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Old April 7th, 2008, 12:01 AM
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Default What is the process to go through, employment on a cruise?

Hello! I'm sure this has been answered a few times around this neck of the woods, I have gone back a few pages and have yet to find the information I am looking for...so here I go!

I am a massage therapist in North Dakota (doesn't get much more land locked then that!) Have been an MT for 7 years, have a stellar reputation, have dreamed of working on a cruise ship since massage school - ahhhh to see the world! I am going on my first cruise in June (yay!) which has made the cruise bug bite harder - so here is my question:

If I were to apply for a job with a cruise line - what would be my first step?
After a rudimentory google search I found companies for hiring in FL, but you pay money for the process of applying? Haven't heard of that before, but I spose everyone and their dog would like to work on a ship so maybe that makes sense. I would HAVE to go to FL to apply or interview? I do well, but the economy around here isnt exactly booming, so I'm always on a budget.

What is the reality for a MT onboard? I have heard mixed things - Some love it, some say they dont hire americans, they work you like a dog with 10 to 13 massages a day and you never see port.

What is the licensing situation? International MT license? (*hopefully I'll get lucky and someone will know this!*)

Thank you so much for taking time to read this, looking forward to any responses!
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Old April 7th, 2008, 11:46 AM
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Hello there..

The two companies I can think of that is hiring is Steiner and Mandara. Try to contact them and they'll give you the rewuirements.

I'm sure others can give you the names of other companies as well.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 03:04 PM
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Well thats a good jumping off point - Thank you!
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 05:14 AM
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Steiner is the one you're looking for.
Be very aware of very popular fraud scheme for cruise job applicants.
You must have the site recommended before you throw any many in their direction.
Honest agencies do not take money from applicants.
They earn their fee from cruise company itself.
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