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Den Helder is a port city and municipality in North Holland (Netherlands) with population around 60,000. The port is located on North Holland peninsula's northernmost tip. Den Helder is also Dutch Navy's main homeport (military port). Ferries of Royal TESO NV provide regularly scheduled daily crossings between Den Helder and Texel Island (Waddenzee's West Frisian Islands).
During the 17th century (Dutch Golden Age for shipping trade, sciences and warfare) most of the Dutch ships assembled in the harbour near the town before sailing away to global trade and war destinations. Den Helder became a Dutch naval base in the 18th century and after WW2 (1939-45) - in 1947 - it officially became the Royal Dutch Navy's homeport. The city also houses the country's Naval College and Navy Museum.
As cruise port, Den Helder is included in the regular schedule of one of Europe's largest river cruise companies - Nicko Cruises (brand of Mystic Cruises). Next table shows the ports sequences of Nicko's Den Helder-visiting itinerary (12-day "Holland and Germany") between homeports Amsterdam and Berlin.
|Date / Time||Port|
|16 Jul / 17 Jul - 11:00 (overnight)||Departing from Amsterdam, Holland|
|17 Jul 15:00 - 17:30||Alkmaar, Holland|
|17 Jul 21:30 / 18 Jul - 03:00 (overnight)||Den Helder, Holland|
|18 Jul 09:00 - 13:00||Lemmer, Holland|
|19 Jul - 11:30||Groningen, Holland|
|19 Jul 19:00 / 20 Jul - 12:00 (overnight)||Leer, Germany|
|20 Jul 14:00 - 19:00||Papenburg, Germany|
|20 Jul 22:00 / 21 Jul - 06:00 (overnight)||Dorpen, Germany|
|21 Jul 13:30 - 13:45||Oldenburg, Germany|
|21 Jul 21:00 / 22 Jul 12:30 (overnight)||Bremen, Germany|
|22 Jul 21:00 / 23 Jul - 05:30 (overnight)||Nienburg-Weser, Germany|
|23 Jul 13:00 - 16:30||Minden, Germany|
|23 Jul 23:30 / 24 Jul - 09:00 (overnight)||Hannover, Germany|
|24 Jul 13:00 - 13:30||Peine, Germany|
|24 Jul 21:30 / 25 Jul - 05:00 (overnight)||Calvorde, Germany|
|25 Jul 17:00 / 26 Jul - 09:00 (overnight)||Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany|
|26 Jul 13:00 - 17:30||Potsdam, Germany|
|26 Jul 19:30 / 27 Jul (overnight)||Arriving in Berlin, Germany|
The cruisetour is operated by the riverboat MS Frederic Chopin and priced from ~USD 2700 pp.
Port Den Helder cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Den Helder, Holland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.