from a Spa Manager, Carita Spa of Paris, Radisson Seven Seas Cruise
Have you ever heard of Carita Spa of Paris? It is the Spa onboard
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises.
I was offered a position of Spa Manager and signed the contract.
I was so excited. I was to go on the Voyager but first train on
the Mariner. The owners of the spa were also on onboard starting
I arrived Dec 22. A girl I just met said 'good luck.' Well
it started from the Doctor, Engineers, Officers, other concessions,
Computer Teacher, DTP -- it didn't matter the position of the
various crew members they all said the same negative things about the
spa owners. Sure to form I found out the hard way. One day
I was told I was not a strong manager because I did not know their
products. That's neither here nor there, because I told the
person who frist contacted me about the position that I had never heard
of them nor did I know the products. I was told, "That's okay,
you will learn."
I was to leave for the Voyager on Jan 10. The day before, I was
informed by the spa's owner how much he was paying me for the three
weeks onboard and then proceeded to offer me a different position --
one on land -- told me the money and shook my hand.
My staff had nothing but complaints about working for Carita Spa.
Their base wages has been cut from $800 to $500, and there is fear they
may be cut even further to $300 or $200. Rest of their income is
commissions and tips, but their quote for sales (before commissions
kicked in) were so high that commissions were unattainable for
most. As well, therapists who had busy sea days
were often expected to massage the owners at the end of their
day. The owners have a house in Tahiti and according to several
workers, since the Paul Gaugan goes back and forth, the girls who
finish their contract are expected to get off and go to the owner's
home for months at a time to massage them as well as their
business. One girl says she was to pack Mrs.' suitcases because
her maid left the day before.
One girl resigned when I was first came onboard. They sent a girl
to replace her with no experience, she got seasick from day one
and had to be disembarked. The passengers were outraged because
her column was full. I was instructed to tell people who called
to make manicure/pedicure appointments that it was completely
booked. The list goes on.
So now not only did he break my contract, I am fighting to get my money.