Global Cruise Industry Growth in 2018

By Steve Brand | March 7, 2018

It was smooth sailing for the cruise industry in 2017, and whilst the year marked a milestone for the developing sector, we can expect to see even further growth in the years ahead.

Holiday makers are more likely than ever to choose a cruise over ordinary vacations such as beach holidays or city breaks, and with popularity increasing, more investment is being pumped into the industry which means more ships, routes, facilities and best of all, job opportunities.

The Growth

Popularity has flourished as cruise lines continue to prosper and offer an almost overwhelming variety of routes around the world. Holiday makers can now choose from trips that range from exploring the beautiful blue waters and sandy beaches of the Caribbean, to enjoying the unspoilt wilderness of Alaska. It’s no mystery why the industry is growing so quickly.

Mirroring the number of travellers choosing to go on cruise holidays is the expected growth of the market. Due to its popularity, many investors are being attracted and over the next decade over £43 billion is expected to be invested. As a result, we expect to see a huge number of ships on order, including the production of 27 new ships in 2018 alone.


This year over 27 million people are expected to book a cruise, generating just under 100 billion pounds in economic output and supporting over a million jobs. With new ships setting sail the number of employee positions up for grabs will grow too.

With the cruise industry expanding, the opportunities for people looking for a career at sea are not going to dry up any time soon. Each cruise ship employs an average of around 223 employees and staff numbers can reach 630 on larger vessels. The variety of roles attracts a multitude of workers from different backgrounds and includes captains, entertainers, doctors, childcare workers, stewards and spa therapists. The opportunities are endless, but what do all these positions have in common? The need for maritime training.


New cruise ship employees are required to embark on training courses to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need for a successful and safe career at sea.

A valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate is required from most employees and crew working on-board cruise ships and covers all the basics you need to work on a commercial vessel.

Topics include:

  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Security Awareness

Here at Seahaven Maritime Academy we offer a variety of courses including the STCW Basic Safety Training Course.

Our friendly team of experts will show you the ropes over the 5-day course at our purpose build training facility in the port of Newhaven, East Sussex. Combining a series of practical tasks and oral questions, you’ll leave qualified and prepared for a career aboard a cruise ship – and hopefully you will enjoy the experience too!

Staying true to our ethos of ‘excellent training at a fair price’ the total cost of the course is £590 (including VAT).

If you would like further information then please feel free to get in touch, or if you’re ready to get started take a look at our upcoming course dates.

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Steve Brand
Managing Director

Steve is a highly experienced instructor with a long and impressive track record in safety-critical working environments. Training is much more than a job for him, it is a vocation and his dedication and care for his valued students is second to none.

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