The collaboration aims to provide cadets with the necessary experience at sea on board the Costa Group fleet (Costa Crociere and AIDA Cruises) to qualify for STCW licenses as dual-purpose officers.
The licence requires an internship of at most 12 months on the bridge and in the engine room.
Lars Ljoen, md of Carnival Maritime, says 'We are very proud to strengthen the cruise industry by enhancing the training of dual-purpose cadets in cooperation with a distinguished university such as the ENSM.
'Eight ENSM cadets can now serve their internship on board ships of the Costa or AIDA fleet and learn the cruise-specific requirements in accordance with our focus on safety and the protection of the environment.'
The first cadets from the ENSM have been selected and will join the crew on board Costa Group ships at the end of June 2018.
ENSM trains merchant navy officers and maritime engineers. It hosts around 1,200 students and 3,000 trainees a year.