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Stories from the Sea, Past and Present

Current Captains and Their Schedules

Under this subdirectory you will find a series of biographies of current HAL captains and their schedules.

I have also listed below the current and future assignments.

Please note this dates and assignments are subject to “extremely” much change, dates will vary as captains have to attend many more training classes than was usual in the past and those trainings are sometimes assigned at the last minute when space is available at the training centres. As a result there are gaps “Captain TBA” which will be filled when training courses have been sorted out.

Last Updated: 21 June 2018


Captain Fred Evers 28 April 2018 – 15 July 2018

Captain Friso Kramer 15 July 2018 – 05 Augustus 2018

Captain Jonathan Mercer 05 Sugustus – 23 September 2018

Captain Fred Evers  23 September 2018 – 22 January 2019

Captain Jonathan Mercer 22 January 2018 – 16 May 2019


Captain John Scott 01 April 2018 – 30 June 2018

Captain Eric Barhorst  30 June 2018 – 29 September 2018

Captain John Scott  29 September 2018 – 30 December 2018


Captain Werner Timmers 12 May 2018 – 19 August 2018

Captain Noel O’Driscoll 19 Aug 2018 – 21 November 208


Captain Ryan Whitaker 22 April 2018 – 11 Augustus 2018

Captain Arno Jutten 11 Augustus 208 – 15 October 2018

Captain Ryan Whitaker 15 October –  21 December 2018

Captain Arno Jutten 21 December 2018 – 28 March 2019

Nieuw Amsterdam:

Captain Edward van Zaane 03 Juni 2018 – 01 September 2018

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Captain Edward van Zaane 25 November – 03 March 2019

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Captain Eric van de Wal 07 Aug 2018 – 10 Oct. 2108

Captain Henk Draper 10 October 2018 – 04 January 2018


Captain Robert Jan Kan 05 June 2018 – 12 September 2018

Captain Michiel Willems 12 September 2018 – 08 December 2018

Captain Rens van Eersten 08 December 2018 – 09 March 2019

Captain Michiel Willems 09 March 2018 – 09 June 2019


Captain Dag Dvergastein 30 March 2018 – 28 June 2018

Captain Robert Schuchmann 30 June 2018 – 30 September 2018

Captain Dag Dvergastein 30 September 2018 – 21 December 2018


Captain Bas van Dreumel 08 April 2018 – 30 June 2018

Captain Pieter Bant 30 June 2018 – 30 September 2018

Captain Bas van Dreumel 30 September 208 – 30 December 2018

Captain Pieter Bant 30 December 2018 – 31 March 2019


Captain Colm Ryan 26 May 2018 – 04 Augustus 2018

Captain Steven Macbeath 04 Augustus – 0 November 2018


Captain Frank van der Hoeven 01 Augustus 2018 – 01 November 2018

Captain Chris Turner 03 November 2018 – 18 January 2019

Captain Frank van der Hoeven 18 January 20189 – 19 March 2019


Captain Vincent Smit 02 June 2018 – 10 September 2018

Captain Mark Rowden 10 September 2018 – 27 November 2018

Captain Vincent Smit 27 November 2018 – 03 March 2019


Captain Pieter van Maurik 18 June 2018 – 02 July 2018

Captain Marco Carsjens 02 July 2018 – 27 Augustus 2018

Captain Chris Norman 27 Augustus 2018 – 18 October 2018

Captain Ane Smit 18 October 2018 – 04 December 2018


Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem 22 April 2018 – 31 July 2018

Captain Bart Vaartjes 31 July 2018 – 31 October 2018

Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem 13 October 2018 – 16 December 2018

Captain Bart Vaartjes 16 Deccember 2018 – 20 March 2019

Notes: Captain Hans Mateboer and Captain Pieter van Maurik have retired from the active fleet and are now involved with Training and Development which includes stints at our Training Centre in Almere.

Captain Tim Roberts and Captain Joost Eldering have currently assignments with Seabourn.

As a result Captains will move around and hence not all ship schedules have been finalized yet.

