If you’ve been thinking about getting a cruise ship job in 2017, we have great news for you!
Your timing is perfect!
Cruising is expecting another massive year.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) forecasts that 25.3 million people are expected to cruise in 2017.
That’s an amazing 1.1 million (4.5%) more passengers than in 2016.
The cruise industry has been growing rapidly for over a decade, more than doubling since 2007 when 12.5 million passengers cruised.
To accommodate all these new passengers, cruise lines around the world will launch 12 new ocean-going ships in 2017.
CruiseShipCareers.com forecasts that staffing these new vessels will create a mind-blowing 11,722 new jobs for cruise ship officers, staff and crew in 2017.
In this article, we’re going to tell you all about the new cruise ships that will debut in 2017.
We’ll explain which cruise lines are expanding their fleets, how many people they’ll hire for cruise ship jobs and where they’ll cruise. We’ll also preview some of the largest new cruise ships that will start sailing in 2018.
MSC Cruises Adds Thousands of Cruise Ship Jobs in 2017
Anyone serious about a cruise ship career would benefit from considering MSC Cruises as a prospective employer.
MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately owned-cruise line. The Italian company operates a fleet of 12 ships with a passenger capacity of more than 30,000 lower berths.
In 2016, MSC Cruises carried more than 1.7 million passengers. The company currently employs around 14,000 officers, staff and crew from 75 countries in positions at sea.
MSC Cruises is growing rapidly and will double its capacity in the next 6 years thanks to a $5.3 billion investment in new passenger ships. Employees will enjoy working and living on a young fleet of large, modern cruise ships with outstanding crew facilities and technology.
Because of its massive investment in new ships, MSC Cruises can offer a variety of entry-level cruise jobs, as well as excellent opportunities for future promotion and a long-term career path.
The cruise line has ordered 11 new mega-ships for delivery between 2016 and 2022. MSC Cruises will add cruise ship jobs for more than 26,000 officers, crew and staff during this growth period.
MSC Cruises has two ships slated for delivery in 2017. Together, these ships will require 2,949 officers, staff and crew to operate and maintain the vessels and serve passengers.
Taking its place as the largest ship in MSC Cruises’ young fleet, the 167,600 GT MSC Meraviglia makes her maiden voyage in June, 2017. MSC Meraviglia is the first of four Vista class ships ordered by MSC Cruises and will become the world’s seventh largest cruise ship.
The stunning MSC Meraviglia boasts 2,244 cabins and a capacity of 4,500 passengers (double occupancy). Guests and the amazing new vessel will be looked after by a contingent of 1,536 shipboard officers, crew and staff.
The second newbuild, MSC Seaside is expected to enter service in December, 2017. The new mega-ship debuts as the first of three ships in MSC Cruises’ new Seaside class.
The 154,000 GT MSC Seaside will feature 2,067 guest cabins and 759 crew cabins. The ship has a guest capacity of 4,134 passengers who will be served by 1,413 shipboard employees.
MSC Cruises’ expanding range of itineraries results in a wide variety of travel opportunities for prospective employees who are eager to see the world. MSC Cruises offers 167 itineraries including 198 ports of call in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America, the Indian Ocean, South and West Africa.
Cruise job seekers with a sense of adventure will be thrilled to learn that MSC Cruises recently announced a 119 day world cruise departing from Genoa in January, 2019.
Viking Cruises Doubles Fleet with Two New Ships and 930 More Cruise Jobs
Viking Cruises, originally launched as a river cruise line in the late 1990s, began its Viking Ocean division in 2013. The company’s current fleet includes Viking Star (2015) and Viking Sea (2016).
Viking Ocean will add two new ships in 2017. This growth will double the size of the company’s ocean-going fleet and create an additional 930 onboard jobs for officers, staff and crew.
The $300 million Viking Sky was delivered by shipbuilder Fincantieri in January, 2017. She will take her maiden voyage from Rome in February, 2017.
