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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 Bernardus.
  • 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 M.
  • 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 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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Take it away, Trekker…

Greetings everyone, I am Trekker, a lifelong traveler and pretty much a Jill of All Trades and Master of Nothing in Particular. At present I am working on cruise ships. I work for an Italian company and am the English Social Hostess.

The Social Host/Hostess is pretty much a ship’s ambassador for a specific language. We usually have the five main languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German, covered by a native speaker of that language. Our job is to be there for guests when they need specific information as well as socialise with them and make sure they are having a good time.

We do the Embarkation and Disembarkation talks, translations, check the Daily Programs that are delivered to the guests each evening, support the Captain during Gala evenings, give ship tours etc…

So far I have done 2 contracts and am waiting on my 3rd. My first was 6 months long and on one of the smallest of our vessels, she can carry 2,300 guests and 700 crew. We sailed the Eastern Mediterranean, including Italy, Turkey, Israel Ukraine, and Greece.

The second was 7.5-months long and on the largest of our vessels, she can carry 4,300 guests and up to 1,700 crew. We sailed from Italy transatlantic to the Caribbean, spent 6 months there then sailed down to Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil. Even though the contracts are long and tiring, I am definitely interested in going back and just hope I get my requested location of South Africa.

How did you get the job?

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As far as my journey, it involved lots of research and emailing and calling. When I visited the “boy” on the ship in Italy I also went to one of the offices there, but was told they could not help me as they only booked cruises.

I pretty much got the runaround for close to 10 or 20 phone calls. Finally I think I must have hit the limit of “gee she must be serious” and was given an email to send my resume and wait for an interview date. Also, most people at least have an idea of WHAT position they wanted to do. I, on the other hand, barely knew what positions there were. During the initial stages when asked what position I wanted, I just kept saying “something with guests.”

After about 6 months of runaround I was finally able to get a Skype interview. The interview lasted about 30 minutes and at the end I felt very confident. She had asked me all sorts of questions from my customer service background to how to answer a difficult guest without being disloyal to the company.

It took 2 weeks before I got my answer and, as you can see, if was affirmative, I would be embarking on a ship at the end of the year as the English Social Hostess. I was really excited, and honestly I hadn’t even known about this position when I started.

How many hours do you work per day and per week?

As the Social Hostess our hours vary from day to day depending on the kinds of duties we have. Our busiest days are embarkation days. We help with answering questions and collecting credit card bills (from 6am – 9.30am), in Europe we do the actual check in desk, we also help with disembarkation procedures, we often have ship visits and tours, not to mention embarkation welcome talks and much more. On those days we can be on the go almost non-stop from 6am to 11.30pm with only a few short breaks. You literally have to peel your uniform off on those days.

On most port days we work in the morning and evening (around 6-8 hours), if we go on excursion it can be an extra 3-11 hours, depending on the length of the excursion.

On sea days we have numerous odd jobs around the ship from lectures to quizzes to “walk the line” (essentially being a mobile guest service agent). Every day there is the mandatory translations, checking the daily program and socialising. In a nutshell our days most likely average between 6-10 hours but can be as many as 15 hours or more.

What about hours of other jobs?

Hours vary quite drastically from job to job. The Dance Instructors for example only worked about 5 hours a day, and perhaps 7 hours on sea days, if that.

The reception/guest service team had constant shifts of 8-12 hours, occasionally going to 14 hours if things were really busy.

Bar staff worked between 12-16 hours, sometimes more, they had some of the hardest work on the ship I believe.

Cabin Stewards and cleaning staff had set times to clean rooms a few times a day, but were pretty much on duty for most of the day in case one of their assigned guests called for a cleanup. Depending the size of the ship they could be designated between 10-20 rooms each.

Security would often work 24-hour shifts, sometimes longer on embarkation days.

For the most part I think the average number of hours in a day was around 10 for most crew members, but many times it would be a lot higher.

What were your living quarters like?

Most rooms for the normal crew were like inside cabins with bunk beds. On my first ship I was lucky because I got a porthole, natural light made a HUGE difference.

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Most of us have one roommate but there are some cabins on the lower levels that 3 crew share.

Each room has a bathroom with a small shower, toilet and hand basin. Pretty much the cabins for crew have all your basic necessities but not much else.

The coolest thing was that all the walls in the ship are metal, so magnet collecting is a big hobby for crew members and decorating the room is always fun.

Common areas vary depending on ship. The smaller ship I was on only had 1 crew bar and it was a smoking bar. The larger ship had a crew bar (non smoking, with 2 tvs) and a crew disco (smoking with a dance floor and 2 tvs).

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Finally there is a crew gym, with some basic equipment like weights, treadmill etc., that is open to crew most of the day and night.

Cafeterias, known as the mess, were split up depending on rank. Officers had their own, followed by staff and then crew. Each of the higher cafeterias had a small advantage, like an espresso machine in the Officer’s mess.

We had no kitchen where we could cook our own food, but we did have a microwave in the mess.

How well did you feel treated by the company?

This is the only cruise company I have worked for, so I don’t have much comparison. From what I have heard other companies do offer better perks, such as a fridge in the cabin, free beer and pizza at the crew party, free coffee and tea etc..

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Just like any job we all wish we could make more money. I am making more as a Social Hostess compared to when I was a vet nurse, and since board and lodging are included I can save the majority of my pay.

We are one of the highest paying companies, from what I have heard, especially for the housekeeping, kitchen and wait staff. For most of the crew they also receive a bonus each month, after the “service charge” aka gratuity, that is automatically added to guests’ bills, is divided between them.

We have a lot of trainings, especially safety training. These include general emergency drills at least every 2 weeks, crowd control, boat drills, loading the life boats etc.

I think, just in general, some of these safety trainings should be more role play to simulate emergencies and dealing with guests, but it is also a tad difficult as we do these trainings when guests are onboard, and we wouldn’t want to freak any of them out.

Other trainings are job specific, for me there were a lot of customer service, presenting talks, phone etiquette, handling difficult situations etc.. There is often a lot of eye rolling during these trainings, but they are required and secretly we admit there is good info in some of them.

Time off is a tough one. In my position I did often get enough time off. Around 4-5 hours, sometimes more. In the middle of the day on port days meant we could go ashore and explore. Other crew were not that lucky, some of them never got to go off the ship. But a few departments do rotate a schedule to give half a day or a day off to their staff, if it does not conflict with service.

Most crew seem happy and we all end up making some amazing friends. The crew with the more hectic schedules tend to just barely get by, there are a lot of husbands or wives that do this to send a decent check home to the family. There are many who only get to see their children 2-3 months a year, but working on the ship provides a much better life for their families and so it seems like a fair trade.

There are many crew who become ship lifers, I have met folks who have worked in guest services or the restaurant for over 10 years. Once you get hooked to the relatively simple lifestyle (work, eat, sleep, and party) it can be very difficult to leave.

How is the food service for crew?

All food in the mess is free, buffet style with coffee (if you can call it that), tea and juice (we went through a period where there was only grapefruit juice….).

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There are even days where you walk in and walk out to the crew store to buy some ramen. The food for crew is okay, but it could be better.

There is always plain rice and sambal for the Indian and Asian crew in the staff mess and in the Crew Mess they usually have (halal, kosher) options to meet cultural needs.

Luckily for some of us we can also go to the guest buffet to eat. But then again after 4 months even that food gets boring.

There is a crew store with a few basic things like hygiene, chocolates, ramen, canned products, medicine, even jewelry and watches.

What can you do during your time or day off?

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Most likely if there was enough time off on a port day the crew would rush ashore in an attempt for free wifi and cheap food.

We could also do excursions, but often this was difficult to time with your schedule (unless it was part of your job like it was for me), and your supervisor had to contact the manager of the excursion dept and then if you went as an escort you needed the excursion uniform. There was a small discount for crew if they wanted to go as a normal guest, but it all depended on space.

Laundry was another off duty activity we performed.

Are there computers or wi-fi for crew on board?

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Otherwise you could purchase internet time for your own device. Not as expensive as it is for the guests, but still up there (24 hours for $58). Often the ship wifi can be very slow or shut down half way through, so trying to make sure you logged out is very important.

Most of the ports had wifi, if guests asked where to go I told them to look for the crew members lining the sidewalk.

Considering room and board are included, how much do crew members need to spend and how much can they save?

Working on a cruise ship is a great way to save money and also a great way to spend money. I could save one third of my salary easily and have a decent amount to spend during the month before the next pay day.

