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how long do you stay on the cruise ship?
This is great info. Thanks!
So how many massages in a day are done? The therapist I had on the ship to Mexico told me 12 and that her hands hurt terribly. The room was very small and proper body machanics were impossible. So how do you do self care on a cruise ship with so little time for sleep? Do you ever get to receive a massage on a cruise ship in the spa you are working?
thank you for this information I have applied to Steiner and may have an interview in February and because of your info I just applied to on board spas or Harding Brothers I have question for you also I just need to get them lined out so I can send them if that is ok
well here it goes with the questions any answer you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Is it normal for them to ask for your certificates before the interview?
How do you do taxes I have been told different things by different people like you don't pay taxes, or it is 20% of what you make?
if you are a US citizen you do your taxes like with any other job.
What kind of clothes should I bring,
Few but good ones: one or two gala/evening outfits, your beach duds, jeans, regular stuff for casual off duty wear. At work you'll be in a uniform.
personal hygiene products?
Do they provide insurance?
liability for work stuff yes but not health insurance
Do they give vacations?
No. The end of a contract is when you go on 'vacation'.
I know I am basically on a vacation on a ship
Red ALERT! Do not even remotely begin to think this job will be a 'vacation'
but I expect to be working a lot from what I have read on this and other web sites.
Expect to be working hard enough that it will test the very limits of your physical endurance.
Do you work straight through the contract or do they break the months up?
If they break the months up do they pay for the way to get home and back,
do they pay for your way to the cruise ship period?
no they used to pay for you to be repatriated to where you boarded. I don't know how it is now.
Can you claim the schooling that I think they have you do as continuing education?
If they offer CEU's for it yes.
Do they pay you while you are learning?
nooo you pay for your travel and housing and various fees
Is there breaks in between cruises and if so where do you stay?
You stay on ship unless there's an overnight somewhere and you feel like you need to pay for a hotel for the distinction of land under your feet and a shower to yourself. There are usually no breaks between cruises. Sunday 1000 people disembark, 1000 new people embark, off you go again. Exceptions are when there is a big reposition of operations from one ocean to another. Then there may be a few days where the ship is in wet dock for provisioning and maintenance.
Do they bounce you from cruise ship to cruise ship or are you on the same cruise ship for the whole time of the contract?
same ship, they may bounce you around cabins, or bounce roommates thru your cabin. All additional bouncing courtesy of mother ocean.
Do they have a plan set up for emergencies that may arise at home, like funerals and accidents and health issues at home?
No plan. They will let you break contract only under these serious conditions and at your own cost.
Sorry for so many questions I will also be asking them to the person I get the interview with (when I get the interview it is frustrating when they ask for things that you have no way of sending them) but again thank you for any help I just would like a second set of eyes and answers from someone who has been there. Also of you think of any other Questions I should ask during the interview I would appreciate that.
You're welcome. Good luck! Alex
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and to all of your families and good luck with the holiday shopping