CruiseHong Kong course designed to equip students with knowledge and competences in cruise operations.

Wanted: The next generation of cruise industry leaders

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A new course - Diploma in Cruise Operations (DCO) will meet increasing demand for professionals in the booming global cruise industry. Photo Credit: Bicho_raro/GettyImages
The Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) and the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) have joined hands in organising a new course - Diploma in Cruise Operations (DCO) - to meet with the increasing demand for professionals in the booming global cruise industry.

The six-month course is designed to equip students with knowledge and competences in cruise operations which fulfil the training requirements of the Hong Kong Marine Department and the STCW Code (The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) to serve on board luxury cruise ships.   

The Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) provides a wide range of training courses for new entrants, in-service seafarers, and employees of the maritime industry

According to Kara Yeung, HKCYIA executive director, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s leading cruising hubs, where there are enormous career prospects for graduates with opportunities of working in different departments and positions on cruise ships, including front desks, programme hosts and tour operators.

DCO features extensive training on both ship and shore-based cruise operations taught by a veteran cruise industry practitioner and supported by leading international trainers, experienced operators and professionals of the industry.

The course covers the mandatory STCW safety training for seafarers working onboard cruise ships, including personal survival techniques, first aid, security awareness, crisis and crowd management, human behaviour, personal safety and social responsibilities, fire prevention, cruise operations and workplace practices.  

Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) is an organisation of cruise and yacht industry practitioners working together as a united force to promote the long-term development of the cruise and yacht industries

Through HKCYIA's affiliations with leading global cruise brands like MSC Cruises, Costa, AIDA, Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Norwegian, Disney Cruise Line etc., students have direct access to latest employment information and opportunities.  

The course is now open for application until July 13, 2019. The first class will commence on August 12, 2019.

Although the tuition fee of this course is HK$22,000 (US$2,805), successful ETSS applicants are eligible for a 60% tuition fee refund; thus the resultant fee is HK$8,800 (US$1,122).

 For course and application details, visit or call 2180 0723.

On Saturday, July 1, 2019 (from 14:00 to 17:00 hours), HKCYIA will organize an info-day to provide visitors with more information on this course at Theatre 2 on the 1st Floor of Hong Kong Productivity Council.

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