John Lewis Gift Card

Book a 7 night cruise or more in an Ocean View or above by 8pm 30th September and receive a FREE John Lewis Gift Card worth up to £500. Terms & conditions apply. ABTA & ATOL Protected - 100% Financially Protected - Flexible Cancellation Policies

Call us FREE  08001216198

Opening Hours - Office open, we'll close at 8:00pm

Request a call back
SEARCH CRUISES Shortlist

Holland America Line names Captain Werner Timmers Master of Rotterdam

Captain Werner Timmers to take the helm of Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Holland America Line

Posted on

04 Feb 2021

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.”

See all featured Rotterdam cruises


Divider Crest Logo

Featured cruises

FREE DRINKS PACKAGE
Holland America Line

Bahamas & Key West

  • 03 Nov 2021
  • 7 nights
  • Ship: Rotterdam
  • Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale - Half Moon Cay - Key West - Fort Lauderdale - Half Moon Cay - Fort Lauderdale

Includes: FREE Drinks Package for ALL Bookings*, Complimentary Wi-Fi On Board*, Speciality dining for all bookings*, FREE Shore Excursion Credit up to $100*

FREE DRINKS PACKAGE
Holland America Line

Bahamas / Inaugural Caribbean

  • 23 Oct 2021
  • 7 nights
  • Ship: Rotterdam
  • Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale - Half Moon Cay - Key West - Fort Lauderdale - Half Moon Cay - Fort Lauderdale

Includes: FREE Drinks Package for ALL Bookings*, Complimentary Wi-Fi On Board*, Speciality dining for all bookings*, FREE Shore Excursion Credit up to $100*

FREE DRINKS PACKAGE
Holland America Line

Tropical Caribbean

  • 23 Jan 2022
  • 6 nights
  • Ship: Rotterdam
  • Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale - Amber Cove, Dominican - Grand Turk - Half Moon Cay - Fort Lauderdale

Includes: FREE Drinks Package for ALL Bookings*, Complimentary Wi-Fi On Board*, Speciality dining for all bookings*, FREE Shore Excursion Credit up to $100*

See all featured cruises