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Cruise Connect with Matt O'Crowley


Join Matt on the Crew wellness – spotlight on mental health: being away from home for prolonged periods of time makes cruise crews particularly vulnerable to mental health concerns. How can we offer appropriate support to crews and effectively tackle the stigma around asking for help in the shipboard environment?


If the cruise industry continues to grow at the same pace, it will need to hire 80,000 new seafarers yearly over the next decade to staff the new ships entering the market. The companies will need to step up their recruitment and retention efforts, offer better terms and conditions, and more opportunities for advancements and long-term careers.

Our dedicated CruiseConnect Summit will bring together influential figures from the largest cruise lines, associations, training providers and other industry stakeholders to talk about how best to recruit and retain talent in the coming years, and also about the challenges and opportunities of working at sea.

Agenda highlights

  • How do we make career paths and progression processes more rigorous/ objective? How do you discover the hidden gems in your crew? Find answers to these questions and learn how to build a crew experience in line with company values with Antonella Varbaro, Fleet Hotel Human Resources Director, Costa Crociere.

  • Hear from Elizabeth Spicer, Employee Engagement Manager, MSC Cruises presenting on The 10 commandments of hiring millennials: discuss how to use social media to build a brand people want to be part of, CSR and environmental concerns, and plenty more.

  • Crew wellness – spotlight on mental health: being away from home for prolonged periods of time makes cruise crews particularly vulnerable to mental health concerns. How can we offer appropriate support to crews and effectively tackle the stigma around asking for help in the shipboard environment? Join the discussion with Maritime Wellness Institute, Mission to Seafarers and ISWAN.