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Senior Staff Officers Bring a Combined 80 Years of Service to Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam

When Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam sets sail in December 2018, the ship’s senior staff officers will bring a combined 80 years of company loyalty and experience. The cruise line announced that Captain Sybe de Boer, Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert, Hotel Director Don Habets, Chief Engineer Eric van Loenen, and Environmental Officer Dolf Kramer will lead Nieuw Statendam’s shipboard teams.

The 99,500-ton ship currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard at Marghera, Italy. During its inaugural year, Nieuw Statendam will explore the Caribbean in winter and then move to northern Europe, Iceland and the Mediterranean in summer.

“A company like Holland America Line, with 145 years of history, has a tremendous breadth of experienced officers and staff to ensure a successful launch of a newbuild, and we’re thrilled to have Captain de Boer, Don, Eric, Kevin and Dolf leading Nieuw Statendam’s shipboard teams,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Not only have these skilled leaders been dedicated Holland America Line team members for decades, they have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to our guests, and I’m confident they will set the standards on Nieuw Statendam to deliver the service and quality we are renowned for.”

Meet Captain Sybe de Boer
Captain Sybe de Boer will be in command when Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam sets sail in December 2018. Having been with the company since 1994 when he joined the former Nieuw Amsterdam, de Boer rose through the ranks from second officer to captain. He has been master of Statendam, Zaandam, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Eurodam, and served on Maasdam, Ryndam, Noordam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Koningsdam.

For the past three years he represented Holland America Line as a Fleet Captain at Maritime Quality Assurance, Carnival Corporation Plc. In this role he advanced the Bridge Resource Management policies and procedures across the Carnival Corporation brands.

Hailing from the Netherlands Captain de Boer resides in The Hague. He enjoys going to concerts, visiting museums, flying light aircraft (he holds a commercial pilot’s license), sailing, photography and bicycling. He graduated from the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz in Terschelling, the Netherlands, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Navigation.

Hotel Director Don Habets

Meet Hotel Director Don Habets.
Since joining Holland America Line in 2002, Hotel Director Don Habets has sailed on all of the company’s ships, including the former Ryndam and Statendam, His first ship was Maasdam, and most recently he served on board Koningsdam. Habets began as an assistant maître d’ and worked his way up to hotel director through various hotel department positions.

A native of the Netherlands, Habets graduated from the Hoge Hotel School in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. He enjoys life and everything it brings, as well as making Holland America Line guests and crew happy.

Kevin Beirnaert

Meet Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert
Nieuw Statendam’s Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert joined Holland America Line in 2006 and worked on Rotterdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Koningsdam. He was also a member of the senior team to introduce Koningsdam.

Hailing from Gent, Belgium, Beirnaert studied at the Hogere Zeevaart school in Antwerp, Belgium, and worked for freight company Ecuadorian Line and on dredging ships in Dubai, U.A.E., on the Palm Jumeirah Project before joining Holland America Line. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Meet Chief Engineer Eric van Loenen
Chief Engineer Eric van Loenen joined Holland America Line in 2002 as a second engineer after working on container ships, cargo ships and chemical parcel tankers. He began his career with Holland America Line on Amsterdam and has served on several ships, including Maasdam, Ryndam, Volendam, Zaandam, Oosterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam.

Prior to being named to the Nieuw Statendam team he was chief engineer on Koningsdam.

Van Loenen graduated from the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz in Terschelling. He and his wife live in Makkum, Friesland, in the Netherlands with their three children.

Dolf Kramer

Meet Environmental Officer Dolf Kramer
Dutch native Dolf Kramer went to Nautical College in Den Helder, the Netherlands, and studied to be a shipboard engineer. Prior to joining Holland America Line in 2004 he worked on cargo ships and in a steel factory.

Kramer came to work for Holland America Line as an environmental officer, and he has worked on all classes of ships except Pinnacle Class. He has served on Statendam, Ryndam, Maasdam, Rotterdam, Volendam, Zaandam, Amsterdam, Prinsendam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. Launching Nieuw Statendam — the second Pinnacle Class ship — will round out his class experience.

When he’s not on board, Kramer lives in Aruba with his wife where he spends time riding his Harley Davidson and working to restore his classic 1957 Chevrolet.

Join us in congratulating these Holland America Line team members!

  • Nella Hawks

    The staff on your Nieuw Statendam looks great. I will be on that ship in August, to Northern ports and Iceland. I would love to see that one of the entertainers on board would be Stryker. I really enjoyed him on my last Holland America cruise. He sings like Elton John and plays like Liberace. Please Please…do what you can to get him on board. He is great!

  • Judi Butz

    I am very disappointed, and confused, why I can’t make specialty restaurant reservations prior to embarkation. The cruise is leaving from Fort Lauderdale on December 21.

  • Jan Reedijk

    Fantastic team to lead the Nieuw Statendam.
    Impressed with HAL as always.
    Looking forward to Dec 5.

  • Tom Blanchard

    Congratulations to all the staff, I’m sure you will all do a fantastic job. Can’t wait to sail with you all.


    Have ridden 3 inaugural seasons- Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Koningsdam – looking forward to my 4th with Nieuw Statendam Dec 23rd.

  • Tom Hoffman

    Congratulations to Captain Sybe de Boer. He re-married us on the Rotterdam in 2011 during our 30th anniversary cruise.

  • Julie

    Hi Judi, are you in the “already booked” area of our website? If you are still having problems pre-booking Pinnacle Grill, please call Ship Services: 1–800–541–1576.

  • Hall

    Do you have any news on the new “Orange Room” aboard Nieuw Statendam? I understand it is a new specialty restaurant for suite guests. But also available for an extra fee for other cabin categories. Any info on the new Orange Room appreciated……..By the way, I am booked on Nieuw Statendam in December and also disappointed that you cannot book speciality dining room reservations on line….

  • Julie

    Information on Club Orange will be released very soon, so please stay tuned.

  • Hans Meurs

    Excellent pedigree of the Etat Major for this marvellous new vessel. Looking forward to meet the crew and enjoy the vessel on its Premier Voyage leaving Rome on December 5th.

  • PMB Hoogerbrug

    Looking forward to meeting you all on our cruise on June 2nd to Norway. It is fun meeting you on line like this. Can’t wait to see and experience this new schip. Whishing you all a good sail!

  • Marty Bloom

    It appears that one or more of the officers are no longer with the ship.

  • Julie

    The rotate, so these were the officers who brought out the ship. The go on leave and move to other ships as needed.

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