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  • About the Author
  • Abelskamp. Johannes Reinier
  • Augspurg, Victor Hugo
  • Bakker A. Biography pending
  • Bakker, Geert.
  • Bakker, Willem Biography Pending.
  • Balen van, W.H.
  • Barendse, George J.
  • Baron, Jan.
  • Beek van, Cornelis.
  • Best, Jan Jacob.
  • Bijl, Johannes Jacobus.
  • Blokland van, Henricus F.T biography pending
  • Boerdam, J. biography pending
  • Bonjer, Frederik Hendrik
  • Boshoff Jan Pieter Jr.
  • Boshoff, Jan Pieter (Sr.)
  • Bouman, Coenraad
  • Brandenburg, Henricus J. biography pending
  • Brands, Rens biography pending
  • Braun, Reinier Wilhelm.
  • Brouwer, Piet Eilts.
  • Bruinsma, Bote Gosse.
  • Buhse, Gustav.
  • Burger Jan. biography completed
  • Busser, Th. biography pending
  • Buuren van, C. Th.
  • Chevalier, Everhard Martinus.
  • Coerkamp, E.J. biography pending.
  • Coerkamp, R. biography pending
  • Coster, C.H.P biography pending
  • Couvee, B.J.
  • Cuneus, E.H.J. biography pending
  • d’Hamecourt, Jules Louis Arnault.
  • Dalen van, Dirk. biography in progress
  • Datema, Roelof.
  • Deddes, Evert Jan.
  • Dekema, Anton (Anthony or Anthonij)
  • Dekker, Jan Gerrit
  • Dekker, Jan Pieter.
  • Deventer Van, Hendrik Leonhard. biography pending
  • Diehl, Johan Valentin.
  • Dijk van, A.
  • Dijk, Wiebe J. biography pending
  • Dobbinga Jr., Folkert Hendrik. biography pending
  • Dobbinga Sr., Folkert Hendrik.
  • Doelings, F.H.
  • Driel van, Freek Hendrikus.
  • Drost, Gerrit J.
  • Drukker, J.S.
  • Duit, Wibrandus
  • Dulk den H.F Biography pending
  • Dulken Van, Johan IN PROGRESS
  • Elst, Cornelus Jacob
  • Ent van den, Pieter Cornelis
  • Erp van, F.W. biography pending
  • Eulderink, Willem Hans. biography pending
  • Faber, Johannes W.
  • Filippo, Abraham.
  • Gaart van, Johannes B.
  • Gast C. H. biography pending
  • Geldtelder, P. biography pending
  • Gemert van, A.M.
  • Goot van der, Herman Cornelis.
  • Graaf van de, Leendert J.
  • Graaf van der, Leendert
  • Greidanus, D.E.
  • Grippeling Th. P.F. biography pending
  • Haagmans, Cornelis. biography completed
  • Hartog, Heijs Bernard.
  • Hazewinkel, Jan Abraham.
  • Heine, August C.F.
  • Hemert van, Willem.
  • Herbschleb, George Chretien.
  • Herk van, C.
  • Herk van, Jozias
  • Hertogs, Levinus Johannes.
  • Hess, Adriaan (Ad)
  • Heuvel van den, “Piet” Pieter.
  • Heymans, Edouard Guillame Adolphe.
  • Hodenius F.F.J Biography pending
  • Hoeksema, Geert.
  • Hoenderdos, Cornelus A.
  • Hoeven van der , P.
  • Hogervorst, Hendrik “Hein”
  • Hollander, C.
  • Hoven van, P. biography pending
  • Hus, Jacob Leendertszoon
  • Janzen, Jacobus.
  • Jaski Thomas.
  • Jochems, Anthony Bernardinus.
  • Jong de, Auke
  • Jong De, Pieter H.
  • Jong de, Sievert Jans.
  • Jonge de, Gerard Johan.
  • Jonkers, Johan Anton.
  • Jumelet, Jacob
  • Kievit de, P.
  • Kimmerer, W. biography pending
  • Kleijn, C.N.
  • Kleywegt, Cornelis biography pedning
  • Kok, Gerard Cornelis.
  • Koning de, Jacobus.
  • Kooijman, Cornelis Gerard.
  • Korver de, Cornelis
  • Krijt, Samuel Jacob.
  • Krol, Watze
  • Kruithof, Nicolaas Pieter
  • Kunst, B.J.
  • Kup de, Christoffel Johannes
  • Lagaay Jr., Anthonie H.
  • Lagaay Sr., Pieter
  • Lambert V.O.S.
  • Landman, Godfried W.C.
  • Liebau, Jacob A.
  • Lieuwen, Jan Klaas.
  • Löhr, Hans Wilhelm
  • Lucas, Theodore Mari.
  • Lunenburg, Walterus Franciscus Theodorus
  • Lutz, George,
  • Maazen, Bartholomeus.
  • Mensonides, klaas.
  • Metz, Jacob.
  • Mohr, Gunther Johan Hendrik Herman. biography pending
  • Molier A.H.J Biography pending
  • Moliere, A.H.J
  • Moree, Willem Pieter Jacob
  • Noordt van der, Jan Willem.
  • Oldenburger, H.
  • Pauw, Klaas
  • Ponsen, Willem.
  • Posthumus, Dirk.
  • Pothof, Jacobus Christiaan
  • Potjer, Aldert.
  • Potjer, Andries.
  • Reedijk, Jan Anthonie Johannes
  • Reifferth; Max Adelbert Joseph.(Josef)
  • Riemens, Leonard A.M.
  • Rijnink, Lambertus.
  • Roggeveen, Adriaan.
  • Rol, Cornelus.
  • Roosendaal van, “Jan” Johannes
  • Ruygrok, Bernardus Ludovicus Josephus
  • Scale, Georg. IN PROGRESS
  • Schoo D.K biography pending
  • Schoor van der, de Boer. Wilke
  • Schottee de Vries, Jan.
  • Scott, John
  • Scriwanek, L.M.J.
  • Simons, W.C.
  • Sjerp, David
  • Slierendregt, Pieter.
  • Sluys van der, Johan Willem.
  • Snelleman, Cornelis Marinus.
  • Stamperius, Jacob Matthais.
  • Stenger, Geert.
  • Stuffers, Cornelius.
  • Stuut, Teunis.
  • Swaan, Martinus Eduard.
  • Swart, F. biography pending
  • Taat, Jan Hendrik Willemszoon.
  • Terpstra, Tjalling J.
  • Timmer, Th. J.
  • Timmermans, Antonie Cornelis.
  • Tirion; Cornelis Hubertus – Biography in progress
  • Veldheer, H.K.L.
  • Verhoog: Pieter Hugo Gerardus
  • Vermeer, Jan Hendrik. biography pending
  • Vijver, J.G. biography ending
  • Vis, Gerardus Johannes. biography pending
  • Visser, Barend Cornelis.
  • Visser, Cornelis.
  • Vlietstra, Siebe.
  • Wabeke, Cornelis Dirk. biography pending
  • Walraven, Bastiaan Carolus. biography pending
  • Welters; Donald
  • Wepster, J.P. biography in progress
  • Werkhoven van, C.A.A.
  • Westra, Hendrik Berend.
  • Wijers, Dirk Cornelis
  • Witt de, D. biography pending
  • Zee van der, Herman Coene. biography completed
  • Captain Pieter Bant
  • Captain Ane Smit
  • Captain Arno Jutten
  • Captain Bart Vaartjes
  • Captain Bas van Dreumel
  • Captain Chris Norman
  • Captain Colm Ryan
  • Captain Emiel de Vries
  • Captain Frank van der Hoeven.
  • Captain Friso Kramer gezegd Freher  
  • Captain Kevin Beirnaert.
  • Captain Marco Carsjens.
  • Captain Noel O’Driscoll
  • Captain Paul Adams
  • Captain Robert Jan Kan
  • Captain Ryan C. Whitaker
  • Captain Steven Albert Macbeath
  • Captain Werner Timmers.
  • Captain. Eric Barhorst
  • SEATTLE: Capt. Rik Krombeen.
  • 0001 An Outline of the History of Holland America Line Part 1
  • 0002 An Outline of the History of Holland America Line Part 2
  • 0005 An Outline of the History of Holland America Line part 5
  • 0006 PART VI THE LOST YEAR
  • 1871 Rotterdam (I)
  • 1889 Veendam (I)
  • 1920 ss Burgerdyk
  • 1920 Warszawa
  • 1922 Dinteldijk (I)
  • 1993 Maasdam (V)
  • 1997 Rottterdam (VI)
  • 2000 Amsterdam (III)
  • 2021 April 18 History Time Line 1871 – 2021
  • The Holland America Line History
  • 2019 Faces of the ms Prinsendam (II) Officers and crew of the final ships voyage (307)
  • 2019 Prinsendam (II) 2002 Part I
  • 2019 Prinsendam 2002 (II) Part II
  • 0003 An Outline of the History of Holland America Line Part 3
  • 0004 An Outline of the History of Holland America Line part 4
  • 1906 Nieuw Amsterdam (I)
  • 1938 Nieuw Amsterdam (II)
  • 1938 Nieuw Amsterdam (III)
  • 1872 Ariadne
  • 1922 Veendam (II)
  • 1973 Veendam (III)
  • Photo gallery: Faces of the Engine Department.
  • Photo gallery: Faces of the Hotel Department
  • Photo gallery: Faces of the Veendam Deck Dept.
  • The Holland America Line recipient of the Presidents Leadership award
  • Veendam Employee of the Month of December 2008
  • Holland America Time Line 1872 – 2022
  • 2024 June 11 to 22 Silver Spirit to Ireland and around England & Scotland
  • 2024 May 03 – 10 Queen Anne Maiden voyage
  • My Cruises and Reviews
  • Around the world at Seventeen
  • A Gentlemen’s cruise to the opening of the Kieler Kanal
  • A Cruise to the Mediteranean
  • The earliest cruise on record
  • The First Real Cruise ship
  • The First ever Mass market Cruise Ship.
  • MS EURODAM (I)
  • MS NIEUW AMSTERDAM (IV)
  • MS NOORDAM (IV)
  • MS OOSTERDAM (I)
  • MS VOLENDAM (III)
  • MS WESTERDAM (II)
  • MS ZAANDAM (III)
  • MS ZUIDERDAM (II)
  • Notes for the Reader & My sailing Schedule

Current Captains and Their Schedules

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

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.

Last Updated: 16 June 2023.

I have updated the schedule as much as I can.  However changes in between the monthly updates are not always reflected tin the companies schedules.

Some well known names will be missing as they are on leave, or retired or left to explore other opportunities. Also some HAL captains are currently having assignments with Seabourn.

Captain Mark Trembling until 17 June 2023.

Captain Joost Eldering from 17 June 2023 onwards.

Koning sdam:

Captain Robert Jan Kan from 13 May 2023 onwards.

Nieuw Amsterdam :

Captain Jeroen Donselaar from 26 March 2023 onwards.

Nieuw Statendam 

Captain Noel O’Driscoll until 18 June 2023.

Captain Eric Barhorst from 18 June 2023 onwards.

Captain Antony Adams until 25 June 2023.

Captain Marek Zoll from 25 June 2023 onwards.

Captain Rens van Eerten from 15 May 2023 onwards.

Captain Werner Timmers from 17 June – 09 Sept. 2023

Captain Bas van Dreumel from 09 Sept. – 03 Dec. 2023

Captain Henk Draper from 06 May 2023 onwards

Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem from 13 March 2023 onwards

Captain Ane Smit until 14 June 2023

Captain Frederik Carsjens from 14 June onwards.

Captain Friso Kramer until 28 May 2023 onwards

FleetMaster:

For me, Captain Albert Schoonderbeek:  I retired in April 2023 after nearly 42 years with Holland America and 44 years at sea.

I am currently busy with  writing the companies history for 2023. The initial idea was to publish one book, but as there is so much to tell about our glorious history this has now been expanded to 5. Part I was published on 30 January 2023. Part II was published on 18 April 2023, the birthday of our company. Part III is currently in progress and together with part , IV and V should all by out before Christmas.

Currently assigned to Seabourn:

Captain Timothy Roberts

Captain Joris Poriau

Captain Bart Vaartjes.

Captain Sijbe de Boer.

Captain Jeroen Schuchmann

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September 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm

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

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September 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

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

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March 3, 2022 at 2:32 am

Hi Captain Albert Hope you are well

I am Looking for Capt. Chris Norman or who is the Captain on Zaandam on 2013-2015, thank you. Sincerely, Michael kelly Dizon

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March 3, 2022 at 9:49 am

Good morning,

thank you for your comment. Captain Chris Norman left the company last year. to pursue insterest outside Holland America.

