Sybe and Open Jaw's Martha Chapman touring the soon-to-be-launched Nieuw Statendam at the Fincantieri Shipyard near Venice, Italy in October.
were you born? In
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
long have you been a captain?
For 15 years, on both
Holland America and Seabourn and as fleet captain – but I’ve been at sea for 33
years as a commercial pilot and have even worked on a banana boat!
many people work on the bridge with you?
on the time of day and whether or not we are entering a port, we are a maximum
of six. But the Nieuw Statendam will have a total crew of 1,000.
the best part of the job?
Working with people. The
technology we work with is beautiful – really
state of the art equipment. And we get
to work in a happy environment: passengers
are on their well-deserved vacations and our multinational crew give a positive
drive to the organization.
did you want to be as a kid?
Something at sea. My very first job, when I was a teenager, was
the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Climb Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janiero.
guilty pleasures? Sports
cars (smiles). I have a vintage two
seater Alfa Romeo and love driving it – especially in Italy. I also have a
your favourite airline? Emirates.
hotel chain? Four
on your tablet?
I just watched a documentary about freestyle mountain climbing –
climbing without any equipment. Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! The footage! How did they get that?
do people not know about you?
That I have a normal,
“non-nautical” life at home.
hobbies or interests? Photography, classical music, museums,
were you happiest? I’m pretty happy where I am now.
would you tell your 20 year old self?
passion, your heart, rather than the money.”
do you most admire in the industry?
Chairman of parent company Carnival. He’s an amazing person when you consider
how big the company has grown. He’s always finding ways of doing things
differently and has a wonderful eye for detail and brand differentiation.
skill or talent do you admire in someone?
The ability to play classical piano music.
at the top of your bucket list?
I’ve travelled a
lot but must say Nepal. Yes (
laughs) I know they have mountains there
How do you stay fit when you are at sea? I’ll skip meals, go to the gym – located conveniently close to my
stateroom. And I take the stairs,
If you could change one thing about the industry what
would it be?
We are already doing a lot to reduce
our carbon footprint, and are always looking at additional ways.
you could sit next to anyone on a long-haul flight, who would it be?
George Clooney. I’d love to
talk to him about his career.
you have a favourite charity?
Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam.
do you hope to be doing in 10 years? Hopefully about to retire!