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How to Find Deck Plans for Cruise Ships
Instead of being arranged in floors as structures are, cruise ships are arranged in what are called decks. Each deck is a separate ship level with its own features and facilities. Here’s how to view deck plans for cruise ships and learn the layout of their staterooms.
Cruise Line Websites
Cruise lines are happy to show you the layouts of their ships so you have inspiration to select a specific ship for your next cruise. Visit the various cruise line websites to view details about all of the ships in their fleets. Be aware that some ships have 15 or more decks. You can spend a lot of time poring over deck plans, but you’ll know the cruise ship from top to bottom when you finish exploring the deck plan pages.
Along with deck plans, cruise line websites offer additional information about their cruise ships for nautical and trivia fans. You can learn about a ship’s length, tonnage, guest capacity and number of crew onboard. The best thing about finding deck plans on the cruise lines’ websites is the up-to-date status of their information.
Cruise Line Booklets and Literature
If you don’t want to use the internet to search cruise ship deck plans, call or write the cruise lines and ask for literature about their specific ships. Cruise lines will mail you bright, glossy brochures and other literature with all of the specifics about their decks and ship facilities. Offline deck plans are handy things to have when you’re somewhere where you can’t use your phone or laptop. You can read their literature wherever and whenever you want, and daydream about your upcoming cruise vacation. Cruise lines may also include details about special discounts in your cruise ship information packets.
Insider Secret Websites
There are several websites that follow and provide content on all of the seagoing cruise lines and their ships. The nice thing about searching for deck plans on insider websites (including cruisecomplete.com, cruisecritic.com and cruisedeckplans.com) is that they offer deck plans for nearly every cruise line on the ocean. From just one site, you can view multiple ships from various fleets, then compare their amenities and layouts.
Insider secret websites that focus on cruises also give you tips you won’t learn from the cruise lines themselves. For example, did you know that the A-deck on most ships is where the staff rooms and staff pools are located? The B-deck is typically where the crewmembers share dorms. If you see any blank or strange space on a deck plan, an insider website can give you more information on what’s in that deck space or room.
Your travel agent is another source for cruise ship deck plans. Most travel agents have lots of literature and tips on cruise ship deck plans. Visit the travel agency office to peek at all of the information available.
Do you know someone who recently took a cruise? Chances are, they’ll be happy to tell you everything about the arrangement of the ship deck on which they sailed. Your cruising friend may also have ship deck plans of their own to share with you if you ask.
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Get to Know the Different Types of Viking Cruise Ship Deck Plans
Viking Cruises offer a variety of cruise ship deck plans to suit the needs of all types of travelers. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or an adventure-filled family vacation, there is a Viking cruise ship deck plan that will fit your needs. Here is a look at the different types of Viking cruise ship deck plans available.
The Explorer Suites are some of the most luxurious and spacious accommodations on any Viking cruise ship. These suites feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living area with a sofa and dining table. The Explorer Suites also have private balconies with stunning views of the ocean.
Veranda Staterooms are perfect for couples or small families who want to enjoy their own private space on board the ship. These staterooms feature private balconies with stunning views, as well as comfortable beds and bathrooms. Veranda Staterooms also come with complimentary Wi-Fi access and 24-hour room service.
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Deck Cadet Job Description and Duties:
Some cruise lines offer fantastic Deck Cadet training programs for young people who wish to pursue a career as a Deck (Navigation) Officer aboard cruise ships. The best thing about these programs is that they are fully sponsored by the companies - once a candidate is selected, the company is paying the tuition fees and even pays a salary during the training. Upon completion of the program, successful candidates will receive a professional qualification - Certificate of Competency as an Officer of the Watch in addition to the academic qualification. The Deck Cadet training program should not be mixed up with Apprentice Deck Officer position.
While on training Deck Cadets will enjoy an adventurous lifestyle aboard some of the most glamorous cruise ships, travel the world and even get paid for it. The training uses a mixture of academic work which is combined with practical training both at college and at sea.
If for some reason you decide to move to a job ashore, your experience as a ship's deck officer will stand you in good stead. Technical and managerial skills learned at sea are readily transferable and can be developed by further training.
Deck Cadet program takes about three years to complete and is divided into several phases. Some of the phases are at a Nautical College and others are spent aboard cruise vessels serving as a Trainee Deck (Navigation) Officer and gaining valuable practical experience in marine navigation and all aspects of ship operation.
