Find out: How many crew members work in the cruise industry?

Jul 25, 2017

Have you ever wonder how many crew members are employed in the cruise industry? Based on the data collected by the crew center team we managed to give you a rough estimate. The total number of the crew working on cruise ships is 223.914 employees. Currently on board the cruise ships worldwide there are 186.595 plus 37.319 crew members on vacation waiting to join the vessels. This analysis includes 90% of the world’s largest cruise companies and therefore the total estimated number is around 250.000 crew members.

Royal Caribbean Cruises is the biggest employer with 33.602 crew, followed by Carnival Cruise Line 32.298, and Norwegian Cruise Line with 19.669 shipboard employees. However, if you compare on Corporate Level, Carnival Corporation & plc is by far largest employer, with 10 cruise lines and combined fleet of over 100 vessels deployed worldwide.

Below is a list of all major cruise lines and crew on board plus 20% of the crew for rotation. Please note, this is independent analysis created by Crew Center and is for informational purposes only. If you wish to share or use this data you can do so without prior approval, however, please make sure to you add the source and link to this analysis. The data presents a number of the shipboard personnel including crew, staff, officers, shore side employees are not included.

Cruise Ship Cruise Line Crew on board Rotateing Crew 20%
AIDAbella AIDA Cruises 630 126
AIDAblu AIDA Cruises 630 126
AIDAcara AIDA Cruises 360 72
AIDAdiva AIDA Cruises 635 127
AIDAluna AIDA Cruises 635 127
AIDAmar AIDA Cruises 610 122
AIDAperla AIDA Cruises 900 180
AIDAprima AIDA Cruises 900 180
AIDAsol AIDA Cruises 635 127
AIDAstella AIDA Cruises 610 122
AIDAvita AIDA Cruises 426 85,2
Total  6971 1394
Total number of Crew members employed by AIDA Cruises 8365  
Azamara Journey Azamara Club Cruises 380 76
Azamara Quest Azamara Club Cruises 380 76
Total  760 152
Total number of Crew  employed by Azamara Club  Cruises 912  
Carnival Breeze Carnival Cruise Line 1367 273,4
Carnival Conquest Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Dream Carnival Cruise Line 1367 273,4
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Elation Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Fantasy Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Fascination Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Freedom Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Glory Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Imagination Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Inspiration Carnival Cruise Line 980 196
Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Line 930 186
Carnival Liberty Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Magic Carnival Cruise Line 1367 273,4
Carnival Miracle Carnival Cruise Line 934 186,8
Carnival Paradise Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Pride Carnival Cruise Line 930 186
Carnival Sensation Carnival Cruise Line 920 184
Carnival Spirit Carnival Cruise Line 910 182
Carnival Splendor Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Cruise Line 1040 208
Carnival Triumph Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Valor Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Victory Carnival Cruise Line 1150 230
Carnival Vista Carnival Cruise Line 1450 290
Total  26915 5383
Total number of Crew  employed by Carnival Cruise Line 32298  
Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Cruises 1000 200
Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Cruises 1500 300
Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Cruises 1500 300
Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Cruises 1000 200
Celebrity Millennium Celebrity Cruises 1000 200
Celebrity Reflection Celebrity Cruises 1500 300
Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Cruises 1500 300
Celebrity Solstice Celebrity Cruises 1500 300
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises 1000 200
Total  11500 2300
Total number of Crew  employed by Celebrity Cruises 13800  
Costa Deliziosa Costa Cruises 1000 200
Costa Fascinosa Costa Cruises 1100 220
Costa Favolosa Costa Cruises 1050 210
Costa Diadema Costa Cruises 1250 250
Costa Luminosa Costa Cruises 1000 200
Costa Magica Costa Cruises 1000 200
Costa Mediterranea Costa Cruises 920 184
Costa neoClassica Costa Cruises 610 122
Costa neoRiviera Costa Cruises 670 134
Costa Pacifica Costa Cruises 1000 200
Total  9600 1920
Total number of Crew  employed by Costa Cruises 11520  
Crystal Esprit Crystal Cruises 91 18,2
