ABOUT Acupuncture

For more than 15 years, OneSpaWorld has led the acupuncture movement on board every major cruise line, pioneering the introduction and expansion of traditional Chinese healing at sea. This step toward integrating acupuncture into the cruising experience has revealed a very promising trend, namely that people heal faster when on holiday. Results also suggest cruise line guests are more open to trying integrative healing techniques because they have more time to understand the benefits and have the ability to speak informally with a licensed acupuncturist.

As of June 2021, OneSpaWorld’s acupuncture team has treated more than 1,000,000 guests, most of which experienced acupuncture for the first time. The dramatic effects guests experience from their acupuncture treatments at sea emphasises the importance of environment and state of mind when pursuing better health. When our guests finish their acupuncture treatments on board they are relaxed and unhurried, their main orientation is the calming serenity of the sea rather than the pressures of urban life, which in many cases prove to be the root of their concerns.

Working as an acupuncturist at sea is now a viable job option for practitioners seeking employment outside of private practice. Certainly, the freedom of travel, the opportunity to save money, and the idea of adventure are what attracts acupuncturists to apply for this job. However, it is the experience of treating patients, business and marketing techniques, and public speaking opportunities which are the lasting benefits and unforeseen advantages.

OneSpaWorld offers both newly and experienced licensed practitioners the ability to see the world whilst earning money by offering acupuncture to many who have never experienced it before.


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Programme Directors

Our acupuncture leadership launched OneSpaWorld’s acupuncture programme and have directed all programming since.

Dan Brown, AP
Senior Director of Oriental Medicine Programs, Operations, OneSpaWorld

For the past 20 years, Dan Brown has created, launched, and managed acupuncture programmes in both private practice and on cruise ships worldwide. After spending time in his own practice, he was afforded the opportunity to travel the world, providing acupuncture services on cruise ships.

In 2005, Dan joined OneSpaWorld to launch its acupuncture at sea programme, growing it from two vessels to more than 100 in less than 6 years. Since then, he has evolved the programme, delivering traditional and new patient services, managing hundreds of acupuncturists whilst guiding and supporting them in their careers, and also creating JOU®, a line of Chinese Medicine Herbs for OneSpaWorld.

Dan began his holistic medicine journey, achieving a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Bastyr University in 1999, following a period in which he trained in Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do). He is NCCAOM certified since 1999, a Florida Acupuncture Physician, and a member of the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association since 2010.

Stephanie Kimber, Lac
Manager of Oriental Medicine Programs, Operations, OneSpaWorld

Stephanie Kimber joined OneSpaWorld nearly 20 years ago as a licensed acupuncturist on board Celebrity Cruises, becoming one of the pioneers of the acupuncture at sea programme.

In 2005, she was named Director of Operations for Celebrity Cruises’ acupuncture programming. A year later, she was promoted to Manager of Oriental Medicine Programs for OneSpaWorld and has since launched acupuncture programmes and JOU® Herbal Supplements on more than 100 cruise ships. She also serves as Manager of Operations for Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America.

Among her contributions to OneSpaWorld’s onboard acupuncture programming is the development of its training programme in California, which she leads. Stephanie has designed a training curriculum that encompasses business practices and prepares licensed acupuncturists for a career at sea.

Stephanie began her holistic medicine career after achieving a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. She is NCCAOM certified and a licensed California Acupuncture Physician.