Captain Pieter Bant
Born in the Netherlands, Pieter Bant knew early he was addicted to travel when his family moved to Aruba at age eight and spent nearly four years there, visiting South and Central America and also the United States. He wanted to work on the ocean so he enrolled at the Maritime College in Flushing, where he studied through 1987. He began his career on refrigerated cargo ships and served as Chief Officer from 1987 – 1994, taking a brief break to work for Holland America Line as Second Officer through 1995 but went back to working on refrigerated cargo ships in the commercial office through 2008. From 2008-2010, he worked as a marine auditor for Lloyds Register, carrying out safety management, security, environmental and quality management audits.
Returning to Holland America Line in 2010 as second officer, he rose to become captain by early 2018 and has since commanded S-Class, R-class, Vista Class and Signature Class ships. He was the final captain of the previous Rotterdam, and delivered it to new wwners Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Now, he is currently on Eurodam.
Captain Bant and his wife, Diana, reside in the southwestern part of the Netherlands, close to the coast, and enjoy cycling, hiking, and taking out their sailboat. In addition to maneuvering the vessel past stunning scenery, Captain Bant enjoys working with various nationalities, crew and guests on board.