Others like to buy all the latest gadgets, or the newest fashions, but for the most part if you had at least $200 to cover things like the occasional drink at crew bar, putting money on your laundry key and buying internet it still gave you a little to spend in each port.

There were many crew who would send their entire paycheck home.

Do crew members really get all those mandatory tips?

On every guest bill there is a service charge, usually US$12 per adult per day and US$6 for children. This is actually the gratuity that goes to the crew involved in the major service areas such as bar, restaurant and housekeeping.

Also included in this are the crew members who truly keep the ship going and who you never see, the cooks, the garbage guys, the laundry and many more. I have been told that the Captain also gets a small share, but as far as I know all of the service charge/gratuity goes to these crew members.

Departments such as Guest Services, Security and Entertainment (my department) do not take part.

While we do not recommend guests tip extra I have discovered there are usually 3 kinds, those who are happy to pay and leave it that, those who ask to have it removed as they wish to tip individuals (only problem with this is the support staff see none of those tips) and those who love the service so much that they tip above and beyond what is already on their bill.

There are also guests who tip bartenders for drinks as they go, usually more out of habit than anything else.

These tips can really make a difference to crew, often adding US$300 or more to their pay each month. However, if the crew have accrued warnings or had legitimate complaints against them, this “tip” money is partially withheld for that month’s pay.

Of course the departments left out would love to be on the recieving end of this bonus, but we make a lot more than the crew who do receive it, so ultimately it is fair.

What is the language situation like?

Even though our ship is an Italian company, English is the main language on board and all crew are required to have a working knowledge of the language. In fact, when we arrived in Miami all crew (1,300 of us) were interviewed one by one by a US corporate officer of the company to assess our English levels. We both giggled a bit when I went in for my interview and he asked me my position…luckily I passed!

For our company, especially, having a basic knowledge of Italian can also be helpful, but is not necessary. Crew who work for Guest Services are required to have at least 2 – 3 languages, but many have 5 or more that they are more than proficient at.

As the English Social Hostess I speak English and Afrikaans (the Dutch offshoot spoken in South Africa), I also have a basic understanding of a few other languages and am fairly good at using body language to understand and make myself understood (often resulting in quite a few laughs with guests).

How well does the crew get along and is there a social scene?

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We have a weekly crew party, one in the crew disco and then, the following week, in a guest area with music played by crew who act as DJs and a bar with prices from the crew bar.

We also have things like crew bingo (not very popular), crew karaoke (quite popular) and very occasionally crew movies. Once every few months the theater entertainers perform one of their shows for us (which means they perform 3 times in one night) and maybe once every 6 months we have a talent show, you will be amazed at the talent our crew has.

I remember the first talent show I saw where one of my favorite buffet attendants (I called her my personal dessert chooser) sang and played the guitar, I didn’t even recognise her at first and my jaw hit the ground when I realised it was her.

Can you socialize with guests when off duty?

Socialising with guests outside of a work environment is not exactly encouraged, but if you are out and about and a guest invites you for a coffee there is nothing wrong with accepting.

I have made quite a few friends with the guests and even stayed in touch with a number of them. I have had repeaters on the ships who recognise me and get excited when they see me.

Other crew members will have regulars who often treat them like family and I have even seen some guests arrive and remember a crew member from years ago or request a certain waiter or cabin steward because they made a connection with that crew member on the last cruise.

In general how well do passengers treat the crew?

I would like to say that for the most part guests treat the crew equally and with respect, unfortunately this is not always so. We have our favorite amazing guests who treat us with respect and show appreciation, but there is an equal number of, well, assholes! The ones who yell at you and act like they are entitled royalty expecting you to bow to their every request.

I personally have had a passenger scrumple his bill up and throw it in my face when I did not speak German (I sighed and turned to the next person asking how I could help them). Another Italian passenger kept yelling me that it was my job to speak Italian, even though I was trying my best and could have answered his question if he had let me (I pointed to my name tag and stated that I was the ENGLISH Social Hostess).

The worst I think I have ever experienced was a couple who were so entitled I was almost in tears at how rude they were, they had also made complaints about every department on the ship claiming they “knew” people…. I really wanted to turn around and say “Attitude gives what attitude gets”, but had to take the high road and step back, way back, before I really told them what I thought.

The most amusing thing is, when faced with guests like these it is amazing how kind the guests behind them will be, feeling quite embarrassed that the previous person had acted like that.

I have not had anything too weird asked of me, that I can think of, occasionally a guest will ask me to go above and beyond, hunt down some luggage or research something for them. Of course there is always a crew member with some amusing story of a guest asking them to do something out of their job description.

How many crew members are ready to quit after their first contract?

There are a few number of crew who quit after their first contract shaking their heads and wondering why they ever thought working 15 hour shifts 7 days a week for 7-9 months seemed like a good idea. Others break part way through and run away screaming.

Others, like me, swear we will never do another contract, then once at home, sit impatiently at home waiting for news of which ship and location is next as we hear about all our friends embarking without us.

Then there are those who have been doing it for 10 years, 15 years or more, and I am not talking about an officer who has made this a career, I am talking about a cabin steward or waiter or butler, some just love the job and serving people, others provide for families back home, many come to sea to earn money and discover that time flies when out of the realm of “normality”.

An amusing tale of going back home was told to me by one of our captains who was heading home to Sorrento. We asked if his family was excited to see him, he said “they always are…for the first week, then it appears I interrupt their usual schedule and they look forward to me going back to sea.” He had been at sea for over 30 years.

What was the most surprising positive aspect about working on a cruise ship?

For me I would have to say the international dynamic onboard. Before I went to sea I would never have imagined meeting anyone from Slovenia or Macedonia, let alone discovering life long friends. Add to that a bunch of Romanian photographers, a group of South Africans, a Canadian, a couple of Mexicans, 2 Belgians, all the German hosts and hostesses I have met and many many more.

I have always seemed to feel more at home when I am faced with diversity and interacting with cultures other than what I am used to, and so I guess that the ship becomes a place that is more like home in many ways.

What was the most surprising negative aspect about working on a cruise ship?

One of the first things I was told by many experienced crew was “don’t trust anyone.” We all seem like friends but there are a number who will do anything to get ahead, in actuality it is very much like high school and there are a number of mean girls still out there.

Add to that the obvious sexual tension all over the ship, new meanings are given to statements like “come and watch a movie” or “let’s go somewhere and chat.” Hookups are left, right and center and honestly you can never trust that someone is being honest about their relationship status, and it’s not just ship boys!

In fact it is exactly like being back in high school, just in the enclosed environment of a ship. This could be bad, but it can also be amusing to sit back and watch.

Any quick tips for those considering work on a cruise ship?

  • Go through the company if possible, versus a recruiter.
  • If you love travel, give it a go at least once!
  • Never trust anyone but keep your mind open!
  • Explore as much of the ports as you can!
  • Sit and watch the sunset or sunrise as often as you can!
  • Talk and learn from your fellow crew members!
  • Life is never too short to do something crazy like spend 6 months working 15-hour shifts 7 days a week, you never know who you will meet or where you will go!

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Went to Norwegian JF, to work out of Hawaii. Pay not great, long hours, so not sure if I will proceed.

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It’s best to contact the cruise line you are interested in working for. They each have their own hiring departments. -Roger

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Having just completed a short Princess Cruise I can only say the staff are lovely people, the problems are with ignorant other passengers, some don’t even wash).

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Expectations of Cruise Ship Employees

Another possible drawback is that you, as an employee on the cruise ship, must be “on” nearly twenty-four hours a day. Contracts are generally three to eight months long, depending on the position and the company. For all that time, you will be expected to represent your company to the public, which means that you must always show a sunny personality. For many passengers, the week or so that they spend on the ship is one of the best times of their lives, and you will be expected to share their enthusiasm. As one aerobics instructor for Norwegian Cruise Lines describes it, always being on duty is probably the most distinguishing characteristic of ship life:

Cruise Ship Employees are Representing the Cruise Liner Company Almost All the Time

“You’re always ‘on’ when you’re out of your quarters area, regardless of whether it’s your time off or not. We were part of the cruise staff, so after leading fitness classes all day, we had to greet people at shows and generally be available in public areas at least five nights per week. This wasn’t always hard work, though; it was kind of like socializing and getting paid for it. We even got a $75 per month bar allowance, to encourage us to mingle with passengers and buy them drinks. Eventually, though, we learned to avoid the public areas of the ship during our true time off, because it got tiring having passengers constantly approaching us and asking questions. And they ALL knew who we were, because the cruise staff was always introduced at the beginning of the cruise, and we had to wear uniforms and name tags anytime we were in the public areas.”