Crystal Serenity Crystal Cruises 545 109
Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises 545 109
Total  1181 236,2
Total number of Crew  employed by Crystal Cruises 1417,2  
Queen Elizabeth Cunard Line 996 199,2
Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line 1253 250,6
Queen Victoria Cunard Line 1253 250,6
Total  3502 700
Total number of Crew  employed by Cunard Line 4202  
Disney Dream Disney Cruise Line 1500 300
Disney Fantasy Disney Cruise Line 1450 290
Disney Magic Disney Cruise Line 945 189
Disney Wonder Disney Cruise Line 945 189
Total  4840 968
Total number of Crew  employed by Cunard Line 5808  
Balmoral Fred. Olsenn Cruise Line 500 100
Black Watch Fred. Olsenn Cruise Line 330 66
Boudicca Fred. Olsenn Cruise Line 320 64
Braemar Fred. Olsenn Cruise Line 400 80
Total  1550 310
Total number of Crew  employed by Cunard Line 1860  
ms Amsterdam Holland America Line 600 120
ms Eurodam Holland America Line 800 160
ms Koningsdam Holland America Line 1030 206
ms Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line 930 186
ms Noordam Holland America Line 800 160
ms Oosterdam Holland America Line 815 163
ms Prinsendam Holland America Line 460 92
ms Rotterdam Holland America Line 600 120
ms Veendam Holland America Line 560 112
ms Volendam Holland America Line 650 130
ms Westerdam Holland America Line 800 160
ms Zaandam Holland America Line 561 112,2
ms Zuiderdam Holland America Line 800 160
Total  9406 1881
Total number of Crew  employed by Holland America Line 11287  
MSC Armonia MSC Cruises 720 144
MSC Divina MSC Cruises 1370 274
MSC Fantasia MSC Cruises 1325 265
MSC Magnifica MSC Cruises 987 197,4
MSC Meraviglia MSC Cruises 1400 280
MSC Musica MSC Cruises 990 198
MSC Opera MSC Cruises 730 146
MSC Orchestra MSC Cruises 990 198
MSC Poesia MSC Cruises 990 198
MSC Preziosa MSC Cruises 1300 260
MSC Seaside MSC Cruises 1420 284
MSC Sinfonia MSC Cruises 720 144
MSC Splendida MSC Cruises 1325 265
Total  14267 2853
Total number of Crew  employed by MSC Cruises 17120 3424,08
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Line 1590 318
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Cruise Line 1032 206,4
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Cruise Line 1730 346
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Cruise Line 1730 346
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Cruise Line 1100 220
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Cruise Line 1600 320
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Cruise Line 1000 200
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Cruise Line 1000 200
Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Cruise Line 1000 200
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Cruise Line 950 190
Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Cruise Line 912 182,4
Norwegian Star Norwegian Cruise Line 1100 220
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Cruise Line 847 169,4
Pride of America Norwegian Cruise Line 800 160
Total  16391 3278
Total number of Crew  employed by Norwegian Cruise Line 19669  
Oceania Insignia Oceania Cruises 400 80
Oceania Marina Oceania Cruises 800 160
Oceania Nautica Oceania Cruises 386 77,2
Oceania Regatta Oceania Cruises 386 77,2
Oceania Riviera Oceania Cruises 800 160
Oceania Sirena Oceania Cruises 400 80
Total  2772 554,4
Total number of Crew  employed by Oceania Cruises 3326  
P&O Adonia P&O Cruises 385 77
P&O Arcadia P&O Cruises 880 176
P&O Aurora P&O Cruises 850 170
P&O Azura P&O Cruises 1200 240
P&O Britannia  P&O Cruises 1300 260
P&O Oceana P&O Cruises 900 180
P&O Oriana P&O Cruises 800 160
P&O Ventura P&O Cruises 1226 245,2
Total  6276 1255,2
Total number of Crew  employed by P&O Cruises 7531  
Pacific Aria P&O Australia 560 112
Pacific Dawn P&O Australia 690 138
Pacific Eden P&O Australia 560 112
Pacific Explorer P&O Australia 900 180
Pacific Jewel P&O Australia 680 136
Total  3390 678
Total number of Crew  employed by P&O Australia 4068  
Albatros Phoenix Reisen 340 68
Amadea Phoenix Reisen 280 56
Artania  Phoenix Reisen 420 84
Total  1040 208
Total number of Crew  employed by Phoenix Reisen 1248  
Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 1200 240
Coral Princess Princess Cruises 980 196
Crown Princess Princess Cruises 1200 240
Diamond Princess Princess Cruises 1100 220
Emerald Princess Princess Cruises 1200 240
Grand Princess Princess Cruises 1100 220
Island Princess Princess Cruises 890 178
Pacific Princess Princess Cruises 373 74,6
Regal Princess Princess Cruises 1346 269,2
Royal Princess Princess Cruises 1346 269,2
Ruby Princess Princess Cruises 1200 240
