Sea Cadets, the UK's largest nautical youth charity, is delighted to welcome a new supporter of the charity. Carnival Corporation & plc, parent company of Southampton-based P&O Cruises and Cunard, has donated £380,000 towards Sea Cadets’ new flagship.
The cruise lines will also support the seamanship qualification which will enable 14,000 Sea Cadets aged 10 - 18 to broaden their career options in the maritime industry. The badge will enhance the Sea Cadet experience by offering young people the chance to explore all types of maritime career, helping to give them the best possible head start in life.
Captain Sea Cadets, Captain J T Holloway RN, said:
“Sea Cadets know about opportunities in the Royal Navy, but this is a fantastic opportunity for them to explore a career in a commercial maritime industry or working directly for a cruise company. It opens up opportunities they didn't know existed.
"Carnival is not just donating money towards our new flagship, but by sponsoring our seamanship qualification and offering ship visits they are helping young people build their careers. We hope that our cadets will grab this opportunity with both hands.”
Carnival UK chief executive officer David Dingle said: “Sea Cadets provides a solid foundation for youngsters. It teaches them practical and life skills which will stay with them throughout their journey into adulthood. These young people are our future and we should take every opportunity to invest in them and in their chances to learn and grow. I am delighted that we are able to play a part in this with our donation to their new flagship and seamanship qualification.”
Sea Cadets who complete their seamanship qualification may have an opportunity to visit P&O Cruises or Cunard ships in port, and some will be invited to a certificate ceremony hosted by the cruise lines.