Because employees are considered on duty any time that they’re in public areas on the ship, off-duty recreation can be somewhat limited. However, you also don’t have to commute to work, cook a meal (unless that’s your job), or do laundry. All these needs are fulfilled for you, which means that the free time you have is completely your own and free of mundane chores. Activities also vary depending on whether the ship is at sea or in port:

“We didn’t have lots of free time, but when we did find some, we watched TV, took a lot of naps, and read. On ‘sea days’ we stayed away from public areas on our days off, because otherwise you were basically on duty. When we were in port, though, the passengers were pretty much off the ship, so if we didn’t have any shore duties, we could go hang out by the pool, sunbathe, or use the spa without our name tags and uniforms.”

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Explore our onboard cruise departments below to match your skills and interests to the perfect career! The majority of our career opportunities are entry level but offer excellent incentives and opportunities for career growth.

Cruise Staff Department

Our Cruise Staff make a dramatic impact on each guest’s cruise experience by conducting a variety of onboard activities for them to enjoy. Activities range from trivia games and contests to themed parties and dance lessons. This team is also responsible for hosting an array of special events onboard, including guest performers, group exercise classes, and even the occasional conga line.

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Junior Assistant Cruise Director

The Junior Assistant Cruise Director is an entry-level position on the Cruise Staff team. This team provides fun and exciting activities for guests, like trivia games, Zumba® classes, ice sculpture demonstrations, dance lessons, and arts and crafts. In this role your goal is to help the Cruise Staff provide a premium entertainment package and make our guests’ vacations memorable. You contribute to these memories by actively participating in all events with enthusiasm and dedication.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in the entertainment and hospitality field, including direct experience hosting activities for large groups. Confident/strong microphone experience is required. Entertainment talents such as dancing, singing, stage performance, hosting sports events, and arts and crafts are a plus, but candidates must be willing to participate in any/all such activities onboard as part of a team environment.

Assistant Cruise Director

In addition to the regular Cruise Staff responsibilities, the Assistant Cruise Director-DJ provides entertaining, engaging, and memorable DJ and emcee services throughout various shipboard venues.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years' DJ experience at corporate parties, weddings, or similar events; experience hosting karaoke; and a thorough knowledge of a variety of musical genres from 50s classics to today’s popular music. Applicants must include a Web link to their demo reel for consideration.

Deck & Technical

The Deck department is overseen by the Staff Captain and is responsible for navigating the ship as well as managing all safety-related matters, including environment and public health. This team works closely with the Technical department to ensure that all equipment is well maintained and meets international laws and regulations. The Technical department includes a variety of positions that range from entry-level roles, such as Deck Clerk, Trainees, and Cadets; to highly qualified seafarer roles, such as Environmental Officer, Security officers, and navigating officers all the way through to the ship’s Captain.

The Technical department is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective operation and maintenance of all onboard machinery and equipment, covering a wide range of areas including power generation and propulsion; heating and air conditioning; and deck, hotel, and entertainment support systems. The Technical department’s mission is to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally sound operation at all times. It is a dynamic department with a wide variety of roles and career opportunities.

Deck Department Senior Watchkeeping Officers

Senior Watchkeepers are responsible for safe navigation of the ship, maintaining a 24-hour watch by working a four-hours-on/eight-hours-off rotation. Every ship employs three Senior Watchkeepers in the ranks of 1st Officer, Senior 2nd Officer, and 2nd Officer to cover the three watches. Each watch is supported by a Junior Watchkeeper in the rank of 3rd Officer.

Requirements Applicants must hold an unlimited Chief Mates Certificate of Competence recognized by the UK Marine & Coastguard Agency and Bermuda Maritime Authority.

Environmental Officer

The Environmental Officer is responsible for ensuring the highest possible levels of compliance by shipboard staff with all established environmental standards, in line with the company’s core values.

Requirements Applicants must be a licensed Deck or Engineer officer holding a minimum of either a 2nd Deck Officer or 2nd Engineer Certificate of Competence, or at least five years' experience with environmental management systems.

Security Officer

Security Officers are responsible for leading a team of security personnel in monitoring guest and crew activities, investigating security matters that arise, and promptly reporting and correcting security issues in order to maintain a safe and secure shipboard environment in line with the company’s core values.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience as a law enforcement officer or service in a maritime military/LE organization. Criminal Investigation experience is preferred as well as knowledge of ISPS code and experience with security surveillance and screening equipment.

Technical Department Senior Watchkeeping Officers

Senior Watchkeepers are responsible for maintaining a 24-hour watch in the ship’s Engine Room, by working a four-hours-on/eight-hours-off rotation. Depending on vessel size, each ship employs either three or four Senior Watchkeepers in the ranks of 1st Engineer and 2nd Engineer.

Requirements Applicants must hold an unlimited 2nd Engineer Certificate of Competence recognized by the UK Marine & Coastguard Agency and Bermuda Maritime Authority.

Hotel Services Engineer

The Hotel Services Engineer leads an onboard Hotel maintenance team in achieving the highest standards appearance for guests and crew area, prompting defect correction in a cost-efficient manner while in line with our company strategy and core values.

The Hotel Services Engineer is responsible for all aspects of Hotel maintenance utilizing the services of the tradesmen within his/her sub-department, as well as the electrical and ventilation departments. This position works closely with the Staff Electro-Technical Officer and the Ventilation Officer when required.

Requirements Applicants must have Technical qualification at OND or HND level or equivalent; a minimum of two years' experience in hotel or hospitality industry maintenance; the ability to read and understand technical drawings and manuals; and excellent technical knowledge to be able to manage, supervise, and guide officers and tradesmen of varying levels of expertise.

Second Plumbers

Second Plumbers are responsible for assisting in the maintenance and repair of the onboard water, sanitary, and heating systems in a cost-efficient manner that is in compliance with company safety standards.

Requirements Applicants must have experience with small repair, evacuation pumps, and welding. Prior experience in a hotel or shipboard environment is preferred.

3rd Engineer

Third Engineer Officers are responsible for operating, inspecting, and maintaining engines, machinery, and equipment in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner to the highest professional standards.

Requirements Applicants must hold an unlimited Engineers Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence recognized by the UK Marine & Coastguard Agency and Bermuda Maritime Authority.

2nd Electro-Technical Officer

Second Electro-Technical Officers assist in leading a team of Electro-Technical staff in the safe, efficient, and cost-effective operation, inspection, and repair of all shipboard electrical systems in compliance with company safety standards to ensure the protection and safety of all guests and crew members.

Requirements Applicants must hold an HND qualification in the electro-technical field and have a minimum one year's sea-time experience.

Entertainment & Guest Programs

Our Cruise Entertainment and Guest Program departments are multifaceted and incorporate a variety of teams that work together to create a captivating entertainment experience. We offer everything from lavish production shows to organized activities, games shows, and informative presentations. We encourage high-quality entertainers, accomplished musicians, skilled production technicians, and knowledgeable lecturers to pursue opportunities to travel the world and delight our guests.

Food & Beverage Administration

The Food and Beverage Administration team (F&B) ensures an excellent guest experience through exceptional dining venues and fun and exotic drinks. As a member of the F&B team you are also responsible for identifying process improvements, reviewing operational concerns, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures in all bar and food service areas, and analyzing daily revenue and cost activities in accordance with overall performance, location, and outlet categories.

Food & Beverage Manager

The Food & Beverage Manager oversees the food and/or beverage operations onboard to achieve the highest level of customer service, maximize revenue opportunities, and control costs. This position supports a minimum of different restaurant and beverage outlets that contain exciting menus designed to match our numerous itineraries.

Requirements Applicants must have a degree from a recognized hotel/catering/culinary school; five years’ experience in a related senior management position with an extensive understanding of food production and restaurant service within the hotel or cruise ship industry; and a thorough knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, and the effective distribution of goods.

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

The Assistant Food & Beverage Manager assists in the management and administration of all onboard Food & Beverage areas to achieve the highest levels of customer service, revenue generation, and cost control.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience in a related F&B management position with experience in beverage operations, food production, and restaurant service within the hotel or cruise ship industry. A degree from a recognized hotel/catering/culinary school is preferred.

