Postgraduate Diploma in Cruise Line Management

2 semesters

Highly applied learning

Partnership with Silversea, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line

Business field trip to Miami

Positions with Silversea upon graduation


Option to convert to a Masters ⓘ

Next intake: September 2024

Postgraduate Diploma in Cruise Line Management

Max 2 semesters

Highly applied learning

Business field trip to Miami


Option to convert to Masters ⓘ

Next intake: September 2024

A cruise ship management course that will fast-track your career in the global cruise industry thanks to a partnership with Silversea

  • Learn how onboard areas such as F&B, housekeeping, sales, finance and events are managed
  • Visit ports and cruise ships, experiencing behind-the-scenes operations that guests don’t see
  • Interact with cruise professionals from Silversea and learn from industry expert guest lecturers
  • Develop the business and entrepreneurial mindset required for a successful career in the cruise industry

Courses include:

  • Cruise Operations
  • Luxury Guest Experience
  • Luxury Onboard Accommodation Management
  • Cruise F&B Management
  • Onboard Events Management
  • Sales and Revenue Management
  • Marine Law

This cruise ship management course combines the hospitality acumen of Les Roches and cruise operation excellence through an exclusive partnership with Silversea.

Together, Les Roches Marbella and Silversea have created a focused and highly practical program package. The curriculum covers both the business and operational side of a cruise service, including management of onboard areas such as accommodation, F&B venues and events, as well as business operations, sales and revenue management, and marine law.

Last but not least, students can benefit from a very special scholarship arrangement whereby Silversea and Les Roches would offer positions to students on one of the brand’s luxury ships. Contact us to learn more.

Spaces are limited. Apply today.

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About Silversea

The ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea is the leading ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line. Launched in 1994 as the world’s first all-inclusive, ultra-luxury global cruise line, Silversea’s voyages include butler service in every suite category; a choice of restaurants on every ship, as well as in-suite dining around the clock, and premium beverages served throughout the ship; and a true door-to-door service, with private executive transfers and flights included as standard, among other inclusions. Silversea’s guests travel deep into hundreds of destinations on all seven continents, enjoying a curated selection of immersive experiences in the world’s most remarkable places.

Academic Structure

15-17 Academic weeks

Specialization Semester

Academic content
+ Business field trip to Miami
(+Hospitality Immersion Program*)

6 Months on a Silversea ship

Business Research Project



Business field trip

Our specialized diploma programs immerse you in your specialization, and nowhere more so than during the study trip.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Cruise Line Management you will travel to the Port of Miami, USA, which is the largest passenger port in the world.

Home to a wide range of cruise lines, the port welcomes thousands of passengers embarking or disembarking each day, while its position as a major cargo port also demonstrates how the cruise industry interacts with other lines of business.

Final semester Internship or Research Project

At the end of your taught semester you can choose between a professional internship or Business Research Project on a Silversea ship to earn your diploma.


Your six-month professional internship guarantees you a place you on a Silversea ship, enabling you to put to the test what you learned in the previous semester.

This is our recommended option if you did not have significant cruise industry experience before joining the program.

Research Project

Working with Silversea, you will tackle a real-world business challenge, drawing upon the skills and knowledge you learned in class.

This is our recommended option if you already accrued cruise industry experience before joining the program.

Admission Information

Next intake dates:

September 2024

Minimum age:

21 years

Professional Experience:

With a degree: Minimum 2 years experience

Without a degree: Minimum 5 years experience


Bachelor degree desirable.

Students without a degree can access the Postexperience Programs and will receive a Professional Development Diploma.

*Hospitality Immersion Program:

*Optional: the Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP) runs in parallel to the 1st semester/module with courses on “Hospitality in Context”, “F&B Beverage Operations Management”, “Rooms Division Operations Management”. It’s designed for students without a hospitality related degree or professional experience.

English level:

If English is not your first language, or if you have not spent the last two years studying in an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, please enclose a copy of one of the following:

  • IELTS: overall 6.0 and min. 5.5 in every sub-component*
  • TOEFL: Internet-based 80 or paper-based 550
  • First Cambridge Exam: Grade A
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade C
  • Duolingo: min. overall score of 115 points and min. 105 in every subcomponent

*Only tests taken/issued in an official IELTS testing center are accepted.

Help with your English

Those below the stated official English level can take additional English support classes. We offer intensive programs in Switzerland and Spain.

Learn more here.


This is an illustration of the basic fee structure you can expect for the program. For a full breakdown of fees download a course brochure.


Academic ExpensesEUR
Tuition fees24,000
Learning resources
Health and accident insurance
Business Field Trip
Total Compulsory Academic Expenses24,000
Optional AccommodationEUR
Full Board+780
Double Deluxe (Bahia building) option+295
Single (Bahia building) option+435
Single Superior (Bahia building) option+1080
Single Deluxe (Bahia building) option+2490
Jr. Luxury Suite (Bahia building) option+2130
Luxury Single (Bahia building) option+2920

Silversea/Les Roches scholarship package requires students to take a position on board one of the Silversea ships after the academic portion is complete.

Turn your Diploma into a Masters

Upon successful completion of your diploma in cruise line management, you have the option to study a further semester focused on core hospitality business content.

This, combined with your choice of professional internship or Business Research Project, earns you a Master’s in Hospitality Management with Specialization

Leading brands hire our students

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The Campus

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Cruise Line Management is taught at our Marbella campus

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Do you need a diploma to work on a cruise ship?

You don’t need a specialized diploma to secure a job in cruising, but we have no doubt that such a qualification will allow you to target more senior positions while also helping your resume to stand out from the crowd in the eyes of recruiters.

This is a view endorsed by Silversea to provide industry expert guest lecturers and to host visits to ports and cruise ships that let you experience behind-the-scenes operations which guests don’t see. Their support and guarantee of employment to our students is what makes this the most uniquely immersive education in cruise line management.

What is a cruise line management course?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cruise Line Management at Les Roches is a one semester (six months) study program that gathers key aspects of cruise line operations from Silversea into a focused and highly practical program package. It can be studied by individuals or offered to cruise line company employees as part of their learning and development portfolio.

The diploma program includes a business field trip to the Port of Miami in Florida, USA, which ranks as the largest passenger port in the world and is home to a vast array of cruise lines. In addition, at the end of your study semester you will undertake a six-month professional internship or applied project on Silversea which will further add to your cruise industry skillset.

What are the career opportunities in Cruise Line Management?

Potential career paths with a Postgraduate Diploma in Cruise Line Management include:

  • Events Manager
  • Onboard Commerce Director
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Head of Digital Onboard Revenue
  • Cruise Operations Manager
  • Cruise Facilities Director
  • Director Brand Strategy
  • Guest Experience Manager