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STIER – P&I Correspondents, Ship Agency, Project Logistics and Legal Services STIER – P&I Correspondents, Ship Agency, Project Logistics and Legal Services

Working in a cruise ship

Turismo de cruceros

The cruise tourism industry continues its unstoppable growth since the nineties and apparently it has not not have found its top yet. The sector grew by 7%  in 2015 compared to 2014 where already billed 40,000 million dollars, according to Cruise Market Watch report. To the 298 vessels existing in the world in 2015 with a capacity to transport half a million passengers, it is expected by the industry that this year twelve ships will join the sector.


The cruise tourism market is concentrated around three main groups based in Miami: Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, that control more than 80% of the market share, followed by a number of companies such as MSC, Disney, Thompson, Tui …. The vessels of these companies are huge floating resorts where there is a constant technological innovation in entertainment to attract a younger audience. An example of this is the Norwegian Joy, a ship of 326 meters long, 20 decks and  with an accommodation capacity of 5,900 people, including passengers and crew.


This new mega-cruise that will start the service in 2017, will have within many other activities, a Formula 1 simulator and a kart track on board.

With this promising and hopeful future, the companies are constantly offering jobs to meet their high demanding needs of services. Just as knowledge, the 5,900 people capacity of the Norwegian Joy, means that the crew should be composed by 1,700 people in the crew. The cruise lines hire people with experience in tourism, entertainment and animation, child care, health and beauty, sales, customer service, physiotherapy, medicine, accounting, computer, etc. Among the requirements is that all personnel working on board should communicate in English at least, but always knowledge in other languages are valued.


Besides the language skills and, of course, the testable experience in the job is desired to work, people who want to work on a cruise must have a specific training in crediting Maritime in courses such as:


STCW·        Basic Safety Training,

·        Basic Training on Maritime Security

·        Passenger ships.


(Learn more about this and other training courses)


These courses are to be held in centres approved by the Merchant Marine General Directorate as our Training Centre GROUP STIER – former CEMA – with over 20 years of experience training professionals for the maritime and offshore sector.



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