Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company with a fleet of 102 ships and 9 global cruise line brands that visit more than 700 ports around the world, 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, CSMART Academy established itself as a world-class training center for safety, sustainability and operational excellence in maritime operations. It features the most advanced simulator equipment, technology and instructional tools, which provide the Carnival Corporation Deck and Technical Officers with a superior maritime training experience that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making.
CSMART Academy pioneered ground-breaking advances – including the role-based bridge and engineering management system, an approach never before implemented on such a large scale.
In July 2016 Carnival Corporation expanded its training operations with the opening of the Arison Maritime Center, 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 state-of-the-art CSMART Academy, which features the most advanced bridge and engine room simulator technology and equipment available in the industry, with sufficient space to complete rigorous annual professional training for the company's 7,000 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, sustainability and operational excellence.
In 2018, CSMART Academy has been recognized as the world's first Center of Safety Excellence by DNV-GL, the world's leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry.