- Patrick Maflin
If you always dreamt of a career which allowed you to travel around the world, then you may wish to consider applying to get a job on a yacht as a stewardess.
While this is an entry level position, it offers the opportunity of starting off a rewarding yacht career.
Here’s all you need to know about the various responsibilities and how much you could make.
- What is a Yacht Stewardess?
- What Does a Yacht Stewardess Do?
- Yacht Stewardess Positions
- Yacht Stewardess Key Responsibilities
- Yacht Stewardess Salary Factors
- Yacht Stewardess Salary Ranges
- How to Get a Job as a Yacht Stewardess
- Contact Us
What is a Yacht Stewardess?
As a yacht stewardess you would be working as part of the yacht’s interior department.
Consequently your main responsibilities will revolve around making sure that the yacht’s interior is well maintained.
Your goal should always be to ensure that the highest standards of guest service are provided.
You may find job opportunities of yacht stewardesses on privately owned super-yachts, or on charter yachts that are often rented to important people.
What Does a Yacht Stewardess Do?
The day-to-day duties of a yacht stewardess will depend greatly on the yacht’s size and type.
The season and the itinerary will also play a role.
For example, if you’re working on a very large yacht, you will be taking care of specific duties.
Whereas on a smaller yacht, you are more likely to be hands-on and involved in most of the galley or deck operations.
General housekeeping and serving duties will be the day-to-day responsibilities of a yacht stewardess.
This includes preparing cocktails and drinks, and maintaining the drinks stock at the bar, and taking care of the meal serving.
You would also need to take care of the tableware and table decorations so that they look in tip top shape.
Other duties include crew provisioning, guest and crew laundry and uniform stocks.
We will delve a bit deeper in what other responsibilities of a yacht stewardess involve further below.
Yacht Stewardess Positions
There are different positions, with the most basic being a stewardess who specifically acts as a cook or a deckhand.
Then move slightly up the ladder by being a junior stewardess, and over time a 2nd and 3rd stewardess.
Until finally reaching the top position of chief stewardess.
Inevitably the roles are similar, but the duties vary.
The chief stewardess will be carrying out duties under the direction and authority of the yacht captain.
As a chief stewardess, you will be responsible for the interior of the yacht.
You will also ensure a superior quality hospitality service is provided all along, both to the yacht owner and to any guests.
Higher responsibility also entails more managerial duties as well as paperwork.
This includes event management, scheduling, guest activity planning, liaison with the galley and financial management.
Being a good multitasker and delegator is essential for this role.
2nd & 3rd Stewardess
2nd and 3rd stews carry out various duties under the direction of the chief stew and the captain.
They will be responsible for the maintenance of the interior of the yacht, as well as assist in the hospitality service.
Duties include guest care and valet services, and guest-cabin care.
The 2nd and 3rd stews will also need to take care of the laundry, ironing and any other wardrobe tasks.
Exterior crew support may need to be provided.
Assistance in inventory management, including provisioning, and taking care of checklists will often be deemed necessary.
2nd and 3rd stews may also be required to assist in the planning of dinners and other activities.
While these roles are at a lower level than those of a chief stew, it is still necessary that one has the necessary qualifications as well as possess the skills that ensure the best possible accommodation of the yacht’s owners and guests.
The stewardess will need to be responsible for all basic tasks of interior maintenance of the yacht as well as guest service.
A stewardess may be working solo, or combine the role with another position, depending on the particular job description and yacht.
A junior stewardess will often be focusing more on tasks such as meal service and bartending, cabin detailing, laundry and valet services.
This is a dual position, whereby one will act both as a deckhand and a stewardess.
This is quite normal on smaller and mid-sized vessels as there will typically be fewer crew members required.
Besides, there will be less room for them on the yacht.
Similar to the previous post, in this case one will be required to assume a dual role.
In this case the roles are those of a cook as well as a stewardess.
Yacht Stewardess Key Responsibilities
As mentioned earlier, the main responsibility is to ensure that the interior department is running smoothly.
There are various things involved in this, such as housekeeping services, food and beverage service, laundry, wardrobe management and entertaining.
Valet services may also be required from time-to-time.
This includes personal services to the guests, such as packing and unpacking luggage, caring for their personal items and taking care of any daily activity arrangements.
A yacht stewardess will also need to ensure that valuable items inside the yacht are well taken care of, or safeguarded.
This includes china, crystal, artworks, linens etc.
Another role revolves around inventories, as it is important to ensure there are well maintained inventory supplies, while making sure that provisioning is taken care of accordingly.
From time to time it will be necessary to see to the selection and purchasing of certain items such as cigars, fine wines and specialty teas.
