Graduate Alesha Brewer set sail on Royal Caribbean International’s MS Harmony of the Seas in September 2017.
She had spent the previous month in London at the Steiner Training Academy, where she was groomed for life at sea, including training in ship protocols.
Her work on board was literally hands-on as a Spa Therapist in the ship’s Vitality Spa, where she provided a French treatment called Ionithermie and Swedish and deep tissue massage.
MS Harmony of the Seas is the world’s second-largest cruise ship, carrying more than 6000 passengers. The Vitality Spa is over two levels and employs 42 therapists. The cruise liner’s destinations took in Cozumel (Mexico), Labadee (Haiti), San Juan (Puerto Rico), St Thomas, St Maarten and Nassau (Bahamas) and Falmouth (Jamaica) - to name a few destinations.
Alesha says she especially loved Cozumel and St Maarten.
And in mid-October 2018, Alesha’s adventures at sea continue, this time on board
MS Celebrity Edge, the world’s newest cruise ship, where she is again on a contract with Steiner.
As well as her ICHM qualification, Alesha has completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at the Perth College of Beauty Therapy. Her long-term ambition is to: ‘combine hotel management and beauty to set up my own day spa, with retreat accommodation’.
From New Zealand, Alesha started at ICHM in July 2002, after taking part in Career Week the previous year.
‘Life on campus helped me get along with all nationalities and cultures and live in close proximity to others’, she says.
Her placements were at Hyatt Regency Auckland and Ayers Rock Resort.
She went on to work at AAMI Stadium, Park Hyatt and then the famed Melbourne Aquarium, where she was Events Manager. Other positions were at The Royal on the Waterfront, Perth; Travelodge Perth and Adina Apartment Hotel Perth (TFE Hotels); Phillip Island Private Residence Club and All Seasons Phillip Island Resort, Cowes; and Park Regis Griffin Suites, Melbourne.
In between cruise liners, Alesha is working at C Restaurant in Perth as the establishment’s maître d'/Hotess.
‘Study at ICHM gave me the skills and knowledge needed to win my first position at AAMI Stadium and I haven’t looked back.
‘And ICHM’s network, network, network! catchphrase has served to open up many doors and opportunities for me within my career.
‘I have a huge interest in travel and new adventures, and I have definitely travelled a lot more than I would ever have thought’, she says.
Alesha’s first-year of study at ICHM was helped along by a $1000 scholarship.