Two more 10 day cruises till we cross over to New England. I’m still settling in to this new schedule.
I haven’t had much of a social life because of the pressure to hit the target has got me focused on my job.
Luckily we have a different manager this cruise until our original manger returns from emergency leave. I am able to get a little more rest and not feel the heat of someone breathing down my neck about my daily revenue.
My daily routine is from my cabin to the spa to the lido for food and back. I hardly get off the ship.
My weekly schedule is:
Sea day 7:30am - 7:30pm I end up finishing at 10
Port day (Hour Forward)
Port day off
Port day ½ day off 1-8pm
Port day 12-8pm
At sea 7:30-7:30
Port day ½ day off
Sea day 7:30-7:30 (Hour Back)
Repeat for seven months.
The stress has me so tired all the time. Sometimes I’ll wake up feeling like I am late for something like training, drill, a guest. I twitch at night, some nights I can’t even get to sleep.
Spa staff gain 10-20lbs a contract, some gain more. Keeping up with a detox program and nutrition will maintain lower stress levels, mental clarity and manage weight. For some, like myself, stress makes me lose my appetite.
Would I recommend this kind of job to any of my colleagues?
Eehh well if you are just finishing Chinese Medical school and you want to make fast money, this is the way to do it. There are some Acupunturist who make a career out of this and do really well.
Acupuncturist make 9% on retail and 15% on services and 15% auto gratuity. All spa staff pay $31 a day which comes directly out of our weekly revenue.
On an eleven day cruise $330 comes out of my revenue. I treat this as the fee I have to pay to have a practice on board.
I much prefer more guest interaction. I only meet guest when they come to my seminars or become my guest in the spa.
Every week we are required to do boat drill. It take about an hou. Boat drill is all hands, every crew member must attend.
This week the most challenging task is teaching the team how to book my schedule. On my last ship I was lucky to have a receptionist I worked closely. Strong communication on desk allows me to make money for my team.
Yacht Life Vs. Ship Life
On a ship-
Turn over is extremely high
American crew are minority (considered lazy)
You have a few functions
Spa crew are between the age of 20 and 39
On a yacht-
You have several functions
The oldest crew member is often the Captain
If working on a ship looks appealing to you ask me what careers I would suggest for you.