Viking Sun was floated out in December, 2016. The ship will be delivered in late 2017 and will spend her maiden season sailing Viking’s first ever world cruise – a 141 day voyage to five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports of call.
All four 47,800 GT Viking Ocean cruise ships feature 464 cabins and a capacity of 928 passengers. Each ship employs 465 officers, staff and crew onboard.
Three New Ships Targeted at the Asian Cruise Market
More people all over the world are choosing cruises for their vacations. In 2016, cruise ships carried nearly 24 million passengers, compared to just 12 million ten years earlier.
Much of the growth in cruising comes from increased interest in cruise vacations globally. The Australian market, for example, has increased more than 700% since 2004.
However, the single biggest growth market in the cruise industry is China.
In 2008, there were only around 57,000 Chinese cruise passengers. By 2020, that number is expected to soar to nearly 4.5 million!
Cruise lines are addressing market growth by deploying existing vessels to China home ports as well a building new ships specifically to meet Asian market preferences.
Three of this year’s five largest new cruise ships will be deployed to Asia homeports.
Norwegian Cruise Lines’s (NCL) new Breakaway Plus class vessel Norwegian Joy is expected to enter service in China this year. The 163,000 GT cruise ship will homeport in Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing), China.
Norwegian Joy boasts 2,100 cabins with a capacity of 4,250 passengers. The mega-ship will employ 2,100 officers, crew and staff. Mandarin will be the official language onboard Norwegian Joy when she debuts during the summer of 2017.
Princess Cruises new $760 million Royal Class cruise ship Majestic Princess will make her maiden voyage from Civitavecchia, Italy in March, 2017. The ship will be repositioned to China via the Suez Canal following several Mediterranean cruises. The 143,000 GT Majestic Princess will begin operating from her homeport in Shanghai during the summer of 2017.
The largest ship ever constructed by Princess Cruises, Majestic Princess has a double occupancy capacity of 3,560 passengers in 1,780 cabins. The ship will employ 1,346 officers, staff and crew onboard. Majestic Princess will depart year round from Shanghai and offer cruises to South Korea and Japan.
World Dream will debut in 2017 as the second ship in the Dream Cruises fleet. Her sister ship, Genting Dream entered service in November, 2016.
Genting is proving to be a major player and innovator in cruising. The company owns Star Cruises, the largest Asian cruise line.
Genting also holds 28% of Norwegian Cruise Holding Ltd., the publicly-listed company that operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceana Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
Dream Cruises new World Dream has a capacity of 3,350 passengers and will employ 2,000 officers, staff and crew members to offer passengers an extraordinary level of service.
World Dream can boast a crew to guest ratio of 1:1.7, the highest in the Asian cruise market. The ship will make her inaugural sailing from Singapore to Hong Kong in November.
One of the more unique jobs on World Dream are the dozens of “Dream Butlers” who look after VIP guests in 142 suites located in the super luxurious Dream Palace. Described as “part boutique hotel, part private clubhouse,” Dream Palace provide an exclusive “ship-within-a-ship” experience, including 24 hour butler service.
Like her sister ship Genting Dream, World Dream was originally ordered for Star Cruises. Designed to meet the preferences of the Asian cruise market, the 151,300 GT luxury liner offers 35 restaurants and bars, a variety of pools, six water slides, mahjong and card rooms, a dedicated karaoke lounge, duty-free shopping and a two-story casino.
Language skills are always helpful for prospective cruise job seekers. As the Chinese cruise market grows, there will continue to be significant demand for Mandarin-speaking employees with experience in the hospitality, restaurant or casino industry.
Two New Ships and 1,900 More Shipboard Jobs for European Cruise Lines
Mein Schiff 6 is a new 99,800 GT cruise ship currently being built for TUI Cruises. The fourth sister ship constructed by Meyer Turku in Finland, the $625 million vessel is expected to make its maiden voyage from Hamburg to Bayonne, New Jersey in September.
