Meet the clipper crew

Our crew

The crew consists of thirty experienced sailors, a hospitality team, a technical department and trainees. As well as being able to expertly sail the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, our international, English-speaking crew members are all passionate about the ship and love sharing this with you. The crew is led by two captains and five officers.

All crew
All crew
Hospitality team

Captain Andi Manser

Andi cycled to the Netherlands from his native Switzerland hoping to find work sailing so skippering the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a dream come true for him. 

Captain Sune Blinkenberg

Captain Blinkenberg crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time when he was twelve years old - and has loved the oceans ever since. He has worked his way up from deckhand to captain on tall ships and spent some years ashore as technical- and operations director, before joining the Clipper Stad Amsterdam team in January 2023. His educational background is Master Mariner from the navigational school in Marstal, Denmark and a maritime MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

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Hospitality manager Bart van Liempt

Bart started as a restaurant dishwasher at a young age. Gaining enthusiasm for the hospitality industry, he was trained as a certified chef and worked in various kitchens for over fourteen years. Six of those years he worked as a chef on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam and endeavored to further involve himself in the guest experience by stepping into the shoes of Hospitality Manager.

“As a (ships) cook and host, I immediately follow in the footsteps of my grandfather. Making your stay on board unforgettable is his legacy and my pride.”

Hospitality manager Marleen van Moorsel

Marleen couldn't get the Clipper Stad Amsterdam out of her head, after seeing the ship for the first time during Sail Amsterdam in 2000. With parents who loved sailing, she often sailed from Groningen to the Wadden Islands, which made her very familiar with the sea from an early age. This resulted in her choosing to work on cruise ships for 4 years. After 2 years of experience ashore she found her way back to sea on the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, allowing her to combine hospitality, the desire to travel and passion for sailing.

"I look forward to helping guests enjoy their travels and to give them the best hospitality possible."

Ineke Eibergen, Babette Vriezen, Ernst de Haan, Anne Cornelissen, Paula Out & Evert van Dishoeck

Clipper Stad Amsterdam HQ

First row (left-right):
Reinoud van der Heijden, Anne Cornelissen, Ineke Eibergen, Babette Vriezen.
Second row (left-right):
Evert van Dishoeck , Sanne Lutz, Ernst de Haan, work as a team at the Clipper Stad Amsterdam HQ in – where else – Amsterdam!