The latest cruise ship accident experienced by Costa in Italy might be not as popular as suffered Titanic in decades ago. But, the accident is accident and there’s someone or something that must be responsible. What about the captain?
Reading the circulated news from mainstream meadia, it’s told that the captain hugged the ship’s chaplain, Father Raffaele Malena, hours after the luxury liner foundered off the island of Giglio. The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia “cried like a baby” hours after the crash, a priest said to Dailytelegraph.
While the accident is being investigated by the law officers, let’s explore about cruise captain job.
According to Cruisemates, a cruise ship’s captain is the ultimate authority on the ship for the entire staff and crew. “He has the final word in all matters. Any respectable cruise ship captain today would at least be the last one off the ship, or near enough to it to see who the last person was,” writes Cruisemates.
How about the salary? A source (unconfirmed) said that the average salary of cruise captain is about $100k or £50k. I’m sure, this figure is out of date and it varies, depend on the ships, experience and etc.
Cruisemates explains the captain of the ship is ultimately in charge of the hotel department, which means the hotel manager. Many of the captain’s duties are honorary although this doesn’t mean a cruise ship captain is merely a figurehead. “They are highly skilled in their jobs, usually coming to the cruise lines after working as captains of other vessels such as container ships or ferries,” says Cruisemates.
There are some readings about Cruise Captain. It might help us enriching our understanding on the entire cruise line industry:
Some cruise line model also nice to be as souvenirs: