Beauty jobs on cruises

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Beauty jobs on cruises
Cruise ships provide job opportunities to beauty specialists. (cruise ship image by palms from

Cruises are a time of rest and relaxation for people, and they often enjoy trips to the ship's spa or nail salon. However, these treats do not only benefit the vacationers. They also present job opportunities for individuals who are interested in careers that involve both beauty and travel on the seas. It is important to note that while the salaries do reflect average wages, they do vary depending on cruise line and gratuities received.

Salon jobs

For day-to-day activities and especially for formal nights on the cruise ship, guests want to have their hair and nails looking perfect. On-board salons offer many of the same services that regular salons do. Hairstylists cut, style, colour, condition, perm, straighten and curl their clients' locks; while manicurists trim, file and paint their clients' nails and treat their cuticles. Both hairstylists and manicurists advise the clientele on how to care for both their hair and nails after leaving the salon in order to ensure that the styles withstand all of their planned activities. Hairstylists must have beauty salon experience, proof of a three year hairdressing apprenticeship or a full time training course; they must also be fluent in English and have experience working with both men and women's hair. Manicurists are required to have completed a nail technician training course and have one year of experience. Their average salaries range from £1,430 to £1,820 ($2,200 to $2,800) a month.

Beauty jobs on cruises
Manicurists paint and strengthen clients' nails. (manicure image by YURY MARYUNIN from


Two other popular jobs aboard cruise ships are the positions of massage therapist and spa attendant. Massage therapists are required to have experience in their field, and they make approximately £1,690 to £2,340 ($2600 to $3600) a month. A favourite on many cruise lines, the massage therapist provides a number of options for their clients including massages of the Swedish, Thai, relaxation, deep tissue and sport's varieties. They are also in charge of keeping track of appointments and ensuring that the massage room is clean. Spa attendants run all of the operations of the spa including bookings, greeting guests and providing them with water, towels and any other materials that they need for their experience.

Health and beauty

Keeping fit is part of looking attractive. Therefore, many cruise ships offer fitness instructors who lead classes in aerobics or weightlifting for both individuals and groups. They are also often on staff in order to answer any questions about personal fitness, working out, eating properly, weight management or general health that the people aboard the cruise ship have. Even after the cruise is over, those who had experiences with the fitness instructor can apply what they learnt in their daily lives. Instructors must speak fluent English and have an aerobic qualification, step certificate or equivalent proof from another country. They also must have at least three months experience in teaching. Fitness instructors make between £1,170 and £1,430 $1800 and $2200) a month.

Beauty therapist

Any of the aforementioned jobs can fall under the title of beauty therapist. However, a beauty therapist may also be a person who is well skilled in a number of areas regarding beauty and health. For example, that person may be capable of hair styling, manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, health advice and more. Such an individual must have a beautician's license, salon experience and experience with a specific discipline such as hair styling or colouring, etc. Average salaries range from £1,300 to £1,950 ($2,000 to $3,000) a month.

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