Welcome to Lampedusa Cruises.
We organize alternative tours and cruises in and around Amsterdam.

Currently you can choose between our Canal Tour, where we talk about how immigration has shaped our city, and our Friday afternoon tour where we eat, drink and share stories.

Who we are? We are a collective from the Netherlands, Syria, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Contrary to what you might expect, we sail for our enjoyment as we try to integrate in the Dutch pleasure sailing culture.

The project and our boats have a home at Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, from where we start and finish our tours.

Come cruise with us on the famous Amsterdam canals or join us on the bimonthly Fridays on the Mister Friday. Check our program below and book a spot.

Boarding is free, yes it is, but you could support us by donating at the bottom of our page. You'll make our day!

If you have any questions or recommendations please mail us at


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.


  • Abebe

    33 years, Ethiopie

  • Lauren

    36 years, Nederland

  • Wesen

    34 years, Eritrea

  • Hiwot

    25 years, Eritrea

  • Teun

    35 years, Nederland

  • Aman

    15 years, Sudan

  • Sami

    22 years, Eritrea

  • Awot

    27 years, Eritrea

  • Gebre

    28 years, Eritrea


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