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Apprentice Amsterdam Adventure strengthens knowledge and understanding for consultants

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Sophie and I were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a FAM Trip to Amsterdam along with our Operations Managers, Lauren and Vicki and also Julie and Kelly from 5th – 7th September. This gave us the opportunity to experience what our clients do when they travel and visit Amsterdam, which in turn helps us give further insight to other clients.

Our trip started on Thursday afternoon when we reached the Ferry Terminal at Hull and checked in. This was very easy, and we had dropped our bags off at the cabin and had a round of drinks on the table in no time at all! We visited the buffet restaurant for dinner and breakfast, the choice available was amazing so we made the most of all the different cuisine.

When we arrived in Rotterdam, we made our way down to exit the ferry, which of course meant that one of us ended up taking a tumble down a flight of stairs and fracturing their ankle (no points for guessing who that was!) Luckily the transfer from the Europort to Amsterdam was quick and we arrived in the city centre.

We were able to pre-check into the hotel and dropped our bags off whilst we went for a wander around Amsterdam Dam Square before heading back for the DoubleTree by Hilton show around. The hotel was really impressive and would cater well to our clients as they have an executive lounge, a wide range of meeting rooms and every room type has a modern feel to it (they even have Macs in the room so that travellers can work while they stay). We finished the tour with a cocktail in the Skylounge which had a beautiful view of the city.

Amsterdam Ferry

After the show around we went for a bite to eat and then headed off towards the Xtracold Ice Bar. The temperature was -10 degrees, our glasses were made of ice and actually stuck to our gloves! It’s safe to say our noses were a little frozen after we came out. We then enjoyed time in the Ice Bar lounge to warm up.

Amsterdam Jackets 1

The next day we all enjoyed breakfast at the DoubleTree before heading out to the canal cruise. The cruise was around an hour and a half and took us around all of the major attractions in Amsterdam city centre. It was really interesting and informative. After this, we enjoyed a little free time and had the chance to shop for souvenirs to take back with us.

Once we had finished shopping, we headed back to the hotel and checked out. Sophie and I were then told that we had to direct the group to the airport from the hotel. We found it harder than we thought as we first went into the metro part of Amsterdam Central station and so had to go back up the escalators again! Eventually, we worked it out, we managed to purchase tickets and get everyone on the correct train in one piece.

At the airport, we figured out which gate we needed to head towards and found the KLM check-in point. We were really impressed as everything was self-service at a kiosk – including checking in your baggage! This was really fast, and we flew through security too.

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We also had access to the Aspire Lounge at the airport. The lounge was very spacious with plenty of drinks and snacks available,  a view of aircraft coming in and out and the option to go in and out so that passengers can enjoy duty-free. We could enter the lounge 3 hours before our flight, and it is on a private floor, so it is very quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the airport.

We returned back to Humberside on the 21:30 flight and Sophie and I were lucky enough to be seated in Economy Comfort. This was the first time we had travelled in a higher class than economy and also our first time on a KLM flight! The seats included extra legroom and were very comfy, all passengers receive a complimentary drink, water and snack. This made a 45-minute flight feel like a 10-minute flight.

Ellie Soph KLM FLIGHT

We are really grateful for the experience and had an amazing time. Our trip has definitely made us see things from the traveller's point of view and we are confident that we can use our experience to give advice and ensure travel plans run smoothly.

Amsterdam Clog GIRLS

 

About Danielle Martinez

Danielle is our marketing coordinator and loves nothing more than creating thought provoking and interesting content to help our customers with business travel. Feel free to contact Danielle if there is anything you’d like to see covered within our business travel blog, she’d love to hear from you!
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