Massage on a Carnival Cruise

Massage on a Carnival Cruise

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Since: Jul 10

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#1 Oct 11, 2011
Hey anyone ever got a un-draped massage on a carnival cruise?
Paul

Birmingham, AL

#2 Oct 12, 2011
No, and I would think it's very unlikely that you would.
Trollbuster

United States

#3 Oct 14, 2011
Don't even go there, you might be thrown off the ship.
Johnny

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Oct 14, 2011
I knew somebody working on a cruise. The work like slaves and get slaves wages and that's considering the fact that the massage costs like $200. The worst part is they can not just quit since they are in the middle of the freaking ocean and under contract.

So I would not be surprised if somebody gets desperate enough to accommodate requests like this for some extra cash...
Paul

Birmingham, AL

#5 Oct 24, 2011
Um, there's no such thing as "slaves wages." Slaves were not paid.

I've talked to many cruise line employees on several cruises. Yes, they work very hard with little time off. But they also make a very generous salary, much more than they could make in their home countries. There is a substantial list of job applicants for most cruise positions, and they fill vacant positions immediately.

No one's making these folks take these jobs; they WANT these jobs.
hotdude

Miami, FL

#6 Oct 24, 2011
the ships dock every week so there is lots of opportunity to walk away if you are making peanuts and working hard. The more they work the more tips in their pocket!

As far as an undraped massage, you will probably have luck with maybe a very small drape (sm towel) with a male MT provided you don't mind a male. If you are good looking and fit, your chances go up further!
Johnny

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Oct 24, 2011
Listen, I work in the industry and I know a thing or two about I'm talking about. The company that hires service providers including massage therapists is Steiner. It's a big business and service providers are the ones who work the hardest and get the least. Noobies after massage schools might "want" those positions because they do not know all the details and the reality of the situation. They get about $400 a month and they work really long hours (10-14 hours shifts doing massages back to back). So when they finally have a day off (1 day a week) they do not want to go sightseeing any more because they are...um...tired.

That said, however, most of the guys and girls are young and do not have a mortgage to worry about. So without paying for food and housing that might work for some. But "very generous salary", Paul...No...it's not. But if you are young and adventurous, may be it's something to try...once...Most do not extend their contracts.

I do not know about undraped massage. But 2 things come to mind. When the ship is in the international waters, guess what? Legally massage practice is not bound by a certain municipality laws. At least theoretically. So the gray areas are much larger. Second I knew a therapist working on a cruise from Bali. He could not care less about the US draping techniques. A small towel was usually enough. If you asked him to remove it, I do not see him horrified by your "dirty" request. I'm sure he would not jack anybody off. As a massage therapist he can do an undraped massage, but everything else is not his business. LOL
hotdude

Miami, FL

#8 Oct 25, 2011
when people are working their a**es off for only $400 per week, you'd be amazed at what they will be willing to do for a big tip. If a small towel is used and the customer asks for no draping, then the request is probably granted. Next, if they ask for a little extra, I'm sure it happens.

Since: Nov 12

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#9 Nov 14, 2012
These are the prices of the Carnival Cruise Line's Spa Services (2012) http://www.shipcruise.org/carnival-cruise/584...
and this is a quality info on the subject of the Carnival Cruise Lines Tipping http://www.shipcruise.org/carnival-cruise/580... (all gratuities are usually prepaid, but not a mandatory issue). The last one shows that "their (the service personnel) salary per month is around $80 - ar about $0,15 an hour", so tipping is a real deal while working on a cruise ship (at least on a Fun Ship)

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