Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company with 10 global cruise brands that collectively sail to more than 700 ports of call, owns and operates the Arison Maritime Center, home of the Center for Simulator Maritime Training Academy, also known as the CSMART Academy.
Opened in July 2009 and located in Almere, Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam, CSMART Academy established itself from the start as a world-class training center for safety and excellence in maritime operations. It features the most advanced simulator equipment, technology and instructional tools, which provide Carnival Corporation Deck and Technical Officers with a superior maritime training experience that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making.
CSMART Academy sets a high standard for progressive training protocols for the Bridge and Engineering Officers of Carnival Corporation, with one of the world’s most experienced maritime training faculties. The staff and faculty have helped pioneer ground-breaking advances – including the role-based bridge and engineering management system, an approach never before implemented on such a large scale.
Building on CSMART Academy’s legacy of training excellence, in July 2016 Carnival Corporation expanded its training operations with the opening of the Arison Maritime Center, a spectacular, state-of-the-art campus featuring CSMART Academy and CSMART Hotel.
The center is named to honor the legacy of the Arison family, which founded and grew Carnival Corporation into the world’s largest cruise company.
The centerpiece of the Arison Maritime Center is the CSMART Academy, which features the most advanced bridge and engine room simulator technology and equipment available, with enough space to complete rigorous annual professional training for the company's 6,500 deck and engineering officers.
With its scale, technology and equipment, and progressive training approach, the new facility is the most progressive maritime center of its kind in the world for training and continually improving industry-wide safety and excellence.