Celebrity Constellation in AmsterdamThe Port of Amsterdam is gearing up for a record-breaking year in 2013, with 150 calls expected, including 58 turn arounds. Those numbers are up from 2012, which featured 145 calls.

The Marco Polo, a classic liner, started the season in Amsterdam with a winter call on January 4, and the 2013 season will end with a call by the P&O Oceana on Dec. 31.

In March, the second bus terminal will become operational, and in addition, a number of milestones will take place through the year.

“One of the most remarkable milestones is the 400th anniversary of Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site,” read a statement from the Port.

“These waterways not only shaped the geography and growth of the city over the centuries, but also the diverse population and the liberal outlook of its people.”

A number of museums and institutions will also host annual celebrations throughout 2013: the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, 40 years of the Van Gogh Museum, 125 years of the Concertgebouw, 125 years of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 225 years of Felix Meritis, 175 years of Artis Royal Zoo, and 100 years of Frans Hals Museum.

Two iconic themes will also influence activities: 150 years since the abolition of slavery and 400 years of trade between the Netherlands and Russia.