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rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio

85 months ago

Has anyone done Massage Therapy on a cruise ship? Is it hard to get a job? Do they work you to death? Are they good to work for?

rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio

84 months ago

i haven't actually talked to anyone who worked on a ship. most of the websites I've looked at seem to be pretty honest about how much you work and if you gewt time off. I think they say the average pay is around 2,000 a month. I don't remember if that was with tips or not. most of the LMTs are hired through an spa agency, not the cruise lines.

Sue

83 months ago

rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio said: Has anyone done Massage Therapy on a cruise ship? Is it hard to get a job? Do they work you to death? Are they good to work for?

I haven't worked on a cruise ship, but I did work in that industry 10 years ago in administration. Now I am a massage therapist and I had a woman in my school that worked on Carnival Cruise Lines. For virtually all cruise line positions on board, you work very long hours. The woman that was in my class was young and fit. She said that she enjoyed the work very much and didn't get tired like some of her cohorts.

Most people that work on ships do so to travel and see the world while saving $$ since they don't have extensive living expenses--they can just build up a nest egg. The pay on cruise ships for massage is no more competitive than if you were to work at a spa ashore.

Sharon in Vancouver, Washington

83 months ago

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT work for a cruise ship. Ever. I made this mistake and was so relieved when I got salmonella and got to leave!

It's slave labor. You work 16 hour days with no breaks, for very little money. Base pay is around $350/month, plus product sales commission & tips. Clients are very stingy tippers because they already paid between $90 and $150 for the massage the in the first place!

YOUR REAL JOB IS TO SELL PRODUCTS. Clients complain because we were trained to constantly talk during the massage to push products.

Teresa in Gig Harbor, Washington

83 months ago

Has anyone worked for Holland America in the capacity of Cruise Reservations Sales Agent? I am looking into it and have some trepidation so any feedback would be helpful. Thank you.

Teresa

rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio

83 months ago

Thanks for the great info Evan. I thought I had read that there were places that did the hiring for cruise ships.I didn't see a listing for jobs on cruise ships specifically on the website you listed. You didn't work when they were in port did you? I also didn't understand what you meant by "you can save twelve grants"Do you get many breaks?

evanise

83 months ago

olean hickman in Sumter, South Carolina said: I am looking for ship job as a massage therapist. This info was good and not so good, but thats life. which is the best ship line to work on?

As a massage Therapist working in a Cruise Ship you are NOT a employee of THAT Cruise Line Company, you are employed by STEINER LEISURE, ENGLAND....BUT YOU ARE A CREW MEMBER SO YOU HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE SHIP LAWS, ETC ETC AND MATES AND THE CAPTAIN HAVE THE AUTHORITY, OF COURSE, TO DISEMBARK ANYONE( of course, if that crew member is a pain in the ass). AS FOR THE cruise lines you ll work for it will no be up to you to choose .STEINER will do it during school time in London. Usually the best ones are Crystal, Holland(much older clientele), Celebrity and Princess. They usually cater for a variety of people and they provide ($$$$$$$$) a better service. Most of Cruise Companies are OK for Massage Therapists.
Good Luck

wattana in Chicago, Illinois

79 months ago

I am Thai masaage therapist.I am looking for a job.Can you tell me how to get a job for a cruise ship?

Shakiva in Chattanooga, Tennessee

79 months ago

I am currently studing massage therapy and I do it because I love the body and the theraputic value of natural healing I am currently studing massage and autism, and I currently practice detoxifications. I have seen so many therapist kill thier career by over working thier hands and bodies trying to make quick money.. A therapist can have a very long and rewarding life or a short painful career, I believe In working smart not hard I would never allow someone to use my skills as a selling tool for thier products, I am paying a lot of money to get my degree and spend a lot of time to become very educated in my field ,I love cruise ships to vacation on and I too looked into the market at one time.. but I have known therapist that has had that experience....all I can say is listen to the comments from people that has had the experience and then do some soul searching, figure out why you're in this profession and make your own decision......