It is very important that a yacht stewardess sees to the proper organisation of storage areas in the yacht, as these will need to be well maintained and arranged.
As a yacht stewardess you will need to take care of the planning and management of destination experiences.
Besides these important day-to-day duties, you will also need to be responsible for the direction of any lower ranked stews.
As well as guiding them, you will also need to ensure that they are properly motivated and trained as necessary.
Rotational duties will need to be assigned, so human resource management and planning is another role of a chief stewardess.
Yacht Stewardess Salary Factors
The salary of a yacht stewardess depends on various factors.
The amount of experience that one has, and the training and qualifications that one possesses have an impact on salary.
Another determining factor is the size and type of yacht one works on.
Whether it’s a charter or private superyacht, or a power or sail yacht, affects the salary ranges.
For instance, a chief stewardess will typically have a salary in the range of $3,000 and $5,250 per month on a smaller yacht (between 80 and 140 feet), while one working on a larger yacht of over 140 feet could have a salary of over $7,000 a month.
As a general rule the base salary of an entry level stewardess starts at around $26,000 per year.
However it could also be around $35,000 annually, depending on the factors mentioned earlier.
Apart from the base salary, there are also various other additional benefits that could be added to the salary package.
These could include bonuses, tips, insurances, training costs and flight expenses.
Also, since as a yacht stewardess you would be living on board the yacht, there will also be the provision of meals and accommodation on board, as well as uniforms, linens and other sundries.
Yacht Program & Length
The yacht program refers to how the particular yacht is used by the owner.
There are yacht owners who reserve the yacht solely for their personal use, while others also decide to charter it, or lease it to others.
In the former case, the time abroad will vary depending on the occasional vacation period of the owner.
It could be a circumnavigation or only an annual departure.
Whether the yacht is a power or sail will also have an impact on the staffing requirements.
Sail yachts are generally termed as casual programs, and often there will be shared positions.
The vessel length is another determining factor.
On board a smaller vessel, the positions of the cook and deckhand for instance, will be taken care of by a steward.
On the other hand, on a superyacht there will generally be a fully staffed interior.
As with any other job, the more experience one has, the better the chances of getting a higher level position.
A junior position on a large yacht is considered to be a great first job to acquire experience.
You will be able to gather a lot of experience and direction from those who will be at a higher rank, and this will accelerate your learning curve.
Often after just a year in an entry level position, a stew may be able to reach the level of performance that is deemed necessary to move into a 2nd stew job.
Generally after around five years, and subject to professional performance, one can also manage to become a chief stew.
There are various qualifications which are considered as a must to work as a yacht stewardess.
The STCW Basic Safety Training certification has become a mandatory qualification if you work as a chief stewardess.
You will need to follow various courses in order to improve your chances of getting a job as a yacht stewardess.
There are accredited programmes which are designed to not only offer key skills and training, but also inspire and support the person who is aspiring to embark on such a career.
There is the new PYA Interior Crew G.U.E.S.T. certification which, while not being compulsory anymore, is still considered as an asset.
You may also find other equivalent introductory training classes that focus on interior crew training.
It is also recommended that you have the ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate, or an equivalent to it.
An Advanced or Medical First Aid certificate or some form of certification in medical training is highly recommended.
A yacht stewardess will also require certain specialised qualifications such as in areas of food handling, bartending, wine presentation and serving, silver service and table and flower decorating.
Yacht Stewardess Salary Ranges
As noted earlier, a yacht stewardess’ salary ranges vary considerably depending on the individual’s experience and qualifications, as well as on the type and size of yacht.
A cook, deckhand and junior stewardess will generally start at a base salary of between $1,750 and $3,000 per month.
A stewardess, on the other hand, can expect to make anything in between $3,000 and $4,750 per month.
A 2nd stewardess can expect a similar salary, but with the possibility of earning even up to $5,250.
A chief stewardess can make between $6,000 and $8,000 monthly.
Higher salaries can be expected the bigger the yacht one is working on is.
How to Get a Job as a Yacht Stewardess
The best way to try to get a job as a stewardess would be to register with a crew recruitment agency.
In this way you can increase your chances of being notified of yacht recruitment opportunities.
You can also look up yacht stewardess job opportunities online or alternatively, go dock walking.
If you are an energetic and service oriented person, who loves visiting new places, then you should seriously consider a stewardess job.
While it could prove to be quite demanding, and you will need to be on your feet for several hours, it is a very interesting and rewarding job.
The key to succeed at such a job is to be willing to give a high quality service with a smile, pay attention to details, be adaptable, as well as willing to exceed expectations.
Needless to say, good communication skills and people skills are essential.
If you have questions about a career in yachting, we would like to hear from you.
Simply get in touch with us today or let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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