Captain Rik Krombeen,  Captain Jochem Bakker and Captain  Jethro Beck are assigned to Seattle Office

For me, Captain Albert Schoonderbeek, I am everywhere so please see my home page.




  1. I am Looking for Capt. John Scott, thank you.
    Sincerely, John T. Schmidt

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      Information will eventually appear on the blog sub directory. For the time being, subject to change, he should be on the Eurodam, sometime in October.
      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  2. HAL history ships past and present.
    Should be made available onboard I would really like to read it but there does not appear to be a Kindle edition which would be great for onboard reading

  3. Captain Scott was amazing took the time to go through his career starting with the Union Steamship Co. NZ. His random act of kindness will never be forgotten by both my wife and I whilst on a Caribbean cruise, wonderful PR.

  4. Missed Career at Sea

    November 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    It’s as good as filling in the blanks on the “Current Captains and their schedules” blog sub directory, Captain! How nice to know a little more about Captain Rens van Eerten who also had been in the flying business for a short while. Did you know that, Captain? I testify that he flew at the speed of light when I saw him come back to Vancouver one Alaska season with 4 stripes on his epaulette instead of 3. Next thing I saw in the HAL blog is that he had 5 stripes on his shoulders! Is he holding up well, Captain after his travel at the speed of light?
    And, may I please one more time, Captain?? It is too tempting to pass on this opportunity … Have you been blogging since 2004 or thereabouts?

    • I started in March 2007, but first for a magazine called the Avid Cruiser. Then Holland America pulled me in house. All the blogs are in the archives, right from the beginning.

      Best regards
      Capt. Albert

  5. Will you still be on the Westerdam on the 5 Dec 2015 cruise? Enjoy every one of your posts. They are so informative and give insight to things that most passengers do not know.

  6. Hi Captain Albert, I am still enjoying your daily blog and it makes me feel as if I am travelling with you.

    I , all being well , will be joining Rotterdam on 31 January 16 for cruise to Singapore. Looking forward to the experience as have previously sailed on Amsterdam.

    Are you able to advise me as a matter of interest who will be the Master of Rotterdam.

    Best regards

    Ted Dixon

    • Thank your continious support.

      If nothing changes then the captain should be Marco Carsjens. Together with Capt. Hans Mateboer he is one of the two regular captains of the ship.

      Safe sailing.

      Capt. Albert

  7. Hi Captain Albert, thanks for the information. Time is now running down fast for me as it is only 59 days before I embark on Rotterdam. This means 56 days before I leave Cape Town for Dubai. Really looking forward to the cruise and visiting the interesting destinations especially Yangon.

    Thanks again for all the most informative blogs, really part of my daily routine.
    Good sailing,
    Best regards

    Ted Dixon

  8. Antonius Feenstra

    June 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hello Captain Albert , I always enjoy reading your blogs , the subjects you talk about and explain add so much to our total cruise experience . We will be back on the Volendam late September and all of October , could you tell me please who will be her Captain . Thank you , Tony

    • Thank you for reading my blog. I had a schedule on my website but with the recent turbulence in the HAL Blog world, that section
      has not been restored yet.
      But if nothing changes: until 15 October it will be Capt. Frank van der Hoeven. after that it is not know yet, as we have another musical chair situation coming up with captains moving ship. If they revive that part of the blog again I will keep updating it. So please have a look late summer.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  9. Gerard Lucacevich

    August 20, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Captain Albert, I have in my possession my father’s ‘Monsterboekje’ (Zeemansboek). It only has a few entries in it, but it states that he crewed on the Veendam as a Koksmaat/butcher 22 April 1938 and again 3 Juni 1938. I assume it was on the Rotterdam to New York route based on what he told us.
    Is there anywhere I can find out more about his service with HAL or other companies? A history of employment seems to indicate he was with HAL Sept 1937 to Feb 1940.
    His father also crewed on HAL, but I have no records of his service other than what my father mentioned years ago.
    In Sept this year I’ll be sailing on the Ms Nieuw Amsterdam from Vancouver, maybe one day I’ll get on the Veendam.