Junior Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

The Junior Assistant Food & Beverage Manager provides operational assistance and administrative support to onboard F&B management to achieve the highest levels of customer service, revenue generation, and cost control.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in a related F&B management position with experience in beverage operations, food production, and restaurant service within the hotel or cruise ship industry. A degree from a recognized hotel/catering/culinary school is preferred.

Food & Beverage Operations

Restaurant department.

The Restaurant department is responsible for the operation of dining services in all Food & Beverage venues. Providing excellent customer service to our guests is a key function in this position and requires interaction with multiple departments and levels of management to ensure the operation functions smoothly. The Restaurant department includes a variety of positions that require differing skill sets, so applicants will be considered for positions suitable to their level of experience. The growth and training opportunities within this fast-paced and dynamic department are vast.

Requirements Applicants for entry-level positions must have a minimum of one year's experience in a restaurant, preferably in a fine dining establishment; good written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

Bar Department

The Bar department looks after all front-of-house guest bars and supports back-of-house bar locations onboard all Princess vessels. This department is responsible for providing memorable experiences for our guests in terms of delivering high-quality beverages and warm, friendly, and professional service. This is an exciting department for individuals who enjoy customer interaction and have a "bubbly" personality. Entry-level positions within the Bar department include Bartender, Bar Steward, and Utility F&B Bars. The growth and training opportunities within this fast-paced and dynamic department are vast.

Requirements Applicants for entry-level positions must have a minimum of one year's experience in a Food & Beverage environment involving the service of beverages, a general knowledge of bar products and presentation, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision, and good written and verbal communication skills.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary department prides itself in preparing fresh, flavorful cuisine cooked with passion and care. This department is responsible for all food operations onboard the ship and manages food production for not only our guests but also our crew members. It is a very large and active department with a wide representation of the culinary arts. This department includes a variety of positions that require differing skill sets, so applicants will be considered for positions suitable to their level of experience.

Requirements Applicants for entry-level positions must have a minimum of one year's culinary experience at a hotel restaurant or resort, a general understanding of HACCP regulations and safe food-handling procedures, the ability to perform physical work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision, and good written and verbal communication skills.

Housekeeping Department

The Housekeeping department is responsible for maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and service in guest staterooms, public areas, and open decks as well as providing laundry services to both guests and crew members. This department is also responsible for the movement of baggage on and off the ship and making sure the ship is ready for new guests each and every cruise. Entry-level positions within this department include Utility Cleaner, Accommodations Attendant, and Laundry Steward.

Housekeeping Jobs

Requirements Applicants must have prior experience within the hospitality industry, an understanding of public health and environmental requirements relating to cabin service, good verbal communication skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

Human Resources

The shipboard Human Resources team works in conjunction with the shoreside Employee Relations team to implement and uphold all HR policies and initiatives in line with the company’s core values. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the Crew Welfare program, creating an optimal work environment to enhance the onboard employee experience, and supporting shipboard and shoreside management teams.

Human Resources Jobs

Requirements Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in human resources, adult education, or a related field from an accredited college or five years’ experience in shipboard operations, training, or employee relations. Knowledge of various international human resources standards in the areas of compensation, employee relations, general benefits, employment and staffing practices, and organizational development is preferred.

Information Technology

The onboard Information Technology team manages and supports all shipboard IT systems and operations while also providing maximum system use. The onboard team works closely with our shoreside IT department to continually improve our shipboard systems and technology. The focus is always on the guest experience and maintaining safe operations. We do this by keeping informed of the latest technological advancements, and providing service excellence in all aspects of technology.

The IT Officer is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and support of all onboard computer systems, mobile devices, physical and virtual servers, networks, point-of-sale terminals, network equipment, and peripherals. This consists primarily of level 1 and 2 support as well as system monitoring and troubleshooting. The IT Officer works closely with the shoreside IT group to ensure all onboard systems perform at optimum levels.

Requirements Applicants must have at least two years' related experience in areas of user support within a medium-sized LAN; a thorough knowledge of computer systems including but not limited to Linux, MS Office, Windows Client and Server editions; and experience troubleshooting PC hardware, software applications, and network connectivity. Additional requirements include the ability to meet deadlines and maintain an attention to detail and accuracy while working under pressure in a team environment, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to lift and carry IT equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Management or supervisory experience and a BS or higher in computer science, MIS, or related field is strongly preferred.

Computer System Specialist

The Computer System Specialist is responsible for the level 1 support of all onboard computer systems. This includes installing and configuring new PC system hardware, upgrading existing hardware, and supporting mobile devices. The Computer System Specialist works closely with the IT Officer to ensure all onboard systems perform at optimum levels.

Requirements Applicants must have strong customer service skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks; proficiency in the use of computer business applications with working knowledge of PC / LAN systems, hardware and software applications; a minimum of two years’ experience in areas of user support and troubleshooting hardware and software issues; the ability to meet deadlines and maintain attention to detail and accuracy while working in a team environment; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to lift and carry IT equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Current CompTIA A+ 220-801 Certification, technical school certification, or three or more years of equivalent work experience is strongly preferred.

Medical Officers

As a member of the on board medical team, you will have the opportunity to travel the world and practice your medical profession at sea in an exciting, challenging and unique environment. The shipboard medical department prides itself in delivering high quality, patient-centered, evidence based healthcare to guests and crew. Within this diverse and welcoming environment, our medical staff perform a broad range of medical care, supported by a skilled medical team in a modern, well-equipped shipboard medical center.  Visit our website for more information on cruise ship medicine , and working at sea as a doctor, nurse, paramedic or healthcare assistant.

Doctors are primarily responsible for providing individualized outpatient, inpatient and ICU care for guests and crew. Doctors consult both crew and guests, providing timely, safe and evidence-based assessments, formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans, performing clinical interventions and procedures, and coordinating logistics of referrals and evacuations. Doctors manage the preventative health and wellness programs for crew, and are also responsible for adhering to public health practices.

Doctors will also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center. Additional duties include participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures. Doctors work closely with shipboard nurses and paramedics, and report to the ship’s Senior Doctor.

Nurses are primarily responsible for providing individualized outpatient, inpatient and ICU care for guests and crew. Nurses also act as a first responders, triaging emergency calls, assessing and treating on scene, and transferring patients to the shipboard medical center for definitive care. Through the use of specific patient group directives, nurses are able to practice autonomously under the authority of doctors, assessing patients and providing treatment and advice for specific conditions. In additional to first response duties, nurses work closely with shipboard doctors to attend to patients attending daily walk-in clinics.

Nurses also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures.

Paramedic / First Responders

Paramedics are responsible for providing high standards of individualized routine and emergency care to guests and crew. Paramedics act as a first responders, triaging emergency calls, assessing and treating on scene, and transferring patients to the shipboard medical center for definitive care. Through the use of specific patient group directives, paramedics are able to practice autonomously under the authority of doctors, assessing patients and providing treatment and advice for specific conditions. In additional to first response duties, paramedics work closely with shipboard nurses and doctors to attend to patients attending daily walk-in clinics.

Paramedics also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures.

Healthcare Assistance: (HCA)

Healthcare Assistants are an essential part of the medical team onboard, effectively supporting the team with a broad range of clinical, laboratory and administrative tasks. Healthcare assistants conduct health screening, surveillance testing, vaccine campaigns, and work closely with onboard medical staff and admin assistants in attending to patients during daily clinics.

Healthcare Assistants perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Primary responsibilities include laboratory specimen collection for COVID-19 surveillance testing, all associated administrative functions and onboard laboratory specimen processing procedures. Other duties include basic assessment and triage, assisting with patient care and activities of daily living, specimen collection for other tests and procedures, patient education and vaccination campaigns. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and consumables inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections, and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board.

Public Health Officer

As a Public Health Officer you will monitor shipboard public health and infection control procedures and assist both shipboard Management and Corporate Public Health Director in overseeing the implementation and compliance with shipboard prevention and control activities at all response levels including for COVID-19, AGE, and other communicable diseases.

Additionally, you will participate as a key member of the shipboard Outbreak Management Team (OMT), coordinate the implementation and compliance with OMT decisions and oversee the correct and safe storage, par levels, condition, and use of all infection control related PPE, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and other supplies and related equipment.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, biological sciences, or closely related field preferred. Certification in CDC-VSP, Infection Control, and EU SHIPSAN preferred.
  • Two years of shipboard experience or three years of full-time shoreside experience in implementing, overseeing, or auditing public health programs.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of infection control practices and Vessel Sanitation Standards. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced cruise ship environment, while prioritizing workloads. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate to culturally diverse teams. Self- sufficient and able to work independently.
  • Critical Professional related Technical Skills: Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with electronic health record platforms.
  • Cruise industry experience is preferred.

