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Old August 24th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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Default How Much Do Captains Make?

Sorry about the random post but...does anyone know how much Royal Caribbean captains make? I'm sure they make a pretty penny, even though we all don't think they should be so well payed while the boat is rocking uncontrollably...haha
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Old August 24th, 2005, 05:07 PM
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Old August 24th, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Wow...I didn't realize they made that much.
I know that job carries a lot of responsibility.....still, I thought it was more like 150k - 180k per year.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:25 PM
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Don't know the amount - BUT

A guy who drops out of college - gets picked to play football, basketball, etc. and signs up for 3 years for 5 Million dollars.

A Captain who is responsible for a Multi million dollar ship and the safety and lives of 2,000 and more passengers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I think the Captain is underpaid. JMO
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:32 PM
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MarciaL,

You are so right.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:46 PM
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Don't know the amount - BUT

A guy who drops out of college - gets picked to play football, basketball, etc. and signs up for 3 years for 5 Million dollars.

A Captain who is responsible for a Multi million dollar ship and the safety and lives of 2,000 and more passengers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I think the Captain is underpaid. JMO
I disagree. The captains make good money. I would not want my cruise price to go up so RCCL can give a captain a 3 year 5 million dollar contract.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:54 PM
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Somehow I don't think that's quite what MarciaL meant?
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:55 PM
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I think they make something less than pilots for the legacy airlines.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:59 PM
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Default Supply and demand

there are only so many folks who can be pro athletes, and an unlimited number of people who will pay to watch them play.

my guess is there is a pretty good pool of folks who can be cruise ship captains.

it's not fair, but neither is the fact that i'm working right now and there are people cruising and having a great time!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old August 24th, 2005, 07:11 PM
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Default Hi, One place said $59,000 and one place $80,000.

For some reason they won't let me print the information on here that I just copied off the internet about cruise ship Captains. .
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2003 - Brilliance.. 11 nt cruise
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Don't know the amount - BUT

A guy who drops out of college - gets picked to play football, basketball, etc. and signs up for 3 years for 5 Million dollars.

A Captain who is responsible for a Multi million dollar ship and the safety and lives of 2,000 and more passengers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I think the Captain is underpaid. JMO
Exactly. Just like the fact that movie stars make millions and nurses, cops, firefighters and teachers are so underpaid...can't even afford to buy homes in some parts of our country today.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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The average captain makes $400k per year, working 9 months on, 3 months off.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 10:02 AM
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Default Hi moisture,

I would be more inclined to agree with your amount. The internet seemed really low.
They did have a picture of a Celebity Cruise ship in the header above the article. ?
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1998 - Viking Serenade.. 3 nt
2001 - Viking Serenade.. 3 nt
2001 - Adventure.. 7 nt cruise
2002 - Enchantment.. (14nt B2B cruises)
2003 - Brilliance.. 11 nt cruise
2004 - Empress.. 11 nt cruise
2006 - Navigator.. (14nt B2B cruises)
2007 - Empress.. 11 nt cruise
2008 - Mariner .. ( 14nt B2B cruises)
2009 - Mariner.. 2 night San Pedro Pre-inaugural cruise
2009 - Adventure.. (14nt B2B cruises)
2010 - Mariner.. 7 nt cruise
2011 - Serenade.. (14 nt B2B cruises)
2012 - Dec. 5-19.. Golden Princess Hawaii cruise
2013 - cruise canceled for a NY summer vacation
2014 - Oct. 30-Nov.10.. cruise cancelled by NCL
2014 - Canceled the Nov. 2 & 9, Galveston Navigator B2B's for the-
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Old August 25th, 2005, 01:37 PM
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The average captain makes $400k per year, working 9 months on, 3 months off.
I think we will find that the average Royal Captain works 14 weeks on and 14 off and this works out to about 6 months on and 6 months off a year....

Oh and then there's stock options??
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lets not forget "free" room and board while on the ship. I am sure the captain has an apartment like suite...
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I think I would like to be a Captain's WIFE. I would sail on every cruise, not have to pay, and have none of his responsibilities. He must have a wonderful cabin, right?!?
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I doubt very highly that a "cruise ship captain" makes more that 150k. He might be responsible for the lives of the people, but we are not talking about the most dangerous places in the world. It is the people that get paid less that create the navigation plans, run the engines, steer the ship. The captain is basically a button pusher. However, being in a position that requires you to make decisions that affect many people is difficult. But is the captains are really paid over 200k, then no wonder why cruises are so expensive. Start paying the people that actually do the things that make a difference on a cruise more money...the room steward...waiters...engineers...then you might see a difference in quality. There is no logical reason, in the "life" of a cruiser, to have the captain make more money. Especially the captain of Explorer of the seas during july 2005.
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I've no idea what the captain makes but quite aside from all the passenger aspects I'd see his role as general manager of 1000 people (approximate employees on ship) I wouldnt mind guessing that a lot of his time is taken in employee disputes and managing the team. Unlike those of us that have these managerial responsibilities he'll also be held ultimately accountable for navigational errors etc and no doubt a whole host of things which we'd never even consider................ After all that he is going to be instantly recognised where ever he goes on the ship and expected to smile say hello and be generally harangued by us passengers......

So I agree whatever he is paid its more than worth it, I for one could never do it even if I had the skills I could never be polite to everyone all the time
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If one of RCI's corporate lawyers makes about $150K per year, plus options and incentives. I am sure the captain of one of its ships makes much more.
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I've no idea what the captain makes but quite aside from all the passenger aspects I'd see his role as general manager of 1000 people (approximate employees on ship) I wouldnt mind guessing that a lot of his time is taken in employee disputes and managing the team.
Nope The captain is only in charge of the ship. The crew is managed by the officer right under the captain in the chain of command. I forgot what the title of this position is. It's First ____________.
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