Vincent in Eindhoven, Netherlands

79 months ago

Hello Cathy,

I read at the forum you also go to the training school in the beginning of januari.
Do you also go to London?
I also go there as a massagetherapist.
I think we must follow the wind,that's all we can do for the moment.

cburke777@yahoo.com in Melbourne, Australia

79 months ago

Vincent in Eindhoven, Netherlands said: Hello Cathy,

I read at the forum you also go to the training school in the beginning of januari.
Do you also go to London?
I also go there as a massagetherapist.
I think we must follow the wind,that's all we can do for the moment.


Hello Vincent. No it looks like we are going to be trained in Australia, due to the massive expense it costs us Aussies to get to London. Yeah, I am determined to make the experience a GOOD experience, no matter what. Just make sure you don't wear those finger out, just to prove you can do a deep tissue massage. Really protect your body and hands, and try to only give 50% of yourself to each client. All the best !

Cathy

monbal954@aol.com in Pompano Beach, Florida

78 months ago

what cruise line does steiner company owns? also are they any of the top ones like the princess, carribean, or carnival?

jjblatham@hotmail.com in Derby, United Kingdom

77 months ago

My wife works for Steiner on a Princess ship. Yes - long hours, hard work, pressure to sell and all that, but the worst thing is that communicating with home and friends is very difficult and expensive. Phone calls are ridiculously expensive. Internet facilities are extremely poor and limited.
Steiner/Princess really do need to improve this aspect of the job!

Katie in Columbus, Ohio

77 months ago

Hey everyone, where can I find a recruiting agency here in Columbus, OH??? I wish to work as a massage therapist or in some administrative position... Just donno where to start... Thanx in advance

Katie in Columbus, Ohio

77 months ago

Thanx Danny :) :) :) yes I tried, glad I found this forum... could not find any agencies though... maybe I am not so good in google searching... so if anyone have a link to a cruise ship agency here in Columbus I would appreciate it :) :)

Marko in Melbourne, Australia

77 months ago

Cathy in Melbourne, Australia said: IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT HAS HAD A GOOD EXPERIENCE WORKING FOR STEINER AS A MASSAGE THERAPIST ??????????? AND IF SO, ON WHICH SHIP?

Hi Cathy I havent, but would AM tryin to find and apply for a ship massage therapist... Can you help/would be very grateful!!

Serena Anne in Vancouver, British Columbia

76 months ago

Hi !!!
Wow Im learning so much about Steiner! I have an interview in less than one week in Vancouver,Canada Feb2/2009 as an Esthetician, I guess Steiner refers to as a Beauty Therapist. I understand estheticians only perform salt scrubs, full body relaxtion massage(swedish massage), and facials with electrics. Pretty pleased with that because I still take my time doing some waxing and polish. I just graduated from school not to long ago.
I understand everyones point of views, I would love to meet other people from all over the world but on the other hand wondering if I wouldnt be able to meet these high retail expectations.
I know on the interview day is long, doing a written and performing a service >for my position would be a half body massage. Any tips? and what is this written about?
also all these payments in europe currency sounds pretty high for canadian currency!!!

Serena Anne in Vancouver, British Columbia

76 months ago

Thanks Tina for your honest opinion!
They're is the perks of travelling and meeting other people from around the world and theres the high expectations and being overworked. I have an interview Feb 2>less than a week!! in Vancouver with Steiner as an esthetician. I was wondering if you did make good money? what if im not able to push products and services? and this ywca sounds scary!
also the payments in europe money would be double for canadian currency!!
how was interview day?
Im sure ill find out more info next week but just wanted to say thanks for your story

Serena Anne in Vancouver, British Columbia

76 months ago

Also for everyone asking the same repetetive questions about how to get a cruise ship jobs within the spa google Steiner Academy.

chad in Regina, Saskatchewan

76 months ago

Serena Anne in Vancouver, British Columbia said: Also for everyone asking the same repetetive questions about how to get a cruise ship jobs within the spa google Steiner Academy.

