Baltic Cruising Acupuncturist : My Journal

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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:


Embark 12-8pm

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)

Port day

Embark 

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.


I knew I would experience this. That’s why I brought Long Life Vitality, Slim and Sassy Trim shake and my Live Ultimate greens. On average, guest gain one 1lb a day onboard. Imagine living on board. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Breakfast, lunch and dinner


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.

Stepping into boat drill like… Got to have fun with it but knowing my job in an emergency is a serious thing

Stepping into boat drill like… Got to have fun with it but knowing my job in an emergency is a serious thing


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. 

3 Boat drills every week Lifesaving best are a requirement for all drills

3 Boat drills every week Lifesaving best are a requirement for all drills


Yacht Life Vs. Ship Life


On a ship-

Weekly drills

Turn over is extremely high

Revenue driven

American crew are minority (considered lazy)

You have a few functions

Spa crew are between the age of 20 and 39



On a yacht-

Exclusive 

Shorter cruises

Amazing food

Fewer crew

Less drama

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.