31 januari 2018
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Captain Albert Schoonderbeek decided to go to sea when he was seven years old. At that time he was collecting postcards and came across a card of the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938. Those yellow funnels and rows of lifeboats brought about a fascination with ships that has remained with him until the current day. While the collection grew he discovered that Holland America still existed and he decided to combine hobby and career. In 1976 he entered the oldest Maritime Academy in the world; The Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart in Amsterdam and graduated in 1981. Shortly after he joined Holland America as a 4th. Officer. In 1998 he co-authored “125 years of Holland America Line” documenting the complete history of the company. He was promoted to Captain in 2000 and remained in command until 2014. Then the function of Traveling Master became available which entails rotating over the fleet for giving training and support. When at sea he also maintains a daily blog keeping readers worldwide informed about what goes on behind the scenes, and why certain things are being done in a certain way. The blog also has an historical section about the company and new information is added on a regular basis. Captain Albert is married and lives in England with his wife Lesley. www.captainalbert.com.