The captain of Holland America Line’s newest ship Rotterdam has been named. Werner Timmers, who has sailed with the cruise line for nearly 40 years, will take the helm when Rotterdam enters service in July 2021. Captain Timmers joined Holland America Line in 1984 and has worked on all classes of ship within the brand, most recently as master of Koningsdam. He will head to Rotterdam in the coming months for sea trials and then re-locate to the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, where the ship is being built, to oversee the finishing touches before delivery.
Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, said: “As one of the longest-serving officers in our fleet with a wealth of experience, we are pleased to name Captain Timmers master of Rotterdam. His years of seamanship and hospitability with both guests and crew will continue to create a culture on board that promotes excellence in service and a passion for travel.”
A native Dutchman, Captain Timmers chose a career at sea in his final year of high school after hearing a seafarer tell tales of adventure during career day. He first joined Holland America Line as an intern and worked his way up the ranks to captain, which he achieved in 1996. On the subject of his naming, he said, “I am deeply honoured to be named the first master of Rotterdam, and I look forward to getting on board for the sea trials and seeing the ship come together during the final stages of construction.
“My long career with Holland America Line has been filled with so many wonderful milestones, and this appointment is a highlight.”