Cruise Ship Fitness Instructor Salary

The most asked question on the internet (and also on this website), from fitness instructors and Personal Trainers is; How much money can I make as a Personal Trainer or Fitness instructor on a cruise ship?


This question will be answered in this post, so keep reading!

First of all, I am going to assume that you aspire to work for Steiner. Steiner Spa staff works on the following cruiselines; Azamara Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Orient Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea, The Yachts of Seabourn, Windstar Cruises. So that’s quite a lot. It is actually pretty much every cruise line with ships over 1000 guests. So if you want to work on ships, Steiner will be the way to go.

When you work for Steiner there used to be only commission, but currently (mid 2013) they have introduced a minimum wage. The minimum wage for Personal Trainers or Fitnessinstructors is currently $1000,-US. This means if you don’t earn up to $1000,-US, on the commission you get from retail (selling products) and services, Steiner will make up the difference.

So as a Fitnessinstructor or Personal Trainer on a cruiseship, you will heavily depend on your commission. The commission for Fitness Trainers on cruise lines is 9% (currently checking if it is changed).

Just a quick side not here now that you know about the numbers. Life is more than just your salary.


Money will not buy you happiness; and there are plenty moments on the ship, you will experience happiness, and most of them have nothing to do with what you sell. It has to do with the smiles on peoples faces, the friends you make, the places you see, and the amazing sunsets you will experience. So instead of looking just at the money, take into account that you don’t have to pay for food and accommodaction on the ship, and you travel for free.

Conclusion: How much can a Fitnessinstructor make on a cruiseship?

So to conclude; It depends how good you are in your job, especially with selling. I have seen guys make over a $1500 a week (for themselves, so think about how much they sold), and also hear people that had to do with $200 a month (for themselves). It all depends on your skill and motivation. The average is around $1500 to $2000 a month. There is only commission, so no base salary. The commission is around 9% for a PT, between 7 and 9% for massage therapists and barbers on board.