With Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, only Captains who have been appointed by our shipping company assume responsibility for the guests, the crew and the ship. To become a Captain, they undergo extensive training in the course of which they gather plenty of theoretical and, first and foremost, practical experience. Our staff members’ career progression to becoming a captain usually begins with their specialised training to be a ship mechanic. During the training, the professional newcomers are instructed in nautical and technical fields; this way, they learn about work and life at sea. Our future Captains subsequently study nautics (six semesters). In this context, they are taught scientific basics and gather navigational experience in the ship handling simulator. Furthermore, their knowledge in the fields of meteorology, maritime trade legislation and safety at sea, as well as their skills in terms of emergency management are enhanced. Having completed the studies, their career, with the aim of becoming a Captain begins with an on-board assignment as Navigation Officer. Responsible for different fields of work, our navigation officers receive ongoing advanced training. A well-trained character, evidence of outstanding achievements and experience gained over a certain period of time, can result in their promotion to First Officer. The First Officers of our fleet gather additional experiences while navigating different ships in a variety of cruising areas, with changing guests and colleagues. At the end of their long occupational training, when they are mature and confident in dealing with people and technology, gained over the years, they are appointmented to Captain/Master Mariner (highest nautical qualification). Only extremely experienced Captains navigate the expedition ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in polar regions.