n GEOG 498 Cruise Line Industry 3 credits. This course is an introduction to the Cruise Lines industry. Understanding of cruise company operations and management. Shipboard organization and delivery of the cruise product to the guest. Emphasis on reading and analyzing brochures and pricing structures. Study of cruise industry, ships and deck plans, and itineraries worldwide from the largest and most successful cruise lines in the world. Cruise Lines is the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry, creating an array of job opportunities at sea. This course taught by a former Cunard Off Shore Excursions Officer and one of Carnival’s Port personel trainer in the port of Puerta Maya, Mexico, provides an insider's look at the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in the cruise line industry, the process of getting the job, and the life of a cruise ship officer /crew member. Learn how to create the perfect cruise resume, locate leads, meet cruise ship employers, and develop a strategy to hold this dream job. Prerequisites: GEOG 290.
Course topics include:
§ Understanding Cruises
§ Marine tourism, development, impacts and management.
§ Casting Off: The evolution from steamship transportation to cruising as a vacation
§ Coming About: The foundation of the modern cruise industry.
§ History and development of marine tourism.
§ The growth and importance of marine tourism
§ What is marine tourism industry?
§ Why study marine tourism?
§ Explore motivations for travel to develop profiles of cruise travelers
§ Understanding the way crew members interact with cruisers