Prior to launching Cruise Academy in 2017, Founder & Managing Director, Nikky Ingley, spent more than two decades working for some of the world's leading cruise lines.

Nikky recognised that the lack of objective information and relevant training available to those considering shipboard careers outside of deck and engine operations, created unnecessary and costly problems for ship operators and candidates, so she decided to bridge the gap.

Her vision was to create a specialist academy, coupled with recruitment & placement services. This would provide aspiring, unlicensed seafarers with the same level of information and ship specific knowledge & preparation, that deck and engine cadets would be exposed to during their time at nautical college.
Our Story
Cruise Academy's primary objectives are to promote the benefits of working in leisure-maritime and to drive excellence across the sector by:

  • providing endorsed, industry specific certification that can be studied in conjunction with further and higher education programmes, anywhere in the world.
  • bringing regulatory training into the 21st century; ensuring it is relevant, engaging and vessel/industry specific.
  • providing aspiring and existing seafarers (from anywhere in the world) with access to credible, competent and ethical recruitment & placement services and impartial advice, at no cost.
  • ensuring that seafarers are recruited and trained by professionals who have first-hand experience of the unique complexities of the shipboard environment.
  • providing ship operators with unparalleled, cost effective, recruitment & placement services.


We live and breathe a can-do attitude and empower, support and encourage each other.



We remain true to ourselves and our mission and are not afraid to challenge the norm.



We respect and rejoice our differences and recognise and appreciate that diversity drives excellence.



We take responsibility for our actions, own our mistakes, and celebrate our successes.



We are honest and transparent, say what we mean, mean what we say and we always walk-the-talk.



We know what we're doing, why we're doing it and we're passionate about it.