Steward & Stewardess Yacht Jobs
Here’s everything you need to know about stewardess yacht jobs on some of the world’s most exclusive yachts.
What is Involved in a Yacht Steward / Stewardess Job?
A yacht stew, steward or stewardess is an entry level position that offers a great way to a rewarding yacht career. Working as part of the yacht’s interior department, the main job responsibility is to maintain the interior of the yacht whilst providing the highest standards of guest service in line with the owners and guests expectations. Yacht stewardess jobs are found on either a privately owned yacht, or on a charter yacht which is rented out to some of the world’s most influential people.
Responsibilities: What Does a Yacht Stewardess Do?
Most of the main day-to-day responsibilities of a yacht stewardess include general housekeeping and serving duties. This includes, for example, polishing tableware, guest and crew laundry, preparation of cocktails and drinks, meal service duties, maintaining bar and drinks stock, flower care, table decorations, crew provisioning, and uniform stock and order. The day-to-day duties included in the yacht stewardess job description will be determined by the size of the yacht, the type of yacht, the season, and the itinerary. For example, if you are on a very large yacht you will be focused purely on learning the basic duties. On smaller yachts your role may be more hands-on, including galley or deck operations, or even driving the tender.
Salary: How Much Do Yacht Stews and Stewardesses Make?
The average salary on both charter and private vessels for stewardess yacht jobs starts at around €2,400 per month. Some of the highest paid stews and stewardesses, those more senior, such as a chief stew/stewardess, may earn over €8,000 per month. If you are on a charter yacht, you can also expect to receive substantial tips, but ideally, junior stews would be wise to learn the ropes on a private yacht under the watchful eye of a good chief stew/stewardess. While the level of service is the same as on a charter yacht, the pace is often less intense, enabling junior stews to hone their craft and gain valuable experience. Note that around 66% of yacht jobs are on private yachts.
You can find and compare the latest salary data for yacht stewardess jobs on YPI CREW’s Yachting Salaries tool.
Hours: What Hours do Yacht Stews and Stewardesses Work?
When guests are not onboard, a common working schedule might see a yacht stewardess working hours from 8AM to 5PM, with two days off per week. However, hours will be much longer when there are guests onboard as yachts operate 24 hours a day seven days a week
Training: What Qualifications Do I Need to Apply for a Yacht Stewardess Job?
If you are considering applying for a yacht stewardess job, then you will need to be service orientated, energetic and a team player. It can be demanding work and you will be constantly on your feet. Qualities for this position include discretion, attention to detail, the ability to anticipate guest’s needs and adapt to all types of situations. You will be in contact with all types of people if you successfully apply for a yacht stewardess job, so you will need to have good communication and people skills and be able to deliver superb service with a smile. You will also have a great team spirit and be somebody who can keep calm in stressful situations. Ideally you will have some previous hospitality experience, and have completed STCW Basic Training and have a relevant Seafarers Medical Certificate, such as the ENG1.
An excellent training programme for those considering a yacht stewardess job is the Guest Program, which offers a global interior crew training standard. Accredited by the International Association of Maritime Institutions, the programme is designed to inspire, support and further careers for current and future stews and stewardesses.
Find out a more about yacht stewardess training including qualifications and videos from Sophie the Stewardess.
What Other Types of Stewardess Yacht Jobs Are There?
Yacht stewardess jobs are the default entry-level route into a career in yachting for many. From this position you can work your way up into more specialised interior and/or management positions, including chief stewardess, head housekeeper, head of interior, and head of service.
A growing career area for stewardesses is yacht spa therapist jobs, including spa managers, massage therapists, nail technicians, and hairdressers, which all offer rewarding career opportunities onboard.
How Do I Find a Yacht Stewardess Job?
The best way to get a job as a yacht stewardess is to register with a reputable crew recruitment agency that specialises in yacht recruitment, such as YPI CREW.
To apply for a stewardess yacht job, register on our website and upload your crew CV and one of our experienced yacht crew agents will get in touch to discuss available yacht stewardess jobs that best match your skill set. Once registered, ensure to log in to your account regularly to keep your CV, location and profile up to date to be considered for our latest opportunities.