Our News

28 May 2012

Students sample life on board a cruise liner

Cardiff and Vale College Travel and Tourism students recently visited a cruise ship to find out what it’s like to live and work on board a modern cruise liner.

A selection of 13 students from the Level one, two and three Travel and Tourism courses visited the P&O vessel Ventura while it was berthed at Southampton in preparation for a cruise around the Mediterranean. They were given a tour which started in the cruise terminal and moved on to the ship taking in the vessel’s many facilities including a spa, restaurants, bars, a theatre, gym and swimming pools. Students also got to see the different types of cabin available before being treated to a four course dinner in one of the restaurants on board.

Veronica Burt, Operational Manager in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Service Industries said: “We have been trying to arrange such a trip for a number of years but places are very rare. We offered this as reward to those students who have shown an excellent attitude, attendance and work submission.

“Students were looked after by P&O reservation staff and got to ask lots of questions about the ship and about employment opportunities. Many of the students were surprised at the security levels in the cruise terminal and the similarities to an airport terminal. 

“Everyone had a fantastic day; the cruise line staff were superb, showing us what the passengers see and treating us to a four course meal. We were delighted to be able to take part in this! The students’ behaviour was impeccable and they have been rewarded with the offer of an additional ship visit this September.”