Steam Ship Succes

Steam Ship Succes

When the SS Succes was built in 1897, she was one of the largest and strongest steam tugs of the Netherlands. Now, 120 years later, she is Holland’s oldest steam ship still in use. The essence of Dutch splendour! Perfect for large and small gatherings, private and corporate. And for a couple of weeks of the year she serves as the finest “Pakjesboot” for “Sinterklaas”! (“Saint Nicholas” delivers presents to the children of the Netherlands on 5th December every year, arriving on his steam boat, known as the “Pakjesboot”, from “Spain”.)

Experience the Grandeur of the 1920s

The SS Succes is furbished in the style of the luxurious passenger ships of the early 20th century, with leather sofas, teak, copper, crystal and many art deco details. Sailing in style is our motto.
The steamer has two classic salons and offers space for up to 150 guests. The intimate upper salon has a leather oval sofa with captain’s table and a private bar. Around 40 people can enjoy the wonderful views here. In fine weather there are ample benches outside on the sun deck.

The salon downstairs seats up to 70 people and has a spacious bar and a dance floor. Also here, large windows provide a fantastic panorama view of the surroundings. The kitchen, cloakroom and toilets are also situated on this deck.

All modern conveniences

In addition to the nostalgic interior and the authentic machinery for a real steam voyage, this beautiful steamer is also equipped with a diesel engine, bow thruster, power generators, modern navigation aids, central heating and air conditioning. You can be assured that you can safely and comfortably ‘ blow off steam’ in all seasons and in all weather conditions!

The SS Succes is also well-equipped for parties, presentations and training sessions. This includes a sound system with microphones, a computer with tens of thousands of titles from all music genres and audio visual resources such as a beamer projector with screen. There is even an antique grand piano!

Come on board for a Succes(s)-ful event

Décor and comfort make the SS Succes the party ship for every event. A wedding, corporate event, birthday or anniversary, your celebration or event is in good hands with us. The kitchen staff will happily spoil you with catering tailored to your wishes, ranging from a simple lunch, drinks and snacks/finger food to cake with champagne and a full three-course dinner.

With her nostalgic and romantic appearance the SS Succes is also the perfect backdrop for television and film recordings. Furthermore the ship can serve as a mobile showroom for your product presentations. The recognizable sound of the ‘Calliope’, Europe’s largest steam organ, makes sure that the SS Succes is the crowd-puller at every event.

As the Sinterklaas children’s song goes “See yonder, here comes the steam ship……”

In her long existence, the SS Succes has served as the “Pakjesboot” of Saint Nicholas on numerous occasions. National fame came in 1993, when she arrived in all her glory in the harbour of Ravenstein in the south of Holland.

Since then there have been many “Sinterklaas intochten” (arrival of Saint Nicholas in the Netherlands) on board the SS Succes and the “Pakjesboot” has played a prominent role in commercials and feature films such as the Dutch film “Pak van Mijn Hart” (Reassurance).
Saint Nicholas, his faithful horse Amerigo and all his helpers are, each year, always happy to climb aboard this beautiful steamer.

Would you like to hire the SS Succes and her famous steam organ for your “Sinterklaas intocht”? Please make a reservation in good time!

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Booking information


The departure times of the SS Succes can be tailored to your wishes. You can choose an afternoon trip with High Tea and/or drinks served, or an evening trip with dinner and/or party night.

Whole days can also be booked, with for instance trips to Pampus, the Zaanse Schans, Volendam or Marken.

SS Succes (110 people)

Cruising area: in and around Amsterdam, Markermeer, all waters of Holland

Start fee 3 hours € 2250,00
Every extra hour € 375,00
Service per hour per employee € 35,50

Prices exclude 9% VAT.

Other Costs

The listed rental prices include captain, deckhand, tourist tax and delivering on and off board of the catering, exclusive VAT. Additional costs are charged for the actual catering and service personnel.

Standard departure harbour is Diemen. Costs for delivery to another port of departure from €175 (ex 9% VAT) per hour.

You can find more information about the catering and service personnel on our catering overview.

Pick-up locations

The SS Succes is berthed in Diemen. You can, however, embark or disembark at other locations. For example: close to Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam North, Zaandam, Muiden, Rotterdam etc.


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