- A Deck (Navigation) Officer in training
- Reports to the designated Training Officer and to the Staff Captain
- Helps overseeing a safe navigation of the cruise vessel
- Under the guidance of the Training Officer gradually becomes familiar with all navigational instruments and equipment on the bridge
- Becomes familiar with various routines taking place on the bridge - port arrival and departure, anchoring, mooring etc.
- Supervises the Deck Ratings
- Participates in tender operations and learns to drive a tender
- Attends safety drills
- Spends time with other Departments and gains knowledge and a clear understanding of the overall operation of a cruise ship
Deck Cadet Job Requirements:
High grade passes at GCSE (grades A - B) / Scottish Standard level (1 - 2) or the equivalent in English, Mathematics, Physics or Combined Science and at least one other subject OR a minimum of 160 UCAS points (including a grade A-B in A level Maths or Science) plus grades A-B in GCSE's or equivalent in Maths, English and Science
Strong mathematical ability
Determination, resilience, flexibility and a positive, enthusiastic approach
Candidates will need to pass their colour and form vision test, demonstrating the absence of any colour deficiency
Deck Cadet Salary Range:
$1500 to 2200 U.S. per month depending on the cruise line. Upon completion of the program and successfully passing the exams (approx. 3 years, including time in Nautical College and practical training aboard ships) Deck Cadets receive Certificate of Competency as an Officer of the Watch and can be promoted to a regular 3rd or 2nd Deck (Navigation) Officer positions.
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Jobs on Cruise Ships
Jobs available in the deck department aboard cruise ships, including requirements, wages and benefits.
Maritime qualifications as a captain and captain's licences from a recognized maritime academy, at least 5-8 years of experience in subordinate positions on board, and wide experience in all navigational computerized and electronic systems required.
Captains direct all operations on board and supervise the work of other officers and crewmembers, being responsible for the discipline on the ship. They set speed and course, determine position by navigational systems and charts, maneuver the vessel to avoid dangerous situations, operate the engines, communicate with another ships, supervise safety procedures and general maintenance, check that machinery and equipment are in working order, direct tasks loading and unloading operations of cargo and passengers. Captains also keep logs and records of the different operations and events onboard the ship.
5,900 - 10,000 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Responsible for the daily operation, being the second person in command under the supervision of the captain, to whom he reports directly. This position has possibilities for promotion to captain with the additional preparation and experience, and the necessary official licenses.
5,000 - 8,000 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy, at least 3-5 years of experience in subordinate positions on board, wide experience in all navigational computerized and electronic systems required.
First officer, also known as chief officer, is in charge of different navigational duties and diverse bridge operations, and supervises the loading and unloading planning.
3,700 - 4,500 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy, at least 2-3 years of experience in subordinate positions on board, wide experience in all navigational computerized and electronic systems required.
Responsible for different navigational functions, mail service and the general maintenance of all equipment and charts.
3,000 - 3,500 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy, at least 2-3 year experience in subordinate positions on board, wide experience in all navigational computerized and electronic systems required.
Third officer is the person in charge of the general maintenance of lifeboats and firefighting and signalling equipment and diverse loading and unloading operations.
2,500 - 3,000 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy.
Navigational officer in training.
1,600 - 2,100 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Chief Radio Officer
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy, at least 3-5 years experience in subordinate positions on board, extensive experience in all computerized and electronic communication equipment (satellite hook-up, Marisat system, faxes, etc.).
Responsible for all the communication service on board and general maintenance and possible repair of technologically advanced communication equipment.
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy, at least 2-3 years experience in subordinate positions on board, extensive experience in all computerized and electronic communication equipment (satellite hook-up, Marisat system, faxes, etc.).
This officer operates all the communications of the vessel and is expected to carry out general maintenance and possible repair of technologically advanced communication equipment.
3,100 - 3,600 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy along with security background, such as police or military experience.
In charge of general security on board, prevention of illegal drugs and ensuring no unauthorised boarding of the ship at ports.
2,100 - 3,000 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Maritime qualifications and licences from a recognized maritime academy, health and safety certificate, 1-2 years experience in similar position.
Responsible for the safety of the passengers and crewmembers, carrying out safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures, and general maintenance of all the safety systems aboard the ship so to avoid any possible risk or accident.
1,700 - 1,900 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
1-2 year experience on board, tender captain´s license.
