At a dedication ceremony in Almere, The Netherlands, Carnival Corp. officially opened its new €75 million cruise safety training facility, dubbed the Arison Maritime Center.
Named for Carnival founder Ted Arison and son Micky, who currently serves as Carnival Corp.’s board chairman, the 110,000-square-foot center will offer training for the bridge and engineering officers who operate ships across all of the corporation’s brands, including Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Cunard and Costa.
According to a statement from Carnival Corp., the training facility’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) Academy will create various bridge and engine room scenarios, as well as sea conditions that include things like ship traffic, aircraft interference, weather events and wildlife circumvention. Simulations are also designed to provide participants access to the visual elements of 60 ports, such as Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Singapore.
In addition to doubling the company’s CSMART capabilities, the 7-acre campus also features onsite medical facilities and a 176-room hotel that will house employees during their training.