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Holland America Line Names Captain Werner Timmers Master of Rotterdam

Holland America Line has named Werner Timmers, a captain with nearly 40 years sailing for the cruise line, to take the helm of Rotterdam when the ship 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.

Captain Timmers will head to Rotterdam in the coming months for sea trials and then relocate to the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, where the ship is being built, to oversee the finishing touches before delivery.

“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,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “His years of seamanship and hospitality with both guests and crew will continue to create a culture on board that promotes excellence in service and a passion for travel.”

Since first joining Holland America Line in 1984 as an intern, Captain Timmers has worked his way up the ranks to captain, which he achieved in 1996. He has since been master of Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Ryndam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam.

“I am deeply honored 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,” said Captain Timmers. “My long career with Holland America Line has been filled with so many wonderful milestones, and this appointment is a highlight.”

A native Dutchman, Captain Timmers grew up in Roosendaal, the Netherlands. He chose a career at sea in his final year of high school after hearing a seafarer tell tales of adventure during career day. He joined the Nautical Academy in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, and after graduating with a degree in nautical sciences, he obtained a second degree in marine engineering and rejoined Holland America Line as a fourth officer.

When not onboard a ship, Captain Timmers lives with his wife, Sherron, and their two children in Mount Dora, Florida.


What is your favorite port to sail into?
There are a few ports that stand out, mostly because the sail-in is beautiful and you dock in the middle of town: Amsterdam, Vancouver, San Francisco, Venice and Istanbul.

What is your favorite dish on any Holland America Line menu?
It’s a hard choice but the Wasabi Beef in Tamarind. For dessert, the Salzburger Nockerln at Rudi’s Sel de Mer. The David Burke additions in Pinnacle Grill also are fantastic.

If you were a cruise guest, what type of shore excursion would appeal to you?
I am into the history of things, so I would choose any excursion that takes me to an old castle or ruins. In Alaska where nature is rampant, I would go either whale watching in Sitka or see the grizzly bears in Ketchikan.

If you weren’t a captain, what would you be doing?

I originally wanted to become an architect, and good design still fascinates me, so something in that direction, perhaps an industrial designer or builder. Together with my wife Sherron, I designed our log cabin in North Carolina and did most of the finishing work. I enjoy woodworking. The latest addition to my shop is a wood lathe. I do a little baking on occasion, my grandma’s apple pie mainly, and I also play golf badly.

If you could pick five people, living or dead, real or fictional, to join you at the captain’s table for dinner, who would you pick?

The first one is my wife Sherron of course, she is my muse and rock all at the same time.
Sir Frances Drake, fearless entrepreneur of the sea, he seems to have been everywhere we go. Steve Irwin and Jane Goodall, for their passion and defense of the animal kingdom and the environment. And finally, Elon Musk, fearless entrepreneur of today’s world.

  • G. Van den Bergh

    Gefeliciteerd Kapitein Timmers. Hoop U te zien op de nieuwe Rotterdam. J. Van den Bergh-Blaak

  • Rudolf de Jong & Viktoriia Lazareva

    First of all congrats with your new appointment. It is indeed a milestone to become the master of the new flagship MS Rotterdam.
    Maybe we will meet in person during the Caribbean cruise in November 2021.

  • Bianca Verschuren

    Congratulations, Captain Timmers,
    I sailed on the Old Lady the ss Rotterdam under captain Lagaay as a crewmember in the years 1969/1973.
    One of the best times of my life and since those years I was lucky enough to joinquite a few of the HAL ships as a passenger.
    I would be thrilled to sail on this young daughter Lady ms Rotterdam!
    As soon as Covid19 will be conquered I will sure book a nice cruise with her and hopefully with you, captain Timmers.

  • Paul Mollema

    Van harte gefeliciteerd met uw benoeming tot kapitein op de Rotterdam VII.
    Ik zie u, als alles goed gaat, tijdens de transatlantische cruise van 20 oktober 2021.

    P.M. Mollema

  • Ferdinand Vanderstraeten

    Proficiat Capt TIMMERS ! En volle sukses met de Rotterdam !
    Wij hadden met U een fantastische reis op de Koningsdam naar Noorwegen in Juli, 2018…

  • Ida en Wil van Pol

    Gefeliciteerd en wensen kapitein Werner Timmers veel succes met dit mooie schip de Rotterdam, tot in oktober bij de overtocht van Amsterdam naar Fort Lauderdale en de Caraïbische eilanden.

  • Jaap Lautenbach

    Heel erg jammer dat deze ROTTERDAM
    Amsterdam als thuishaven heeft dit klopt niet.Schepen van de HAL horen thuis in

  • Jaap Lautenbach

    Heel erg jammer dat deze ROTTERDAM
    Amsterdam als thuishaven heeft, dit klopt niet. Schepen van de HAL horen thuis in

  • Caroline

    Great news , my favourite Captain, sailed with you in the past with my groups to Alaska , will consider my own holiday on the Rotterdam now I know you may be my Captain .

  • Gertie Zagema

    ook wij zijn benieuwd naar de Rotterdam en zijn blij met u te mogen reizen.
    Onze huwelijksdag (37) gaan wij feestelijk maken met deze reis. Verheug me op de caribbean.

  • Sj0erd Bonte

    Mijn vrouw en ik hopen zodra dat kan, met onze twee tiener-kleindochters weer aan boord te stappen van
    een van de schepen van de Holland Amerika Lijn

  • russ vincent

    Happy seas to you and all your blessed passengers and crew.

  • Pieter Hoogmoed

    Als favoriete haven had toch zeker Rotterdam niet mogen ontbreken.

  • James Przygocki

    Looking forward to the TransAtlantic sailing with the Captain this October! Smooth Seas and Safe Sailing!

  • jozef bosmans

    goede vaart aan bemanning en passagiers !

  • Connie Dexter

    Sailed several years ago on the christening cruise on the Koningsdam with this Captain. We would love to sail on Rotterdam for that christening cruise again with Captain Timmers. Safe sailing Captain….

  • Fran Fitzpatrick

    We have sailed with Captain Timmers on the Ryndam and we live in Hernando Beach and with many cruises with HAL he is my favorite Captain and actually speaks to everybody. Look forward hopefully at Christmas cruise in 2021. Looking forward to seeing him.


    Congrats to our favorite Captain !! We are so looking forward to sailing with you again, hopefully, very soon ! Stay safe until then.

    Barbara & Jack Gardner, the Ryndam pigeon people

  • J.H. Gorp

    Een goede vaart voor de Kaptein en de mooie nieuwe Rotterdam tot snel op de volgende Cruise.

  • John Kramer

    We hope to meet you on our next trip on SEPTEMBER 12th, tot dan,
    John Krame

  • Hendrik Samuel De gorter

    Een behouden vaart captain nu even zonder passagiers hopelijk wordt alles weer zoals we ooit gewend waren volop gezelligheid en avontuur samen met de Holland America Line

    Keep Smiling

  • Aafje Brinkman

    Kapitein Timmers, behouden vaart op de Rotterdam VII.
    Tot ziens op de Rotterdam, 8 augustus 2021 Civitavecchia, Italy

  • Chris Van de Graaf

    I looking forward to see you at the cruise to Norway at June 12 from Amsterdam The Netherlands.
    The first cruise was with the Rotterdam VI and now the same one with the beautiful Rotterdam VII.

  • Willemina

    Jammer dat we verhinderd waren bij de kennismaking. We kijken terug op een geweldige cruise met u als kapitein op de Rotterdam 7 (31-7 – 14-8) en hopen in de toekomst U wel te kunnen ontmoeten

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