There comes a time when we find our jaws dropping open at the sure size and beauty of a superyacht. The thought goes through our head, “surely it must be a cruiseship?” but the answer is no, superyachts are owned by one person or company and are privately owned and professionally crewed. They travel the world and visit the most exclusive destinations.
A superyacht can be either a sailing yacht or a motor yacht, in fact any vessel over 29.5 metres is classed as a superyacht (as reported by Superyacht Intelligence, a division of The Superyacht Group). With there now being over 4,300 superyachts worldwide many opportunities exist for superyacht crew. In fact it is estimated that there are some 33,000 superyacht crew working on these vessels worldwide.
Yacht Crew Key Positions
One of the key positions onboard a superyacht is that of the stewardess or interior crew. The stewardess is responsible for guests housekeeping services and food and beverage service to guests and when the guests aren’t onboard, they are responsible for the meticulous maintenance and upkeep of these vessels.
The hours can be long and the guests demanding but the positive attraction of the role is that you are able to travel the world to the most luxurious and exotic locations, while living onboard a superyacht and being paid a good salary at the same time. Plus, you have no living expenses and when you get some time off, you are able to explore these exotic locations and sample the local culture with your fellow crewmembers; who quickly become like family.
Australian, New Zealand, British, South African, Pilipino and American crew all seem to succeed well in this industry and make up the majority of the crew worldwide though in recent years, the number of different nationalities is growing rapidly. So how do you get onboard as a superyacht stewardess?
Yacht Crew Tips
Here are some tips to help you on your way.
- Make yourself a brief, relevant resume or CV with a head and shoulders photo on it.
- Include any of the following skills or take a training course in:
- Food service experience or training – any experience you have had in restaurants, bars or as a barista in a café will make a good addition to your CV.
- Customer service roles where you have been dealing with clients.
- A STCW 95 Basic Training Course – a 5-day course in safety, fire fighting and first aid specific to the marine industry
- Any 1-day food hygiene/safety course
- Basic wine knowledge
- Bar or cocktail experience
- Housekeeping experience or a Yacht Interior Stewardess course
- Speak to superyacht crew agents in your area or in the superyacht hubs of Fort Lauderdale (USA), Antibes (France), Palma (Mallorca), Auckland (New Zealand) or Sydney (Australia) to see what roles they have available
- There is a lot of information available online. Search the Internet and read some of the stewardess books available. The more preparation done, the easier it will be to find your first role.
The Interior Crew Career Path for Interior Crew as specified by the Professional Yachtsmens’ Association (PYA) can be found on Blue Nation. Many training schools worldwide offer courses to help make it easier to secure your first role onboard a superyacht.
I spend 6.5 years onboard superyachts working up from stewardess to Chief Stewardess on yachts up to 62 metres. I used the money saved to pay off my student loan and got to meet many celebrities and other interesting people while travelling to many fantastic locations. It was the experience of a lifetime; some liken it to being an airline stewardess in the 1960s. It is truly one of the most exciting careers options available to young people in this lifetime.
Photo courtesy of roger4336.