I've been researching Steiner, but are there any other spa companies. it seems like steiner owns the seas when it comes to cruises.

Serena Anne in Surrey, British Columbia

76 months ago

chad in Regina, Saskatchewan said: I've been researching Steiner, but are there any other spa companies. it seems like steiner owns the seas when it comes to cruises.

Hi Chad,
thta is a good question! sounds like so far steiner is the only company owning all the luxury lines i think over 125 cruise ships. Im wondering if cruise ship doe have one it would be privetly owned. I have an interview on mon i will be back on and explain what had ahppened and ill ask that quesiton as well.

chad in Regina, Saskatchewan

76 months ago

Serena Anne in Surrey, British Columbia said: Hi Chad,
thta is a good question! sounds like so far steiner is the only company owning all the luxury lines i think over 125 cruise ships. Im wondering if cruise ship doe have one it would be privetly owned. I have an interview on mon i will be back on and explain what had ahppened and ill ask that quesiton as well.

hope your interview goes well. good luck. I have still not really found many other ships that are not stiener. when you look at their site they show about 15 cruise lines that they are affiliated with. and they are all the big ones. I also heard stiener bought up a lot of the seas in the 90's. anyway let me know how the interview goes.
have you looked into yachts. Seabourne. less they have about 200 to 300 people on them. that could be something to think about. some go around the world in 105 days.

vincent wolterbeek in Freeport, Bahamas

76 months ago

I just started my adventure at Steiner,a week ago I finished training in London.I was there for 3 weeks as a massagetherapist.
A week ago I went to Miami to enter The Navigator of the Seas.
We went yo the caymanislands,Jamaica and now I am in the bahamas for a week.
It's hard work,good tipmoney and not boring.
There is plenty of work on this ship and I am enjoying it.
The YMCA time is alright for a while but it is worth it.
Take care,Vincent

vincent wolterbeek in Freeport, Bahamas

76 months ago

rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio said: Has anyone done Massage Therapy on a cruise ship? Is it hard to get a job? Do they work you to death? Are they good to work for?

I just finished training in London as a massagetherapist for Steiner.
I stayed for 3 weeks at the YMCA with many other Steinerstudents.
It is worth it,A week ago they send me to Miami to join the Navigator of the Seas.
Last week I went to ther caymans,Jamaica and now I am at the Bahamas.
Next week Mexico and Belize.
It's hard work but good money/tips.
I still have to find my way,but I think I will manage this.
Good luck,
Vincent

Christina0310 in Baltimore, Maryland

76 months ago

Hello,
I have read some of he comments posted on this site as well as one of the others. I also have had conversations with with one of the counselers at school. The school that I will start attending next week is part of the Stiener Group. I also spoke to someone that i presently work with. His sister-inlaw is a massage therapist on a cruise ship...I believe he mentioned Carnival. from what i have been picking up it sounds like a lot of people get homesick...then there are those that seem to love the perks, but do not want to work much. From my understanding the money is very good and so are the tips...There must be some truth to this beacuse I have read that people have done several contracts. I also believe that people also take advantage of this life style to earn money to put away to start there own buisness. Plus I hear that your friends and family can cruise at a discount price. I plan to work on a ship for 2 or 3 contracts starting 2011. Presently I work for the division of corrections. I start school for massage therapy next week and plan to go into esthics right after..I will retire at the age of 42by Dec. 2010. Please comment back

Carly in Crofton, Maryland

76 months ago

To Christine
You must be attending the Baltimore School of Massage. I am about to graduate from there, and let me tell you the admissions officers have lied to you. Steiner Group owns 90% of the spa industry on cruiselines. They have a monopoly and they push their students into working on the ships right out of school because they don't know any better. It's slave labor. Once you're on that ship they own you. You are cut off from family and friends and they make you work 12-14 hour days. A normal day for a massage therapist is 4-5 sessions. You would be doing 10-12. You'd do much better to find a day spa in Baltimore, Annapolis, or DC and maintain your freedom. I realize that you're just starting school and that you're still idealistic and excited for the future, but please research all that is out there! You are about to be exposed to so much, please don't let Steiner blind you from other opportunities.