Sapphire Princess Princess Cruises 1100 220
Sea Princess Princess Cruises 875 175
Star Princess Princess Cruises 1100 220
Sun Princess Princess Cruises 900 180
Total  15910 3182
Total number of Crew  employed by Princess Cruises 19092  
Pullmantur Horizon Pullmantur Cruceros 620 124
Pullmantur Monarch Pullmantur Cruceros 830 166
Pullmantur Zenith Pullmantur Cruceros 670 134
Total  2120 424
Total number of Crew  employed by Pullmantur Cruceros 2544  
Seven Seas Explorer Regent Seven Seas 600 120
Seven Seas Mariner Regent Seven Seas 445 89
Seven Seas Navigator Regent Seven Seas 324 64,8
Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 445 89
Total  1814 362,8
Total number of Crew  employed by Regent Seven Seas 2176  
Adventure Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1185 237
Allure Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 2150 430
Anthem Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1500 300
Brilliance Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 858 171,6
Enchantment Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 770 154
Explorer Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1181 236,2
Freedom Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1385 277
Grandeur Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 770 154
Harmony Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 2100 420
Independence Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1360 272
Jewel Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 860 172
Liberty Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1360 272
Majesty Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 830 166
Mariner Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1181 236,2
Navigator Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1181 236,2
Quantum Of The Seas  Royal Caribbean 1250 250
Oasis Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 2150 430
Ovation Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1500 300
Radiance Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 860 172
Rhapsody Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 765 153
Serenade Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 860 172
Vision Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 765 153
Voyager Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 1181 236,2
Total  28002 5600
Total number of Crew  employed by Royal Caribbean 33602  
SeaDream I Sea Dream 85 17
SeaDream II Sea Dream 85 17
Total  170 34
Total number of Crew  employed by Sea Deam 204  
Silver Cloud Silversea 185 37
Silver Discoverer Silversea 70 14
Silver Explorer Silversea 111 22,2
Silver Muse Silversea 408 81,6
Silver Shadow Silversea 295 59
Silver Spirit Silversea 376 75,2
Silver Whisper Silversea 295 59
Silver Wind Silversea 197 39,4
Total  1937 387
Total number of Crew  employed by Silversea 2324  
Thomson Celebration Thomson Cruises 540 108
Thomson Dream Thomson Cruises 615 123
TUI Discovery 2 Thomson Cruises 735 147
TUI Discovery Thomson Cruises 760 152
Total  2650 530
Total number of Crew  employed by Thomson Cruises 3180  
Mein Schiff 1 TUI Cruises 900 180
Mein Schiff 2 TUI Cruises 780 156
Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises 1000 200
Mein Schiff 4 TUI Cruises 1000 200
Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises 1000 200
Mein Schiff 6 TUI Cruises 1000 200
Total  5680 1136
Total number of Crew  employed by TUI Cruises 6816  
Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 480 96
Viking Sky Viking Ocean Cruises 480 96
Viking Star Viking Ocean Cruises 480 96
Viking Sun Viking Ocean Cruises 480 96
Total  1920 384
Total number of Crew  employed by Viking Ocean Cruises 2304  
Seabourn Encore Seabourn Cruises 450 90
Seabourn Odyssey Seabourn Cruises 330 66
Seabourn Quest Seabourn Cruises 330 66
Seabourn Sojourn  Seabourn Cruises 330 66
Total  1440 288
Total number of Crew  employed by Viking Ocean Cruises 1728  
Star Breeze Windstar Cruises 140 28
Star Legend Windstar Cruises 140 28
Star Pride Windstar Cruises 124 24,8
Wind Spirit Windstar Cruises 88 17,6
Wind Star Windstar Cruises 88 17,6
Wind Surf Windstar Cruises 163 32,6
Total  743 148,6
Total number of Crew  employed by Viking Ocean Cruises 891,6  
Celestyal Crystal Celestyal Cruises 400 80
Celestyal Nefeli Celestyal Cruises 340 68
Celestyal Olympia Celestyal Cruises 650 130
Total  1390 278
Total number of Crew  employed by Viking Ocean Cruises 1668  
Grand total of crew on board and rotating crew 186595 37319
Grand total of on board crew employed by  the cruise industry 223914  

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