How to Become a Cosmetologist on Cruise Ships

Most cruise ships have their own onboard hair and beauty salon. Some have upscale “health and beauty” centers equipped with sophisticated technology and skilled cosmetologists. Cosmetology professionals on cruise ships include: hair salon managers, stylists, beauticians, and manicurists. Onboard beauty centers may also staff masseurs and masseuses. All onboard cosmetology positions require skilled professionals with at least 3-5 years experience in the field. There are no training programs available on shipboard salons so when applying, you must bring your a game!

If hired, you will enjoy free travel to exciting destinations, free accommodations, and meals. You will also receive health insurance, free air travel to and from the ship, and a competitive salary. Cruise line cosmetologist currently average anywhere from $2,200 per month up to $3,800 per month, plus tips. The amount you earn will depend on the position. Salon managers earn the highest salaries in the industry.

When you are ready to apply for a cosmetology position, if you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page in plain view. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions are typically passed over in favor of those that do. If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.

For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. It is important to note that this site might charge a fee.

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