Best regards

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October 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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

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November 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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.

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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?

November 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

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

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November 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

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.

November 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Yes I will be, see the response to the email of your wife.

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November 27, 2015 at 7:21 am

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.

November 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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.

December 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

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

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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

June 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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.

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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.

August 23, 2017 at 3:52 am

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 [email protected] 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.

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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

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November 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

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.

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November 15, 2017 at 12:08 am

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

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February 7, 2018 at 12:42 am

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.

April 1, 2018 at 2:56 am

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

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April 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm

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.

April 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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.

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February 9, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Geachte Captain Schoonderbeek, bij toeval ontdekte ik Uw blog aangaande de actuele plaatsing van HAL kapiteins op de verschillende HAL schepen. Al geruime tijd zoek ik het schip waarop kapitein Emiel de Vries het bevel voert. Wij kennen hem als een zeer innemend iemand en volmaakt gastheer tijdens de “doop-reis” van de Koningsdam. Wij weten dat er een confrontatie is geweest met zijn uiterst sympathieke echtgenote en een passagiere die regelmatig volstrekt ongepast gedrag vertoonde tijdens deze reis en meerdere malen ook met andere passagiers conflicteerde. Wij willen al langer een reis boeken en zoeken dan steeds het schip waarop kapitein de Vries het bevel voert. Dit is niet gelukt en onze vrees is dat hij het slachtoffer is geworden van de zeer onaangename situatie waaraan hij en zijn lieftallige echtgenote part noch deel had. Hierin past de situatie dat hij thans in Seattle een “kantoorfunctie” heeft, maar ik hoop van niet!!

February 9, 2020 at 8:50 pm

Mijn dank voor de interesse voor mijn blog.

Kapitein Emiel besloot verleden jaar om een positie op kantoor tenemen, om wat meer thuis te zijn met de opgroeiende familie. Dus voor de komende tijd is hij niet meer op de schepen te vinden. De situatie die u beschrijft heeft daar gelukkig niets mee vandoen. We komen als kapiteins in zoveel vreemde en bizarre situaties terecht, met leuke, nare, vreemde en exentrieke mensen dat de rederij altijd aan de kant van de kapitein zal staan. Hopeluk vindt U een alsnog een cruise die naar genoegen zal bevallen.

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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

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July 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Where is Captain Baijens?

July 16, 2018 at 9:17 am

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

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February 12, 2019 at 12:19 am

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.

February 12, 2019 at 12:23 am

thank you for reading my blow.

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

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February 18, 2019 at 1:05 am

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?

February 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

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.

February 26, 2019 at 3:23 am

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!

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April 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

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

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December 22, 2019 at 11:05 pm

Agreed! We love him!

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April 28, 2020 at 2:34 pm

We had Captain Hoogdalem on the ms Zuiderdam in Nov. 2016, but we never got to meet him. He should now be on the Koningsdam.

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February 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm

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

Thanks for your hard work!

February 20, 2019 at 10:31 pm

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.

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)

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May 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

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

May 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

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.

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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.

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July 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm

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 ?

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.

July 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Thank you for your reply Captain Albert.

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July 24, 2019 at 2:05 am

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

July 24, 2019 at 3:26 am

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

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July 24, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Great! Thanks for the info. Hope he enjoys his long vacation.

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August 8, 2019 at 2:13 pm

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?

August 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm

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

best regards

August 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

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

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August 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

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

August 13, 2019 at 8:32 am

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.

August 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm

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?

August 14, 2019 at 1:13 pm

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

Captain Albert

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August 21, 2019 at 7:12 pm

Greetings Sir!

Having just returned from a cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam on 17 August, I cannot adequately express my appreciation for the mind-bending logistics involved behind the scenes, or for the crew’s commitment to excellence in all they do. My sincerest gratitude. I would have loved to have been able to access information regarding the history of HAL available while onboard, as well as more technical information about the basics of the ship’s technology (ie, propulsion and guidance systems). Perhaps these could be made available as reading material via the Navigator app? I found myself fascinated with this incredible vessel and wanting to know more about her from every point of view. Kind Regards, Kaelie Engelhart

August 23, 2019 at 7:55 am

Thank you for your kind words.

The blog is accessible while on board as there is a free link under the http://www.hollandamerica.com . It is called Holland America Line blog and my blog and historical information is a subdirectory of that. At home you can just type in Captainalbert.com and it will all come up/

September 1, 2019 at 2:29 am

We are a 5 Star Mariner & a 4 Star Mariner. We really enjoy your blog. You give us a lot of interesting information to read.

I’m cruising on the Eurodam, once again, to Alaska on 9/21/2019, still no Captain listed for that cruise… Any ideas? Thank You!

September 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Dear Captain Albert, I know you well deserve your time off and I hope “the boss” isn’t working you too hard, but I do so miss your daily reportage of all things nautical. Back on board in October I think ? Kind regards Gerdina

September 5, 2019 at 6:55 am

Thank you for your interest

Yes I will be back in October.

I have just uploaded my finalized schedule for the remainder of the year under

https://www.captainalbert.com/my-sailing-schedule-2/

Best Regards

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September 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

Hello Captain Michiel Willems, My wife and I will be sailing to Alaska, on your ship, on the 8’th Sept.. Jackie and I are Ham radio operators. We are wondering, if you, might allow us to, use battery operated, low power radio’s on your ship. Or if there is a time, that we might be able too? Also, is it possible, to see the ship’s radio room, as radio communications is our hobby, and would greatly appreciate, your help and input. WE look forward to our, sailing with you! This is our first, cruise. Thank you, for your time.

September 12, 2019 at 3:55 pm

You are allowed to bring HAM radio’s on board. Your are NOT allowed to use them on board as they are not covered by a Dutch flag license. You are allowed to use them ashore in alaska provided that your HAM radio license is valid for alaska. the ships do not have radio rooms anymore, only GMDSS stations which are located on the bridge. So the best thing to do is either write a letter to the Captain to request a special visit or sign up for the Behind the Scenes tour.

Have a great cruise.

September 14, 2019 at 3:54 am

Hello Capt Albert. I have just returned from Voyage of the Vikings and somehow I am not getting recent information on your daily blog. Also I am now a member of Ancient Order of the Blue Nose and I have a certificate to prove it signed by Bart Vaartjes. One of the nicest captains I’ve had during the 854 days with HAL Thanks, Mary Beth Burns

September 14, 2019 at 7:46 am

Glad to hear you had a good cruise.

There is not much happening at the moment as I am on vacation. My blogging will start again on October 08, when I will be on the Zuiderdam.

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September 16, 2019 at 4:02 am

Excited to see that Capt. John Scott will be on the Noordam when it leaves drydock in Victoria.

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September 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Cpt Albert: is Bayens still fleet captain and where will Eversen be, since he’s no longer on A’dam?

September 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Captain Bayens is rotating out of the Fleet Captain schedule in due course. Captain Fred Eversen is on a long leave to work his accumulated leave days down.

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September 28, 2019 at 12:41 am

We sailed on the Amsterdam with Captain Daniel Bolton this summer and don’t see him listed. Is he still with HAL? Also our favorite Captain of all time is Captain Van Der Loo. I understood he was now at the main office. Is he also still with the company.

September 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Captain Daniel Bolton recently returned from P&O Australia and I will have his schedule in October after I have returned to sea. Capt. Van der Loo is still in the office and that is a permanent assignment.

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October 8, 2019 at 2:56 am

We will miss sailing with Captain Timmers in January’s he is wonderful. We had the good fortune to sail with him last year.

October 16, 2019 at 11:34 pm

Thank you for all your blogs. I really enjoy reading them. I am going on the Volendam’s Grand Voyage in January 2020 around South America, to Antarctica and up the Amazon River. I am looking to see who may be our Captain and think there may a typo in your dates for the Volendam Captains. Here is what it says:

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

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

Perhaps this voyage will be shared between two Captains? Thanks for clarifying….

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November 2, 2019 at 7:47 pm

Dear Cpt Albert,

Last year i cruised on the Nieuw Amsterdam with the very friendly Cpt Van Zaane. I see he is not scheduled anymore on the N Amsterdam?

Thks for clarifying

November 3, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Captain van Zaane is currently on extended leave and I have no return date yet.

November 3, 2019 at 10:38 pm

Dankjewel. Ik kijk er naar uit, nadat ik al jaren je blog lees, om je in de Caribbean te ontmoeten. Ik scheep in op 13 nov 😉

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November 12, 2019 at 4:40 am

Captain Albert,

How would one go about getting permission from the captain of the Zuiderdam to operate low power ham radio while at sea ? I have seen where this has been allowed in the past but cannot get a clear approval from ships services.

Lance Wolken KG5QKK

November 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm

I can understand that ship services has an issue with a clear answer, simply because there is not one. Too many factors involved. 1. What license do you operate under. Is it domestic USA or domestic from another country, or do you have an international license? Because that will limit or increase where you can use the Ham radio. A USA license does not mean anything to anybody outside the USA Same as a Dutch or British license does not mean anything in the USA. 2. If you want to transmit from the ship, then your license needs to be acceptable under Dutch law as the ship flies the dutch flag. The captain can approve you bringing it on board, not using it. That is a Dutch license issue. 3. Many ports / places have a restriction on the power of the transmission and if caught the fines are quite hefty. 4. Many ports would not allow you walking ashore with it without you proving to them that you are allowed to do so. (International License with endorsement for the country you are visiting.)

Please review the above. If you think you comply with everything listed, then in principle you can take it on board as it is not a restricted item. Once on board you would have to obtain permission from the captain to use it, as it would not be a ships owned piece of equipment, and show the Dutch Law approval for the equipment

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December 9, 2019 at 1:45 am

We will be cruising on the ms Zuiderdam 10-20 December, 2019. The captain listed is Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem, but there is no biography about him. Will this be added in the future?

December 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

I certainly hope that there will be one and I keep pushing to get one. So in due course…………

Capt Albert

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December 18, 2019 at 5:42 am

Why is there no bio for Darin Bowland? I see that he will be our captain on Koningsdam next month. Also, why do they have shorter contracts on that ship than on the others? Seems like many of them are only two months instead of three. Thanks for posting this, it is useful.

December 18, 2019 at 7:02 pm

For Captain Bowland, I do not have a bio for him yet, as I have not sailed with him yet, and I talked to each captain personally first/

For the schedules, each captain sails 6 months a year. So If they want to do 2-2 or 3-3 that is more or less up to themselves. Then they have to attend training and refresher courses and that takes up time as well. So the schedules can vary greatly.

Enjoy your cruise

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January 13, 2020 at 4:24 pm

F YI, I was on Koningsdam last week and asked Captain Bowland about this. He said that he has met you several times. Also, he announced that he is leaving Koningsdam after this contract and moving to Nieuw Statendam. So I’m guessing you need to update the schedule for both of those ships.

He has an interesting history, worked for Royal and took out some of their new ships before moving to HAL 12 (?) years ago (I sense there may be some bad feelings with Royal). He is the only Canadian captain in HAL (maybe all of Carnival?) and was involved in the process redesign effort following the Costa Concordia disaster. Very nice guy.

January 13, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Thank you for your comment.

There is a complete “musical chair” happening going with several captains moving and at least one retiring. So I will update the schedule as soon as the ” dust has settled” and everybody has found their new pigeon hole.

December 22, 2019 at 1:52 am

Merry Christmas Captain Albert and a happy and healthy 2020 ! (Can you believe it,2020 !)

December 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

December 22, 2019 at 11:12 pm

Our 7th cruise with HAL, aboard the Nieuw Amstream, was canceled this past week, but our family is excited to have re-booked for the Koningsdam for the first cruise of 2020! My boys are looking forward to meeting Captain Albert and exploring this beautiful ship! MERRY Christmas!

January 1, 2020 at 11:56 pm

Hello Captain, Happy New Year and thank you for keeping this blog.

I was wondering if there is a way to find out who the cruise director on K’dam is for January 2020 cruise.

January 3, 2020 at 12:18 am

Your Cruise and Travel Director n Jan. 2020 will be a Dutch Lady called Karlijn Verpalen.

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April 19, 2020 at 3:52 am

And Karlijn Verpalen was the best CD we ever had. Hope to see her next year on NS.

Be well Captain.

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February 8, 2020 at 12:09 pm

Goodafternoon Captain, I was under the impression that Captain P.J. had gone in retirement, but recently I spotted him on video from Maasdam in January and also noticed him in your schedule. Will he continue to sail for HAL? I understand he currently is, or was the only Navy Reserve Captain, flying his special flag in port.