Ella in San Diego, California

76 months ago

I was not a therapist but worked closely with them. As the saying goes, "Every refuge has its price." Please think twice about working on a cruise ship. The amount of work you do in a short period of time wrecks havoc on your body. You may leave after your contract not ever wanting to do a massage again. You have a roommate in a very, very small windowless cabin. You constantly breathe recycled air. The food is not that great, either. The pressure to sell with Steiner is extreme. I was privy to the comments left by passengers, and every cruise there were multiple comments about how they would never get a massage again because of the hard sell. The therapists are constantly exhausted. Many of them made their way to the crew bar and would get totally tanked to let off steam. You do get 1 1/2 days off, but many times that 1/2 day is only on embarkation day, so you really have only day off. After a few months, the therapists rarely got off the ship because they were so tired. Steiner really doesn't care about you because they know there are many other people waiting to take your place.

With that being said, the plus side is if you are dead broke after going to massage school and have a difficult time finding a job, then working for Steiner is kind of like a time-out to build up your finances. You will meet many people from diverse cultural backgrounds and you will realize how all alike we really are. I rotated on several ships and there were always very few Americans working. The rumor was we are a litigious bunch and so they like to shy away from them. A majority of the people only last one contract. A lot depends on who your supervisor is. A great supervisor can really enhance your experience and a bad one can make your life a living hell. Remember that they are under a lot of pressure, as well. Go into it with the idea that this is a life experience, and you will come out alive and with many stories to tell your grandchildren.

Bowman23 in stockton, California

76 months ago

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Christina0310 in Baltimore, Maryland

76 months ago

Evan f in Sugar Land, Texas said: Hello. WHY THEY ERASED MY POST????
I am Evanise......a woman!!!!!!!lol
12 thousand for 8 months average. It could be more if you work on ships in The Caribean or The Mediterrenean lines.Don't forget that you won`t have to pay for room and board.
Yes, you also work on Ports of Call and other ports. You might have time off depending on the volume and your maneger.Don't worry ..you'll have time to see all the places during the 8 months contract.
If you are approved you`ll have to fly (your expenses) to London(round trip tickets required....they will safeguard the return ticket for you). You ll stay at the YMCA and attend daily classes from 7 am til 5 pm. Usually people stay in London(northern suburbs) for a period of 2/3 weeks. Curfew observed...like going to a Catholic School... If they need people PRONTO they will send you (their expenses) to wherever that ship is at.
Beautiful people working on ships. Huge parties. Good friends to meet for life.
Good Luck.
PS.....usually they go hire people in Miami.....but i am not sure.

Hello...my name is Christina I am writing you because I think you may be the most honest. Plus you are from the states. I do not know if this has anything to do with some of the messages that i have read. However, you mentioned that you made 12 thousand during a 8 month contract did that include tips. Also I was told at the school which is part of the Stiener group that they paid for you to stay in a 5 star hotel when you port. Being that I am from the states will I go to the academy in London. I believe i have read that people went to either London or to Canada. I also thought they paid you while you were in the academy. Did you have your own cabin on the cruise ship? Is it so that you work 3 to 4 days and then off for 3 to 4 days. It is amazing how people experiences can go from 1 extreme to another...I have been reading messages and listening to the counseler at school

