Top News Norwegian to develop cruise training facility near Manila By TTG Asia / Posted on 4 April, 2019 10:45 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) will develop and construct a new shipboard team member training facility near Manila in the Philippines. NCLH has secured a 2.9ha parcel of land near Manila, where it plans to develop the Center of Excellence. Construction on the facility is scheduled to begin in 2019 for a late-2020 opening. Norwegian Joy The company expects its new facility to provide annual training for as many as 8,000 shipboard team members each year. NCLH currently sources approximately 65 per cent of its shipboard talent from South-east Asia, and anticipates higher demand for personnel from the region in the coming years. The 18,580m2 Center of Excellence will serve both new and existing shipboard team members across the company and provide training for various onboard service areas. According to NCLH, the centre will immerse trainees in coursework, reduce onboard training time and further improve upon service levels. Designed to provide trainees with realistic work and living experiences aboard a cruise ship, facilities will include replicas of staterooms, a shipboard galley, a casino floor, a full service bar as well as safety and security training areas. “As the company continues to grow and execute on our disciplined newbuild pipeline with eleven ships on order through 2027, the Center of Excellence will enable us to train and develop shipboard staff to meet the growing demand for talent,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of NCLH.