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Explore our Careers

People Team

Overview

Our people team is dedicated to engaging, empowering, supporting, recognising and rewarding colleagues, and it’s their job to make sure that our people have brilliant opportunities and extraordinary experiences. Future ready, they support our awesome leaders to build awesome teams. Continuously listening to our people to understand what matters the most, they’re driven by our values and are guardians of our employee experience and employer brand. They lead by example, helping to shape our distinctive culture where people feel valued and that they belong. And they strive to do the right thing every time, keeping colleagues safe and well.

Technology

Technology is part of Carnival UK’s Shared Services team, and we support colleagues ashore, alongside colleagues and guests on board P&O Cruises and Cunard ships. This includes ensuring onboard applications and infrastructure enable a fantastic guest experience, leading on shoreside tools and technologies.

Collaborating regularly with colleagues in our North American and European sister brands we draw on a diverse mix of skills across architecture, strategy and digital, infrastructure and operations, information security, compliance and risk, portfolio management, planning and governance.

As we navigate 2024 and beyond, our long-term vision for Technology is to enable Carnival UK to grow, evolve and transform by continually helping the business to innovate through the application of leading digital technologies. Over the course of the next 5 years, we will significantly transform our IT estate and accelerate delivery of our digital ambitions.

As a result, we’ll:

  • Delight our guests with truly personalised and unforgettable holidays, with exceptional service every time.
  • Support our stakeholders and colleagues to fulfil their roles with effective technology.
  • Have a reputation for solving tomorrow’s problems, in turn making Technology a great place to work.
“Technology sits at the centre of helping colleagues create unforgettable holiday happiness – there isn’t an initiative, project or operation that doesn’t rely on us for support and direction.

– We support and enrich the guest journey in many direct and indirect ways – from simple research to satellite internet connectivity.
– We work with teams across ship and shore to operate and improve not only the systems our business relies on, but the processes they use and data they need.
– Increasingly we are the single touch point for everything our business is becoming.

As a vital part of our business, it’s our ambition to be recognised as a valued and trusted team that positively impact the guest and colleague experience. This will drive us to deliver our priorities and short time objectives right now, as well as set our course to lead the way for the future.”

Matt Denny, Chief Technology Officer, Carnival UK

Our Technology Transformation

If you’d like to be part of the Carnival UK technology team, click the button below to see all current opportunities.

We recognise the value in having people with a variety of backgrounds, experience and skills in our business. That means the role requirements for each vacancy should be seen as a guide, not a checklist. If you have more, less or different experiences, but really relevant skills, we’d love to hear from you.

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Finance

Overview

Our Finance department comprises 3 areas; Financial Accounting & Control, Financial Planning and Analysis and Finance Change. The team ensures our financials are reported accurately and that we have strong financial control around business as usual and change. It also partners the rest of the business to provide independent support & challenge in the formation and delivery of its plans, delivering insight to drive performance.

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Procurement and Supply Chain

Overview

Procurement and Supply Chain is part of Carnival UK’s Shared Services team and they make sure that our fleet and colleagues ashore have everything they need, whenever and wherever they need it. They source and supply goods and services across food, technical, marketing, IT, ports and many other categories, driving value for money, innovation, quality and service. They’re custodians of ethical and sustainable sourcing, and work closely with our global Carnival brands to leverage the unique scale of Carnival Corporation plc.

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Contact Centre Operations (CCO)

Overview

As part of Carnival UK’s Shared Services team, the Contact Centre Operation is at the heart of the P&O Cruises and Cunard guest experience. Roles include Personal Cruise Advisor, Flights Advisor, Guest Services Coordinator and Guest Relations Representative, and as the first point of contact for our guests, high levels of service are important. There’s also a variety of support roles working alongside our Contact Centre telephony teams including Service Development, Resource Planning & Performance and Communications.

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CCO role spotlight

Charlotte (She/Her), Guest Support Representative

Jay, Senior Team Leader

Ollie (He/Him), Personal Cruise Adviser

Kat (She/Her), Contact Centre Training Specialist

Tiff (She/Her) Partnership Help Desk Team Leader

Rich (He/Him), Resource Planning Executive

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Maritime

As a colleague in the maritime department, you’re part of a team responsible for delivering a safe, compliant, reliable and efficient operation across the P&O Cruises and Cunard fleet, wherever we operate.