February 8, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Captain van Maurik spent some time at our training center and has now returned to sea. I think he will sail another year or so before retiring.

February 9, 2020 at 8:08 am

Thanks for the info, hope to meet him again, great sense of dry humor.

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February 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Dear Captain Albert:

I’m a longtime reader who greatly appreciates your wonderful blog! (And had the pleasure of hearing your excellent presentation as few years ago when you were guest speaker on our voyage.)

Q1: Did the Westerdam get her dry dock update last month?

Q2: Is Colin Jacob Westerdam Hotel Director now through June?

Many thanks!

February 9, 2020 at 7:08 pm

Colin Jacobs is scheduled to be on board from 06 March to 06 June. (but please remember our schedules are subject to extremely much change at times)

The Westerdam was in Dry dock from 04 Jan. to 16 Jan. 2020 in Singapore. But I do not know what was exactly done on board.

February 10, 2020 at 3:17 am

Always enjoy your blog, such vivid descriptions along with bits of other information. My attention was drawn to the Nieuw Statendam, Capt de Boer is scheduled for only 1 month March to April 2020. After that he is not scheduled that I can locate. Has he retired or do you have any further information. For the last 12 years I have sailed with him on the old Statendam. Thanks, Mary Beth Burns

February 10, 2020 at 9:26 pm

He is indeed not on the schedule at the moment, being on a long leave. As soon as I know what his next assignment is, I will update.

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February 15, 2020 at 9:33 pm

Captain Albert very nice to receive this captain’s list and very helpful to figure out who is where. I am sure captain Vincent Smit will take some time off after his many attempts to dock his ship the Westerdam –what a story –we were watching it for days hoping that he could secure a port which he finally was bale to do in Cambodia. I am sure HAL and its corporate staff were involved in the outcome and glad that that saga ended without anyone contracting the disease.

What a nightmare this must be for the Princess still stuck in port. We are off to Hawaii/Tahiti and the Marquesas on 3/21/20 and hope that the disease does not spread any further. but I heard a few ports have stopped receiving cruise ships in French Caledonia, including Isles des Pins which is one of my favorite stops.

Anyway, thanks for your continued input, it was certainly a lot of fun when we met on the Zaandam last June and had some great dinners.

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March 28, 2020 at 12:19 am

Do you know when Capt. Jan Smit will return, to which ship he will be assigned , and the dates he will be in service there? Thank you!

March 28, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Thank you for reading my blog

Captain Jan Smit is currently serving as Staff Captain and is thus not on my current captain schedule. But when he pops up again, he will be on the list.

April 28, 2020 at 2:31 pm

Hello Captain Albert!

My name is Ryan. We got off the Koningsdam on the Nov. 24 2019 to Dec. 4 2019 cruise. I later realized you went off the ship the day we got on! We may be going on the Nieuw Statendam on Nov. 22 2020, is Karlijn going to be the cruise director, she was on the Koningsdam, and I heard somewhere she may be going to the Nieuw Statendam.

Thank you for a wonderful blog, by the way!

July 14, 2020 at 5:49 am

Hello Captain Albert, We are certainly missing your blog as you are missing your beloved oceans. What a state the world is in ! I do hope that you are keeping well and send you greetings! Kindest regards, Gerdina

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September 6, 2020 at 4:17 pm

sorry the blog is out?

September 6, 2020 at 8:35 pm

Blog will come back in due course. Currently at home with the fleet in lay up. so not much to report. But HAL and I will be back

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October 3, 2020 at 11:31 pm

Captain, how much notice do you think the teammembers will get when cruising actually is set to resume. With all the difficulty in getting the crew home, it seems like everybody on board will have to pitch in duri g the early going. Perhaps you will be our room steward on our Jan. 6 cruise to the Carribean. I hope it goes. I’ll even make my own bed if it’ll help. Bob T

October 4, 2020 at 2:56 pm

The company estimates that it will take at least a month, to get sufficient crew on board to provide the normal service. The question we can not answer is when the shore side protocols will allow for this to make it a smooth operation to get to the ship. I also hope to be back on the ships soon again, but theie are a lot of external factors which are really challenging.

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October 14, 2020 at 8:38 pm

A pleasant day Captain… Allow me to introduce myself. Im Rea Almaden from.the Philippines,just want to verify something from you hope you dont mind Sir. I just saw an ad in Facebook about a job opening in Holland America Line,and a certain Captain Friso Albert is the contact person saying he is the Recruiting Captain on the said line. He even sent me a copy of his company identification card. Just want to.make sure about this and hope you can enlighten me about this before i proceed with the application. He is using whatsapp as a media of our conversation and hiring process. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you very much.

October 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

Thank you for contacting me. This is a Scam. There is NO Captain Friso Albert who is involved in hiring. There is a captain Friso and there is a captain Albert, but not in combination and we are both at sea and not in de office. If you are looking for a job, please contact UPL in Manilla which is our hiring agent. I hope it will work out. Best regards Capt. albert

October 18, 2020 at 12:25 am

Hello Captain Albert, Here is hoping you are doing well and I am sure that you have long finished the “to do” list that was awaiting you upon your return home from seas. I much enjoyed reading your biography and noticed that you have written several books (one co-authored) Is there any chance these books are still obtainable ? I know it said one is still in print but goodness knows how to get one’s hand on a copy, through Amazon perhaps? I was sorry to hear that some of our officers are being let go, together with H.D.s and so on, down the line . I knew it was going to be inevitable, but it still hurts to hear it. My daughter Tessa and I have made several good friends among the crews. The airlines are suffering also and many of our Air Canada crews are laid-off (my late husband was a Captain with Air Canada, so it hits close to home.) His contemporaries are all long retired but I feel so badly for the younger fellows who trained so long in order to achieve their goals. Same of course with the cruise line officers and crews. Sad state of affairs, the whole world is in a mess. I hope I am not going to be too old to cruise once if and when operations will resume. All the best to you and kindest regards, Gerdina

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October 26, 2021 at 6:09 am

Hello Captain Albert, any idea when the “present Captain list” will be updated and maintained again. Thanks a lot and really enjoy your readings!

October 26, 2021 at 6:26 pm

I have just done so, but it is extremely limited as HR planning still has to deal with a lot of challenges due to travel restrictions and other (Covid) issues.

October 29, 2021 at 10:16 pm

I feel so sorry for that due to the visum issue you couldnt join the Rotterdam maiden voyage. 2 years ago, when we met in Nov 2019 on the Kdam, you told me you were looking forward to it before your retirement … I hope you manage soon. I will travel on the Rdam end Nov, hopefully you can make it by then…

Greets from Valletta Geert

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November 1, 2021 at 9:04 am

I love your biographies of the Current Captains. I will be on the Nieuw Amsterdam in November, but I do not see Jeroen van Donselaar’s biography. Can you provide any information? Thank you.

I also am looking forward to when you get your visa and can begin sailing again. Your talks on the ships are always so enjoyable.

November 14, 2021 at 11:07 am

just found your comment back in the spam. Captain Donselaar preferred not to have his biography published as he want to keep the life of his wife and two children private. And that is something I respect. I will try to change his mind ofcourse in the future.

November 10, 2021 at 3:06 am

Hello Captain Albert, I hope you are well. Could you tell me if Captain Vincent Smit has retired? I cannot see him on any of the ship assignments nor on the current Captains list. Thank you, Gerdina

November 14, 2021 at 11:05 am

thank you for your reading my blog and your comment, No captain Smit is still out there, but he is on leave at the moment. because we have more captains than ships at the moment, everybody goes on rotation and thus can I not give a date when he will return.

December 17, 2021 at 6:26 am

Hello again Captain Albert, My daughter and I were wondering whatever happened to Captain Michiel Willems? We sailed with him on the Zuiderdam in 2013. He was a most personable fellow and very attentive to his passengers. I remember he had a little “fender bender” in Vancouver a couple of years ago.

December 18, 2021 at 3:45 pm

Captain Willems is sailing on board the Zaandam at the moment. Although sailing is said too much as the ship is in Covid lay up in Corfu until April next year. but he is still around.

December 18, 2021 at 9:28 pm

Thank you for the update, glad he is still with the Company.

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January 16, 2022 at 5:22 pm

Thank you for keeping this blog going Can I assume that Arno Jutten and Bart Vaartjes are on rotation What about Steve MacBeath? I had just sailed with him in October on Koningsdam

January 17, 2022 at 9:43 am

thank you for your comment

Capt. Arno Jutten is on leave. Capt Bart Vaartjes is on secondment to Seabourn and Capt. Steve Macbeath left the company last November.

Capt. albert

April 4, 2022 at 8:09 pm

Thanks for keeping this going. What is the situation with Captain Jeroen Schuchmann? Did Captain Steve MacBeath rejoin the company as I see him listed as a current Captain

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April 5, 2022 at 8:50 pm

Thank you, Captain, for staring up the Present Captains List again. Always nice to know who is who on the ship we sail next. Would you know who will be replacing Captain Kan on the Koningsdam? Also, is Harm Arnold, formerly Staff Captain, still with HAL?

Hope you will be back to sailing soon.

April 7, 2022 at 7:36 pm

thank you for your comment. The April schedule just came in so I can give you answer. Captain Kan is scheduled to leave the Koningsdam on 28 April and Captain Henk Draper will take over.

As far as Harm Jan Arnold is concerned, he was on the schedule some time ago, but he has not popped up for a while, which is not unusual as with the fleet reduction the company is giving everybody extended leaves in the rotation schedule.

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April 8, 2022 at 1:41 pm

Thank you, Captain. Much appreciated. Enjoy your blog and all the information you present.

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April 9, 2022 at 9:39 pm

When I was 18 I went on an Alaskan cruise with family onboard the Veendam in 2005 in July and of course my family took photos with you in the MDR. I still have the photo and just realized it was you! I’ve been reading your blogs and never put two and two together until now!! Anyway, take care!!

Also, I will be returning to Alaska on a cruise onboard the Koningsdam with my husband!

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April 12, 2022 at 12:11 am

Has Capt. Edward van Zanne retired from HAL? I have not seen him mentioned in a while. He was the second HAL captain I sailed with (as a passenger).

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April 22, 2022 at 3:18 pm

Edward van Zaane has retired, ill.

April 27, 2022 at 7:47 pm

Captain Albert, I would love to see biographies of these 2 Captains: Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll Captain Mark Rowden I have sailed with both and thought they not only professional but personable and approachable. Thank you.

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July 11, 2022 at 10:28 pm

Captain Bas van Dreumel was also captain in the Rotterdam in the 26 June till 10th July cruise. Was surprised because it was supposed to be captain Timmers. Love this info! Greets, Arenda

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July 27, 2022 at 6:38 pm

Any idea where Captain Werner Timmers will be after July 31? Thanks

July 28, 2022 at 8:42 am

Good morning, thank you for your comment.

Captain Timmers and Captain van Dreumel are normally on a 3 month rotation, so in principle he wold be back on board 3 months after leaving. Although the dates might vary somewhat depending on what the two captains arrange among themselves.

August 22, 2022 at 5:34 pm

We will be sailing on the Noordam September 2 – October 2 and the Koningsdam from October 8 to 24 and would appreciate knowing who the Captains will be. You write a wonderfully interesting blog: I am learning a lot from it.

August 23, 2022 at 12:48 pm

thank you for your question. This is hard to say as Captain Mark Zoll (currently on board) is to go on leave on October 12 and Captain Mark Rowden is to take over. so depending on how the hand over is timed, you might see on or the other, or both. Enjoy your cruise, it is a very nice ship.

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August 23, 2022 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for your help. Would you know about the Koningsdam from October 8?

August 24, 2022 at 5:29 pm

Captain Albert Thanks for your help. Much appreciated. Would you know who will be on the Koningsdam for the October 8 Hawaii cruise?

August 25, 2022 at 11:29 am

if nothing changes it should be Capt. Robert Jan Kan but as that wold be his last cruise before he goes on leave, I can not vouch for it.

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September 15, 2022 at 4:50 pm

What are the dates that Captain Werner Timmers will be on the Rotterdam. We have sailed with him several times and he is the most passenger friendly captain we have ever sailed with. Looking forward to another cruise with him at the helm.

September 15, 2022 at 5:31 pm

Looking forward to another cruise with Captain Werner Timmers at the helm!

September 16, 2022 at 2:51 am

Do you know who will be the Captain on the Rotterdam for the October 30 Caribbean cruise

September 19, 2022 at 3:32 pm

thank you for you comment.

Please check the website again by October 5, when I have the next assignment schedule in.

