Beauty, Hairdressing and Fitness Jobs on cruise ships

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Beauty, Spa and Fitness Job Vacancies

Beauty salons and spas on board most of the luxury cruise ships offer passengers full service treatments ranging from aroma and aqua-spas, body wraps and mud baths, to facials, massages and hair do's. Even the smaller and older cruise ships are now paying more attention to the highest quality beauty salon / spa services and fitness programs on board, resulting in an ever growing need for beauty, skin care and fitness professionals. Onboard salons and spas are either run in-house or by a concessionaire company who are responsible for hiring of the following cruise ship job positions: beauty salon/ spa manager, assistant salon/ spa manager, hair stylist/ hairdresser, barber, beauty therapist/ beautician, nail technician, acupuncturist, massage therapist and fitness instructor/ personal trainer. The salons are equipped with the latest in beauty technology and it is the responsibility of the staff to put it to good use promoting treatments and pampering passengers. Hours can sometimes be long, especially on formal nights , which usually fall on a sea day.

Wages vary according to your experience and area of expertise, the cruise line, size and itineraries of the cruise ship, but are however, supplemented by tips and commission from product sales.

Beauty Salon / Spa Management Jobs:

Cruise Ship Spa Manager Jobs

Beauty Salon/ Spa Manager

Job description: the salon manager oversees the entire operations envelope of the spa and fitness divison aboard the cruise ship. She/he is responsible for managing and onboard training of the salon/ fitness staff in order to ensure that the cruise line's highest standards of service are met. She/ he is also responsible for improving the personnel’s ability to achieve and exceed company sales goals through highly developed promotional and visual skills, as well as development of the abilities of the staff – massage therapists, beauty therapists, hairdressers, personal trainers, nail technicians and acupuncturists to promote successfully their services and certain products among guests. Some of the managers are promoted within the company, however candidates possessing the necessary organizational and leadership skills with land based salon/ spa managerial experience will be considered for hiring. Job Requirements: Extensive Beauty Salon/ Spa managerial experience required. Cruise ship, resort or hotel professional background preferred. Excellent verbal and written command of the English language required. Beauty Salon/ Spa Manager salary range: $3800-6700 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line, comission, size and itineraries of the cruise ship and also on the overal performance/ sales results of the ship's Spa department.

Assistant Beauty Salon/ Spa Manager

job description: the assistant manager is responsible for supervising the day to day operations of the department aboard the cruise ship as directed by the spa manager. She/ he is in charge of the close monitoring of the beauty and fitness personnel's daily sales performance results, condition of treatment rooms, supply of products and consumatives needed for the various body, skin and hair treatments and procedures. The assistant manager is expected to assist and support the staff members in providing the highest possible services to guests and in achieving their personal sales goals. In many cases the assistant spa managers are promoted within the company after fulfilling at least one contract at sea and demonstrating the skills and personal qualities required for the position, however beauty salon and managerial experience are required for candidates without previous cruise ship experience. Assistant Beauty Salon/ Spa Manager salary range: $3000-5500 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line, comission, size and itineraries of the cruise ship. Possibilities for promotion to Salon Manager position.

Beauty Jobs on cruise ships:

Cruise ship jobs-Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapist

The Beauty Therapist aboard a cruise vessel could work as a skin care specialist, body and detox specialist and a holistic therapist. She/ he would provide facial...

Nail Technician / Stylist

Completion of a Nail Technician training course required. A nail technician aboard a cruise ship must have a qualification in Manicure and Pedicure equivalent to NVQ Level 2 and...

Hair Stylist / Hairdresser

The Hair Stylist aboard a cruise ship offers the services available in a land based salon for all of types of hair for both ladies and gentlemen - cut hair using...


The relatively newly launched barbering services within beauty salons on cruise ships offer cutting edge services to the fastest growing clientele aboard cruise vessels - men. This is an...

Massage Therapist

The Massage Therapist reports to the ship's Assistant Spa Manager and to the Salon Manager. He/ she offers professional massage and body treatments (Relaxation, Sport and Deep Tissue massages) to passengers. She/ he is...

Fitness Jobs on cruise ships:

cruise ship fitness instructor

Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor

The Personal Trainer must be knowledgeable of all fitness offerings at the spa and hold current certifications. Must have a recognised National Certification in...

Other Spa Jobs:


Job description: a Masterís Degree (or equivalent) in Acupuncture and/or Chinese Medicine required. Any additional courses/certifications such as: Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, Tui Na, Chinese Herbs, Electro-Acupuncture, Cranio-Sacral are a plus but not essential. Good command of the English language required. Cruise Ship Acupuncturist salary range: $3200-5300 U.S. per month, depending on gratuities, comission, size and itineraries of the cruise ship and on the cruise line.

Medi-Spa Physician

The Medi-spa Physician manages his/ her own aesthetic clinic in the spa aboard the cruise ship and administers non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX Cosmetic and Restylane. He /she must hold a medical degree from a recognized college or university and hold a current valid medical license with a minimum of two years clinical experience. Experience in dermatology or plastic surgery is a plus but is not mandatory. Good command of the English language required. Cruise Ship Medi-Spa Physician salary range: $3000-5200 U.S. per month, depending on comission, size and itineraries of the cruise ship and on the cruise line.

Alternative Instructor

A limited number of positions on board some cruise ships are available for Yoga and Tai Chi instructors.

Cruise Ship Jobs