NCL To Open Crew Training Facility in the Philippines

(Courtesy of NCL)

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has announced plans for the development and construction of the Norwegian Cruise Line Center of Excellence, a new ships-crew training facility near Manila in the Philippines. completion of the facility is expected in 2020,

The 200,000-square-foot facility will serve both new and existing shipboard team members across the company and will provide training for various onboard service areas.

The facilities have been designed to provide trainees with realistic work and living experiences aboard a cruise ship, which will include replicas of staterooms, galley, casino floor, full service bar as well as safety and security training areas.

the center will provide annual training for as many as 8,000 shipboard team members each year.

The company’s three cruise brands currently source approximately 65 percent of their shipboard talent from Southeast Asia and anticipates an even higher demand for personnel from the region in the coming years. The central location of the Philippines, as well as its high percentage of multi-lingual citizens, has proven to be an ideal location for the training and development facility, NCLH stated.


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