December 23, 2022 at 7:10 pm

Merry Christmas, Captain. I am unable to find your Blog on HALBlog.com and notice that your website does not have the updated Captains’ Schedule. Could you let your readers know what is happening with your Blog? We miss reading your additions and updates.

Best wishes for 2023.

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December 24, 2022 at 8:53 pm

Very much enjoyed sailing on Nieuw Statendam with Captain Noel Driscoll. His daily announcements were interesting, informative and even humorous! Apparently, his assignment ended the same day as our cruise because he is no longer listed on the Captain’s Schedule after December 17. We are booked to sail on Oosterdam in March 2023 and do not see Captain van Eerten on the list either. Can you provide an updated list so we can be informed of whom we are entrusting our lives to? Merry Christmas!

December 27, 2022 at 9:20 am

I had an updated list, and then it was was stuck in DRAFTS. But it is on line now. Captain Resn van Eerten will be on there, but he is only sailing 3 months a year on the ships, as together with Captain Jeroen Baijens he also rotates for lecturing through our training facility in Almere. Netherlands

January 27, 2023 at 10:14 pm

Thank you for your prompt reply (which I just now read)! We are excited to be sailing the 31 day South America cruise from BA to FLL. After some cancellations, it finally looks promising although the unrest in Peru is not good news. Do you have any history on Captain van Eerten that you could share? We hope that he may attend a Meet & Mingle with our group and would like to know a little bit about him.

August 18, 2023 at 12:45 pm

FYI Captain Bart is currently in command of Zuiderdam since August 8.

Congratulations on your retirement! I do, however, miss you blog.

Katherine D.

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October 13, 2023 at 5:16 pm

Thank you for your informative blog! We will be sailing on the Nieuw Statendam a few times over the next couple of years. Like many others that have commented above, we especially enjoy Captain Noel O’Driscoll. According to his “typical” schedule, he should have taken the helm of the Nieuw Statendam in mid-September after a 3 month vacation. But it is our understanding that another captain took over for Captain Eric Barhorst? Do you know if Captain O’Driscoll will return to the Nieuw Statendam and if so when?

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December 21, 2023 at 3:46 am

Dear captain Albert,

Do you know what the next ship of Rens van Eerten will be? Thank you very much.

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January 1, 2024 at 9:38 am

Hi Captain Albert,

Any chance to getting an update on the Captains list? We are sailing the Volendam soon and wonder if it is a Dutch Captain. (We’re Dutch 🤫).

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Now you are surrounded by uniforms and Cruise Ship Staff. But how do you tell who is who? Let’s meet the ship’s Captain and Staff. Of course, the first give away is the name tags. They usually tell you what kind of officer they are and even what country they hail from. The true clue to the level of power or authority they have on the ship is by looking at how many stripes are on their epaulets.

Four stripes is the top of the power chain!  The stripes start at the four and change depending on their rank. The top is Captain, Chief Engineer, Hotel Manager, Staff Captain, and Staff Chief Engineer. Then it goes down from there, three stripes, two and a half stripes, two stripes, one and a half stripes to one stripe. There is nothing more embarrassing than talking to a crew member for a few minutes only to realize after that you are talking to the Captain!

Marine Staff versus Hotel Staff

Imagine that the jobs on the ship are split in two. One side is the actual working and sailing of the ship, the marine side and the other side is the one that keeps the passengers happy, the hotel side. Everything that is important to the running of the ship is handled by the marine staff. From engine to electrical, navigation to itinerary changes, the Captain and his staff oversee this.

Now, when it comes to the rest; the entertainment, the cabin upkeep, the Cruise Staff running bingo, the dining room and all the food, this all falls under the Hotel side of the ship. However, Captain trumps all ! In the end, the Captain is responsible for the security of his ship and the satisfaction of his or her passengers. So, the Hotel Staff will always defer to the Captain when it comes down to any major issue.

Shauna with Cruise Staff

When you are on a ship where the staff is happy it makes all of the difference in the world. A Captain friend of ours on one of the largest cruise ships in the world once said that he told his staff they need to say hello to each other every time they pass in the halls. This taught all of them to have respect for every stripe and every position on the ship whether a one strip or four stripe. It was the friendliest and happiest ship we had ever sailed.

The Ship’s Captain and Old Time Cruising

There is nothing for us more important than trying to hold on to the traditions of classic cruising. We have noticed that the larger the ship’s get the harder it is for first-time cruisers to understand what that means. So we would like to share it here so that you can truly enjoy the beauty and elegance of cruising. Take time to get to know the staff. Whether it is the Captain, Hotel Director, Chief Engineer if you see them around the ship say hello.

In general, they are quite friendly and relish a passenger that knows their value onboard. Who knows! You may get a special invite to dine with them, or get a private tour of the bridge! Remember, you are on a ship, not in a hotel.  Wardrobe! To really feel a part of classic cruising, try and show respect in the dining rooms and on Captain’s Night by upping your wardrobe.  Even if that means just blinging out your nights with accessories, do it!

Getting chosen to dine with the Captain

It is an old time cruising tradition to invite a few passengers to dine with the Captain, or Master of the Ship, on every sailing. One challenge is that the Captain usually only dines at the Captain’s Table a few times on each cruise. So with only 20 people given this opportunity on any given sailing and having 3000 or more passengers onboard, how do you win that lottery?  Each cruise line has a different way of choosing the guests on each sailing.

Quite often the Cruise Line pulls the guests off of their roster of repeat passengers. The more you have sailed, the bigger chance you have of being chosen. Okay, we are spoiled. We have sailed so much and gotten to know the staff on so many ships that we are often given this honor.

Other times it could be given to a group leader who has brought a large group aboard. It is the thank you to them for their patronage. Another time it might be a lucky couple celebrating their 50th anniversary! Usually, it is the Pursers Staff, Guest Relations, or Ship’s Hostess that invites the guests. You can ask your Travel Agent to send a special note to the cruise line to request this honor for you.   No guarantees, but it’s worth a shot. Or once you are aboard, seek out the Chief Purser or Hostess and ask if it is even possible. If you don’t get to dine with him, you may still get invited on a bridge tour.

Dining with the Captain – Protocol

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The elegance and protocol of dining with the Captain is like no other experience on the ship! It will usually start with either a small cocktail party with only the guests attending so they may meet each other before being seated, or they will gather you all together outside the dining room a few minutes before dinner. The reason being is that you will be led into the dining room and to the Captain’s Table in style.

All the other guests seated nearby will be watching to see who is seated with the Captain. On one sailing we were all led by the Captain down a huge winding staircase in the center of the room as the piano played. Talk about an entrance! Next, the Hostess will seat you in the exact seating arrangement they have chosen. If you are dining with the Captain and you are a couple, do not expect to be seated next to your mate. It is customary to split up couples around the table to ensure a more inclusive conversation. Then the Captain will arrive if he was not at the cocktail party before. They will have everyone rise until he is seated. Of course, once you are seated, they may get you right back up to take a group photo! A ship’s photographer will place everyone where they want you to get a memento photo.  It is usually done at the very beginning of the meal while all of the napkins and the table still look untouched. Next, the wine is poured and the orders placed.

Expect a lovely menu with all the Captain’s favorites. Do not take a sip of the wine until he has made his welcome toast. This holds true for starting to eat your bread or the courses yet to come. Remember to not start eating any course until everyone has been served their plate. When in doubt of any proper protocol watch the staff member dining with you and you will not make a fool of yourself! You will know what to eat, drink and when. If you are given this amazing honor, remember to send a thank you note to the Captain the next day. Etiquette!

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Shauna’s favorite accessories to dine with the Captain 

Bert’s favorite accessories to dine with the Captain It is such an honor to dine with the Captain that I want to look my best. Sometimes I wear a hand-tied bow tie and other times a nice dark silk tie. I bring cufflinks because I like to wear a formal shirt when the Captain invites us. I want to look the very best I can for Shauna and when the Captain shakes my hand, I want to feel pride in the way I present myself.  

Dining with other staff members

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Though you may not be asked to dine with the Captain, you could be invited to dine with other Staff Members or Officers. This is equally an honor! Often the Staff Captain, Chief Engineer, Hotel Director, Chief Purser and more invite guests to dine with them. The service you receive from the dining staff is spectacular. And the envious looks from the other guests are momentous. But most of all, it is a chance to experience the human and personal side of the people who work so hard on the ships. You learn about their families and what it is like to be away from them for so long. You hear cruising war stories and get to experience the “insiders view” of cruising. We have been very lucky.

Many Staff that started as dinner hosts to us became our very good friends. So often we would sail with our Hotel Director friend that it was like going home to family. One of our favorite moments was when we boarded a ship and a Staff Captain we knew greeted us in the hall so excited to share that he was now Captain! Needless to say, we dined with him on that cruise! Often when you meet a staff member it is like a snowball effect of amazing opportunities you are offered. Bridge tours, backstage tours, special wine, and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to your cabin and invitations to private events. Get to know the staff. It will change your cruising experience! But mostly, you will make some new friends.

Buying the staff drinks

The next great opportunity to get to know the staff is to invite them for drinks one night. Certain staff are allowed in the guest lounges and others are not. This tends to break down between who are Crew and who are Staff or Officers. The Cruise Staff, Pursers Staff, Shop Staff, Salon Staff on most ships are allowed in the lounges after a certain hour at night. The Captain’s Officers are always allowed. It is fun to find the lounge that they congregate at in the evenings. There is always one!

After dinner, cruise the lounges until you see a group of “Stripes” together. Say hello. If you are really generous send drinks to them. There are cliques of staff that socialize together. You can spot them a mile away. The Dancers and Entertainment/Cruise Staff are the liveliest and often found in the music lounges, or comedian’s shows. The Officers are reserved and usually spotted in a classy, quiet lounge. Get to know them, without infringing on their time off. Respect their space, but say hello. It will make your cruise truly memorable!

Notes or gifts for the staff

We always drop a note to the Captain and Hotel Director on boarding day to say hello and tell them we are happy to be sailing with them.  All you have to do is take it to the Guest Relations or to the Purser’s Desk (depending on what the ship is calling it) and ask them to deliver it for you. Very often we bring small gifts that represent us, or where we are from! Gifts can be something special from your home town, or from your work.

For years we brought homemade Rum Cakes! All of the ship’s staff got to know us as they shared it at night. “Oh, you are the Rum Cake people”! That changed when the restrictions on the Captain’s drinking came into play. We realized we had been bringing rum cakes for the Captain and he was not able to eat them! One year we brought Girl Scout cookies for the staff as they can’t get them at sea. Another time we brought books on the old Classic Cruise Ships. We have seen people bring taffy from their home town or chocolates from their favorite shop. Whatever it is, know that it will be appreciated.

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Captain Dino Sagani

Captain Dino Sagani

Job title: Captain

When did you join Princess? 1995

Favourite ship: Majestic Princess since being the first Captain to sail the ship on her inaugural voyage and season.

Jasper Wolthuis Hotel General Manager

Jasper Wolthuis

Job title: Hotel General Manager

When did you join Princess? 2002

Favourite part of the job: Meeting people, managing large teams and overcoming challenges.

Karen Mcintosh F&B Director

Karen McIntosh

Job title: Food and Beverage Director

When did you join Princess? 1987

Favourite part of the job: Working my way through the ranks from a Cocktail Waitress to a Food and Beverage Director.

Scott Grayson

Scott Grayson

Job title: Hotel Services Engineer

When did you join Princess? 2014

Favourite part of the job: Catching up with friends and family, staying fit and healthy in the gym and learning Portuguese.

Guest Services Fleet trainer Cynthia Hattingh

Cynthia Hattingh

Job title: Fleet Trainer

When did you join Princess? 2005

Favourite port: St. Petersburg for its diversity, restaurants, theatre, opera and ballet.

At MSC Cruises it is our aim to provide you with a service full of warmth and friendliness . Our staff training programmes ensure we know how to look after our guests with the right amount of respect and discretion. Whether we are bringing you drinks, preparing your food, or answering any questions you may have, we will do our best to be helpful . You will find our staff to be spontaneous and natural so you can relax and enjoy every single moment of your holiday, safe in the knowledge you are in good hands. Comfort first

• A high staff per guest ratio , ensures an effective high quality service on board • Our multilingual staff deliver information in languages most widely-recognised by our guests • Our problem solving attitude , provides attentive and quick solutions to any request

Maintaining the highest standards

He graduated from the Nautical institute Francesco Caracciolo in 1983 and immediately after proceeded to work on cargo ships with rank of Deckhand and then moved up in different ranks. In 1996 he was promoted First Officer.

