As global orders for cruise vessels go through the roof, lines are searching for more and more crew and officers.
The global cruise industry will need to hire 80,000 new crew and officers every year for at least the next decade, Cruise Industry News reports.
The industry currently employs around 250,000 seafarers. It will need 70,000 new crew and officers annually to replace personnel who retire or leave – plus another 10,000 per year to cover all the new ships scheduled to be launched.
The cruise-ship orderbook has just hit another new record, as July orders from Seabourn, Princess, TUI and Lindblad push newbuild contracts to 113 ships to be introduced between now and 2027.
The number of berths on the orderbook stands at 268,854 additional cruise berths to enter service during the same time period.
However, the average ship size is reducing, to 2,379 guests, due to more than 30 expedition ships planned to set sail for the first time between now and 2024.
Nordic officers wanted
This means significant job opportunities for countries that supply large numbers of cruise-ship crew, such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India and the Caribbean islands, as well as for officers from countries like Italy, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Croatia.
Cruise lines are exploring new countries for crew with suitable languages and job skills and the right attitude, including Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and China.
Officers, meanwhile, will increasingly and consistently need to train in new technologies, environmental compliance and safety.