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Old 05-16-2006, 09:05 PM   #1
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What It Would Take To Be Captian?

I have always wondered what you would need to do to be captain and it would be also very fun to do as your job in my opinion. What do you think you would have to do to be the Captian of the Magic or Wonder???
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:56 PM   #2
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I would think that it would take roughly a lifetime in the maritime industry to acquire enough experience to become a licensed master mariner. That is the license that is required. I remember the bio for our Captain on the RCI Empress of the Seas that he began as a young man working in the engine room, working his way through the ranks.
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:36 PM   #4
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I bet spelling Captain correctly is a big part of it.
No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid, "I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for ten minutes!?"
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:54 AM   #5
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Good Info

Originally Posted by GenieDana
Good Info with one clarrification - this data applies to a Master/Captain of a US flag vessel.

DCL being flagged in the Bahamas has slightly different rules, most importantly, typically the Master must be licensed in the Flag State. (I'd imagine there are reciprocal arrangements i many cases but that's just a guess. I do know 4 sure that a US flag requires a US master....)

In general the Master of a cruise ship has more than 20 years experience at sea, always will hold an unlimited tonnage, any ocean license and while holding this lic, has usually worked as the staff captain, and various Mate positions while working his way up the ladder.

No short cuts to this one .... alto my som thought from our first trip that it would be a great job for Dad...
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