So you’re thinking of working in superyacht hospitality?
Are you a young person working in the hotel/hospitality industry but looking for something more? Then you’re already well-placed to transfer your skills into the superyacht industry. Those who want to spread their wings and see the world will find the lucrative world of superyacht ‘interior’ a good career move in terms of earning money, travelling, and upskilling to provide superior levels of service onboard.
So, if you are 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.
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.
How much could you earn as a Hospitality steward/stewardess
For this entry level role, you will earn a great wage of on average €2,2500-€2,500 per month (can be tax free), often with generous tips on top! With clear career progression along a structured route to become Superyacht Captain, there’s plenty of opportunity to make this a rewarding, lifelong career.
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. On larger yachts where Chief Stewardess and Purser are separate roles, a Purser can earn between €7,000 and €8,000 per month.
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*These salary guidelines are based on the current yachting market as of January 2018. Actual salaries will always vary depending on a candidate’s specific experience, training, certification, and additional skills – as well as a particular yacht’s needs. Data provided by Camper & Nicolson International
What kind of person do I need to be?
You’ll need to be hardworking, 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.
Why do your hospitality training at UKSA?
If being a steward or stewardess sounds perfect for you, or someone you know, tell them about UKSA. We’re a maritime training provider based right on the waterfront in Cowes and we offer a range of courses that will give you the qualifications, information and contacts you need to start work in the superyacht and wider maritime industry. As a youth charity we’re able to provide that extra special something – really looking after our students and offering one-to-one mentoring and realistic career guidance.
Take our three-week Superyacht Hospitality Training course and along with your certificate, you’ll get Food Safety certificate, RYA Powerboat Level 2, and RYA Marine Short Range Radio. You’ll also get the STCW Basic Training for work onboard, which includes MCA Personal Survival Techniques, MCA Personal Safety and Social Responsibilty, MCA Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and MCA Elementary First Aid.
There are also popular (optional) bolt-on extra such as RYA Competent Crew.
How can I find out more?