Captains

Past and present Disney Cruise Line Captains.
Captain Henry Andersson (1996 - Present)
Sweden - Rockledge, Florida
DCL Captain Henry F Andersson
Captain Henry has over 40 years of seagoing experience, 30 years of those in command. He holds an unlimited merchant marine office license (Masters) from Sweden and the Bahamas. He also holds a Master of Arts degree (distinction) in leadership/human behavior. He has been in the cruise industry for the past 30 years and enjoys delivering exceptional guest service in a personalized warm and friendly manner.

Captain Daniele Aschero (1999 - Present)
Imperia, Italy
DCL Captain Daniele Aschero
Daniele started his sea career in 1990 as an Officer in the Italian Navy. Once honorably discharged from the service, he began a new career sailing the Seven Seas in the Merchant Marine; first on Oil Tankers, and then with the P&O Princess Cruises back in 1995 as a Deck Officer. He joined Disney Cruise Line as 3rd Officer in 1999.

Captain John Barwis (1997 - 2015)
Cumbria, England
Dcl Captain John Barwis
Captain John is a master Master mariner & member of The Nautical Institute. He started his sea career in 1975 with a cargo shipping line. In 1987 he joined Cunard Line where he served 8 years. In 1995 he joined Holland America Line prior to joining Disney Cruise Line in 1997. He oversaw the building of the Disney Magic & Disney Wonder and has commanded both ships during their inaugural years.

Captain Fabian Dib (1996 - Present)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DCL Captain Fabian Dib
Captain Fabian began his 22 year career at sea in the Argentinean Navy, followed by sailing ships and cruise ships. Fabian was part of the Site Team in Italy during the construction of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.

Commodore Tom Foreberg (1995 - Present)
Gjovik, Norway
DCL Commodore Tom Forberg Captain
Commodore Tom is a seasoned mariner with over 30 years of experience at sea. His nautical career began in 1967 with NAL. After serving in the Norwegian Navy, he returned to the cruise industry in 1976, working aboard the ships of RCCL, Jebsen Line, Fearly & Eger/ELC, SSCL and Crystal Cruises. He started his career with Disney Cruise Line in 1995 as the first captain to be hired. He supervised the construction of the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, and commanded both ships on their maiden voyages. He is also the first Captain of the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. In August 2013, Disney Cruise Line bestowed the honor of Commodore to Captain Tom in a ceremony held aboard the Disney Fantasy.

Captain Thord Haugen (1998 - Present)
Plantation, FL
DCL Captain Thord Haugen 2
Captain Thord attended Tonsberg Maritime Hogskole where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Studies. During this time he held various positions up to Staff Captain until 1998, when he joined Disney Cruise Line.

Captain Hans Mateboer (1998 - 2002)
Netherlands
DCL Captain Hans Mateboer
Originally from the Netherlands, Hans' interest in water, ships, and the sea was only natural - fueled by the many nautical books he read as a child. This led to his decision to attend nautical school and join a shipping line. After sailing on freighters, tankers, bulk carriers, and just about every other type of ship plying the oceans, he "landed" on a cruise ship where he decided to stay. He was involved in the building of four new ships including the vessels for Disney Cruise Line and is now Master with Holland America Line, sailing to every corner of the world. Bio via www.captainspublishing.com

Captain Andy McRonald (2010 - Present)
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
DCL Captain Andy McRonald
Captain Andy started his seagoing career with tankers then joined Disney Cruise Line in 1999 as a Chief Safety Officer. In 2003, Andy left DCL to become a Senior Watch Keeping Officer with Holland America Line. From 2005 - 2010 he served as a Marine Pilot for Aberdeen Harbour in the United Kingdom. In 2010, he returned to Disney Cruise Line as Staff Captain.

Captain Marco Nogara (2010 - Present)
Venice, Italy
DCL Captain Marco Nogara
A native of Venice, Italy, Marco fell in love with the sea early on and has enjoyed an extensive 30+ year career in the maritime industry commanding cruise ships worldwide from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. Captain Marco started to sail for Disney Cruise Line in 2010 as Captain of the Disney Wonder. In 2011, he was in command of the Disney Magic. In 2012, he was appointed Captain of the Disney Fantasy. Before joining Disney Cruise Line, he was with Carnival Cruise Lines, where he served as Captain for 12 years.

Captain Robert Olmer (1998 - Present)
Netherlands
Dcl Captain Robert Olmer
Before serving as a Captain at Disney Cruise Line Robert was a Navigation Officer at Holland America Line. Robert studied Maritime Navigation and Engineering at Hoge school van Amsterdam.

Captain Gustaaf Verhulst (1996 - Present)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
DCL Captain Gustaaf Verhulst
Guus Verhulst began sailing as a deck cadet on the SS Rotterdam in 1982. In September 1996 he joined Disney Cruise Line starting in the Celebration, Florida office working on the new build of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. He sailed as Chief Officer/Staff Captain on the crossing to Florida, and has rotated between ships as Captain since 2005.

Captain Zvonimir Vidak (2001 - Present)
Rijeka, Croatia
Captain Zvonimir Vidak
Upon graduation from maritime college in 1996, Zvonimir sailed as Deck Officer and obtained a Master Mariner license in 1998. He joined Disney Cruise Line in 2001 as a navigational watch officer and later he was promoted to Captain.