Skip to main content
3 answers
2
Updated 682 views

What are the steps to become a captain of a cruise ship?

I always wondered about this career path. #captain #career #cruiseship #boating #transportation

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

2

3 answers


0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Christine’s Answer

Hi Devetra!

I am a ship's Captain and I now am training to be a Harbor Pilot ( a local expert that guides ships into port). I work onboard many cruise ships.

Most ship's officers start their careers by attending a maritime academy right out of high school. A maritime academy graduates earn a Bachelor's degree and USCG license in 4 years.

After graduation, officer's work onboard ships to earn sea time and experience to move up the ranks ( 3rd officer to 2nd officer to 1st officer/chief mate to Captain). 3 years at sea is required to move from 3rd Officer to Captain, it often takes more that 6 years to gain that time. There are a variety of courses that an officer needs to take to upgrade as well.

With the licenses and certificates in hand, an officer will like work as a Chief Officer, First Officer or Staff Captain (depending on the company or ship) for many years before they are promoted to captain.

Christine recommends the following next steps:

Check out Map Your Career http://www.mapyourcareer.org/maritime
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Blake’s Answer

Hey Devetra,

Here's what I found online:

1. Choose Career Path
2. Attend Coast Guard Approved Academy Training
3. Earn Credentials
4. Advance to Rank of Ship Captian

Not sure if this is correct, but did my best to research.

Thanks,
Blake
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Natalie’s Answer

Hi Devetra,

You may want to look into military services in the Navy attending one the schools listed here https://www.marineinsight.com/careers-2/the-best-maritime-colleges-in-the-united-states/.

Good Luck!

Natalie

0