I am a recent graduate of the New York Institute of Massage and I've wanted to work on a cruise since I started school. I was wondering which cruise line has the best jobs and how to find the them? I've searching through many cruise lines websites and havn't found much. I even tried e-mailing elemis to have them send me an application but I was never sent a reply. Is Elemis good to work for and is it really the only one that is around to work through? Any help or advice pertain to the questions would be greatly appreciated. thanx
I also graduated in the spring and am trying to find a job onboard a ship as well. Maybe we could share information and help eachother. I just posted a message as well and hoping that someone can shed some light on the process. The biggest help i have found so far is the website www.getacruiseshipjobe.com. This guy Neil Maxwell keys has had some very helpful hints, but his information is more general than geared towards massage therapists. Anyways, i would love to share any info with you.
i am a cruise line employee and i can tell you first hand that working for steiner is HARD WORK!!! steiner employs most of the lines with their hairstylists, massage therapists..etc! you will have to go to england to train with steiner and then, when there is a position available to you, you will be placed on a ship! you will probably be placed on one of the smallest ships in the fleet so that you can get your feet wet (so to speak!) then you may work your way up to bigger ships depending on your retail/services sales! the managers that you will work for will be fun at the bar, but slave-drivers at work...it is their job...they get fired if their ship doesn't hit $$ targets! so don't take it personally! you will work insane hours (14-16 and sometimes more if you have training or port cleans!) and you will work for minimal amounts of money...if the guests aren't interested in buying your products or having a massage for 200$ then you don't make much at all?! it is a rough life and you don't have much time off...but good sales are incentive to get time off! if you have a half decent manager you should see the beach at least every other cruise! the money can be great and the time off can be abundant...but you need to work your ass off to get there! definitely look into it...it is a great lifestyle...but not many people return as a steiner after their first contract...unless they have made it to a management position!!!
I've been told by Steiner employees on Princess that Carnival does not employ male massage therapists in their spas (I don't know if this is true, but I have never seen a male therapist on 6 Carnival cruises I have taken). Don't know why this is. I prefer to have a male therapist, I enjoy a very deep and strong massage to relieve tension, something that most female therapist can't deliver. On my last Princess cruise, I spent $600 in massages. I haven't spent a dime in the Carnival spas due to no male therapists (Carnival are you reading this?)
Carnival hires women only and the men stick to personal training for the most part, but there are some male hairdressers. Carnival is carnival, but they really work for Steiner, not Carnival. I guess the Carni's just request more women and even though they work hard, they have massive social lives. "nothin finer than a steiner" has been the motto I've heard mostly. Some of them are tart like and other are really great girls. Its a hard life for some of them and others are merely there to hook up with every man they can get their hands on. Apply anyway and see what happens. Everyone working on the ship is a good person and a hard worker. Don't let people tell you otherwise. Good luck.