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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 Jonathan Mercer 22 January 2018 – 16 May 2019

Captain Fred Evers 16 May 2019 –  xx  aug. 2019


Captain John Scott until 01 June 2019

Captain Eric Barhorst 01 June until XX  Sep. 2019


Captain Werner Timmers until xx July 2019


Captain Ryan Whitaker 28 March 2019 – xx July 2019

Nieuw Amsterdam:

Captain Jeroen van Donselaar  23 March 2019 – 01 June 2019

Captain Edward van Zaane 01 June 2019 – 01 Sep 2019

Nieuw Statendam 

Captain Sybe de Boer 14 April 2019 – xx July 2019


Captain Henk Draper 14 April 2019 – xx July 2019


Captain Michiel Willems 09 March 2018 – 09 June 2019

Captain Robert Jan Kan 09 June – xx September 2019


Captain Jeroen Schuchman until 01 July 2019 (hand over / sale of ship)


Captain Bas Van Dreumel 31 March 2019 – 08 June 2019

Captain Pieter Bant 08 Jun 2019 – xx September 2019


Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll 28 April – xx July 2019 (new promotion)


Captain Friso Kramer gezegd  Freher 19 march 2019 – 17 June 2019

Captain Frank van der Hoeven 17 june 2019 – xx September 2019


Captain Mark Rowden 27 February 2019 – 02 June 2019

Captain Vincent Smit 02 June 2019 – XX September 2019


Captain Ane Smit until 08 June 2019

Captain Paul Adam 08 June 2019 – 22 June 2019 (new promotion)

Captain Chris Norman 22 June 2019 – xx September 2019


Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem 20 March 2019 – 24 June 2019

Captain Bart Vaartjes 24 June 2019 – XX September 2019

Notes: Captain Hans Mateboer, Captain Peter Bos  and Captain Pieter van Maurik have retired from the active fleet and are now involved with Fleet Support and Training and Development which includes stints at our Training Centre in Almere. Captain Arje van der Loo is in Seattle as Director Safety and Environmental  management systems.

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

Captain Chris Turner has recently retired.

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

Captain Rik Krombeen and Captain Jochem Bakker are assigned to Seattle Office

Captain Emiel de Vries joined the Seattle team as Director in the Safety Compliance Department

Captain Colm Ryan has been assigned to OBTSO program as 2nd Fleet Master.

For me, Captain Albert Schoonderbeek, Fleet Master, 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

  18. I love reading your blog. Glad to see you’re back for a while.
    Is Captain Van Der Loo still around? He was the Captain on both of my Oosterdam cruises in 2008 and in 2011.

    • thank you for reading my blow.

      Yes he is, he is in the office as Director compliance responsible for controlling the company safety database.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  19. Where is Captain John Scott? (He doesn’t appear to be on the Eurodam anymore, or anywhere on your list.)

    Who will be the Captain of the Zuiderdam from April 2019-June 2019?

    • Good morning

      thank you for reading my blog.

      Captain Scott is on leave, and I do not have his next sailing dates yet, hence the listing is incomplete.

      On the Zuiderdam you will have Capt. Wouter van Hoogdalem.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

      • Thank you for the information on Captain Scott & Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem.

        We enjoy reading your blog. You are currently on the Zuiderdam sailing on the same cruise that we will be doing in April ( plus a couple of more on a back-to-back cruise). It is interesting reading about the cruise we will be on before we’re on it! (We learned that for us to go through the locks going both ways, we need to stay on the ship & not get off on a tender.)
        Thank You!

      • LaMar Kruckenberg

        April 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

        Capt. Wouter van Hoogdalem is my favorite Captain. Friendly, and so charming.

  20. I think this page reverted to an older version. When may we expect an update?

    Thanks for your hard work!

    • thank you for reading my blog.

      At the moment I can only update who is currently on board. so I am waiting for the future schedules to be listed again in our internal system and as soon as that happens, you will get the whole thing again.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  21. Mary Beth Burns

    March 21, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Yes. I am waiting for the newest assignments. Anxious about the July 30 trip “Voyage of the Vikings”, and also back on the Nieuw Statendam middle of October. Thanks (you do a great job my friend)

  22. Hello Captain
    On my 31st Wedding Anniversary my wife and
    I will be on MS Volendam on the penultimate day of our first Alaskan Cruise .
    My wife’s maiden / family name was CURME and I understand that the Curme Islands AND Ray Rock are located in Desolation Sound. Can you please let me know if ( assuming we are standing in the right place on deck ) we will be able to see either or both sites from MS Volendam .
    It would be a wonderful surprise particularly for Paulette , my wife , if she could see the Curme Islands and ( I think ) an added bonus if she can see how close they are to Ray Rock – A twinning that was obviously preordained in the mists of time.

    Your reply to this inquiry is eagerly anticipated and will be greatly appreciated .Thank you once again .
    Ray John

    • Captain Albert

      May 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      thank you for reading my blog.

      Unfortunately you will not be able to see the islands. If you do a google search for the Curme Islands and then click on the map which will appear then you can see that these little islands are obscured by Mink island which in turn is obscured by some other islands. For the exact time, you have to listen to the announcements of the captain. He normally announces what time the ship goes through Seymour Narrows. Northbound you will then pass the area 90 minutes before that time and southbound approx. at the same time, maybe a little bit earlier. Northbound on the starboard side, Southbound on the portside.

      I hope this helps, sorry to dissapoint you but I hope that you will have a wonderful cruise and congratulations with you anniversary.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

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