Photography & Video Departments

Onboard photography is primarily centered on portrait and event photography, using both natural locations and onboard studio setups with backdrops and studio lighting. Our Videographers produce a souvenir DVD documenting the cruise experience from beginning to end, showing both onboard entertainment and port tours and destinations. The work is fast-paced, high-volume, and high-quality. Attention to detail, teamwork, and outstanding customer service are the most important elements of this job. You will be shooting photos and videos both ashore and on the ship, processing photos and editing video footage, selling the finished products and other retail items, and providing top-quality customer service to our guests.

Staff Photographer

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of one year's photography work experience or two years of formal photography training. Strong computer skills and digital photography experience are preferred. We provide all digital equipment and a state-of-the-art onboard lab for use during work hours. Retail sales or customer service experience is also preferred.

Video Producer

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of one year of videography work experience or two years of formal video production training. Strong shooting and editing skills are required and prior sales and customer service experience is preferred. All video and editing equipment is provided onboard.

Production Technicians

Princess Cruises sets the standard for cruise line entertainment and offers exciting shipboard positions for knowledgeable and professional Technical Production staff. Our first-class theaters and entertainment venues are equipped with state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar technical systems complete with elaborate sets, spectacular costumes, and fascinating pyrotechnic effects. Our lighting and audio systems consist of MA Lighting, High End, Vari-Lite, German Light Products, Martin Professional, Flying Pig Systems, Green Hippo, Digidesign Venue, and Midas. Our stages are equipped with intricate Tait Towers and Stage Technologies rigging systems consisting of lifts, revolves, serapid tracks, and overhead line-sets.

All of our production shows are showcased in magnificent theaters and are both conceptualized and produced in-house. We work with a talented and award-winning team of Directors, Scenic Designers, Lighting Designers, Choreographers, and Media Designers.

Senior Production Managers

Senior Production Managers oversee all production show elements including lighting, audio, video, automation/rigging, scenery, pyrotechnics, and show rehearsals.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience in stage management or production/technical direction, with an emphasis in musical theater productions. Strong organizational skills with excellent inter-personal skills are required.

Assistant Production Manager-Lighting

The Assistant Production Manager-Lighting is responsible for programming and operating lighting systems within multiple shipboard venues. This role safely delivers functioning and well-maintained lighting, pyrotechnic, and video systems in support of a dynamic, engaging, and memorable entertainment and activities program.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience operating, designing, and maintaining MA Lighting, Flying Pig Systems consoles; High End, Vari-Lite, GLP, Martin Professional fixtures; Green Hippo, Catalyst media servers; and familiarity with Pyrodigital console operation.

Assistant Production Manager-Audio

The Assistant Production Manager-Audio is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and programing of live audio within a variety of onboard venues as assigned by shipboard management. This role safely delivers functioning and well-maintained audio systems in support of a dynamic, engaging, and memorable entertainment and activities program.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience operating and maintaining large-format consoles and mixed media playback. Equipment operating specifics: Digidesign Venue Profile and SC48 consoles, iZ Corp RADAR playback system, LCS Matrix 3 automated surround-sound system, PeaveyMedia Matrix audio interface, QSC Q-SYS Integrated System, and Countryman/Shure UHF wireless microphones.

Assistant Production Manager-Crew Chief

The Assistant Production Manager-Crew Chief is responsible for safely operating functioning and well-maintained rigging/automation systems and associated props and scenery in support of a dynamic, engaging, and memorable entertainment and activities program. In addition, this role assists in the general operation of the venue while managing assigned production staff.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience operating and maintaining Tait Towers Navigator systems and Stage Technologies Acrobat/Chameleon systems. A good understanding of rigging principles and practice is required. Strong organizational skills with excellent inter-personal skills are essential.

Stage Crew are responsible for assisting the Production team with the maintenance of all equipment, scenery, and props as well as show and event preparation pertaining to A/V equipment, scenic goods, props, lighting, and rigging.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of one year's professional work experience with a technical theater background and must possess a solid understanding of basic theater principles to effectively work with mechanized stage equipment, pyrotechnic product, lighting equipment, scenic items and props, rigging and audio equipment, as assigned.

Pursers Department

The Pursers department is the center of Hotel operations onboard all Princess vessels. This dynamic department encompasses a variety of roles and is responsible for the management of hotel accounts, shore excursions, and shipboard personnel operations such as the Crew Office.

Junior Assistant Purser

Junior Assistant Purser is the entry-level position into the Pursers department. Most Junior Assistant Pursers initially begin their onboard career at the Front Desk where responsibilities include providing exceptional customer service to each guest, assisting guests with account inquires, resolving customer service issues, and answering telephone calls. This position offers excellent career development and promotion opportunities in hotel management.

Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in the hotel/hospitality industry performing junior management duties and front desk responsibilities at a large hotel. Applicants must also be computer literate, have experience with large volume cash handling, possess mathematical and analytical skills, and have excellent customer service skills. Secretarial skills and foreign language fluency are also preferred.

Stewarding Department

The Stewarding department is responsible for maintaining meticulous sanitation and hygiene standards in all Galley areas, ensuring that operating procedures are upheld and adhered to at all times. This includes the proper cleaning, handling, and storage of tableware, cookware, silverware, and Galley equipment.

Stewarding Jobs

Requirements Applicants must have a basic knowledge of cleaning and sanitation procedures for the food service industry, good verbal communications skills, and the ability to perform physical labor in a fast-paced environment with minimum supervision.

Youth Department

Our team of Youth Staff offer an exciting program for kids and teens ages 3-17. The Princess Youth Program is offered on all vessels, year-round in state-of-the-art, dedicated facilities. Our centers are equipped with digital jukeboxes, foosball, air hockey, skeeball, DJ booths, video game stations and more. Our Youth Staff offer a variety of activities, including games, sports, science workshops, and educational programs. Individuals who are outgoing, enthusiastic, energetic and have an interest in entertaining kids of any age are encouraged to apply.

Youth Staff Jobs

Requirements Applicants for Youth Staff must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in a youth/child care-related or teaching field or previous employment in a recreational or educational setting such as camp counseling, coaching,  and/or leading outdoor or community-center activities. Experience supervising kids in a group setting is also required. Experience with children of several ages is strongly preferred, as counselors must be willing to work with any age group to which they are assigned.

Other Cruise Departments

Applicants for positions in the Casino, including Dealers and Slot Technicians, are recruited through Carnival Corporation. For more information please Carnival Corporation's  Ocean Casino Jobs web site .

Spa, fitness, and salon

Applicants interested in positions in the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center are recruited through Steiner Leisure. For more information please visit  One Spa World^ .

Applicants for positions within the Fine Arts department are recruited through Park West Gallery. For more information please visit  Park West Gallery Art Auctions^ .

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The Role of a Cruise Ship Captain: Leadership at Sea

Imagine yourself standing at the helm of a majestic cruise ship, navigating through the vast expanse of the open sea.

As a cruise ship captain, you possess a unique blend of leadership skills and expertise that ensure smooth sailing for both crew and passengers.

From managing a diverse team to ensuring safety regulations are followed, your role as captain is vital in creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

This article explores the responsibilities and challenges faced by cruise ship captains, highlighting their crucial role in providing leadership at sea.

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Responsibilities of a Cruise Ship Captain

As a cruise ship captain, your responsibilities include overseeing the navigation of the ship and ensuring the safety of all passengers and crew on board. You are the leader, guiding this floating community through vast oceans and exotic destinations. Your role is crucial for creating a sense of belonging among everyone on the ship.

Firstly, you must ensure the smooth operation of the vessel. This involves coordinating with other officers to plan routes, monitor weather conditions, and make necessary adjustments to avoid any potential hazards. Your expertise in navigation systems and maritime laws is vital in maintaining a safe journey.

Secondly, you are responsible for implementing safety protocols. Conducting regular drills, inspecting life-saving equipment, and training crew members in emergency procedures are all part of your duties. By prioritizing safety, you create an environment where passengers can feel secure throughout their voyage.

Additionally, as a cruise ship captain, you play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of community onboard. Encouraging interaction between passengers through organized activities or social events helps build connections among them. By promoting inclusivity and providing opportunities for shared experiences, you help create lasting memories for those on board.

