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Imagine waking up every morning on the open sea- sailing around beautiful tropical islands or the wild wonder of the Alaskan coast. Cruise professionals live this reality every day. After graduating from The Travel Academy, you will be prepared to start careers with leading cruise companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, and American Cruise Lines. The cruise line industry has grown tremendously, increasing the number of cruise ships and cruise ship employment opportunities. Travel Academy graduate working on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship in Hawaii

In addition to the great experience and knowledge of our instructors, The Travel Academy’s cruise line training program enjoys the ongoing support of American Cruise Lines (ACL). Our hands-on curriculum incorporates exclusive training that our instructors receive at American Cruise Lines’ headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut. This constantly evolving and up-to-date training gives our students a competitive edge over other applicants. In fact, The Travel Academy is the ONLY school a person can graduate from and go directly to work for ACL!  

Cruise Positions   

Travel Academy graduates have started careers in positions from cruise director to deckhand. ACL hires people with college degrees as cruise directors- even if they have no cruise experience! Other positions such as server and youth counselor may require prior experience. 

Ship Side 

•    Cruise Director 
•    Assistant cruise director 
•    Cruise staff (works under the cruise director)
•    Purser (works at the front desk in the hotel department)
•    Assistant purser 
•    Cruise consultant (book people on future cruises)
•    Photographer and/or videographer 
•    Shore excursion staff (help sell land tours for guests)
•    Disc Jockeys 
•    Casino staff 
•    Youth counselors 
•    Restaurant stewards/assistant waiters/waiters 
•    Gift shop personnel  
•    Program coordinator 
•    Coffee Bar staff 
•    Dining room waiter/assistant waiter/restaurant steward/galley worker 

Shore Side 

Cruise lines also need shore side staff to work at their headquarters or reservation locations. Some positions include: 

•    Airline operations 
•    Administrative/clerical workers 
•    Marketing and public relations 
•    Accounting ​Holly, a Travel Academy graduate and current American Cruise Lines Cruise Manager, posing with her captain on an ACL ship.
•    Documents/ticketing 
•    Quality control agent 

Seasonal Alaska workers are needed from May through the end of September to fill a variety of positions shore side in various cities in Alaska. Some of these positions include: 

•    Hotel and Lodge guest services 
•    Transportation Services 
•    Tour Guide 
•    Port operations 

Course Outline

The Travel Academy’s cruise ship school covers topics such as:

•    The ship experience  
•    Types of cruise lines 
•    How cruises are sold 
•    Cruise routes and ports of call 
•    Geography 
•    Cruise terminology 
•    Life on-board 
•    Cruise ship positions 
•    Shore side positions 
•    Cruise ship safety standards
•    Hands-on training for entry-level positions with American Cruise Lines 
•    Customer service  
•    Professionalism and Career Development to set you apart from the competition
•    Reservations/Sales

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Emily M. - June 2014
Youth Counselor / Norwegian Cruise Line

"My experience at The Travel Academy was wonderful! I learned so much, made amazing friends, and GOT HIRED!"