Captain Battinelli joined MSC after twenty years of experience with the cruise industry. Despite his prestigious career, Stefano underwent a month of training before becoming the MSC Orchestra Master in December 2017. Master Battinelli has a wide experience in New Building and has been in charge of various classes of ships.

After obtaining his Nautical diploma in 1988, Captain Benini commenced his maritime career by serving in the Italian Navy. In 1990, he transitioned to the cruise sector, joining his first cruise ship as a Deck Officer.

He rose through the ranks and assumed his first command in 2006. From 2015 to 2017 he held the role of Fleet Captain of a major cruise company. In February 2024, he brought his wealth of experience to MSC Cruises, assuming the position of Master.

His professional journey started in 2002 on the MSC Melody, as Junior Deck Cadet. After some time with MSC Medlog in Antwerp, he continued his development on MSC Cruises ships undertaking various responsibilities, until the role of Safety Officer in the 2012.

In 2016 he was promoted to the position of Staff Captain, and in 2022 he was in Doha to support the World cup project.

In July 2023 he has been promoted Master of MSC Musica.

Captain Alessandro Galotto graduated from the Nautical Academy in 1977. After graduating he undertook his first role on board a cruise ship by serving as a Deck Cadet.

From here he climbed the ranks earning a wealth of experience in many roles. He achieved his first command in 1996. He joined MSC Cruises in January 2024.

Captain Paparo attended Nino Bixio Nautical Institute in Sorrento, and during his summer holidays he joined cargo vessels to enrich his skills. Once graduated in 1997, he started to work on ferry vessels as Deck Cadet, until 2002 when he joined the cruise industry. In 2008 he was promoted First Officer, and ten years later he reached the role of Master. He is well proficient with new generation Azimuthal propulsion vessels, as well as conventional systems vessel. Captain Paparo joined MSC Cruises in 2022, after twenty years of experience in the cruise industry.

Graduated from the Nautical Institute Nino Bixio, Piano di Sorrento, Captain Ruggiero started his career in 1995, on MSC cargo ships until 2000. He then joined the cruise industry where he was promoted to the rank of Staff Captain in 2012, and subsequently Master in 2017.

Captain Ruggiero joined MSC Cruises in July 2023, after twenty-eight years of experience at sea.

He started his career on 1999 in MSC cargo ships while he was still studying at Nautical Institute in Piano di Sorrento, Italy. Since then, he continued to work for MSC cargo division until reaching the rank of Chief Officer. In 2010, he then moved to the MSC cruise division as Second Officer on the MSC Orchestra. Since then, he continued his career as First Officer, Safety Officer, Staff Captain roles and then promoted to Captain on MSC Divina  in 2022.

Captain Sagani is a fourth generation ship captain. On completion of his studies at the Nautical Institute in his hometown Trieste, he joined the Italian Navy and served on a Mine-Hunter during the first Gulf War in 1990. After the Navy, he started his career on cargo vessels and in 1995 he joined the cruise industry.

He quickly climbed the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 2007, since then he has been in command of many different classes of passengers ships, cruising many different itineraries around the world. Most recently, he was assigned to the newbuilding team and took delivery as Master of some new constructions from the Fincantieri shipyard. He has joined the MSC Cruises family after 27 years of experience in the Cruise industry.

Originally from Marsala, on the island of Sicily, he graduated as Master Mariner License in 1977 in the Nautical College of Trapani. His career at sea expands for over 45 years, 27 of them working in the Cruise industry, moving up to the rank of Captain in 2000.

First, Captain Sammartano worked on tankers for sixteen years and spent two years in the Italian Navy. Later on he joined one of the major cruise lines, where he was also promoted to Fleet Captain. In January 2022 he joined MSC Cruises as Captain.

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What Is It Like Being A Cruise Ship Captain?

Last updated on October 21st, 2023 at 09:25 am

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And you thought parallel parking was hard!

Being the captain of a cruise ship is a prestigious and challenging role that comes with a unique set of responsibilities and experiences. Becoming a cruise ship captain is a significant achievement in the maritime industry. It often represents the culmination of many years of hard work, training, and dedication to a career at sea.

Here’s an overview of the skills you need and what it’s like to be a cruise ship captain:

Strong Leadership Skills

As the captain, you are the ultimate authority on the ship. You are responsible for the safety of all passengers and crew members. This includes making important decisions in emergency situations, managing the crew, and ensuring that all onboard operations run smoothly.

Leading a team of skilled professionals on a cruise ship can be personally rewarding. Captains work closely with a diverse crew and have the chance to mentor and guide their team members.

Proficient In Navigation

One of the captain’s primary duties is navigating the ship. This involves plotting courses, reading nautical charts, and using advanced navigation systems to ensure the ship reaches its destinations safely and on time.

A cruise ship’s captain must also consider weather conditions, currents, and other factors that may affect the voyage.

For those of us who find parallel parking a challenge, docking a cruise ship is a complex procedure that needs careful planning, communication and skill. Ships have a propulsion system and side thrusters to help with the process, but can also get assistance from tug boats. All-in-all, it takes skill to make docking a smooth experience.

Unblemished Safety Record

Safety is paramount on a cruise ship. Captains must conduct safety drills, ensure compliance with international maritime regulations, and be prepared to respond to emergencies such as fires, medical incidents, or passenger and crew evacuations.

Each day on a cruise ship can bring new challenges and experiences. A captain needs to be able to handle any and all emergencies to keep everyone on board safe. From navigating complex waters to managing emergencies and interacting with passengers from around the world, the job rarely gets monotonous.

Excellent Communication With Crew And Passengers

Effective communication is essential. Captains must coordinate with various departments on the ship, including the bridge crew, engineering staff, and hotel operations. They also communicate with port authorities and other vessels at sea.

They are also dealing with a diverse set of crew and many cultural differences. The Captain must find a way to create cohesion among all those entities on his or her ship.

Although limited, cruise ship captains often have the chance to interact with passengers during special events and gatherings. These interactions can be enjoyable and provide a sense of connection with the people they serve.

Ability To Work Long Hours

Cruise ship captains often work long hours and may spend several months at sea without a break. The job requires a strong work ethic and the ability to stay focused and alert even during extended shifts.

While the job can be demanding with long hours at sea, it often provides opportunities for extended periods of time off between contracts. This can allow captains to balance work and personal life in a unique way.

Cultural Awareness

Cruise ships host passengers from around the world. Captains need to be culturally aware and sensitive to the diverse backgrounds and expectations of their guests.

Ability To Assume Responsibility

Captains are responsible for the well-being of their crew members. This includes ensuring that the crew has appropriate training, accommodations, and support services.

Captains are entrusted with the safety and well-being of everyone on board, and this level of responsibility can be very fulfilling. Knowing that you are responsible for the safe navigation of a massive vessel and the protection of passengers and crew can be a source of pride.

Maintain Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Regular maintenance of the ship is crucial to its safe operation. Captains oversee routine inspections and maintenance tasks, working closely with the ship’s engineering and maintenance teams.

Comfortable With Passenger Interactions

While captains may not have extensive direct contact with passengers, they often participate in formal events and may interact with passengers during receptions or special occasions.

Climbing The Ladder

Becoming a cruise ship captain typically requires years of experience as a deck officer, followed by advanced maritime training and obtaining the necessary licenses and certifications. Many captains have worked their way up through the ranks of the cruise industry.

Love of the Sea

Despite the demanding nature of the job, many cruise ship captains have a deep love for the sea and a passion for travel. They get to visit exciting destinations around the world, although their time ashore is often limited.

Many captains have a deep love for the sea and a strong connection to the maritime environment. Being on the water and experiencing the ever-changing moods of the ocean can be a powerful and spiritually enriching experience.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to note that while there are many rewarding aspects of being a cruise ship captain, the job also comes with its share of challenges and sacrifices, including extended periods away from family and friends and the need to manage high-stress situations.

Ultimately, the best thing about being a cruise ship captain may vary depending on the individual’s perspective and personal preferences.

Being a captain of a cruise ship is a prestigious and challenging career that demands a high level of responsibility, leadership, and maritime expertise. It offers the opportunity to travel the world and experience a unique blend of adventure and professionalism.

However, it also requires a strong commitment to safety and a willingness to work long hours in a highly regulated and complex environment.

Questions That Ship Captains Have Been Asked

Captains have had their fair share of questions from passengers, and many cruise lines offer a “Q&A” sessions with the Captian and other officers of the ship. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one, it is worth the time.

Here are some real questions that have been asked:

Is there a jail onboard? Yes, there is. It is called the brig.

How many people die on a cruise each year? An average of about 200 people each year die while on a cruise , most of those due to a cardiac event. With about 31.5 million people cruising each year, that isn’t a bad average.

Could I steer for a while? No.

Am I on a ship or a boat? You are on a ship. The best way to remember this is, you can put a boat on a ship, but you can’t put a ship on a boat.

Who steers the ship when you are sleeping? There are always two captains onboard a cruise ship. A Ship’s Captain and the Staff Captain as well as a number of officers.

Have you ever left a passenger behind? No. However, there have been occasions when a passenger decided not to be on board when we sailed.

Does the crew sleep on board? (Really?) Yes they do.

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Jonathon is the tech guy behind CruiseportAdvisor.com. When he's not stuck in front of his computer, Jonathon enjoys travel & cruising (even after being on a cruise ship that caught fire - a story for another day!)

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Cruise Ship Ranks and Hierarchy

Working on a cruise ship is a unique environment. Although one may argue that it’s just a floating resort, a look closer identifies that hierarchy and ranks are embedded in each cruise job onboard. By understanding the difference in stripes and ranks you’ll get to know how the chain of command works on a cruise ship.

Overview of Cruise Ship Hierarchy

A cruise ship is run like a small corporation. Similar to the president of a company, the Captain is in charge and is ultimately responsible. The Captain has a handful of senior officers that report to him just like a handful of vice presidents that would report to the president of a company. Beyond those high level ranks, the larger the cruise ship, the bigger the organizational chart of other ranks and cruise ship jobs that there are.

Typically, each department has a department head, managers, supervisors and crewmembers. (The actual title of each cruise job varies by cruise line). This equates to a chain of command that all those working onboard must adhere to. Another term for cruise job is rank. The rank of all officers and crew on cruise ships governs not only their working environment but also their cabin assignment, where they eat, their emergency duty, and whether or not they have access to passenger facilities.

History of Hierarchy and Rank on Cruise Ships

When you look at both naval ships and cargo vessels, there has always been a strict hierarchy of command. Maritime laws govern safety of life at sea with regulations that must be followed by all officers and crew working onboard the vessels. The Golden Era of ocean liners evolved into the cruise industry today where cruise ship safety is also paramount.

In the past, cruise ship hierarchy was a very militarized organizational structure with lower ranks rarely questioning the authority of higher ranks. In addition, only few departments such as the Deck Department and the Engine Department wore stripes to indicate their officer status.

Although there are many differences in how cruise ships are managed today, the officer ranking system continues to be in place and has inevitably been expanded. In an interview with Royal Caribbean’s Captain Erik Standal for the website, Beyond Ships, Standal explains that the traditional militarized hierarchy on cruise ships is still necessary.

“We are a small community and in a community you have to have some order to control certain people.” He points out, “You have the ranking system in order to make it clear who is making the decisions…”

Cruise Ship Management Hierarchy

On today’s cruise ships, in addition to the Captain being in charge, there are a handful of senior officers that manage the ship’s operations and report to the Captain. These jobs include Staff Captain, Chief Engineer, Hotel Director, Cruise Director, Doctor, Food and Beverage Manager, and Staff Engineer.

Each of those department heads have managers and supervisors that report to them as well. (See the Cruise Ship Job Positions for more information.) Plus, each department is responsible for specific emergency duties.

Cruise Ship Officer Stripes

When you first start working on a cruise ship it may be overwhelming to understand how all the departments work together, who’s in charge of what and who reports to whom. Getting to know how to interpret the stripes on their epaulets is the first step. (Reading the officer’s name tag is an alternate method). For starters, each department’s stripes are represented by a specific colour of stripe.

  • Deck Department  –  Black and gold stripes
  • Engine Department –  Purple and gold stripes
  • Hotel Department  –  White and gold stripes
  • Medical Department  –  Red and gold stripes

The number of stripes indicates the rank of the officer. The more stripes, the more authority the officer has within their department. Each cruise line varies slightly with how many stripes a particular cruise job may have. In all cases, the Captain has the most stripes (4+ black and gold stripes)

Comparatively, in the Hotel Department, the Hotel Director is the head of his/her department. He/she may have four stripes. This person looks after all guest services, entertainment and revenue on the ship. Therefore, the Cruise Director, Doctor, Food and Beverage Manager, Customers Services Director, and Human Resources Manager all report to the Hotel Director and typically have between 3 – 3.5 stripes.

