Working as a Hairstylist on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ship passengers sailing the seas love to treat themselves to self-indulging luxurious spa treatments and salon splurges in the cruise ship spa. Being on vacation is the perfect time for travelers to treat themselves in a way they might not ordinarily. Luxury spa and salon services are essential, including massage treatments, hair styling, nails, and more! A hair salon on a cruise line gives stylists and barbers the rare opportunity to travel while they work.

Life at Sea

Does it sound like a dream to sail from port to port, doing hair at sea as a cruise ship employee? If you’re a wanderlust with an appetite for adventure and don’t mind mingling work with play, working on luxury cruise liners will be a dream job. The cruise industry caters to people at sea. Offering a pampering beauty treatment will allow you to earn extra money through tips, provided you deliver exceptional service.

Each salon or spa onboard a cruise line typically has a manager and an assistant. The stylists perform all of the same services that a client would be able to get on land. It’s an exciting opportunity because cosmetologists can get amazing experience working with all kinds of people from around the world!

Some cruise lines offer cruise ship employees free room and board and complimentary meals at the buffets when they’re off the clock. As a cruise ship employee, you’ll sleep in the crew cabins with other employees.

The stylist is responsible for maintaining all their equipment and services while actively driving upsells to additional services and products for clients.

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Requirements for Becoming a Cruising Cosmetologist

Breaking into the cruise line industry and becoming a cruise ship employee will be easier with previous experience under your belt. Create professional marketing materials that showcase all of your services. If you offer services beyond hair styling, like facial treatments and massage treatments, include those skills in your portfolio. Show off your spa product knowledge and include any additional special training you have.

Check on conventional and celebrity cruises job boards for openings. If you’re lucky, you can choose which port of call you want to travel to.

Does traveling to a remote island amid the Indian Ocean beckon you? How about traveling to Alaska, where you’ll sail by icebergs while getting to soak onboard in hot tubs on your time off? You can also apply for cruises that travel to the Caribbean or Mediterranean.

You may have to work while traveling, but you’ll have your nights off and at each port of call a chance to be a tourist and explore. Having an adventurous spirit is essential.

  • Applicants must possess a professional hairdressing or cosmetology license or certification equivalent to the national level.
  • Applicants must have proof of obtaining an apprenticeship for at least three years. Each job description might make an exception, so always apply for the job you want, as long as you’re honest about your training and experience.
  • Applicants must have proof of obtaining hair stylist work experience for at least one year.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel for extended periods.
  • If you have a chronic illness that requires routine medical attention or are prone to getting seasick, this isn’t the job for you. While cruise ships are reliable at avoiding storms, the open ocean can be unpredictable, and there is still a great chance of developing sea sickness.

Learn at Evergreen Beauty School

Are you ready to take the first step toward your dream? At Evergreen Beauty College, we can offer all the training and development you need to become a professional licensed cosmetologist, where you can turn ordinary looks into beautiful works of art.

We strive to foster each student’s aptitude and teach everyone the skills and techniques necessary for creating and maintaining a happy client base—tools they will use long after the classroom days are gone.

Taking the plunge to follow your dreams is exciting and daunting. That’s why our faculty will help you take the first step by providing all the necessary information, including registration forms, schedules, expectations, and financial aid. Upon graduation, students will gain confidence and feel prepared to take their state cosmetology license. Visit our programs page or contact us to learn more about how you can start changing your life! Make lifelong connections with peers, develop a new client list while performing hands-on training on real customers, and learn to hone your craft at Evergreen Beauty College!

 

Author
Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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sam
sam
4 years ago

I think that being a criuse ship hair dresser is silly beacause you should get your hair done before you go on a cruise holiday. But if you need yor hair doing say like washing or something spacial for a night out on the ship, i think you should have to do it yourself. Beacause even though the hairdressers and nail peopel have said yes they are willing to travel but deep down they might be missing the family.

Sheri
Sheri
4 years ago
Reply to  sam

How do I start to work on cruise ships?

Karen
Karen
3 years ago
Reply to  sam

When you are on the cruise ship, say 3 days in and have been swimming and sleeping you hair is a mess, a hairdresser is perfect to make you look gorgeous for the evening! Don’t worry we don’t miss our family that much! It is a great opportunity to travel, meet people and perform Cosmetology services!

Barb M
Barb M
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

Why? People like to be pampered. A lot of people who can afford the luxury of travel also enjoy salon and spa services. It is a big industry and people pay to look good.