Christina0310 in Baltimore, Maryland

76 months ago

Christina0310 in Baltimore, Maryland said: Hello...my name is Christina I am writing you because I think you may be the most honest. Plus you are from the states. I do not know if this has anything to do with some of the messages that i have read. However, you mentioned that you made 12 thousand during a 8 month contract did that include tips. Also I was told at the school which is part of the Stiener group that they paid for you to stay in a 5 star hotel when you port. Being that I am from the states will I go to the academy in London. I believe i have read that people went to either London or to Canada. I also thought they paid you while you were in the academy. Did you have your own cabin on the cruise ship? Is it so that you work 3 to 4 days and then off for 3 to 4 days. It is amazing how people experiences can go from 1 extreme to another...I have been reading messages and listening to the counseler at school

I was also told that friends and family can cruise on your assigned ship at a discount price...is this so? Also do you think that people go from 1 extreme to another because they become home sick and maybe perhaps they get cought up inthe glamor of the ship and want to play and not do any work? I am curious because I have read blog where people quit after a short period of time and others renew ther contracts a few times...I can understand this not being a carrer move because you are away...me personally I am about to retire from corrections and thought this might be a good opportunity to travel and while earning money to open my own day spa. I will retire when I turn 42...after 20 years of corrections I am ready for something completely different...

gooffy in Houston, Texas

76 months ago

rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio said: Has anyone done Massage Therapy on a cruise ship? Is it hard to get a job? Do they work you to death? Are they good to work for?

Yes the work is hard but the money is excellent. Stiener seems to own all the spas on all the ships. If anyone knows a company other then Stiener please let me know. Stiener is NOT a good company to work for. They push sales very hard along with competition between therapist. It gets very ugly.

gooffy in Houston, Texas

76 months ago

monbal954@aol.com in Pompano Beach, Florida said: what cruise line does steiner company owns? also are they any of the top ones like the princess, carribean, or carnival?

Stiener does not own any ships they are a contractor on many many ships.
By the way Steiner is NOT a good company to work for. It is all about the sales. They pit therapist against each other to compete. It made life hell on the ship for me since I was number one nearly every week.
Is there any other company that has spas on Cruise ships.

gooffy in Houston, Texas

76 months ago

Wow you better get the facts straight before you apply. U.S. citizens go to Hawaii. You share a small cabin with 3 others.
It sucks in general. I hope you like to get drunk and have sex with random peolpe because that is ship life. Not for me but what you need to be happy on a ship during your 8 months

gooffy in Houston, Texas

76 months ago

michael in Hayes, United Kingdom said: Hi guys, you are not searching properly enough to find out other cruielines, you really need to research, but your right steiner owns majority of the seas!
I have worked for:
1.steiner ships: less money excellent training london
2.harding brothers ships:more money good training southampton
3.judith jackson, I have not worked I think American
4.world of residensea, clinique la prairie, now taken over by an chaelother company.

Mi

Can you tell me which of these companies you prefered. I have searched for a year on and off and yours is the first list with names other then Stiener (whom I hated working for). What did you do? I was the fitness director. Made 12,000 in 3 months. I was a slave to sales but in the end I had the money in my pocket.

monbal954@aol.com in Pompano Beach, Florida

76 months ago

is there any cruise ship that a person can work on and not have to push sales of products on the customer in order to get money?

gooffy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

76 months ago

I think Mi had a few good comapnies listed. Just don't work for Stiener as a fitness director. It's all sales based. As I said I made lots of money but won no friends. It was very hard core sales.
Please let me know what you find. I need to return to work were I can stock pile money again. If I get the 411 I'll share too.

yanne in Sixmilebridge, Ireland

75 months ago

hello everybody..
im new here in this forum, im a filipina, wish to try my luck in cruise ship jobs, just need some suggestion, advice how, where, i can find cruise ship company. thanks God Bless...

gooffy in North Versailles, Pennsylvania

75 months ago

Christina0310 in Baltimore, Maryland said: I was also told that friends and family can cruise on your assigned ship at a discount price...is this so? Also do you think that people go from 1 extreme to another because they become home sick and maybe perhaps they get cought up inthe glamor of the ship and want to play and not do any work? I am curious because I have read blog where people quit after a short period of time and others renew ther contracts a few times...I can understand this not being a carrer move because you are away...me personally I am about to retire from corrections and thought this might be a good opportunity to travel and while earning money to open my own day spa. I will retire when I turn 42...after 20 years of corrections I am ready for something completely different...

