Cruise Line Massage Therapy Jobs
Getting a massage therapy job on a cruise line can be a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of hard work. You need specific credentials and experience. Our readers share their inside experiences working cruise line massage therapy jobs.
Cruise ships are a study in luxury and guests expect the very best. This holds true in the salon as well. Passengers will often indulge in luxury spa treatments on a cruise ship that they might not spend the money for at home. Because of this, a massage therapist on a cruise line will find themselves to be very busy.
Cruise Working Conditions
Cruise line massage therapy jobs often demand long hours. This is particularly true on nights with a formal dinner. When people are getting all dressed up, they tend to like to be pampered as well. This often translates into a relaxing massage. Cruise line massage therapists are generally expected to work twelve hour days. Sometimes there are back to back appointments with very little down time. Usually, you will get one and a half days off.
When not on duty, most cruise lines allow you full deck privileges just like the passengers. If you are off duty when in port you are welcome to go ashore. Usually, massage therapists are considered a crew member and are expected to report to the captain.
Getting a Massage Cruise Job
In order to land a massage therapy job on a cruise line, you must have a lot of experience. Cruise lines want to offer their clients the very best. Most cruise lines require that you be qualified in Swedish massage, and any others that you might be skilled in such as Shiatsu, reflexology, and aromatherapy are a definite bonus. You must also have good English skills, but if you know another language that could also work in your favor.
The average cruise line massage therapy job pays between $2200 and $2900 per month. This number fluctuates depending on the cruise line and the amount of gratuities you earn.
But remember that your room and board is included while you are onboard which helps compensate for lower wages and longer hours.
The Bottom Line
Although working conditions can be difficult, a cruise line massage therapy job can be very rewarding. You get to work with different people all day, and since they are on vacation they are usually happy and cheerful. You get to travel to places you may not otherwise be able to go to. When you are not on duty, you get to use the amenities of the cruise ship just like the passengers. As you can see, even though it is hard work a massage therapy job on a cruise line can be a great adventure.
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