    • Good morning,

      thank you for reading my blog. Yes it is possible to find out more things, as he will have a personal file which should be held in the HAL archives. If you can send me a email on Captalbert1@aol.com with the exact names of your father and grand father, as spelled in their seamans books or other hal paper work, and roughly their sailing dates, I can have a look for you during my next visit to the archives.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  10. Henricus Roestenberg

    September 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Was a. student at the Ruyter Merchant
    Navy Academy in Vlissingen The Netherlands as several HAL captains did.I am booked on the Eurodam for a cruise on September the 30 th 2017. Captain John Scott is o/b but is there a chsncce that Captain Werner Timmers would be o/b at the end of the month ? Captain Albert thanks a lot for your information H.Roestenberg

  11. Together with my husband Henk Rosenquist I had a wonderful cruise on MS Koningsdam (stateroom 5028) leaving Rome October 3r. arriving in FLL on Oct. 18th. 2017. Our captain (mr. Darrin Bowland) informed us on the last day of some funny details regarding this trip (o.a. how many bottles of wine, pizza’s, toiletpaper etc.) were used. At that very moment we were on deck and I had no pen/paper to register all this info. On earlier cruises we found this info on the day of departure in our cabin. As I am in the process of making a digital photoalbum of this unforgettable journey I hope you can inform me about as much info as possible. Thank you very much. With kind regards Maria Rosenquist-Veen.

  12. As of today I have not found Sybe de Boer’s assignment. I will be on the Prinsendam March 12 through May 5, 2018. I would love to meet you as I enjoy your daily descriptions of all the different ports. Already signed up for Antartic 80 day trip in 2019. Just not read your article on the Panama Canal, going on that cruise Dec. 20 thru Jan 4 in a few days.

  13. With our cruise to the Pacific on the Noordam ending on March 28 we will complete six cruises with Holland America, the only line we have cruised with. For four of those six cruises we will have had Captain Peter Bos. I can already hear him saying “Wash those hands!” I know they all say it, but no one can say it quite as he does. Although we only catch a glimpse of the captain occasionally, and may hear him speak to a group on just a couple of occasions, we like him as Captain and are looking forward to seeing (or at least hearing) him again.

  14. David Morrison

    April 1, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Being on the last cruise captained by Peter Bos was a great pleasure.

  15. I enjoy reading about whatever Captain may be guiding the ship that I will sail on, but I can’t find this one. Captain Arno Jutten 11 Augustus 208 – 15 October 2018. We will be on the Maasdam, joining in Montreal on August 18, 2018. It would be interesting to know something about him. We have sailed with Holland America many times beginning in summer 2000 on the Statendam, which we learned was her last season before being sent elsewhere. Now we are pleased that this fall our arrival in Fort Lauderdale on the Maasdam will complete a circumnavigation of North America for us. Last summer we were lucky to traverse the Northwest Passage (with a competitor), thus making this circumnavigation possible.

    In 2007 we were on the Veendam’s spring repositioning from Ft. Lauderdale to Venice, which I believe was the occasion of your first blog. It was fun to read about our trip when got home, from a different perspective.

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      Your wish is my command and I have uploaded a short bio under Current Captains. A more elaborate Biography will come when I sail with Captain Arno, which should be sometime next year.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  16. Fr. Roman Dusanowskyj

    June 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Greetings Captain!

    Would you (could you) confirm that Captain Harm-Jan Arnold will be the Master on the ms Rotterdam for the Voyage of the Vikings (July 18th – August 25th, 2018)? I am assigned as the priest/chaplain for that cruise. I have a question for the good Captain and Master. Would it be proper for me to contact him by e-mail? And if so, would you be able to assist me with his correct e-mail address?

    I enjoy following you on your travels via your blog.

    Safe travels and God speed,
    (Fr.) Roman

  17. Where is Captain Baijens?

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      Captain Baijens is currently at our simulator in Holland in Almere as an instructor.
      He will return to sea again later this year.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

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