I MADE 12,000 0VER 3 MONTHS I JUMPED SHIP NO TIPS ALL SALES COMMISSION

Tracy in Dublin, Ireland

75 months ago

Hey People,
Im going to london to train in the steiner training academy in August as a beauty therapist. Just got my contract and the lot and i really feel im about to sign my life away. I have read everything i can about steiner, talked to everyone i can and day by day i am getting more and more confused. IS JOINING STEINER A GOOD OR BAD IDEA I REALLY CANT DECIDE??

michael in Hayes, United Kingdom

75 months ago

dear tracey it all depends on what your after, experience, travel, saving money parties, getting fit etc... dont have expectation and it will a better venture. dont be pushed around be assertive and you will have lows and highs. but all in all it should be a gate way for better things to come if you use steiner correctly and not against. did 2 contacts with them and loved it and hated it, and on other spa companies.It will be a great experience if your prepared for hard work!

good luck Michael

Tracy in Dublin, Ireland

75 months ago

Thanks Michael im defo not afraid work,i guess i got to give it a shot and make my own experience...
What cruise lines did you work on if you dont mind me asking??? And what did you work as??

gooffy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

75 months ago

I AM THE HARDEST WORKER AROUND> it had nothing to do with the experience. If you are younger like to drink don't mind people having sex in the bed next to you then you'll do fine. All the selling and hard work was a big part of the job but not the problem for me. It was the ship life itself. So no worries about your choice just be prepared for the unexpected.
Yes, I am sure the ship matters a great deal. Keep thinking about the great money you WILL make. GOODLUCK!

Liliana in Bogotá, Colombia

75 months ago

hi everyone!!!!
wooow im getting confused reading all this stories. i have the interview as a beauty therapist next week and i wish to know how is the interview.. what they`ll ask me, they`ll say me the same day if i pass or not? im really nervous.

Tracy in Dublin, Ireland

75 months ago

Hey Lilianna,
The interview is not too bad you have all the talking and video bit in the morning then you do the written exam which is really short totally grand dont worry about it. Then after that you do you public speaking bit in front of everyone else, basically saying what you have done, what you are doing regarding your career and why you want to join ships.. after that your trade test; back massage and mini facial.They want to see you are really confident and have a passion about what you do. confidence is totally key make sure your presented really well aswell your appearance being good will make you stand out. You will find out within a week of interview if you are sucessful. but i found out after two days. Good luck...

Andika in Jakarta, Indonesia

75 months ago

Dear All Cruise ships agent,
My name andika and we work in Forestindo Lintas Samudera, and we can to prepared to crew ships cruise, if you need candidate profesional you can contact me : andika_hari@yahoo.com
Thank's
Andika

Kate1 in Sydney, Australia

74 months ago

Hi everyone.
I have my interview in about a week (with Steiner) and have been looking for some feedback from Beauty Therapists. After reading some of the comments above I am starting to worry. Is there anyone from Australia I can talk to personally over emails? Please, it would be a great help.

Andika hari mukti in Jakarta, Indonesia

74 months ago

Dear All,
We work on Recruiting crew ships agent in Indonesia, we can to supply crew for ships Tanker, Cargo, Tug Boats and Cruise ships if you need crew you canotact by email andika_hari@yahoo.com

Andika hari mukti in Jakarta, Indonesia

74 months ago

Marko, Melbourne Victoria Australia in Melbourne, Australia said: Thank you Cathy
Marko

If you need crew ships you can contact me by email andika_hari@yahoo.com
Thank's
Andika

Andrea in Munich, Germany

74 months ago

Hello everybody,

I'm going to london in May (5) is their anybody who go also?

swatdee in Las Vegas, Nevada

74 months ago

I just graduate from massage school.I wondering if they requested any national license or not?

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