The cruise industry is looking for more than 140,000 seafarers to crew about 110 cruiseships on order, according to V.Ships Leisure.

Much of the responsibility for sourcing the manpower, especially for the 30-plus polar expedition newbuildings, lies with third-party shipmanagers.

V.Ships Leisure director Per Bjornsen says the 140,000 crew will include more than 5,000 deck and engine officers.