Cruise ship security & protection

PVI Cruise Services provides a holistic security service to ensure the protection of your guests, crew and brand.

We offer more than just protective cruise ship security.  We can supply technical advice,  security training including CVSSA, crisis response and itinerary planning.

Our in-house cruise ship security officers, certified trainers and ISPS/ISM lead auditors provide a wide range of professional services and accredited training packages – all delivered onboard or at one of our UK training facilities.  Alternatively our in-house recruitment and placement agency can find reliable, well trained security staff for you.

With over 10 years experience in cruise ship security, we frequently exceeded over 360 man days onboard cruise liners each year.

Security Personnel Recruitment

Cruise ship security personnel are an integral part of the team yet professional standards vary significantly.  We commonly see little or no pre-deployment training, an absence of ongoing training and varying English language proficiency.

In partnership with Interprotect Marine (IPM) in India, we recruit, select and train only the highest calibre candidates.  In addition to the 6 Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) courses, our security crew all attend PVI’s 10 day Cruise Ship Security Course.

All are required to pass an English test before deployment and receive customer service training inline with client company standards, policies and procedures.

Security Personnel Training

A collaborative approach. PVI also works with cruise lines and technical managers to create the most comprehensive security training package available to the cruise industry for existing staff. Whether it’s active assailant response, checkpoint escalation or conflict management, our training content is adaptable to reflect the specific needs of the brand, the vessel, and your guests.

Where necessary, our courses are accredited to a BTEC Level – delivered to the highest standards, and provided a paper trail to protect the security staff and the brand.

We Also Provide

Embarked Security Transits

For over a decade we’ve supplied armed security teams to more than 25% of the cruise market*, from the largest ships in the industry to smaller, luxury expedition ships, providing safe passage across the Indian Ocean HRA. Consequently, we truly understand the sensitivities of providing external security to cruise vessels and passenger ships.

PVI retains a pool of armed guards, specifically selected for working on board cruise vessels and can provide client testimonials on request.

*based on PAX

Ship Security Assessments/Ship Security Plan/Port Facility Security Assessments

Our in-house consultants are qualified ISM and International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) lead auditors, delivering independent advice to some of the largest cruise lines in the world. We offer technical expertise alongside the benefit  of our operational and practical experience.

Penetration Testing & 'Mystery Shopper'

PVI Cruise Services offers these port-based assessments for cruise lines and port operators.  In addition to testing security procedures and culture on board a cruise vessel, we independently review the security practices at ports and provide extensive actionable reports to our clients.

CVSSA Training

PVI is certified by theU.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to deliver Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act (CVSSA) training programs. Our team comprises eight full time in-house trainers and two ISM lead auditors within our UK based HQ.

Courses can be delivered on board anywhere in the world, or remotely via video conferencing.

Get In Touch With Us

For a bespoke maritime security solution, call us on +44 (0)1884 842878 or email