Navigation and Safety Regulations

To ensure the safety of everyone on board, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with navigation and safety regulations. Here are three key things you should know:

  • Understand the Importance of Navigation: As a cruise ship captain, it’s crucial that you have a thorough understanding of navigation techniques. You must be able to read nautical charts, interpret radar readings, and navigate through different weather conditions. This knowledge will help you safely guide the ship through its intended route.
  • Comply with Safety Regulations: Safety is paramount on a cruise ship, and as the captain, it is your responsibility to ensure that all safety regulations are followed diligently. Familiarize yourself with emergency procedures, fire prevention protocols, and life-saving equipment locations. Conduct regular drills to keep your crew prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Stay Updated with Maritime Laws: Maritime laws govern the operation of ships at sea and vary from country to country. It’s essential for you to stay updated with these laws to avoid any legal complications during your voyages. Be aware of international conventions such as SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and understand their implications for your vessel.

Managing Crew and Passengers

It’s important to establish clear communication channels with your crew and passengers to ensure a smooth and safe sailing experience. As the captain, you have the responsibility of managing not only the ship but also the people on board. Creating an environment where everyone feels included and part of a community is crucial.

One way to foster belonging among your crew is by encouraging open communication. Make yourself approachable and create opportunities for them to share their thoughts and concerns. Actively listen to their ideas and feedback, as it shows that their opinions matter. This sense of belonging will motivate them to work together towards common goals.

When it comes to passengers, clear communication can help manage their expectations and address any concerns they may have throughout the journey. Provide regular updates about the itinerary, weather conditions, and safety procedures. Be proactive in addressing any potential issues that may arise during the trip, ensuring that everyone feels informed and secure.

Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management

In case of an emergency, make sure you familiarize yourself with the necessary safety procedures and protocols. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we want to ensure that you feel secure during your time aboard our cruise ship.

Here are three important steps to take in order to be prepared for any potential crisis:

  • Pay attention during the safety drill: When you first embark on the ship, attend the mandatory safety drill. This will provide you with crucial information about emergency exits, life jacket locations, and evacuation procedures. Take this opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification if needed.
  • Read the emergency instructions in your cabin: Inside your cabin, you will find a booklet that contains detailed instructions on what to do in various emergency situations. Take some time to read through it carefully so that you are aware of the appropriate actions to take should an emergency arise.
  • Stay calm and follow crew instructions: In an emergency situation, it is essential to remain calm and composed. Listen attentively to the instructions given by our trained crew members and follow their guidance without hesitation. They have undergone extensive training and are equipped to handle emergencies efficiently.

Decision-making and Problem-solving

When it comes to effective crisis management, quick thinking under pressure is a key skill that can make all the difference. In high-stakes situations, being able to make fast and rational decisions can be crucial in minimizing the impact of a crisis.

Whether you’re dealing with a natural disaster or a sudden emergency, having the ability to think on your feet and take decisive action can help ensure the safety and well-being of those involved.

Effective Crisis Management

To effectively manage crises at sea as a cruise ship captain, you must remain calm and make quick decisions. When faced with a crisis, remember these three crucial steps:

  • Stay composed: Your crew and passengers look up to you for guidance during challenging times. By remaining calm, you create an atmosphere of reassurance and confidence.
  • Assess the situation: Act swiftly to gather all relevant information about the crisis at hand. This will enable you to make informed decisions and implement appropriate measures promptly.
  • Communicate effectively: Clear communication is paramount in crisis management. Ensure that your crew members understand their roles and responsibilities, keeping them updated on the situation while providing constant support.

Quick Thinking Under Pressure

Remaining calm and making quick decisions is essential when faced with high-pressure situations. As a cruise ship captain, you understand the importance of staying composed and thinking on your feet. When passengers look to you for guidance and reassurance, it’s crucial that you exude confidence and maintain a sense of belonging among the crew.

In these intense moments, trust your instincts and rely on the training you’ve received. Remember that everyone onboard relies on your leadership to navigate through challenging circumstances smoothly. By staying focused and taking decisive action, you create an atmosphere of safety and security, fostering a strong sense of unity among both crew members and passengers alike.

Your ability to think swiftly under pressure makes you an invaluable leader at sea.

Communication and Collaboration With Onboard Departments

The cruise ship captain collaborates closely with all the onboard departments to ensure effective communication and smooth operations. Here are three key ways they work together for your comfort and enjoyment:

  • Navigating the Seas: The captain collaborates with the Navigation department to chart the ship’s course, taking into account weather conditions, currents, and other factors. They communicate closely to ensure a safe voyage while providing you with breathtaking views of the ocean.
  • Catering to Your Taste Buds: The captain works hand in hand with the Culinary department to meet your culinary desires. They collaborate on menu planning, ensuring a wide variety of delicious meals that cater to different tastes and dietary needs. From fine dining experiences to casual buffet options, they strive to create an unforgettable culinary journey for you.
  • Creating Memorable Entertainment: Collaborating with the Entertainment department, the captain ensures an array of exciting activities onboard. From live performances by talented musicians and dancers to thrilling shows and engaging workshops, they work together to provide entertainment that resonates with you, creating moments worth cherishing.

By collaborating closely with these departments and fostering effective communication, the cruise ship captain ensures a seamless experience where everyone feels like part of one big family—a community at sea where belonging is paramount.

Maintaining Ship Operations and Efficiency

When it comes to maintaining ship operations and efficiency, crew coordination techniques play a crucial role. By utilizing effective communication and collaboration methods, you can ensure that tasks are accomplished smoothly and efficiently onboard.

Additionally, streamlining onboard processes is essential for maximizing productivity and minimizing delays or errors.

Crew Coordination Techniques

To ensure effective crew coordination, you must utilize various techniques as a cruise ship captain. Here are three strategies that will help foster a sense of belonging among your crew:

  • Communicate clearly: Open and transparent communication is vital for smooth operations on board. Make sure to convey instructions, expectations, and feedback in a concise and understandable manner. Encourage your crew members to ask questions and provide feedback to enhance understanding.
  • Foster teamwork: Building a strong sense of camaraderie among the crew is essential for efficient coordination. Encourage collaboration by organizing team-building activities and creating opportunities for crew members to work together towards common goals.
  • Lead by example: As the captain, your actions set the tone for the entire crew. Demonstrate professionalism, respect, and empathy towards your team members. By leading with integrity and treating everyone onboard with fairness, you create an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated.

Streamlining Onboard Processes

By implementing efficient onboard processes, you can streamline your tasks and improve overall operations. When everyone on board is working together seamlessly, the ship runs like a well-oiled machine. One way to achieve this is by establishing clear communication channels and protocols. This ensures that information flows smoothly between crew members, departments, and shifts. Another important aspect is optimizing work schedules and assignments. By assigning tasks based on individual strengths and skills, you can maximize productivity and minimize errors or delays. Additionally, utilizing technology such as digital checklists or automated systems can help simplify routine tasks and reduce manual errors. Remember, when everyone collaborates effectively and embraces a culture of continuous improvement, you create an environment where belonging flourishes and success thrives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications and experience are required to become a cruise ship captain.

To become a cruise ship captain, you’ll need qualifications and experience. These may include a maritime degree, years of sailing experience, and obtaining necessary certifications like a Master Mariner license.

How Long Does It Typically Take for a Cruise Ship Captain to Rise Through the Ranks and Reach Their Position?

Typically, it takes years of hard work and dedication to rise through the ranks and become a cruise ship captain. But with perseverance and passion, you can sail towards success in no time.

What Are Some of the Challenges Faced by Cruise Ship Captains in Terms of Weather Conditions and Natural Disasters?

As a cruise ship captain, you face challenges with weather conditions and natural disasters. These can include navigating through storms, hurricanes, and tsunamis, ensuring the safety of passengers and crew.

How Do Cruise Ship Captains Handle Medical Emergencies on Board?

In a medical emergency on board, cruise ship captains take charge. They quickly assess the situation, coordinate with the onboard medical team, and make decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of all passengers.

What Is the Protocol for Dealing With Unruly Passengers or Security Threats on a Cruise Ship?

If you encounter unruly passengers or security threats on a cruise ship, the captain’s protocol involves immediately assessing the situation, alerting appropriate personnel, and taking necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of all onboard.

As a cruise ship captain, you have the immense responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of your crew and passengers.

