How to Become a Massage Therapist on Cruise Ships

Whether you plan to work as a massage therapist on land or at sea, you must become a licensed massage therapist before an establishment will hire you. Even if you plan to run your own business or work as an independent contractor, you must obtain a license. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) will have a list of accredited schools that offer massage therapy training programs. Please visit the NCBTMB website at for a list. Once you have completed an accredited program, you must take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB) administered by the NCBTMB. Most states will not allow graduates to take the exam unless they have graduated from an approved training program.

Just about every cruise line has a Personal Care Department. The Personal Care Department includes spa, fitness, beauty and medical services. It helps manage hair stylists, manicurists, massage therapists, fitness instructors, beauty therapists, spa attendants, nurses and physicians all dedicated to the well-being of passengers. If you have a specific cruise line in mind, visit the cruise line website first. If the cruise line lists job openings, 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 (“massage therapist”) so that your resume 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.

Cruise Ship Job Perks

Cruise ship massage therapists will enjoy more than free travel to exciting destinations. Cruise ship massage therapists will receive free accommodations and meals. They will also receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and tips!

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