So you’re thinking of working in superyacht hospitality?

Are you attracted by the thought of providing 7-star service onboard the world’s most elegant superyachts? Perhaps you are looking for a more lucrative alternative to university, or you need something fulfilling to do on a gap year? If you like the sound of the hospitality industry and want to begin your career, this could be the life for you.

What is the role of a steward or stewardess?

Steward or Stewardess is an entry-level position – you will be under the supervision of a Chief Stew. Your duties depend on the size of the yacht and the crew, and the workload depends on the yacht size, time of year and whether there are any guests.

What are the day to day tasks?

Day to day, your role and responsibilities will vary. Your duties will include everything from providing meals and drinks, silver service, laundry and flower arranging to taking care of guests. Fundamentally, your job will be to ensure that the interior of the yacht is pristine and that the guests are happy at all times.

Forget the idea of “work hours”… work can come at any time, day or night.  Days are often long and hard, but your time off will be well worth the wait. Be open minded, flexible and ready to accept new and varied challenges each day.

Yacht Stewardess:

On a small yacht there may be just one Stewardess and as well as housekeeping, you could be expected to help with anchoring, mooring and deck operations, for example. On a larger yacht there can be upwards of five Stewardesses whose job is to keep the yacht pristine at all times. Basic duties could be cleaning, bartending and close attention to housekeeping details; on larger yachts there may be a separate Head of Housekeeping.

As a Steward or Stewardess you must be prepared to work hard and be friendly and presentable at all times. Previous experience of hospitality is useful but most important is a can-do attitude and the ability to think on your feet. Your training will give you a level of expertise and attention to detail and so provide you with transferable skills; you will be well-paid and work in some of the world’s most prestigious locations. You will be able to network with a wide range of influential people which could provide opportunities you may never have dreamed of!

What other roles are there?

Chief Steward or Stewardess:

A person in this role oversees the entire interior department and reports directly to the Captain. Extra responsibilities could include arranging guest trips and obtaining currency for different locations, for example. Skills will usually have been developed through experience as a Stewardess – you will need meticulous attention to detail, discretion and an ability to anticipate the requirements of every guest.

 Salary expectations: Depending on previous experience and the size of the yacht, the current salary for a Chief Stewardess is between 3,500 and €7,000 per month.


On small yachts the role of Purser is covered by the Chief Stewardess but on larger yachts, a Purser is often employed separately to manage finances and recruitment. Duties include bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, managing the inventory and organising supplies. The Purser also coordinates delivery contracts and manages guest transport to events and venues.

A Purser must be highly organised with outstanding administration and paperwork management skills. Communication skills are a must.

Salary expectations: On a larger yachts where Chief Stewardess and Purser are separate roles, a Purser can earn between £4,700 and £9,500 per month.

What kind of person do I need to be?

You’ll need to be hard working, enthusiastic, energetic and a perfectionist with a love of luxury and a desire to see the world. You will engage with the yacht owners and guests more than any other crew member so you will need to be sociable and confident.

What skill or experience are required?

There are no specific qualifications, but a background in food and drink, hospitality and catering or customer service is an advantage.

What career prospects will there be for me?

There are excellent career opportunities for well-informed, hard-working stews who are passionate about their work. As you become more experienced you could move into a chief steward or stewardess role, or perhaps become a purser if you’re interested in the finances and general management of the yacht and its crew.

A Chief Steward/ess could expect to earn between £1,750 and £3,000, or £2,500 to £4,000 on larger yachts, according to experience. As a Purser you could expect between £3,500 and £5,000 per month.

How can I find out more?

For upcoming course dates and prices visit Superyacht Interior Foundation.

Or contact our careers advisors on 01983 203038 or email [email protected]