Don't be fooled by the lure of fun and excitement of working and living on a cruise ship. Steiners is a spa company that has monopolized spas on cruise ships and they are aggressively hiring Acupuncturist to complement there business. On the surface it may seem glamorous and adventurous visiting international ports on cruise ships with potential of making $1000/wk but the reality is not so exciting at all. The image about the job will quickly change as you begin your life on board with a rude awakening of hectic schedules, bombarded with stiff rules and regulations as a staff worker for concessionaires such as spa, casino, art gallery and photo shops.
When steiner advertise that you can potentially make $1000/wk. that's only possible on handful of flagships with great iteneraries. Additionally you will have to be completely booked daily in order make that much money and about half of that money is tips so your actual paid only around 500 on a fully booked cruises. It is almost criminal to see how little workers are paid. Also Steiners will push you and hassle you constantly to sell their products to the clients and they are infamously known among returning passengers for pushing products with false pretenses. Workers at the spa are constantly burdened psychologically to generate sales income or else be harassed for poor performance and reprimanded severely for making small errors on the job.
Acupuncturist are required to work about 5o to 55 hrs but expect to work 60 to 70 hrs/wk. when you break it down you are only earning $15/hr if you are a top earner. At the end of the week you will be dead tired but you have to get right back to welcome new group of passengers. The job is very labor intensive and you are responsible of every from cleaning and prepare the room for service for every clients and required to do major cleaning every week from moping the floors and waxing the cabinets and making the beds to marketing yourself for a booking and not to mention the treatments you are doing. The Acupuncturist is basically running the entire business alone. steiners supply equipment, space and managing person to push you around and demoralize you. If you don't meet there expectations.
Since clients don't normally come to spa for an acupuncture session you have to promote yourself rigrously. When you have uncooperative manager it makes your job that much more difficult. I have never worked so hard in my life for the little money i made not to mention the physical wears and emotional stress for doing this job the best way I know how. If you have any plans to settle down some where to open up your private practice don't waste your time with this company begin building your practice. If I knew what I know now, I would of never signed up. In my opinion steiner is taking advantage of Acupuncture field lacking in job opportunities. I would sure like to see someone strong and brave enough to unionize the Acupuncturist currently working on Cruise ships. This statement is strictly my personal opinion based on my experience working on a cruise ship. Thank you for reading, ultimately it's your choice, you have to decide for yourself my intentions for submitting this collumn is to shed some light to what I experience as an Acupuncturist on a Cruise Ships.