Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will build a training facility for shipboard service employees in the Philippines.

The Norwegian Cruise Line Center of Excellence is due to open in late 2020 near Manila.

Norwegian said the facility will be "designed to provide trainees with realistic work and living experiences aboard a cruise ship, which will include replicas of staterooms, a shipboard galley, a casino floor, a full-service bar as well as safety and security training areas."

The facility is expected to accommodate as many as 8,000 trainees each year. Norwegian said it sources approximately 65% of shipboard employees from Southeast Asia. With 11 ships on order through 2027, Norwegian said it anticipates an even higher demand for personnel from the region in the coming years.


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