Felicia Hebert
Felicia Hebert
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

My husband is a Master Barber and we live in a HUGE tourist city and he gets thousands of tourists in his shop every year. It’s wild how many ppl get cuts while on vaca. We are on a ship now and people have said they wished he had his tools with him. Lol

Marina Toman
Marina Toman
4 years ago

Hi!Is 42 years person can get yob as hairdresser on cruiser,with 25 years of expirience in hairdressing world?

Manjula madhavarapu
Manjula madhavarapu
3 years ago

Hi I’m 28 years old I m I’m interested to do job in cruise , I have completed my beauty course in vlcc . I did my hair dresser course and skin and makeup too with advance certificate

Fevel Alinda
Fevel Alinda
1 year ago

Hello I have been trying to apply a job in a cruise ship but as a hairdresser beautician but no hope I don’t know where to start

Marina Toman
Marina Toman
4 years ago
Reply to  Marina Toman

Am I to old with 42 for aplly for this work possition?

Abhinay baraily
Abhinay baraily
3 years ago
Reply to  Marina Toman

Hello ma’am my name is abhi I am from India
Can I ask you a question please
….

Abhinay baraily
Abhinay baraily
3 years ago
Reply to  Marina Toman

You really mean 25 years of experience ….
Ma’am I also started a work in hairdressing
It’s good but here in India there is nobody like who is guiding me in hairdressing so I don’t know I am improving my work or not …..
Ma’am please can you help me….in this???

Diana Valenzuela
Diana Valenzuela
4 years ago

Is there an age limit to work as a Hairstylist on a cruise ship I just turned 50 I’ve been doing hair since 1991 I have plenty of experience working at a franshice Great Clips which teaches great techniques and professional people skills but I’m ready for a life adventure please let me know thanks.

Kudzai mawoko
Kudzai mawoko
3 years ago

I want to study l am a hairdresser

Abhinay baraily
Abhinay baraily
3 years ago

To respected THE EVERGREEN BEAUTY COLLEGE can you help me to be a good hairdresser I know some but it is far difference between Indian hairdresser and foreign hairdresser so I want to learn with you guys

Prashant
Prashant
3 years ago

I want a job as Hair stylist in cruse. So to whome I need to contact

Chloe Papier
Chloe Papier
3 years ago

Hi, i am Chloe a 17 year old South African girl who wants to pursue a career in hairdressing/cosmetology. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my future and was keen on learning more about life at sea as a hairdresser, as i want to be that hairdresser. So I’ve been doing my research and so fourth. Next year will be my last year on high school, God willing, i just wanted to know are there any specific colleges in South Africa, specifically Cape Town that focuses on my specific career field but at sea?

Zahra
Zahra
3 years ago

How can hairdresser work on a cruise?

Ernest
Ernest
3 years ago

Hi am Ernest am really interested to work in a cruise but now am still compliting my Two years practical so I would like to apply for 2023 and ill be glad to get a good result

Md jamshed
Md jamshed
3 years ago

I am hair style and makeup artist

EnriqueRagas
EnriqueRagas
2 years ago

I want to apply as a barber in cruise ship…

Gunjan
Gunjan
2 years ago

I have experience of 5 years but i am on a Junior hair stylist can i get a job

Barb M
Barb M
1 year ago

Hello from Tennessee, USA.

I was a cosmetologist years ago, I quit to join the US Navy. I do have experience at sea as a Hospital Corpsman. (Medicine and Healthcare, enlisted)

I am in the process of reinstating my license. I think it would be fun to work on a cruise ship for a couple of years. I do have a few personal health issues that I need to resolve first.

I may be too old, if there are age restrictions. I’m over 50. I remember fondly of being at sea in the Navy, and there is nothing like it.

I wish that I could combine two of my passions; doing hair/nails and going to sea.

Agwa rengma
Agwa rengma
1 year ago

Hair stylist

Bobbi Doyle
Bobbi Doyle
7 months ago

Hi .
I am an award winning hair dresser with 30 years experience . I am very interested in doing this type of work . Who do I contact to apply to a position?

Ruvimbo Ticharima
Ruvimbo Ticharima
3 months ago

Iam 30 years looking for this job I have 5 years experience

Karen Lopez
Karen Lopez
3 months ago

I’m Karen I’m a cosmetologist since the 80s and license what steps to take to continue my profession in any cruise line from ny or Florida

Nova
Nova
1 month ago

I am a hairstylist with 7 yrs experience, I’d love more info on how to begin the hiring process