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History of Shipping Company Belle

After years of sailing their own clippers as skippers, Alfred Vellekoop and Sacha Emmerik were ready for a new challenge. They bought a saloon boat, the “Mina Mitzi. This salon boat could use a restoration, and Alfred and Sacha had a clear idea of how it should be done. The “Mina Mitzi” was restored and was henceforth called “Belle van Zuylen. With the restoration of this salon boat, the establishment of “Rederij Belle” was a fact in 1999. In the following years, several salon boats were restored so that the fleet now consists of 4 salon boats: ‘Belle van Zuylen’, ‘Dame van Amstel’, ‘Adeline’ and ‘Emma’.

Management team

Alfred Vellekoop, with his technical background, is responsible for the ships.

Sacha Emmerik, with his hospitality training, is in charge of Food & Beverage and commerce.

Our team is always ready to work with you to come up with a fantastic cruise.

Sales & Event Manager

Monique Vos

Our experienced captains sail you past the most beautiful spots and are happy to tell you about what you will see along the way. They make every boating trip a true celebration!

The captains


Derk Jan and Suzanne

Our hosts and hostesses are very attentive, professional and make sure you lack nothing on board.

Hosts & hostesses






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