Just back from the Dec 12 sailing on the Sun Princess. I was glad to see that there were not one, but two available male massage therapists in the spa. The Steiner corp, based in England, runs the spas on most all cruise lines. In the past, I have noticed the staff is exclusively female. I enjoyed four very relaxing massages over my 10-day cruise. I was told by my therapist, that Carnival does not allow men to be employed as massage therapists on it's ships. (For this reason, I have never had a massage on Carnival). I know many people who enjoy very deep tissue massages would rather have a male therapist. I wonder if the cruise lines that employ only females know how much revenue they are missing in cultivating this practice?
It seem ridiculous to me that carnival will not allow male massage therapist. Personally, when getting a massage I would much rather have a male therapist do it than a female. Men give much better deep muscle massages, which is what I like.
My guess is that they worry about complaints of 'inapproprate' behaviour and lawsuits. The straight men of course like the ladies to give them a massage and many almost wish they would get frisky. (they don't) <G> Ladies don't complain about other ladies but some have in the past and may try and take advantage and receive compensation by making false claims against a male massuse.
We were on the Dawn in October and there were 3 massage therapists:
Didn't indulge - would rather have a mani/pedi! Plus, I prefer my massage therapist at home where my massage is covered by my extended medical plan - not to mention that the last place I want a deep tissue massage is when I'm on vacation!