossing.

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We don’t know much about the history of our smaller boat, 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. The name of this small boat has yet to be unraveled, however, "Hedir" is written on the side, which means 'thunder' or 'roar' or 'powerful woman' in Arabic. Our only other clue to its history was a pair of diving goggles which were left on board.

At just 6m long, it's well suited for slipping through the canals and under bridges. Since all new vessels in Amsterdam have to be electric, we refitted this former refugee boat, so now it moves along silently.

Team

  • 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

Contact

For more information please send us an email at info@rederijlampedusa.nl
or call Felice on Monday or Friday between 9 and 5 at 0620120897

Home base and harbor:
Mediamatic
Dijksgracht 6
1019 BS Amsterdam

Thank you! You rock, you really do! Love from the whole crew. X

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