In some cases it’s difficult to tell who’s who on a ship because there are so many people wearing stripes. (Note: Some cruise jobs may not actually wear stripes but their job has a stripe equivalent in the case of the Cruise Director.)

Cruise Ship Chain of Command

Each cruise line has a slightly different organizational chart when it comes to the chain of command. Yet, most cruise lines follow the same chain of command protocol.

Click here for a simple diagram of cruise ship organizational hierarchy .

On cruise ships, you are expected to follow the chain of command whenever you have a complaint or concern. Always speak to your immediate supervisor first and allow them to make an effort to solve the issue. At no time should you jump the chain of command and proceed directly to the Captain.

When the Chain of Command Breaks Down

There may be times when you feel that your immediate supervisor has not dealt with the issue at hand. Or, possibly your immediate supervisor is the issue. If that’s the case, you take it one step up the chain of command and speak with the next in line.

Most cruise ships also have a Human Resources Manager onboard. This person is onboard for situations that you feel that can’t be resolved within your own department and also for situations that you feel are sensitive or personal. Feel free to speak this onboard HR manager.

All in all, working onboard a cruise ship can take a bit of getting used to, with its overly structured environment. But, once you experience it, you appreciate it. You know exactly what you can and cannot do. You know what your responsibilities are. You know who you need to report to. This military style is not for everyone, but many crewmembers and officers careers thrive in this environment.

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Female Cruise Ship Captains

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Every ship has a captain, but on larger percentage on the ships in the cruise industry captains are of the male gender. It has been the truth as old as time, men overpopulate the majority of the higher paying positions around the world and this position has not been any different for as long as the cruise industry has existed. It seems that this old-fashioned way of thinking has been shifting lately since the cruise industry slowly is incorporating female captains into their fleets.

Royal Caribbean Captain Karin Stahre-Janson (the first female in the cruise industry to command a major cruise liner)

It would appear that the cruise industry is recognizing their female officers who sacrifice their time with friends and family, as well as their hard work, just as much as their male officers. This new tradition of promoting female First Officers to captains begun with Royal Caribbean International's Karin Stahre-Janson in 2007. The Swedish born female mariner became the first woman in the industry to lead a major cruise ship, the Monarch of the Seas. The Monarch of the Seas is an 880 feet long cruise ship that can provide services to 2,400 passengers and harbors shelter and jobs for about 850 crew members. Captain Stahre-Jansen is responsible for all those people who work and vacation aboard her ship which is not an easy task for any person.

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Following in Stahre-Jansen and Royal Caribbean's footsteps were the P&O Cruises with the promotion of Captain Sarah Breton, and Cunard's Captain Inger Olsen. These few hard-working women have interesting stories to tell on how to get to the top of the food chain aboard one cruise ship, but the just of it is hard work, determination, and a lot of sacrifices.

Cunard Captain Inger Olsen

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P&O Cruises Captain Sarah Breton

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Silversea Cruises Captain Margrith Ettlin

For the first time in Silversea Cruises' 20-year history, a female captain was promoted. A Swiss national with extensive maritime experience, Captain Ettlin assumed control of the 132-guest expedition cruise ship Silver Explorer on 7 August 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Click here to read more about Silversea Cruises first female captain

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Celebrity Cruises Captain Kate McCue

At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue took command of Celebrity Cruises 91,000-ton ship, Celebrity Summit. As Captain, she is responsible for the safe navigation of the cruise ship of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members. McCue climbed to the position of Captain following her 15 years of successful experience and leadership in the maritime industry. C lick here to read more about Celebrity Cruises First American Female Captain.

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Regent Seven Seas Captain Serena Melani

Serena Melani made history as the first Italian female cruise ship Captain. She took over the command during the traditional handover of the ship Seven Seas Mariner in March 2016. The 210 meters cruise ship belongs to the Regent Seven Seas fleet, one of the Norwegian brands, offering ultra-luxury all-inclusive cruises for a limited number of guests.  Click here to read more about the first Italian female cruise ship captain

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Royal Caribbean Staff Captain Wendy Williams

Royal Caribbean Staff Captain Wendy Williams is one of three department heads overseeing everything that happens onboard the cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas. Take a look behind the scenes video with Staff Captain Wendy Williams here.

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Virgin Voyages Captain Wendy Williams

The new player in the cruise industry Virgin Voyages announced the first female to captain their first-ever ship called Scarlet Lady. After her extensive experience as a Staff Captain at Royal Caribbean Wendy Williams will take the helm of Scarlet Lady in spring 2020, as the first Canadian woman master of a ship for a major cruise brand. 

Wendy Williams was born in Quebec City and now calls Vancouver Island home. She started her career on a commercial fishing ship and worked her way up the ranks through ferries, and finally serving on a bridge of other cruise liners.

“Captain Wendy’s extensive maritime background makes her an excellent choice to lead the Scarlet Lady, but it is her spirit and drive to approach life at sea differently that make her the perfect fit to join the Virgin Voyages family,” said Tom McAlpin, president, and chief executive officer.

Virgin Voyages is determined to put women in more leadership roles on their cruise ships and started recruiting more than a dozen other female officers and engineers. Williams calls her new gig “a dream come true. I have saltwater in my veins and nothing brings me more joy than being at sea,” she said.

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Windstar Captain Belinda Bennett (The first black female cruise ship captain)

In 2019 Belinda Bennett became the first black female captain in the cruise industry. Born and raised on the British territory of St Helena just off the South Africa’s Atlantic coast, she pursued a career in maritime studies in Newcastle, England. Captain Bennett has sailed for Windstar Cruise Lines for over 14 years and is now a master of the MSY Wind Star. She recently won the U.K.’s prestigious Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

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With time every person might create a family even though their career aboard the cruise ships may take them away from the family with months at the time., but becoming a captain aboard one cruise ship does not happen overnight, it takes years of commitment towards one or several companies and experience. The acknowledgment that a woman can work as hard and sacrifice as much as one man aboard a cruise ship is a step forward to breaking away from those old fashioned stereotypes which have been lingering throughout the history of the cruise ship industry.

The new age is bringing a new breed of women, as well as men. Women are entering the workforce with the same understanding as men used to, while men are becoming somewhat more domesticated. This is not an emasculation of the male sex, but an understanding that the female sex might not be as gentle as history has portrayed it to be.

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By sea_u_onboard , December 20, 2004 in Carnival Cruise Lines

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Miracle - Roberto Garibbo . He was a great captain!

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MadScientist Eric, Since i'm italian i think i can answer your question as to why all the captains on Carnival seem to be italian. Well, its not just a carnival thing. u see italians have been navigating the seas for centuries and sailing is a distinct part of the italian culture. my grandfather was a navigator for many years in Italy and would only come home for 1 month out of the year to see his family. Italy has many of the world's famous ports and some of the best "scuole navali" -nautical schools- in the world as well. Also, I think that a majority of the cruise ships, if not all, are built in monfalcone, italy by the Fincantieri Navali. Therefore, while u may encounter a non-italian captain in the future i think it's safe to say that the majority of captains and command staff that u will see on your cruises will be italian.

As for the captain list, when I sailed on the Paradise last year the Captain was Vito Garuccio and last week the captain of the Glory was Francesco La Fauci - he is really a great captain. It wa s truly a pleasure to speak with him on several occasions.

sea u onboard, i was just reading your post and when i read your comment about antonio I knew it had to be the same engineer I saw on the Glory last week lol. After looking at the pictures I knew for sure. Antonio was the chief engineer on the Glory last week. He was on board with his two children.

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Anyone noticing a "trend" where the captains are concerned.....LOL;)

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The Valor captain is Agostino Fazio........I just came off this cruise today. :) I think that is a change for the Valor.

Also, Josh Riffe was the cruise director on my cruise............where did brent mitchell go that everyone was talking about??

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Carnival Liberty Captain= Marco Nogara

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Rather be cruising

On the July 24 Pride sailing, the captain was Roberto Volpi.

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Anyone know who the Captains are on Fascination and Imagination?

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gets a kick out of telling the Italian Captains that he was "Made in Italy"...

that is where my husband and I spent our honeymoon....

Celebration (he just got there for my cruise) = Placido Tumminello

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Bill Junior

Just back from the Inspiration.....

The Captain is Candeloro Donato.

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Pride ~ Claudio Cupisti

Incorrect...As of April 2nd, it is Roberto Volpi

I stole the 300 some page book on the Pride in March "Dont tell CCL", and it lists all the captains names & cheif engineers.... ( AS OF WHEN THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED ) It also has all their photos but I'm not sure how to get them on this site....:(

Antonio A. Allegretti

Giulio Basso

Giampaolo Casula

Claudio Cupisti

Giovanni Cutugno

Orazio D'Aita

Giuseppe Donato

Agostino Fazio

Leonardo Francolla

Giovanni Gallo

Alessandro Galotto

Vito Garuccio

Gaetano Gigliotti

Francesco La Fauci

PierLuigi Lanaro

Mattia Manzi

Antonio Marchetti

Massimo Marino

Marco Nogara

Giorgio Pagano

Carlo Queirolo

Salvatore Rassello

Angelo Ratto

Evangelista Salvemini

Andrea Viacava

Roberto Volpi

CHEIF ENGINEERS

Walter Ambrogini

Giovanni Barlaro

Mauro Bartolini

Francesco Bietola

Gianfranco Borzone

Nicolo Briano

Claudio Cargiolli

Antonio Colotti

Antonio Di Carlo

Damiano Esposito

Basilio Gallo

Gino Gandolfi

Stefano Gazzolo

Gastone Lazzari

Raimondo Nicita

Carlo Paiella

Marcella Queirolo

Mario Repetto

Walter Rossi

Camillo Russo

Renzo Saccone

Sergio Sciolla

Carmelo Testa

Luciano Tortorici

Giovanni Tropea

Rosario Vasta

Alfronso Verdoliva

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This may have changed. But the Captain on the Legend in March was Roberto Garibbo.

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Imagination: Jeff Bronsson

Elation: Correction = Gorge Solano "Horhe"

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whatever happened to this thread??

May, 2009 - Carnival Spirit - Captain Giuseppe Donato

Sept 09 - Carnival Dream - Captain Carlo Queirolo

Here are some John Heald posted last month

Carnival Triumph – Captain Giovanni Gallo

Carnival Victory – Captain Salvatore Rassello

Carnival Spirit – Captain???………………anyone remember??

Carnival Pride - Captain ???……………bugger ?

Carnival Legend – Captain Claudio Cupisti

Carnival Miracle – Captain ??? – oh bugger again ??

Carnival Conquest – Captain Salvatore Rassello

Carnival Glory – Captain Carlo Queirolo

Carnival Valor – Captain Giovanni Cutugno

Carnival Liberty - Captain Marco Nogara

Carnival Freedom – Captain Orazio D’Aita

Carnival Splendor – Captain Giorgio Pagano

Carnival Dream – Captain Carlo Queirolo

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windsor26

do we have the names of the Captain and Maitre D' for the Carnival; Legend on 20th April 2015

Wow... Looking back, This thread is almost a decade old.

I posted in 2006.

Sea_u_onboard -- are you still available to answer specific questions about Carnival Cruise Lines captains/crew?

May 18th was Francesco La Fauci as the Captain. I will have to see if I can find my funtimes from the first alaska sailing of this year to see if I have any of the other information.

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What to Know About All 16 Ships in the Celebrity Cruises Fleet

Here’s what you need to know about every Celebrity Cruises ship.

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Celebrity Cruises is among our readers' favorite mega-ship ocean lines — coming in at No. 1 in 2022 and No. 2 in 2023 as part of our World's Best Awards (WBA) — and it's easy to see why. This WBA Hall of Fame honoree truly shines with its sophisticated, tasteful decor and sleek onboard spaces, including swanky lounges, dazzling bars, gourmet specialty restaurants, and contemporary suites. Almost all Celebrity ships, except the three Xpedition-class vessels, offer standard amenities like casinos, retail shops, spas, and Broadway-level shows and entertainment. There's also the adults-only Solarium and The Retreat, the latter of which is reserved exclusively for suite guests. Paul Brady , Travel + Leisure ’s news director and cruise expert, told us, “Because its ships offer so much to do, Celebrity is a fantastic choice for families, who can choose from a huge array of well-designed staterooms and suites. Groups of friends, too, will find much to like, thanks to the brand's fantastic dining (and drinking) options.”