Safe operational practices, encompassing health, environment, safety and security are our key pillars. These and the nautical and engineering expertise of colleagues help to create unforgettable holiday happiness for our guests.

Maritime teams

Governance

The Governance team consists of four areas: Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS). It also includes the Nautical team, which ensures full compliance with all G-HESS Marine procedures and supports the fleet in achieving this.

Asset management

Keeping our ships ship-shape through the build and delivery of an effective and efficient maintenance and repair strategy for the P&O Cruises and Cunard fleet.

Fleet technical operations

Delivering technical support and managing asset risks, to provide compliance and availability to deliver operational effectiveness.

Corporate affairs

 Responsible for public affairs and external engagement with priority stakeholders including government, industry and destinations.

Port and shore operations

The Port & Shore Operations team oversee critical aspects of a ship’s journey:
• Home Port Operations: Managing embarkation, disembarkation, and logistics at the home port.
• Maritime Operations (ORCA, CARE, Operational Resilience): Enhancing safety, supporting our guests and crew and crisis response.
• Fuel Management: Efficiently monitoring and reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
• Itinerary Planning: Designing engaging routes and port schedules for a seamless voyage.

Continuous improvement

Coordinating and overseeing projects that run as programmes to augment normal business operations and help the organisation to change and improve.

There are five functions within the team: Portfolio and Project Management; Maritime Data and Information; Planned Management System; Refit Planning; Maritime Communications

At Carnival Corporation & plc, our purpose is to deliver unforgettable happiness to our guests by providing extraordinary cruise vacations, while honoring the integrity of every ocean we sail, place we visit and life we touch.

Marketing

 Overview

We have three separate marketing teams at Carnival House – P&O Cruises, Cunard and Princess Cruises. Our marketing teams maximise opportunity for the businesses and to create focused, meaningful communications that help to grow existing audiences, as well as appealing to new ones, and to promote the brand both on board and ashore. We have specialists across advertising, CRM, brand, PR, digital, loyalty and the creative studio.

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P&O Cruises

The P&O Cruises Sales and Marketing team is key to helping P&O Cruises achieve its ambition to become Britain’s #1 holiday choice. Their team of experts drive innovation and effectiveness across the entire customer communications and engagement journey, from using advertising and digital media to source newcomers, to creating meaningful and personalised relationships with our current guests.

Working closely with internal and external teams, as well as our trade partners, they strive to deliver the very best guest experience, ensuring a seamless and efficient journey from the moment a cruise is booked.

Cunard

The Cunard Sales and Marketing team is instrumental in the success of Cunard and their aim to be the benchmark of luxury travel.

The Sales team find new routes to market for our brand, alongside developing existing partnerships, and working with our ship-based sales managers. They also manage communications, systems, and events to ensure our travel trade partners are at the centre of all that we do.

The Marketing team of advertising, CRM, brand, PR, digital, guest loyalty and creative studio, maximise opportunity and create focused, meaningful communications that help grow existing audiences as well as appealing to new ones.

Princess Cruises

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service.

Their team of 35,000 employees worldwide serves—or supports those who serve—1.7 million guests sailing to 300 destinations each year. Their employees call more than 70 countries home, creating a diverse and welcoming environment throughout the company along with many rewarding multicultural experiences

Revenue Management and Deployment

Overview

Our revenue management department manages the pricing of our products to make sure that the maximum revenue is obtained. The department also plans the destination and future itineraries of each of our ships, as well as managing our fly cruise offering and land products. This department is exceptionally commercial in nature and collaborates considerably with the wider business. Setting the strategy, vision and future for how the business will maximise revenues.

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Medical Team

If you’re looking to fast-track your medical career, becoming a cruise medic is just the ticket.

Join our team and you’ll gain skills and qualifications as you work in a fast-paced and rewarding environment. Our well-equipped medical centres and people-centric business ethics ensure quality patient care, with opportunities for invaluable experience across all medical specialisms.

Our teams work hard with exceptional resilience, and there’s amazing travel experiences, alongside a stable salary and the benefits of working in the private healthcare sector.

