The perks of working in a cruise ship spa
While working in a spa on a cruise ship might sound like one of the most luxurious and opulent jobs in the world, it is highly demanding and vastly different to working in a land-based spa. However, the choice to work on a cruise ship has many perks and privileges and people often choose this career for a while to take advantage of what it can offer.
Travelling the world
People go on cruises to see the world and crew members are given the opportunity to enjoy shore leave at most ports, especially at embarkation and dis-embarkation. Given the long working hours and days during the actual cruise, crew members will have accumulated leave time at the end of each cruise, which they can choose to take before the next cruise starts. Working on a cruise ship is foremost a lifestyle choice as it provides a unique opportunity to see and experience new and exciting places, cultures and cuisines.
The cruise industry is a niche market that is not suitable for everyone due to the high demands made on all crew members. Staffs share accommodation and unless they are management, will be confined for the most part to the interior of the ship and designated staff areas. Long working hours, shifts and days are physically, emotionally and mentally demanding. However, weathering these demands successfully also allows people to rapidly advance in their chosen career and people having worked on cruise ships often find it easier to succeed and advance more effortlessly in the spa industry as a whole.
Salaries and benefits
With all basic needs, such as accommodation and food and beverages covered as part of the contract and ship crews working long hours and days, there is little opportunity to spend money when working on a cruise ship. As such, many people choose this kind of career as an easy and quick way to save money. In addition contracts are usually only given for one to six months at a time, making this a great way to save funds in a relative short period of time.
Tips and bonuses
Although most cruises are all-inclusive, spas tend to charge extra for their services and guests will often offer tips depending on the quality of service they receive. In addition many spas will offer incentives and bonuses linked to retail and treatments, making spa crew members some of the best paid staff on a cruise ship. Lastly, if the cruise company charges a service charge, this is equally distributed amongst all staffs as a further benefit to increase the salary packages. For the frugal spender, working on-board a cruise ship can be a lucrative decision.
For those interested in a career in the spa industry who are looking to travel the world, earn well and advance quickly in their chosen career, it may be time to get in touch with spa consulting companies to find out what the requirements are to work in a cruise ship spa.
“The above opinions are purely a reflection of the author’s point of view. They do not reflect the position of Raison d’Etre.”