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Kari Becker is a travel advisor at Marvelous Mouse Travels.

With a fleet of 16 ships, it can be tricky to determine which Celebrity ship is best suited for your specific needs.Travel advisor Kari Becker of Marvelous Mouse Travels explains, "Whatever your taste, there is a perfect Celebrity cruise to meet your needs." She continues, telling T+L, "There are three main classes: the Edge, Solstice, and Millennium classes, all with unique features, benefits, and advantages." The Millennium-class ships are smaller which, per Becker, may "offer a more personalized experience." Solstice is the largest class of Celebrity's fleet, says Becker. "When designed, these ships focused on innovation, with unique spaces including a real grass lawn, and unique onboard experiences, such as glass-making classes." Last but not least is Celebrity's Edge class. Per the pro, the ships in the line's newest class are "the largest of the fleet, offering more space for additional experiences and restaurants, including a massive pool deck, floating platform at sea (aptly called the Magic Carpet), and Rooftop Garden." All in all, she says, "The Edge series is for guests looking for transformative cruising and splendor with countless gourmet restaurants and immersive entertainment." 

Ahead, we’ve listed every Celebrity ship currently in service — complete with their notable amenities, launch year, guest capacity, and other need-to-know insights — to help you determine which vessel is best for your next voyage.

Celebrity Ascent

Inaugural Year: 2023

Ship Class: Edge 

Ship Capacity: 3,260 passengers

Celebrity’s newest ship is also its flashiest — in the best way possible. The Celebrity Ascent offers an expanded Retreat area (exclusive to suite guests), complete with a 40-percent-larger two-story sundeck, and the swanky Sunset Bar, which is 180 percent larger. Beyond The Retreat, there are 32 bars, restaurants, and lounges, a lush Rooftop Garden, an adults-only Solarium, the three-level Eden restaurant and entertainment venue, and the Magic Carpet, a floating platform that reaches 13 stories above sea level. Finally, stay in one of the Iconic Suites, the largest in the Celebrity fleet, for the ultimate splurge. 

Celebrity Beyond

Inaugural Year: 2022

Celebrity Beyond is nearly identical to Celebrity Ascent . Both Edge-class sister ships have the same spectacular amenities and features, including a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center that’s sure to impress wellness-seekers, who will also be happy in one of the AquaClass Sky Suites, which offer in-room yoga mats and fitness equipment. It’s also worth noting that these suite guests also enjoy access to the SEA Thermal Suite and a dedicated spa concierge. Don’t miss the adults-only Solarium, the Rooftop Garden, the aforementioned Eden, or the Magic Carpet, which offers the best views at sea.

Paul Brady was onboard the Beyond in October 2022. “My stateroom, 9164, was a Sky Suite, with a king bed facing a private terrace and a clever roll-open mirror that let natural light into the spacious bathroom. Dining at the Daniel Boulud restaurant Le Voyage was one highlight — with seven courses — but so too were casual cocktails at Sunset Bar, with its touch of Moroccan design influence courtesy of Nate Berkus, who dreamed up the multi-level lounge,” said Brady of his experience.  

Celebrity Apex

Inaugural Year: 2020

Ship Capacity: 2,910 passengers

The second Edge-class ship, Celebrity Apex, made its grand debut in 2020. It boasts an abundance of stylish onboard spaces, including the Rooftop Garden and the adults-only Solarium. Access to the exclusive Retreat area is reason alone to book one of the contemporary suites. Other highlights include the dazzling three-story Grand Plaza, where you’ll find the aptly named Martini Bar, one of 29 bars, lounges, and restaurants aboard Apex , along with the orange-hued Magic Carpet, which offers live music and a full bar 13 feet above sea level.  

“I was fortunate to snag one of just a handful of Royal Suites on the ship, 12105, which had the look of a chic coastal Florida cottage, elevated with pops of bright green, geometric tiling, and contemporary art on the walls. The bathroom, with a deep soaking tub and spacious shower, rivaled any I’ve seen at land-based resorts,” said Brady of his November 2021 sailing. “Same with the Grand Plaza at the heart of the ship, a gathering place with a hotel lobby vibe in the best possible sense — and a glitzy Martini Bar.”

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Celebrity Flora

Inaugural Year: 2019

Ship Class: Xpedition 

Ship Capacity: 100 passengers

Cruise the Galapagos in style aboard Celebrity Flora , which made its maiden voyage in 2019. The vessel was designed with sustainability in mind: It's built with natural materials and features anchorless technology to protect the seabed. Certified naturalists from Galapagos National Park are on board to help guests gain a better understanding of the region for an educational trip. The ship also offers a once-in-a-lifetime glamping experience, which includes dinner and drinks, a naturalist-guided stargazing session, accommodations in a cabana-turned-double bed, and a private breakfast. Plus, with its all-suite accommodations, the small ship has a mega-yacht feel.

Celebrity Edge

Inaugural Year: 2018

Ship Capacity: 2,918 passengers

This sophisticated ship — the first in Celebrity’s Edge class — changed the game following its 2018 debut. What’s more, Edge was the very first Celebrity ship to feature the Magic Carpet, the multifunctional Eden, and the Infinite Veranda Staterooms, which, with the touch of a button, transform your living space into your very own private balcony.

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Celebrity Reflection

Inaugural Year: 2012

Ship Class: Solstice 

Ship Capacity: 3,046 passengers

The fifth, final, and largest Solstice-class cruise ship, Celebrity Reflection , will impress even the pickiest of travelers with its onboard activities, amenities, and spaces, including a total of 22 bars, restaurants, and lounges. In addition to The Retreat (reserved exclusively for suite guests) and The Solarium (adults-only), Reflection — along with all Solstice-class ships — boasts the Lawn Club. Located on the top deck of the ship, this chic outdoor space (which is outfitted with real grass, no less), is perfect for sipping cocktails, enjoying a leisurely lunch, listening to live music, lounging in a cabana, or playing a game of bocce or croquet. The adults-only Persian Garden area at the spa is a favorite amongst wellness enthusiasts.

Celebrity Silhouette

Inaugural Year: 2011

Ship Capacity: 2,902 passengers

Celebrity Silhouette is elegant in every sense, from the aptly named Grand Foyer — with its marvelous marble floors, extravagant staircase (which is prime for photo opportunities), and the first panoramic oceanview glass elevators at sea — to stylish lounges like The Hideaway or the natural light-filled Sky Lounge. While suite guests gain exclusive access to The Retreat, anyone can relax in one of the swanky pool areas or the laid-back Lawn Club. Then, when hunger — or thirst — calls, passengers can take their pick of over 20 food and drink options.

Celebrity Eclipse

Inaugural Year: 2010

Ship Capacity: 2,852 passengers

An impressive modern art collection, an expansive spa, a half-acre lawn, and top-notch dining: Find all this and more aboard Celebrity Eclipse , which debuted in 2010. This Solstice-class vessel also boasts an onboard nightclub, popular among party-centric travelers, a striking Grand Foyer, and, last but not least, the Solstice Club. Located at the highest point of the ship, the Solstice Club is a haven for R&R with its canopy lounge beds — and it’s also a popular spot for morning yoga or evening stargazing sessions.

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Celebrity Equinox

Inaugural Year: 2009

Refurbished in 2019, Celebrity Equinox exudes cool. On board this stylish ship, guests can sip cocktails in style at one of several hip bars, including the Martini Bar and Slush, enjoy a picnic lunch or practice their golf swing at the half-acre Lawn Club, or soak up the sun at the adults-only Solarium or the plush lounge-lined pool area. Finally, guests should consider booking a suite to access Luminae, a swanky restaurant that serves decadent dishes designed by acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud.

Celebrity Solstice

Inaugural Year: 2008

Ship Capacity:  2,852 passengers

The first ship in Celebrity’s Solstice class currently cruises Alaska and the Pacific Coast in style. Here, you’ll find the lush Lawn Club, the adults-only Persian Garden thermal suite, and the glam Grand Foyer. Additional highlights include the Solstice Deck, an onboard nightclub, and a slew of bars and lounges, including the wine-centric Cellar Masters, where oenophiles can learn about – and taste — a wide variety of vinos from across the globe. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Hot Glass Class, featuring professional-led glass-blowing demos.

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Celebrity Xploration

Inaugural Year: 2007

Ship Class: Xpedition

Ship Capacity: 16 passengers

With a passenger capacity of just 16, the Xploration is Celebrity’s smallest ship. As such, cruisers can expect an intimate onboard ambiance. When not out and about exploring the Galapagos, guests can hang in the lounge, relax in their suite (some with private balconies), and soak up some rays — or stargaze — on the hot tub-equipped sundeck.

Celebrity Constellation

Inaugural Year: 2002

Ship Class: Millennium 

Ship Capacity: 2,184 passengers

This 22-year-old Celebrity ship offers a more refined, subdued atmosphere compared to the line’s newer ships, which boast flashier features like the Magic Carpet. The Rooftop Terrace area serves as a restaurant, bar, and outdoor movie theater, complete with cozy furnishings coupled with mouthwatering bites and sips. Meanwhile, the adults-only Persian Garden area in the spa is ideal for wellness-seeking cruisers.

Celebrity Summit

Inaugural Year: 2001

Ship Capacity: 2,218 passengers

Celebrity Summit, which cruises Alaska and the Caribbean, technically dates back to 2001; however, in 2019, it received a $75-million refurbishment to bring it a little more in line with Celebrity’s newest ships, including 2018’s Celebrity Edge . Expect stylish spaces galore, including the Sunset and Martini bars, plus a sleek Rooftop Terrace where cruisers can catch outdoor flicks while basking in the ocean views.

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Celebrity Xpedition

Ship Class: Xpedition  

Ship Capacity: 48 passengers

Last refurbished in 2018, Celebrity Xpedition was purposely built to cruise the Galapagos. The immersive onboard experience includes nightly lectures by certified naturalists from Galapagos National Park, who will be on board the entire sailing. Enjoy postcard-worthy views from the Panorama Deck, or take a dip in the hot tub on the Sunrise Deck. Passengers can choose from a handful of elegant rooms and suites; however, those who want their own balcony will need to spring on the latter.

Celebrity Infinity

Inaugural Year: 2000

Ship Capacity: 2,170 passengers

Celebrity Infinity is a favorite among laid-back cruisers — primarily couples and adult friend groups. Popular onboard hangout spots include the adults-only Solarium, the buzzy Rooftop Terrace, and, for suite guests, The Retreat. The ship also has a handful of specialty dining restaurants (in addition to complimentary ones, of course). Le Petit Chef is well worth the added fee thanks to a combination of gourmet eats and exhilarating entertainment complete with tabletop animations.

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Celebrity Millennium

Inaugural Year: 1999

Ship Class: Millennium  

Don’t sleep on Celebrity’s oldest ship, which includes a handful of fan-favorite amenities and spaces such as The Retreat, the Solarium, the Rooftop Terrace, and the Grand Foyer. Last refurbished in 2019, Millennium now features a more contemporary design aesthetic, similar to what you’d find on the newer ships. There are also more than 15 bars and restaurants on board.

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INTRODUCING THE CAPTAIN OF ICON OF THE SEAS:

Icon’s captain henrik shares the top things to do on the new ship, the world's best family vacation debuts january 2024, with everything from the largest waterpark at sea to seven pools—one for every day of the week..

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In January 2024, Icon of the Seas debuts in Miami as the first-time combination of the best of every vacation.

Credit: Royal Caribbean

Imagine a getaway that combines the best of every vacation. Think: The beach retreat, the resort escape, the theme park adventure and more—all in one getaway. Enter Icon of the Seas . For the first time, adults and kids alike, as well as all types of travelers—whether you prefer thrill or chill—will have ways to make memories together and on their own terms.

And with a new ship comes a new captain: Meet Captain Henrik Loy. Born and raised in Bergen, Norway, this captain has had a taste for life at sea for as long as he can remember.

“Bergen is a popular cruise destination and also the gateway to the Norwegian fjords ,” he said. “I was always fascinated by ships and decided to become a seafarer. I started out as a cadet and moved up through the ranks on many different ships  all over the world.”

Henrik joined Royal Caribbean more than 25 years ago in 1997. While it may seem like he’s seen and done it all, he’s about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime when he takes the wheel and sets course for the Caribbean from Miami in January 2024.

Ahead of setting sail next year, Captain Henrik shared the firsts and favorites he’s looking forward to experiencing on Icon , as well as tips on where to start when you join him and the team on board:

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Captain Henrik Loy marks more than 25 years at Royal Caribbean as the first captain of the cruise line’s brand-new ship.

