When you make the decision to take a cruise vacation on a large cruise ship or luxury liner, you will have access to a number of amenities aimed at fitness and well-being. Most large and luxury cruise ships offer spa services, and they will likely employ a team of personal trainers, fitness instructors, and alternative fitness instructors. Alternative fitness instructors typically teach yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. These classes may take place in a group setting or on luxury cruise lines, guests may have the opportunity to practice one on one.
Pilates instructors on cruise ships must have the same general qualifications as aerobics, spin, and step instructors, but they must also be strong leaders in the world of Pilates. For starters, all Pilates instructors must be certified by a program that has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Next, all Pilates instructors must have at least two years of experience teaching groups and/or one on one. Experience in both areas at a Pilates or Yoga center or other similar facility is preferred.
With experience and certification, you may earn a minimum of $25 per hour for group classes and no less than $36 an hour for private sessions. Pilates instructors with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, or related field typically earn more. In addition to a competitive salary, Pilates instructors on cruise ships are eligible for free accommodations and meals, transportation to and from the ship, health insurance, savings plans, and discounts on goods and services while working on the ship.
All fitness instructors, including Pilates instructors work in the personal care department. This department also includes hair stylists, manicurists, massage therapists, makeup artists, spa attendants, nurses, and physicians. The professionals in the personal care department are all dedicated to the well-being of passengers.
To apply for a Pilates instructor position on a cruise ship, you can start by selecting a cruise line. Once you have selected a cruise line, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings at www.shipsandcruises.com. Once you have located the official website, search the site for job postings. Most cruise lines have an employment “tab” so locating postings should be easy.
If the cruise line lists job openings, please follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions may be rejected without further review. If the cruise line does not have an employment page (this is very rare), simply send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is located at the cruise line’s 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. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.