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Stories from the Sea, Past and Present

Current Captains and Their Schedules

Under this sub directory 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”  due to training courses to be taken or outstanding leave days to be used..

Last Updated: 12 July 2019

Amsterdam:

Captain Fred Evers 16 May 2019 –  15 Jul. 2019

Captain Daniel Bolton  08 july – 14 Sep. 2019

Captain  Jeroen Schuchman 14 Sep. – 04 Jan. 2019

Capt. Jonathan Mercer 04 Jan. 2020 – 12 May 2020

Captain Jeroen Schuchman  12 May 2020 – 08 Aug. 2020

TBA

Captain Jeroen Schuchman 03 Oct. 2020 – 31 Jan. 2021

Eurodam:

Captain Eric Barhorst 01 Jun. 2019 until   21 Sep. 2019

Captain Henk Draper 06 Oct. 2019 until  04 Jan. 2020

Captain  Eric Barhorst 04 Jan. 2020 – 05 Apr. 2020

Captain Henk Draper 05 Apr. 2020 – 07 Jul. 2020

Koningsdam:

Captain Darin Bowland 07 Jul. 2019 – 24 Sep. 2019

Captain Werner Timmers 24 Sep. 2019 – 04 Dec. 2019

Captain Darin Bowland 04 Dec. 2019 – 12 Feb. 2020

Captain Werner Timmers 12 Feb. 2020 – 28 Apr. 2020

Maasdam:

Captain Arno Jutten 09 Jul. 2019 –  07 Oct. 2019

Captain Ryan Whitaker  07 Oct. 2019 – 06 Jan. 2020

TBA

Captain Ryan Whittaker 03 Apr. 2020 – 29 Jun. 2020

TBA

Captain Ryan Whitaker 21 Sep. 2020 – 22 Dec. 2020

Nieuw Amsterdam:

Captain Edward van Zaane 01 Jun. 2019 – 31 Aug. 2019

Captain Jeroen van Donselaar 31 Aug. 2019 – 30 Nov. 2019

Captain Edward van Zaane  30 Nov. 2019 – 29 Feb. 2020

Captain Jeroen van Donselaar 29 Feb. 2020 – 03 Jun. 2020

Captain Edward van Zaane 03 Jun. 2020 – 07 Sep. 2020

Captain Jeroen van Donselaar 07 Sep. 2020 – 05 Dec. 2020

Captain Edward van Zaane 05 Dec. 2020 – 04 Mar. 2021

Nieuw Statendam 

Captain Noel O’Driscoll 07 Jul. 2019 – 27 Sep. 2019

Captain Sijbe de Boer 27 Sep. 2019 – 15 Dec. 2019

Captain Kevin Beinart 08 Dec. 2019 – 16 Feb. 2020 (New promotion ex Staff Captain Nieuw Statendam)

Captain Noel O’Driscoll 16 Feb. 2020 – 15 Mar. 2020

Noordam:

Captain Henk Draper 14 Apr. 2019 – 18 Jul. 2019

Captain Eric van der Wal 18 Jul. 2019 – 07 Oct. 2019

Captain John Scott 07 Oct. 2019 – 13 Feb. 2020

Captain Eric van de Wal 13 Feb. 2020 – 12 May 2020

Oosterdam:

Captain Robert Jan Kan 09 Jun. – 08 Sept. 2019

Captain Michiel Willems 08  Sep. 2019 – 07 Dec. 2019

Captain Rens van Eerten  07 Dec. 2019 – 07 Mar. 2020

Captain Michiel Willems 07 Mar. 2020 – 07 Jun. 2020

Rotterdam:

Captain Pieter Bant 08 Jun. 2019 – 07 Sep. 2019

Captain Bas van Dreumel 07 Sep. 2019 – 06 Dec. 2019

Captain Pieter Bant 06 Dec. 2019 – 24 Feb. 2020

Captain Bas van Dreumel  24 Feb. 2020 – 23 May 2020

Captain Pieter Bant 23 May 2020 – 15 Aug. 2020

Captain Bas van Dreumel 15 Aug. 2020 – 17 Nov. 2020

Captain Pieter Bant 17 Nov. 2020 – 21 Feb. 2021

Veendam:

Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll 28 Apr. – 06 Aug. 2019 (new promotion ex Staff Captain Veendam)

Captain Steve Macbeath 06 Aug. 2019 – 06 Nov. 2019

TBA

Captain Steve Macbeath 06 Feb. 2020 – 06 May. 2020

TBA

Volendam:

