Job reference: FSB-DEC-006998
Closing date: 31/07/24
Department: Deck
Location: Fleet - Ship Based
Employment type: Perm - Full Time

Job Description

We are currently sourcing candidates for our Talent Pools to fill anticipated roles in 2024-2025.

Please note that throughout the Recruitment & On-boarding process you may not be advised of a start date. If you are successful, sufficient notice will be provided when we have a ship and start date for you. 


Carnival UK is the UK operating company for P&O Cruises & Cunard Line. We are passionate about providing world class customer experiences and operate a winning culture to achieve unrivalled business success and delivering our vision of being the most spectacularly successful Cruise Company in Britain. Our award winning prestigious brands of great British heritage, employ engaged and passionate people to deliver the highest customer service standards to our adoring and loyal customers.

Join our expanding fleet as a Second Officer and you will be working for a market-leading cruise business, with iconic brands steeped in history. We are passionate about our people, and want to help you develop your career. Through world class training facilities, structured promotion programme and development opportunities, we can set your career in motion. Join Carnival UK and you will discover that working at sea is more than just a job. It is a way of life.

In addition to the professional development this opportunity will present to you, you will also benefit from the many immediate advantages of working onboard one of our luxurious cruise ships. You will be part of a working family of circa 1000 members where you will forge long-lasting relationships which will grow over the course of your career. You will experience dining and entertainment of the highest quality, with Officers also having access to gym facilities, spa, pools, theatre.

As a 2nd Officer (Deck)/Senior Officer of the Watch, you will be responsible for undertaking the safe navigation of the ship using radar, ECDIS and all other bridge equipment and available means. You will monitor the ships position, speed, direction and stability, as well as the latest weather reports and make any necessary adjustments, reporting any deficiencies to the Deputy Captain. You will be responsible for monitoring, interpret and apply meteorological information, such as wind speed and direction, swell height and period, tides, currents and weather forecasts, identifying and reporting issues early to ensure adjustments to the passage can be made accordingly.

As 2nd Officer you will take ownership of supervising Junior Officers and Cadets on watch and support the First Officer with any training needs identified for the bridge team. You will be responsible for maintaining and updating the Deck Log and any records including ILO and ballast logs. Checking the ships statutory certificates ensuring all are in date and highlight to the Deputy Captain any that are due for renewal.

Your duties will also include safety related maintenance tasks, conducting monthly mooring line inspections, updating records accordingly in addition to reporting deficiencies to the Deputy Captain and Safety Officer. Work with the Safety Officer as and when required.

To be considered you must hold a Chief Mates Unlimited Certificate of Competency, issued by UK MCA or other approved nationality and STCW Basic Training, ideally to include Advanced Fire Fighting.

All candidates will require a valid ENG1 medical certificate (or equivalent) for the duration of each voyage and are required to obtain a US C1/D visa and be fully vaccinated.


*Please note we will only be able to progress with candidates who have Cruise Ship experience.


About us

‘Better together’ is one of Carnival UK’s core values. This means we are working hard to build a flexible and inclusive culture. As part of our culture, difference is valued and our people can be themselves. We welcome applications from everyone because inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnership and pregnancy & maternity.

Carnival UK is the operating company for P&O Cruises and Cunard and we pride ourselves in providing unforgettable holiday happiness by operating a winning culture to achieve standout success.

Our Cunard ships have been defining sophisticated ocean travel for over 175 years. Our ships are known as The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World. We continue our legacy with Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Our flagship, Queen Mary 2, provides the only regularly scheduled transatlantic service between Southampton and New York. In 2024 our 4th Queen will join our Cunard fleet, Queen Anne.

P&O Cruises have seven ships, including our flagship Britannia which joined our fleet in March 2015. Our two new ships, the largest in the UK market, joined the fleet in 2020 and 2023. We offer experiences tailored towards British tastes by combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail. We ensure all passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Both Iona and Arvia are LNG fueled ships and will be the first cruise LNG cruise ships to be based out of the UK.

Carnival UK is currently going through an exciting time of growth and look forward to welcoming our new Cunard ship, Queen Anne in to the fleet in May 2024.  As part of this growth and development we are currently in conversations with our annualised Maritime Deck and Technical fleet to agree future ways of working, including a potential reduction in working days on an annual basis.   As your application progresses we will share more detail on this with you and will keep you updated on any developments once you commence employment. We look forward to taking you on this journey with us and continuing to make Carnival UK an employer of choice for the future


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