Mein Schiff 6 has lower-berth capacity of 2,534 passengers in 1,267 cabins. The 295 metre vessel will employs 1,000 crew members onboard. Mein Schiff 6 will sail Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries from its homeport of Bayonne, New Jersey
TUI Cruises is a joint venture of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Limited and the German travel company TUI AG. The cruise line offers premium cruises to German-speaking passengers.
TUI Cruises has two additional 111,500 GRT vessels under construction at Meyer Turku, including Mein Schiff 7 which is due in 2018 and Mein Schiff 8 which will debut in 2019.
AIDAperla will join the AIDA Cruises fleet in mid-2017. The 124,500 GT cruise ship will sail seven day Mediterranean cruises from her homeport of Palma, Italy.
The twelfth ship in AIDA Cruises fleet, AUDAperla features 1,643 cabins with double occupancy capacity of 3,286 passengers. The ship will employ 900 employees onboard.
AIDA Cruises employs approximately 7,000 officers, staff and crew onboard from more than 40 countries.The company is the ninth largest cruise line in the world with a fleet 11 ships.
AIDA Cruises is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. The parent company operates nine other cruise brands, including: Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).
Three New Niche Cruise Ships Create Nearly 500 Jobs
Silver Muse a new 40,700 GT Italian-built ship is scheduled for delivery to ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises in April. The $125 million ship has lower berth capacity for 596 passengers in 288 cabins.
SilverSea Cruises’ current fleet includes five cruise ships, as well as four expedition ships. The company is known for ultra-luxury service in all-suite accommodations. Silver Muse will employ 411 crew members to serve guests and operate the vessel.
Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic will be adding Quest to their fleet in June. The 50 cabin expedition ship is the company’s first new build in many years. Quest has capacity for 100 passengers in 50 outside cabins. The ship will be crewed by 35 shipboard employees.
Quest will spend her inaugural season sailing Alaska and Pacific Northwest itineraries before repositioning south for voyages in Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Guatamala. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in the State of Washington, Quest is one of two American built ships going to sea in 2017.
American Constellation is the newest ship from Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines. Built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, the 85 cabin ship will begin cruising in east coast of the US and the Intracoastal Waterway in Spring 2017.
American Constellation has capacity for 170 passengers and will employ 41 officers, staff and crew. As a US-flagged vessel operating in US waters, all employees must be US citizens or Green Card holders.
The Outlook for 2018: 13 More Ocean Going Vessels
If 2017 promises to be a spectacular year for the cruise industry and cruise job seekers, 2018 will be ever better. An additional 13 new ocean-going cruise ships will make their maiden voyages next year.
The new cruise liners include a massive new 227,625 GT Oasis-class ship from Royal Caribbean Cruises International. Based on data from other Oasis class vessels, the newbuild can be expected to employ more than 2,300 officers, staff and crew to serve in excess of 6,200 passengers at maximum capacity.
NCL will also debut a new mega-ship in 2018. The 164,600 GT $920 million Norwegian Bliss will be the third Breakaway Plus class vessel in the fleet. NCL can be expected to hire 1,730 onboard employees to look after as many as 5,200 passengers in 2,174 cabins on this incredible cruise ship. Norwegian Bliss will initially cruise 7-day Alaska voyages from Seattle.
Additional mega-ships expected to start sailing in 2018 include the 4,140-passenger Seaview from MSC Cruises and the 4,000 passenger Horizon from Carnival Cruise Lines.
Getting Started with a Cruise Ship Career
With 25 new ocean-going cruise ships launching in the next two years, there is more opportunity than ever to work on cruise ships.
A cruise ship career offers a unique opportunity to travel the world, work with amazing people and gain valuable career experience.
Working on cruise ships is not easy – the hours are long and the service standards are demanding. You should definitely not approach a cruise ship career with the idea that it’s a paid vacation.
But, if you’re adventurous, hardworking and people-oriented, a cruise ship job offers an amazing way to see the world while getting paid.