Do you need a BSc (Hons) Cruise Management to start a career on a cruise ship?
It is possible to be employed in this industry with a wide variety of personal circumstances including prior qualifications and previous experience. However, the degree is intended to provide important advantages to individuals who want this type of career. As the UK's only Cruise Management degree we have created excellent links with the industry. Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Saga Cruises and Cunard Lines have all worked with the University during the development phase as the programme was first introduced. The programme is designed to introduce students to professionals from cruise companies at an early stage so that a long-term relationship can be fostered. This can lead to work placement experience and employment. Other cruise companies are aware of developments and are closely observing outcomes.
What about the travel opportunities?
These days, ships go everywhere in the world. One reason for the growth in this type of holiday is the flexibility of being able to move these floating resorts to react to circumstances that arise. Passengers value the relative safety presented by this type of holiday and in a changing world, ships itineraries can also change at short notice to avoid putting passengers at risk. Many of the world's greatest sights can be enjoyed as part of a cruise holiday.
If, with this degree, I get a job on a cruise ship can I then eventually work ashore?
Many cruise companies have hotel services teams based in the cruise company's home port, which present opportunities for further promotion. But equally, the industry has a reputation for excellence and you would be perceived as being able to transfer those skills to any job ashore. You would have had all sorts of experience in dealing with passenger services and resort operations with all that entails.
Is a work placement guaranteed?
No. It is up to the cruise company to offer applicants work placements.
However, you will be fully supported and given advice about your application and also help to prepare for any interview. If you were successful, duration and duties or training would be negotiated between you and the company although you would receive advice and guidance from the University. Work placements are paid. If you were unsuccessful, the University would help you to apply for alternative placements onshore which would still prepare you for a career on a cruise ship.
Will I get seasick?
Some people do worry about this type of thing but in most cases that concern is misplaced. Many peoples' experiences suggest that you don't think about being seasick when your mind is focused on work. In addition, increasingly the ships are so large that you don't notice much movement. Cruise ships would not be as successful and popular if this was a common problem!