Your leadership at sea involves navigating through challenging waters and managing emergency situations with grace.

Like a skilled conductor guiding an orchestra, you orchestrate seamless communication and collaboration between onboard departments.

With your strong decision-making skills, problem-solving abilities, and efficient ship operations, you steer the ship towards success like a seasoned captain sailing through calm waters.

Scott is the passionate voice behind CruisingBuzz.com. With countless voyages under his belt, Scott's love for cruising is as vast as the oceans he's explored. Through CruisingBuzz.com, he aims to share his profound love for sailing with fellow enthusiasts and newcomers alike. When he's not writing or planning his next cruise adventure, Scott can be found gazing at the horizon, dreaming of the next port of call.

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Is there a way to find out which Captain will be on which ship? We are sailing on the Apex October 2022.

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Not that I am aware of.

I'm curious.  Please don't take this the wrong way, but does the captain make a real difference for the cruise?  I mean, as long as they stay away from the thin spots?  

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1 minute ago, jalves said: I'm curious.  Please don't take this the wrong way, but does the captain make a real difference for the cruise?  I mean, as long as they stay away from the thin spots?  

As long as its not Francesco Schettino i think your good.  

Some say it does, but I never noticed anything different.at all.  Some are seen much more but not an important factor in choosing a ship for me at all.  

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19 minutes ago, jalves said: I'm curious.  Please don't take this the wrong way, but does the captain make a real difference for the cruise?  I mean, as long as they stay away from the thin spots?  

Unless it's Capt Kate.  She's kind of rock star with a major following.

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Some have good personalities, and some are strictly business, but they're all qualified so it doesn't matter to me.

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I don't think I could name any of the captains from our numerous cruises. I really isn't an issue for me, as I assume that they are all competent. One I recall seeing in Café al Bacio fairly often - our morning coffee times seemed to coincide - and I would recognize him in a crowd, but probably not the others. Captain Kate would be an exception for recognition, but as much as I admire her, I wouldn't seek out a cruise just to have her at the helm.

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7 hours ago, Team Stag said: Unless it's Capt Kate.  She's kind of rock star with a major following.

I'm sure Captain Kate is awesome but I want to have audience with Bug.

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19 hours ago, Fouremco said: I don't think I could name any of the captains from our numerous cruises. I really isn't an issue for me, as I assume that they are all competent. One I recall seeing in Café al Bacio fairly often - our morning coffee times seemed to coincide - and I would recognize him in a crowd, but probably not the others. Captain Kate would be an exception for recognition, but as much as I admire her, I wouldn't seek out a cruise just to have her at the helm.

I can name one, partially, Captain Johnny. He was the captain on the Allure of the Seas, on a Halloween cruise. The only reason I can remember is that he road his Harley motorcycle around during the Halloween festivities. One out of 47.

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I always enjoyed Taso’s and his daily report..and the little story at the end…sailed twice with him…not enough..

Sailed with him as Captain August 1st…his Liars Club show was HIGHlarious 

NBliving

Didn't there used to be a topic that listed where all the officers were?

TeeRick

1 minute ago, NBliving said: Didn't there used to be a topic that listed where all the officers were?

Yes unfortunately that long time thread was removed and the member running it was banned from Celebrity ships.  Long story.  

I had Captain Alex on Summit.  He was very funny with his announcements which were memorable!

Jim_Iain

I follow a couple Captain's on Instagram and the often post when they are on the ship. 

We have some favorite  Staff and enjoy seeing them.

canderson

20 minutes ago, TeeRick said: Yes unfortunately that long time thread was removed and the member running it was banned from Celebrity ships.  Long story.  
40 minutes ago, TeeRick said: Yes unfortunately that long time thread was removed and the member running it was banned from Celebrity ships.  Long story.  

CC drama...who knew?!!

lola2013

21 hours ago, Team Stag said: Unless it's Capt Kate.  She's kind of rock star with a major following.

I was lucky enough to get a great deal on Edge last month...would not have missed it for the world...I was thrilled that Captain Kate (and Bug) were onboard, but would have taken the cruise regardless.

I prefer a captain whose English is relatively clear and who can be understood through the horrible Public Announcement systems, but otherwise, they are nothing but cab drivers to me.  And I have never had a captain get lost driving the boat [I know it's a ship] to the next  port of call.  And I cannot remember the name of the captain from any cruise I've taken.  I couldn't tell you the captain's name even during the cruise.

3 hours ago, TeeRick said: Yes unfortunately that long time thread was removed and the member running it was banned from Celebrity ships.  Long story.  

Ok you can’t leave us hanging. Time to fill us in.

Nope.  Bunch of us got kicked outta here for a few weeks years ago (too much fun!)  But you do already have enough intel to do a Google search!

FWIW, these events are where my avatar came from.  LONGER story!

miched

7 hours ago, TeeRick said: I had Captain Alex on Summit.  He was very funny with his announcements which were memorable!

Alex is great.  So is his brother that is also a Captain on X. Captain  Leo is another great captain.   Honestly I can’t think of any bad Captains on X, they are all great.    

Now if you want to talk about Cruise Directors they may make a difference.    Don’t like the one with the initials S D.   I think a there is a shoulder replacement or operation that will be required from the constant self back patting.

Eddy  Jenkins is one of the best.  Introduces the show and is gone.   No corny jokes that we have heard numerous times.  He  doesn’t try to be a celebrity but his daytime shows are fantastic and the one about his life is a not to miss.  

Happy cruising 🌊 🚢 🇺🇸 🌅

On 10/6/2021 at 2:40 PM, jalves said: I'm curious.  Please don't take this the wrong way, but does the captain make a real difference for the cruise?  I mean, as long as they stay away from the thin spots?  

(Cross-posted from another thread)

Actually, who's in charge can be of far more impact than you might imagine, but not necessarily in the manner you might think.

The demeanor of the captain, specifically with regard to his/her approach to crew matters and their welfare can change the entire tenor of a ship.  Not that we've ever had a bad X cruise with respect to service, but there have been certain ships at certain times where it was apparent that the crew felt more appreciated and were truly happy to be working for a particular captain. 

Granted, there are a few layers of management in between, but a caring captain's wishes are clearly communicated to those that report to him, and as the captain, has the discretion to directly support and encourage the crew in a myriad of ways to make their time aboard ship a better experience.

When the crew is really happy, it shows clearly on the customer-facing side of things, and the captain has a lot to do with that.

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Honolulu Blue

8 hours ago, miched said: if you want to talk about Cruise Directors they may make a difference.    Don’t like the one with the initials S D.   I think a there is a shoulder replacement or operation that will be required from the constant self back patting.

I'm pretty sure my recent sailing on the Summit featured this S.D. you spoke of.  I didn't mind her.  She reminded me of some of the CDs I've had on Carnival, and I suppose that style can be off-putting to Celebrity fans.

Oh, and my first sailing on the Summit about 4 years ago was with Captain Kate.  She was a rock star even then.

17 hours ago, Mike45LC said: I prefer a captain whose English is relatively clear and who can be understood through the horrible Public Announcement systems, but otherwise, they are nothing but cab drivers to me.  And I have never had a captain get lost driving the boat [I know it's a ship] to the next  port of call.  And I cannot remember the name of the captain from any cruise I've taken.  I couldn't tell you the captain's name even during the cruise.  

I think what you say is true for the vast majority of cruise passengers.  But I give the captains major credit here on CC at least for all of their technological know-how.   

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Working at sea is always an adventure. There’s something about the wide open ocean and the vastness of the horizon that beckons to us, calling us to explore. For those who love the sea, working on a cruise ship can be the opportunity of a lifetime. But what does it take to be a cruise ship staff captain?

What’s his job description and salary?

That’s all we are going to discuss in this post.

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The position of staff captain on a cruise ship is a senior role responsible for the overall operation of the vessel. The staff captain works closely with the cruise ship captain to ensure that all safety and security procedures are followed, and that the vessel is operated in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. In addition, the staff captain is responsible for supervising the ship’s officers and crew, and coordinating all of the ship’s activities. The staff captain is typically a highly experienced mariner with extensive knowledge of navigation, seamanship, and ship operations.

The staff captain salary is among the highest in the cruise industry. A cruise ship staff captain can expect to earn a base salary of around $10,000 per month or $100,000 per year . In addition to the base salary, cruise ship staff captains also receive a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental coverage, as well as a pension plan. Cruise ship staff captains are also typically eligible for a bonus system that offers additional compensation based on length of service and performance reviews. As a result, captains can expect to earn a very competitive salary.

