Certificate in Cruise Tourism & Shipboard Operations

Everything you need to know about working & living on board cruise ships - created by industry professionals & endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality

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Whether you're thinking of applying for a shipboard job, have already secured an interview, or you simply want to know more about the cruise industry, you've come to the right place!

Working on a cruise ship is definitely no holiday, but it is one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences you'll ever have, should you be fortunate enough to get your foot up the gangway. Although jobs are abundant, competition is fierce, and many seemingly suitable applicants are rejected time and again.

This certificate program will give you a thorough insight into this exciting and enigmatic world, enable you to make an informed decision as to whether ship-life is for you, equip you with the tools you need to sail through an interview, and ensure your first few weeks on board are a success. Not only will you learn about the various roles and responsibilities, nautical terminology, and shipboard operations, you will cover regulatory information, general shipboard safety, and aspects of maritime law that are crucial for you to know. Additionally, you will be given links to live job boards, international recruiters, and other helpful industry related resources.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement that can be included on your CV or resume. The course is internationally recognised, endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality and offers 3 CPD (Continued Professional Development) credits. Those who achieve at least 80% in the final assessment will also be eligible for Affiliate grade membership of the Institute of Hospitality.

This certificate course has been written by fellow professionals who have extensive knowledge of the cruise industry and the shipboard environment. It is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that the information provided is current and accurate.

What's Included?

  • 24/7 Access to the Online Study Modules
  • 15+ hours of learning material
  • Access by Desktop Computer, Tablet or Smartphone (iOS, Android or Windows)
  • Downloadable Materials
  • Quizzes
  • Final Exam
  • Professional Recognition
  • Endorsed Certificate of Achievement
  • 3 CPD Credits
  • Unlimited Access to your Personal Tutor
  • Industry Related Resources
  • Access to Recruiters & Live Jobs
  • Free CV Review
  • Free Book (#ShipHappens!)


Nikky Ingley
Nikky Ingley

For more than two decades, Nikky held senior positions on ship and shore for some of the largest and most successful cruise lines in the world. Her extensive experience is complimented by an education in global human resources, strategic leadership and maritime law.

In 2017, Nikky founded Cruise Academy Ltd, a UK based organisation, with a mission to inspire, develop and support the next generation of seafarers and to provide international shipowners with unparalleled HR support.

Nikky is a keen ambassador for the Merchant Navy Training Board and a signatory for the Women in Maritime Convention. She partners with several educational establishments in the UK and beyond, contributing to the design and delivery of industry specific training and preparing students and graduates for shipboard careers.

Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Once you have purchased the course in full, or using our installment plan, you will have immediate access to the first two modules. Other modules will be released on the seventh and fourteenth day after enrollment and we'll send you an email to remind you to continue the program. We release the modules on a drip schedule to give you time to absorb the information properly. We recommend you dedicate four hours per week to studying, but it is a completely self-paced online course - ultimately, you decide when you start and when you finish. If it takes you twelve months to complete....that's okay too!
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for twelve months, or until you complete it- across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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