how do you become a captain for a boat(like royal caribbean)?

i want to become a captain for royal caribbean(first officer)! do you have to join the marines? what college should you go to? what classes?whats there average salary?please give good details ect.

Asked By: evan k - 7/19/2008
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It takes awhile - and quite honestly you will have to start small and work your way up. I am a life-time "big" boater, and got my first break working as Chief Officer in cargo shipping. I did that for 7 years - before finally getting an offer from Honeywell Inc. to Captain their executive yacht - a mear 280 footer... More
Answered By: Capt. John - 7/19/2008
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If you go to one of the maritime academies you will be on the fast track to getting the licenses and sea time that you need. There are six Maritime academies in the US right now. When you finish you will have a college degree, and you will have a third mates license. From that you will need to work your way up the... More
Answered By: pj_sails - 7/19/2008
There are 7 state run maritime academies (Maine, Mass, Michigan, California, Texas and two in NY I think) in the US, plus Kings Point, which is free. 4 years there and you should be ready to sit for a 3rd mate license. I year of sea time needed to upgrade to 2nd, one to chief and one to captain. Unfortunately... More
Answered By: thor - 7/19/2008
The shortest route to an Unlimited Oceans Master license (which is what you'd need to skipper the Royal Caribbean) is to go to an academy (either the US Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, or a commercial school like California Maritime Academy). This will get you a four-year college degree, and a 3rd Mate Oceans... More
Answered By: Robert R - 7/19/2008
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