“ Icon of the Seas is a completely new class of ship with many new features and innovations ,” Henrik said. “I am working hard to learn it all.” However, he’s anything but fazed by the challenge : “I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and at the summit, I thought, ‘If I can do this, I can do anything.'”

In fact, Captain Henrik’s been visiting Icon while it’s under construction in the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. He’s been working with the team on the ground to see that inspections, training, tests and prep for key moments in the construction process go smoothly. One such key moment that’s coming up is sea trials. That’s when a ship, Icon in this case, is pushed to its limits in a series of performance tests that include the engines, navigation systems, propulsion and more.

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Icon features eight signature neighborhoods, like The Hideaway and Thrill Island. Each one’s home to a lineup of restaurants, bars, entertainment and activities.

When Henrik says he’s working hard to learn it all, he means never-before-seen experiences, reimagined favorites and new features like the liquefied natural gas (aka LNG, the cleanest-burning marine fuel to date) tanks on the ship.

There’s a lot to cover between the new adventures and engineering feats. The best part is that whatever your travel style and personality, you have ways to make the most of your vacation thanks to eight signature neighborhoods. And by neighborhoods, we’re talking destinations in and of themselves that each feature your choice of restaurants, entertainment and activities, bars, shopping and more.

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Find a pool for every mood and day of the week on Icon, including the largest pool at sea and the first suspended infinity pool at sea.

Are you a thrill-seeker? Look no further than adventures like six record-breaking waterslides, rock climbing and the FlowRider surf simulator to start. Or if you’re all about kicking back, there’s a slice of paradise for you across seven pools—that’s one for every day of the week—including the largest pool at sea and the ultimate beach club experience with the first suspended infinity pool on a cruise ship at The Hideaway.

From Thrill Island to Chill Island to the first neighborhood designed for young families from end to end (more on that later), the variety of neighborhoods on Icon is matched with just as many flavors at more than 40 spots to dine and drink. That includes 15 bars and entertainment venues where you can have your best day ever and the best night ever, too.

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A next-level AquaTheater and 55-foot-tall waterfall are at the center of the first AquaDome, a transformational neighborhood that sits at the top of the new ship.

“I am honored and excited to be the captain of Icon of the Seas ,” Henrik said, adding that he’s most looking forward to the AquaDome , Thrill Island  and Surfside neighborhoods.

Surfside is Royal Caribbean’s first neighborhood made for young families . There are the sprawling Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay aquaparks for little ones to have fun with slides, spray fountains and a massive drench bucket, all while the adults keep an eye on them from the Water’s Edge pool. Staying dry is just as exciting with a beach-themed carousel, an arcade with more than 30 new and retro games, and activities like family festivals. And when it’s time to recharge between adventures, have your pick of places where every member of the family can grab a bite and a drink, including the new Surfside Eatery buffet, a convenient pick-up window at Surfside Bites and even a bar with menus for adults and kids called The Lemon Post .

You could literally spend all day in Surfside, too, because there are new family staterooms and suites, like the three-story Ultimate Family Townhouse and the Surfside Family Suites, nestled right in the neighborhood.

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Do you have what it takes to brave the adrenaline-pumping Crown’s Edge 154 feet above the ocean?

You’ll find the biggest thrills at Thrill Island, a lost island adventure and brand-new neighborhood where Category 6 —the largest waterpark at sea—awaits with the tallest, fastest and longest slides like the first family raft slides on a cruise ship. For the bravest, there’s Crown’s Edge , an experience that’s part skywalk, part ropes course, part thrill ride 154 feet above the ocean. Thrill Island is also home to returning favorites that have been reimagined, including the Adrenaline Peak rock climbing wall and the Lost Dunes  mini-golf course.

With so much thrill also comes plenty of ways to chill, like at Chill Island and Henrik’s top pick, the AquaDome. Perched at the top of Icon is the new AquaDome, which Henrik describes as “spectacular.” By day, the transformational neighborhood is a tranquil oasis with 220-degree ocean views. At night is when it all transforms into a vibrant hot spot that comes alive with restaurants, bars and jaw-dropping entertainment. Here, you’ll catch shows at the next-level AquaTheater that combines artistry and cutting-edge technology with aerialists, acrobats, high divers, state-of-the-art projection and more. And did we mention the 55-foot-tall waterfall that towers over it all?

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The Hideaway—which has beach club vibes—is home to uninterrupted ocean views as well as the first suspended infinity pool at sea.

No doubt, the  unforgettable experiences  you can have while sailing from one destination to the next is a big part of what makes a cruise the  vacation of a lifetime . Henrik’s tip to make it the best getaway yet? “Do your research, don’t  pack  too much and make the most of every minute.”

The adventures you can experience on a cruise aboard  Icon  include the tropical destinations you’ll visit, too. While Henrik has been around the world, he says that with  Icon  he’s most looking forward to visiting St. Maarten, a  historic hotspot in the Caribbean  that’s governed by two countries, France and The Netherlands; and  Cozumel , a stunning Mexican island off the Yucatan Peninsula.

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More than 120 acres of thrill and chill is what’s in store on Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Of course, he also can’t wait to spend time on Perfect Day at CocoCay , Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas. You’ll find all kinds of things to do there, like plunging down 13 waterslides—including Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest in North America, or kicking back on miles of white sand beaches and at laidback spots like the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas. Henrik says Perfect Day is “an incredible last day for everyone to enjoy.”

When Icon debuts in just under a year, Henrik is most excited about getting to deliver thousands of iconic vacations to families, thrill-seekers, chill enthusiasts, couples and groups of friends.

“My job is very fulfilling,” he said. “I make use of my passion and talent while delivering exceptional cruise vacations to our guests and get to work with incredible crew members from all over the world.”

Are you ready for the Icon of vacations? Head here to see where Icon is headed and all the experiences you have in store.

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  1. Current Captains

    If you know the current Captain for a ship, please post it here. I will update the list as the names get posted. I have also started a thread for the names of the current Cruise Directors -

  2. List of sea captains

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  3. Current Captains and Their Schedules

    Captain Marek Zoll from 25 June 2023 onwards. Oosterdam: Captain Rens van Eerten from 15 May 2023 onwards. Rotterdam: Captain Werner Timmers from 17 June - 09 Sept. 2023. Captain Bas van Dreumel from 09 Sept. - 03 Dec. 2023. Volendam: Captain Henk Draper from 06 May 2023 onwards. Westerdam:

  4. Meet the Ship's Captain and Staff on Your Cruise

    Let's meet the ship's Captain and Staff. Of course, the first give away is the name tags. They usually tell you what kind of officer they are and even what country they hail from. The true clue to the level of power or authority they have on the ship is by looking at how many stripes are on their epaulets. Four stripes is the top of the ...

  5. Captains • The Disney Cruise Line Blog

    Captains. Posted on May 23, 2016 by Scott Sanders. Past and present Disney Cruise Line Captains. Captain Henry Andersson (1996 - 2022) Sweden - Rockledge, Florida. Captain Henry has over 40 years of seagoing experience, 30 years of those in command. He holds an unlimited merchant marine office license (Masters) from Sweden and the Bahamas.

  6. Sea captain

    A sea captain, ship's captain, captain, master, or shipmaster, is a high-grade licensed mariner who holds ultimate command and responsibility of a merchant vessel. The captain is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the ship, including its seaworthiness, safety and security, cargo operations, navigation, crew management, and legal compliance, and for the persons and cargo on board.

  7. Saga Captains

    Captain Jason Ikiadis. Captain Jason, or 'CJ' as the crew and guests know him, was born and raised in Guildford. The sea is in his blood - his father was a ship's Captain with Chandris Lines running the 'ten pound pommies' to Australia in the 60s and 70s, and his maternal grandfather was a submariner in the Royal Navy.

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    As Royal Caribbean's newest (and largest!) ship, Symphony of the Seas, prepares to set sail from Barcelona, Spain, to idyllic Mediterranean destinations, we'd like you to meet the man at the helm—Captain Rob Hempstead. Captain Hempstead has sailed with Royal Caribbean International since 1999, and has served as Master aboard six ships since 2005 making him well prepared to sail Symphony.

  9. How to become a cruise ship captain

    Cruise ship captains were on the front line as the pandemic affected the world's cruise fleet in 2020. "The logistics involved and the mental stress of getting crew members home, and losing ...

  10. Kate McCue

    Kate McCue. Kate McCue (born January 6, 1978) [1] [2] is an American cruise ship captain. She is currently employed by Celebrity Cruises and is the captain of the Celebrity Beyond. When she became the commanding officer of Celebrity Summit in 2015, it was the first time that an American woman had been named captain of a "Mega" cruise ship.

  11. THE CREW

    Favourite ship: Majestic Princess since being the first Captain to sail the ship on her inaugural voyage and season. Jasper Wolthuis. Job title: Hotel General Manager. When did you join Princess? 2002. Favourite part of the job: Meeting people, managing large teams and overcoming challenges.

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    Captain Chris Pugh qualified from Warsash Maritime College in Southampton, England. He started his career in 2001 at the age of 16, onboard Container ships, later moving to various Cruise vessels, ferries, and other passenger vessels. He finally joined MSC Cruises in 2019 where he was promoted to Master in 2022.

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    Being a captain of a cruise ship is a prestigious and challenging career that demands a high level of responsibility, leadership, and maritime expertise. It offers the opportunity to travel the world and experience a unique blend of adventure and professionalism. However, it also requires a strong commitment to safety and a willingness to work ...

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    On today's cruise ships, in addition to the Captain being in charge, there are a handful of senior officers that manage the ship's operations and report to the Captain. ... (Reading the officer's name tag is an alternate method). For starters, each department's stripes are represented by a specific colour of stripe. Deck Department ...

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    Decks are usually identified by a number or name and are accessible by stairs and/or an elevator. 5. Lido Deck ... Much like a boat, a cruise ship has a Captain. The Captain is the highest-ranking officer on a cruise ship, responsible for the overall operation and safety of the vessel. Becoming a cruise ship captain typically requires years of ...

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  21. Look Inside The Captain's Quarters on a Cruise Ship

    The captain's quarters on a cruise ship will always be close to the bridge, often with a door giving direct access to the bridge from the cabin. This allows the captain to get onto the bridge immediately if there is an emergency or other situation which requires their instant attention. As you can see here, the bridge will usually be visible ...

  22. Current captains list

    672. July 24, 2014. United States. #3. Posted June 11, 2018. Captain Tore Grimstad just began his rotation last week. He shares the helm with Captain Ron Holmes, rotating approximately every 10 weeks. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk.

  23. Major Parts of a Cruise Ship

    Galley: The kitchen. Hull: The main body of the ship. Lido deck: A commonly used phrase indicating the location of the pool and additional amenities like bars, restaurants, and fitness centers ...

  24. Female Cruise Ship Captains

    Celebrity Cruises Captain Kate McCue. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue took command of Celebrity Cruises 91,000-ton ship, Celebrity Summit. As Captain, she is responsible for the safe navigation of the cruise ship of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members. McCue climbed to the position of Captain following her 15 years of ...

  25. Take a look inside a cruise ship captain's living quarters

    Captain McCue made history as the first American woman to be named captain of a mega cruise ship. In 2015, she became the commanding officer of Celebrity Summit at only 37-years-old. During her time at California State University, she landed an internship with Chiquita Brands International, where she worked on one of their cargo ships and ...

  26. Current Captains

    Posted April 16, 2006. I stole the 300 some page book on the Pride in March "Dont tell CCL", and it lists all the captains names & cheif engineers.... ( AS OF WHEN THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED ) It also has all their photos but I'm not sure how to get them on this site....: CAPTAINS: Antonio A. Allegretti. Giulio Basso.

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    MIAMI (July 16, 2024) - An exhilarating, eight-night Norwegian Fjords voyage awaits Celebrity Cruises® guests, as Laura Hodges Bethge, president of Celebrity Cruises, recently announced the cruise line's 2025 President's Cruise itinerary. Guests aboard the 2024 President's Cruise were the first to learn about the upcoming sailing aboard the iconic Celebrity Apex® on May 17, 2025.

  28. All 16 Celebrity Cruises Ships, From Newest to Oldest

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  29. Icon's Captain Henrik Shares The Top Things to Do on The New Ship

    A next-level AquaTheater and 55-foot-tall waterfall are at the center of the first AquaDome, a transformational neighborhood that sits at the top of the new ship. Credit: Royal Caribbean. "I am honored and excited to be the captain of Icon of the Seas ," Henrik said, adding that he's most looking forward to the AquaDome, Thrill Island and ...

  30. List of cruise ships

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