Yacht Steward and Stewardess jobs
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A Yacht Stew is an entry-level position for those looking to work as a part of the Interior crew team on board a yacht.
A Steward, or Stewardess, works as a vital member of the yacht’s interior department. Their main responsibility lies in providing high-end, luxury service to guests whilst maintaining the vessel’s interior to a clean and tidy state.
From this role, one can work up the ladder into more managerial interior positions, such as Chief Steward/ess, Head of Service, Head of Housekeeping or Purser.
What does a Steward/ess do? | Steward/ess Job Description
Most of the main day-to-day responsibilities of a yacht Steward/Stewardess include general housekeeping and serving duties. This includes vacuuming, dusting, polishing and detailing the guest interior area, laundry and ironing, 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 Steward/ess job description will also be determined by the size of the yacht, the type of yacht, the season, and the itinerary. For example, on large yachts the role will be more defined and fit within a bigger interior team, while on smaller yachts your role may be more hands-on, including galley or deck operations, or even driving the tender.
The responsibilities of a Steward/ess include:
Cleaning all areas of the interior of the yacht
Drink preparation and service
Laundry and ironing
Cabin preparation and detailing to a very high standard
Maintaining bar and drinks stock
Turning down the guest cabins
Setting up for meal service
Executing meal service and cleaning up after the meals
Executing theme parties when needed
Soft and hard skills required to be a yacht Stew
The job of a yacht Steward/ess is often a very demanding one with a solid mix of repetitive tasks and face to face interactions with guests. For this reason, the role calls for people who are hardworking, energetic and a have a positive outlook.
For people who are new to the industry it can often be surprising that some days you might spend the entire day ironing or cleaning cabins, so someone who is flexible, with a can-do attitude will be the best fit for this position. Stews will also engage with the yacht owners and guests more than other crew members so you will need to be friendly and confident, with good communication and interpersonal skills.
The skills of a successful yacht Steward/ess include:
Flexibility and ability to take direction
Keen eye for detail
Understanding of various different service styles
Approachable and friendly manner
Barista and mixology skills
Flower arranging skills
Plant care knowledge
Teamwork and multitasking
Mandatory certificates needed to work on board a yacht
All crew members regardless of position and seniority need to have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate, along with a recognised Seafarers medical certificate, the most popular being the ENG1 which is issued by an MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) professional medic.
Without these two certificates, it is not possible for crew to work on board a yacht and a Recruiter will not be able to assist you in finding work onboard a yacht. For more information about mandatory certificates please visit our Mandatory Certificates Guide.
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