Cadets

Cadet careers

A future that’s in your hands

If you’re in school, college or university and starting to think about your future, Carnival UK can offer you all the adventure and opportunity you’ve been looking for.

It’s an exciting way to meet new people, pick up fantastic skills, start your seafaring career and, most importantly, gain experiences that’ll stay with you for a lifetime.

When you join as a cadet, you’ll take part in all kinds of activities, and you’ll also have the opportunity to travel, gain top qualifications, and get paid for it too. We’ll even pay your tuition fees to help you stay debt-free while you train with us.

So, whether you’re looking for a foundation degree, a full-time career, or just want to meet new people and see some of the world, you’ll find the all the opportunities you need at Carnival UK.

Cadet career opportunities of a lifetime

Carnival UK comprises of two distinct cruise brands – P&O Cruises and Cunard.

Carnival UK is a major recruiter of seafaring cadets and officers, offering a number of exciting cadetship training programmes that will rival any other industry experience.

Cadets study

A place to start your future

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies is situated in the heart of Glasgow on the south bank of the River Clyde. Its famous School of Marine and Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to giving you the highest quality education and training available.

South Tyneside College, Newcastle

South Tyneside College is a National Centre of Vocational Excellence for Marine Engineering. In fact, it’s known all over the world for the quality of its maritime training, first-class teaching, extensive resources and on-site accommodation.

Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton

For over 60 years, Warsash Maritime Academy has provided first class training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and offshore oil industries. Part of Southampton Solent University, the Academy provides internationally recognised certification programmes for both deck and engineer officers from cadet level to master (captain) and chief engineer.

Fleetwood Nautical College, Fleetwood

Fleetwood Nautical College is widely recognised as one of the top nautical colleges in the country. That’s why it’s been designated as a National Beacon of Excellence and was recently re-accredited for the Charter Mark in recognition of the excellent service it provides.

National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork

We offer a route purely for cadets studying at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), based in Cork. This route is specially designed for deck, electro-technical, and engineer cadets studying either a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science, or a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine & Plant Engineering.

Deck cadet

P&O Cruises offers a number of cadetship training programmes providing an exceptional gateway into the maritime industry. We support cadetships on both the HND (High National Diploma), Foundation Degree and the Scottish Diploma.

As a deck officer cadet, you’ll learn how to navigate by both traditional and modern means, supervise the crew at a variety of tasks, and ensure the overall safe operation of the ship.

Engineering cadet

P&O Cruises offers a number of cadetship training programmes providing an exceptional gateway into the maritime industry. We support cadetships on both the HND (High National Diploma), Foundation Degree and the Scottish Diploma.

As a marine engineer cadet, you will learn about the running and maintenance of the ship’s engine room and all of its mechanical equipment. You will need the ability to evaluate the problems arising in the complex high-tech world of a modern cruise ship, make prompt decisions and take effective corrective measures.

Electrotechnical cadet

P&O Cruises offers a number of cadetship training programmes providing an exceptional gateway into the maritime industry. This MNTB programme leads to the award of a Foundation Degree and MCA UK Certificate of Competency. We also support a HND (High National Diploma) programme for electro-technical cadetships.

As an electro-technical cadet you will learn about the running and maintenance of the ship’s electro-technical equipment. That includes everything related to the electrical generating plant, electronic/automated control systems, bridge navigational equipment and entertainment systems.