The staff captain is responsible for the officers and crew on a cruise ship. He or she reports to the captain of the ship and is in charge of day-to-day operations . The staff captain oversees the ship’s department heads and ensures that all orders are carried out according to the ship’s regulations. In addition, the staff captain is responsible for the safety and security of the passengers and crew.

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He or she must maintain order on the ship and respond to any emergencies that may arise. The staff captain is also responsible for managing the ship’s resources and ensuring that the vessel is properly maintained . The position of staff captain is a demanding one, but it is also essential to the smooth operation of a cruise ship.

The cruise line industry is regulated by international maritime law , which requires that all ship captains hold a valid maritime license. In order to obtain a maritime license, candidates must first complete an accredited maritime training program. Many cruise lines also require their captains to have a degree from a maritime academy or equivalent experience. In addition, most cruise lines require their staff captains to hold a valid passport and have basic medical training.

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The academic qualifications required for this position vary depending on the cruise line, but most cruise ship staff captains are required to have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Some cruise lines may also require cruise ship staff captains to have a master’s degree or higher.

Those who are fortunate enough to secure a position as a staff captain will enjoy competitive salaries, free travel, and the opportunity to explore the world. So if you’re dreaming of working at sea, don’t let the academic qualifications deter you – go for it!

If you’re interested in becoming a cruise ship staff captain, there are a few requirements you’ll need to meet. First, cruise lines typically require staff captains to have at least two years of experience working on a cruise ship. This experience can be in any capacity, from working in the dining room to serving as a deck officer.

In addition, most cruise lines require staff captains to hold a valid passport and have the proper medical vaccinations .

Finally, it’s important to be able to communicate effectively and work well with others, as staff captains are responsible for coordinating the activities of the ship’s crew. With these requirements in mind, you can start planning your cruise ship career today.

See also: Cruise Ship Job Titles and Roles | Cruise Ship Nurse Job Description

Cruise staff captains have a demanding work schedule. They typically work long hours, often 12 hours or more per day. Captains also have to be on call 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency. The work schedule of a staff captain can vary depending on the cruise line and the size of the ship. Some cruise lines have captains who work 7 days a week, while others may have a more relaxed schedule. But no matter what, being a cruise ship captain is a demanding job.

There are several different types of captains that work on cruise ships. The most common type is the staff captain, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ship. The captain, on the other hand, is responsible for the overall direction of the ship and its crew. In most cases, the captain will answer to the cruise line’s management, while the staff captain will answer to the captain.

Sea captains have been a part of maritime history for centuries. In fact, the first recorded sea captain was an Egyptian named Ahmose who commanded a fleet of ships in around 1450 BC. Today, captains still play a vital role in ensuring the safe operation of ships. They are responsible for navigating the ship, communicating with other vessels, and managing the crew. Captains also have a wide range of responsibilities when it comes to safety, including making sure that the ship is properly stocked with supplies and that all safety procedures are followed.

Where to find sea ship staff captain jobs?

Following are country-wise job portals where you can find latest openings for a cruise ship staff captain.

  • https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/staff-captain-jobs
  • https://www.cruiseshipjob.com/staff-captain-jobs.html
  • https://ca.jooble.org/jobs-staff-captain
  • https://www.glassdoor.ca/Job/canada-marine-captain-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,6_IN3_KO7,21.htm
  • LinkedIn UK
  • https://www.carnivalukcareers.co.uk/
  • https://maritime-union.com/crewing-companies/japan
  • https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/japan-service-crew-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,5_IN123_KO6,18.htm
  • http://cruisejobssouthafrica.co.za/index.php/faq
  • https://za.indeed.com/Vessel-jobs
  • https://www.seek.com.au/ship-captain-jobs
  • https://au.indeed.com/Vessel,-Marine,-Boat,-Captain,-Yacht-jobs
  • https://crew-center.com/employment-agencies-list/190
  • https://www.glassdoor.com/Explore/top-captain-companies-new-delhi_IO.4,11_IL.22,31_IM1083.htm
  • https://ph.jooble.org/jobs-captain
  • https://ph.jora.com/Ship-Captain-jobs-in-Philippines
  • https://www.jobstreet.com.my/en/job-search/ship-captain-jobs/
  • https://cruise.jobs/recruitment-agents/malaysia/694/application/
  • https://sg.indeed.com/Ship-Captain-jobs
  • https://www.glassdoor.sg/Job/ship-crew-jobs-SRCH_KO0,9.htm

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Besides the academic and theoretical qualifications that you need, you also need to possess certain personality traits and natural skills to work in any position on board a vessel. Here are the basic requirements for a captain and other high level maritime positions.

Public Safety and Security: You need to have the knowledge of relevant marine equipment, policies, strategies, and procedures to promote effective the local, state, or national security operations to ensure protection of any data, people, institutions, and property.

Transportation: You need to have knowledge of methods and principles for moving goods to people by sea, air, road or rail, along with the benefits and associated costs.

Customer and Personal Service: You need knowledge of principles and the relative processes for providing excellent personal customer services, which includes needs assessments, ensuring the quality standards, and evaluating the satisfaction of your employer.

Administration and Management: A sea captain, chief engineer or first mate needs knowledge of various business and management principles that are involved in resource allocation, strategic planning, human resources, leadership skills, various production methods, and the adequate coordination of resources and people.

Education and Training: You need to have knowledge of methods and principles for the training curriculum, design, teaching, and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of these specific marine training methods.

Telecommunications: You must have knowledge of broadcasting, transmission, switching, control, and the operation of any sea based or land based telecommunications systems.

Geography: For travelling at sea you need knowledge of the methods and principles behind the features of sea, land, and air masses, as well as their physical characteristics, interrelationships, locations, and distribution along with certain plants, animal life, and human life.

Personnel and Human Resources: You must have knowledge of the various procedures and principles for training crew, recruitment and selection, the compensation and benefits, certain labor negotiations and relations, as well as information systems.

Mechanical: You should have knowledge of all the tools and machines that might be used on board, including how they are designed, used, repaired, and maintained.

Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior is necessary in this line of work as well as performance and what motivates fellow crew members. You should be able to assess individual differences in ability, interests and personalities, learning methods, psychological research methods, and behavioral and affective disorders, as well as certain treatments.

Skills and Abilities

Whenever you work on board a ship you need to have a lot of skills to ensure the safety of everyone on board. Here are some of the skills and abilities that you will require to apply for maritime jobs: Judgment and decision making, active listening, operation and control, operation monitoring, coordination, instructing and teaching, communicating effectively, social perceptiveness, critical thinking, time management, oral expression, oral comprehension, far vision, problem sensitivity, depth perception, speech clarity, control precision, selective attention, spatial orientation, and deductive reasoning among other things.

The way that you work will have an impact on your job and how you progress as a seafarer. Here are the basic work ethics that you require for any job at sea: dependability, integrity, leadership, stress tolerance, attention to detail, self control and composure, initiative, responsibility, independence, persistence, and being adaptable and flexible.

Some other things that you have to be aware of when applying for maritime jobs is how prepared you are work live and work at sea for sometimes months at a time. Here are some tips that will show you exactly what you need to do:

  • Combat your sea sickness if you have any. This will hinder you in your job, so make sure that you don’t get sea sick, and even if you don’t make sure you are fully prepared with sea sickness tablets just in case.
  • Realize that you will live in cramped quarters most of the time. You will either share a room with another member of the crew, or you will sleep in a tiny space, so be sure that you are not bothered with the lack of absolute privacy and you must not be claustrophobic.
  • How home sick will you get? You must be able to work effectively and be on top of your game at all times, so you cannot afford to get too home sick.
  • You need to live off very little. You will have limited supplies and resources on board and must be comfortable with only a few basics and hardly any luxuries.
  • Make sure you are physically fit for this intensely active job. You must be fit enough to withstand long hours of work, demanding conditions at sea, tough daily duties that you have to complete, and you must be prepared in case of emergencies to ensure your safety and that of your fellow crew and passengers.
  • You must be a good team player. You are working with people that you might never have met before and that might be from different countries. You have to be friendly and approachable and work as a team at all times no matter what.

With all of the requirements above that you need to have a successful job application process and go on to have an equally successful career at sea, you must also be willing to learn all the time on the job, as the best kind of skills and work ethics are learned at sea. This experience will allow you to move on to the next level in your maritime career, or give you the sustainability in your career as it is.

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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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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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