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. On board 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 Manager
Job description: the salon manager oversees the entire operations envelope of the spa and fitness division 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: Excellent verbal and written command of the English language required. Beauty Salon/ Spa Manager salary range: $3,800-$6,700 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line, comission, size and itineraries of the cruise ship and also on the overall performance/ sales results of the ship’s Spa department.
Assistant Beauty Salon 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 consumptives 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: $3,000-$5,500 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line, commission, size and itineraries of the cruise ship. Possibilities for promotion to Salon Manager position.
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