Your career at sea

As a cruise medic you’ll grow both technical and non-technical skills, supported by a team both on board and ashore.

We’ll help you broaden your independent practitioner skillset while providing gold standard care in a unique environment. Gain technical skills such as running blood tests or performing X-rays, alongside first responder duties supporting the team with immediate patient care and transfers. You’ll also learn about the management and upkeep of a standalone medical department, including maintaining rosters, supplies, and equipment.

From a personal perspective, you’ll work within a team of other experienced medical professionals, developing strong working relationships to bring the best out of yourself and others. And should you return to shore, your years of ship experience will help you secure a more senior role.

Your career path

Join our team

If you’re a Doctor at least 4-years post-qualified, or a Nurse at least 3-years post-qualified, with A&E or ICU experience, we’d love you to have you on board!

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Being part of our medical team has its benefits...

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Sales

Overview

At Carnival House our sales teams specialise in building relationships, ensuring that our trade partners have the finest knowledge of our products. Our teams also manage sales communications, systems, and events to provide the best tools and support, ensuring that our travel trade partners are at the centre of all that we do. In addition to supporting travel agents, the sales team also provides support to a team of ship based sales managers and work with third parties to find new routes to market for our brands.

Corporate Shipbuilding

Overview

Our Corporate Shipbuilding function focuses on the design, development and build of all of the new ships for Carnival Corporation across the world, through our Design Engineers and Architects as well as Project Specialists. We have a presence in all the major shipyards where our ships are being built, supervising construction and ensuring quality standards. We work closely with each of the Brands that are part of the Carnival Corporation to deliver vessels that exceed guest expectations. Our remit and global footprint is growing, making this an exciting time to join our team.

Product & Commercial Services

Overview

Our Product and commercial services team are the front line of customer service – dealing directly with guests via the call centre, and supporting our people on board via the hotel operations departments. To ensure we maintain our reputation for delicious food and beverage, enticing entertainment and world class shops and spas; both on our existing fleet and new ships – the team ensure on time, efficient and revenue maximising delivery through our supply chain for unforgettable holiday happiness.

Graduates and Apprenticeship

Overview

For a life less ordinary…

As a Graduate on one of our programmes your personal development plan will take shape during your time on the Flagship Programme. Your development will include a variety of approaches that will best enable you to deliver in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

Whether you are on-board one of our beautiful ships or on a shore based programme we will be looking to shape our leaders of the future. You will be joining an exciting yet complex operation that delivers daily across the globe. We have designed your rotations with that in mind, so expect a uniquely challenging programme intended to give you a solid grounding in the discipline of your choosing.

So what are you waiting for?

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Cadets

Start your career at sea as a Carnival UK Cadet

P&O Cruises and Cunard are two of the most iconic British cruise brands, brought to life by colleagues at Carnival UK. Every year we help hundreds of people start their career at sea through a number of exciting cadetship training programmes.

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.

Choose your Cadet career

NEW! Engineer Graduate Cadetship

If you have an engineering qualification (either mechanical or electrical) you can fast-tack your Engineering Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.

Engineer Graduate Cadetship programme available at South Shields Marine School and Warsash Maritime Academy.

Engineering Cadet

We support cadetships on both the HND (High National Diploma), Foundation Degree and the Scottish Diploma.

As a 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.

Deck Cadet

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.

Electro-Technical Cadet

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.

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Study at any of these maritime colleges

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.

Warsash Maritime School

Warsash Maritime School, Southampton

For over 75 years, Warsash Maritime School has provided first class training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and offshore oil industries. Part of Solent University in Southampton City Centre, the School provides internationally recognised certification programmes for deck, METO 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.

South Tyneside College, South Shields

South Tyneside College (South Shields Marine School) are proud to be a world-renowned centre of excellence for marine education and training. Established in 1861, they offer programmes across the whole spectrum of marine education and nautical sciences, including navigation, and marine engineering and electrical engineering.

Latest Cadet news

  • Emily Davies, Cadet
    Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Emily is currently working on board, completing her first sea phase as a Carnival UK Cadet. Why did you choose a cadetship? […]
  • New Carnival UK Graduate Cadet programme
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