Supervision of general maintenance within the different working stations on board; assistance in tender operations and load and unload works directed by the safety officer; control unlicensed deck personnel in cleaning, polishing metalwork, chipping, painting, scraping and wirebrusing deck areas; inspects and tests equipment to ensure safe and proper operation; inspects work areas and crew quarters for cleanliness and order; supervises securing cargo, deck equipment, systems for leaving port; directs handling of mooring lines when the vessel is docked or undocked; and, sometimes stands at lookout, searching for possible obstacles in the path of the ship, following the required safety procedures.
1,800 - 2,100 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
It is a position that requires some previous experience as a seaman or specific training in an accredited maritime academy.
They stand watch, looking for another ships, measure water depth in shallow waters, operate different deck equipment (load and unload gear, anchors, ropes and wires, pumps, hoses, lifeboats, etc.) and carry out general maintenance and cleaning tasks such as cleaning, polishing metalwork, chipping rust, painting, scraping and wirebrusing deck areas.
1,700 - 2,500 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Entry-level position with no experience required.
General cleaning, maintenance and tidying of deck areas.
1,300 - 2,200 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
Entry-level position no with experience required.
They are in charge of different tasks on the deck areas, such as giving directions to parts of the ship, running errands for the passengers, keeping chairs and deckchairs in good condition and cleanness, and general cleaning on the deck areas.
1,200 - 2,000 dollars/euros a month (approx.).
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How to become a Deck Officer
Hi I’m Jessica, I started working at Viking Crew as a Cruise Placement Consultant last August. My current job role in the company is to help to recruit Deck and Technical personnel for several cruise ship clients that we work with. Before joining the Viking family however, I worked onboard cruise vessels as a Deck Officer with Royal Caribbean.
Firstly, What is a Deck Officer?
At sea we currently have around 53,000 merchant ships sailing all over the world transporting various cargos/passengers. Onboard these ships we need a skilled team that are trained to safely navigate the vessels from A to B. This team typically consists of the Captain, Chief Officer and Watch officers who each, typically for 8 hours a day, are on the bridge responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel on behalf of the Captain. As well as navigation the duties of a deck officer may also involve the up keep of all safety equipment, security rounds, cargo operations and training of the ship’s crew as well as social events with guests (passenger vessels).
How did I get into this job?
Many people within the industry became interested in this career as they already had family members at sea, I however come from a non-seafaring background. I first became interested in a seafaring career through the Sea Cadets, a youth charity that I joined when I was 13 years old. This gave me a taste of a life at sea however was more focused on the royal navy side of the industry which wasn’t suited for me. I therefore started to investigate other avenues that I could pursue in order to get myself to sea and came across an open day advertised at Warsash Maritime Academy Southampton (One of the maritime colleges in the UK) which I jumped at the opportunity to attend. At this open day many companies attended and spoke to potential new trainee officers (cadets) and this is where I met a representative from Royal Caribbean. After a few interviews and on successful completion of my A levels I was offered a 3-year sponsored place at the academy and joined in September that year.
During my training I didn’t realise just how much I would learn, get involved in and the places that I would visit. The training for a Deck Officer consists of alternating college and sea time, at college I learnt all about the theoretical side of the job with subjects such as voyage planning, celestial navigation and tides, to name a few, which were put into practice onboard. As well as navigation during my cadetship I learnt so many more skills - this included First Aid, Personal Sea Survival and even Firefighting! During my sea time onboard as a cadet and later as a qualified officer I have worked onboard 6 mega cruise vessels and had the amazing opportunity to sail all over the world on cruises to the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and many more!
How do you apply?
You can join the merchant navy and start a cadetship from the age of 16 or 18 (dependant on the company). There are certain academic entry requirements and generally, you will need at least four GCSEs grades A-C (or equivalent) which should include English, maths and science. You must also have good eyesight and be physically fit so that you can maintain a safe watch and fulfil all your duties required onboard. As well as a Deck officer cadetship placements, here at Viking Maritime Group we also offer similar Engine and Electro-Technical Officer programmes (Please see Chiltern Maritime for more information on our cadetships).
My time onboard as a cadet and as a qualified officer has been an absolutely incredible journey which has allowed me to travel all over the world and be involved in some amazing experiences, coupled with coming out of it all debt free! My position onboard has now helped me to move into the next stage of my career, working for Viking, to continue to look for Deck and Technical candidates of all ranks to work onboard as I did before.
Jessica Dickson, Cruise Placement Consultant
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