Captain Frank van der Hoeven 17  Jun. 2019 –  28 Aug. 2019

Captain Friso Freher 28 Aug. 2019 – 20 Nov.. 2020

Captain Frank van der Hoeven  20 Nov. 2019 – 15 Feb. 2020

Westerdam:

Captain Vincent Smit 02 Jun. 2019 – 08 Sep. 2019

Captain Mark Rowden  08 Sep. 2019 – 07 Dec. 2019

Captain Vincent Smit 07 Dec. 2020 –  08 Mar. 2020

Captain Mark Rowden  08 Mar. 2020 – 14 Jun. 2020

Captain Vincent Smit  14 Jun. 2020 – 06 Sep. 2020

Captain Mark Rowden 09 Sep. 2020 – 27 Nov. 2020

Zaandam:

Captain Chris Norman 28 Jun. 2019 – 07 Sep. 2019

Captain Ane Smit 07 Sep. 2019 – 04 Dec. 2019

Zuiderdam:

Captain Bart Vaartjes 24 Jun. 2019 – 27 Sep. 2019

Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem 27 Sep. 2019 – 03 Jan. 2020

Note 1: Recently Captain Daniel Bolton has returned from P&O Australia, our last captain to return of those who went with the sale of the Statendam & Ryndam in 2015. Staff Captain Kevin Beinart who was Staff Captain for the newbuilding of the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam will take command of the Nieuw Statendam on 15 Dec. 2019.  Several Captains will go on longer leaves to bring down their accumulated leave days, hence there are some TBA’s in the schedule.

Notes 2: 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 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 is Senior Director Marine Services in our Seattle Office

Captain Emiel de Vries  is Director Safety Operations in the Safety & Environmental Compliance Depart. in Seattle.

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

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

 

 

50 Comments

  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.
    Thanks

  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

  23. Peter Huijgen

    June 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    We are sailing on 24 June with the Koningsdam nice to see Captain Werner.
    We see him several times on the Eurodam.

    Regards ,Peter and Sylvia Huijgen.

  24. Hello Captain Albert,
    I noticed that the newly promoted Captain Paul Adams (he was on the Eurodam for a short while as Staff Captain while we were on board) has not been assigned to any of the ships. Has he transferred to another cruise line in our bloc ?

    • Captain Albert

      July 24, 2019 at 12:29 am

      No he is on leave, and will then return to the Staff Captains function waiting for the next opening. We just retired the Prinsendam and one cndaptain from there has to be re-assigned (Captain Schuchman) and our last captain on loan has returned from P&O Australia and is now also assigned to the HAL Fleet. So Paul is in the waiting room.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  25. Don’t see Fred Everson on the schedule in the future. What gives?

    • Captain Albert

      July 24, 2019 at 3:26 am

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      Captain Eversen is on leave reducing his accumulated leave days. And will eventually return into the rotation.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  26. Of the 9 cruises I’ve done with HAL I can remember the captain I sailed with on all but one of them. Is it possible to find out who was the captain of the Eurodam on 1 December 2013?

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      the captain who was on board on 01 Dec. 2013 on the Eurodam was Captain Emiel de Vries.

      best regards

      Capt. Albert

      • Thank you Captain Albert.

        I do remember that you were our captain on the Statendam for a Panama Canal transit in October 2012. We had the honor of sitting at your table for a luncheon on one occasion, and it was a most enjoyable experience, as was the entire voyage.

        We are sailing on the Zuiderdam this coming October, which if nothing changes should be under the command of Captain van Hoogdalem. I am looking forward to meeting him.

        Regards,
        Jim

  27. Who will be captain on Zaandam for the 12/18/20 sailing Buenos Aires to San Antonio?

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      This is a difficult one as it is close to Christmas and the captains might to decided a adjustment at the last minute, also due to travel. At the moment you should have as your captain, Ane Smit, but it could be Chris Norman as the sailing is just on the edge of two contracts. Please have a look in October when I have the latest schedules.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  28. I find no mention of Captain Dag Dvergastein (I think I’m spelling that correctly). We did a transatlantic crossing on the Prinsendam in 2015 under the command of Captain Tim Roberts, and Captain Dvergastein was also onboard for a handover that was to take place on our arrival in Ft. Lauderdale. Captain Roberts did us the honor of inviting us to the captain’s table one evening, where we had the double honor of dining with both captains, and had interesting and enjoyable conversations with them both.

    You mention that Capt. Roberts has since been assigned to Seabourn. Has Captain Dvergastein also been assigned elsewhere, or is he on leave and returning to the HAL fleet?

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      With the end of the Prinsendam Captain Dag decided to leave Holland America. He is currently captain on the Europa of Hapag Lloyd.

      Best regards

      Captain Albert

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