You’ve decided to launch your superyacht career, but you’re not sure where to focus your training. Do you have a background in engineering and want a technical job?
Should you opt for a deck job, where you’ll get to spend time outside and do some watersports?
Or do the interior positions draw your attention?
We’ll spend some time over the next few weeks talking about each type of job and its best features.
Up first -- interior positions!
Whether you’re a beginning stewardess or you’ve worked your way up to purser or chief stew, you’re bound to have some unique experiences as an interior crew member. You’ll still benefit from the amazing destinations, great food, and travel and earning opportunities that all of the yacht crew enjoy.
But working interior has some special perks. Here are a few of our favorites:
Do you love a neat room or a perfectly executed event? Everything in its perfect place and available at a moment’s notice?
Well if you don’t yet, you will soon! Stewards and interior crew become masters of organizing, both sorting and storing physical items and also arranging events with guest preferences in mind. Whether you stay on yachts for your entire career or venture out to other jobs in the future, this is a highly valuable skill that will pay off in both your personal and professional life.
And bonus -- you’ll also learn extreme cleaning, and how to clean even the tightest corners quickly and efficiently. The expectations are high on luxury yachts, so soon you’ll be folding fitted sheets perfectly and keeping every surface sparkling. Like organizing, this is a habit that will serve you well throughout your life.
We can’t promise you won’t have the occasional rough weather, but unlike exterior workers, you’re mostly working in protected spaces. You likely won’t be cleaning the decks in extreme heat or cold rain, and you’ll benefit from the climate control on luxury yachts.
Also, while there is some manual labor involved in moving laundry, wrangling bed linens, and serving meals, you won’t have the same level of physical work required of exterior crew members. And you’ll likely stay cleaner, as you won’t be hauling wet and dirty equipment or repairing mechanical systems.
Maybe you haven’t trained as a sommelier, but a wine connoisseur comes onboard. As the chef and chief stewardess prepare the wine list for this guest, you’ll have lots of exposure to different types of wines, different pairings with food, and how to present a top-notch wine to a discriminating client. In the process of preparing for and serving your guest, you’ll learn more about wine than most people will know in a lifetime.
Or, maybe one of your guests has a deep passion for art and museums worldwide and wants to know the best places to visit during your travels. Next thing you know, you’ve studied up on your destinations, consulted experts and travel guides, and prepared a customized list of what museums your guest should visit, and what’s not to miss at each one.
The fact is, you’ll never be certain what you’ll pick up while preparing the guest experience. If you keep your eyes and mind open, you may be amazed at what you’ll learn.
True, this may not appeal to everyone, but shopping for a yacht can be more fun than you’d expect!
Searching for rare items on a small island can be its own kind of adventure.
The stewardesses are often tasked with shopping for guests and for the yacht, whether it’s for food, alcohol, or specialty items.
You’ll also often be asked to shop for linens, decorations, crew uniforms…anything that the yacht needs. This can be a fun experience of not only navigating the unique shopping culture of your destination but buying things you’d never think to purchase in your daily life.
You’ll also learn about high end, quality products and where to find them, something that can pay off in your future life when you’re looking for the right piece for your new home, or a gift.
Stewardesses learn how to mix a mean cocktail and keep their guests on their toes with new specialty drinks each day.
No matter how obscure the drink, someone is bound to ask for it, so you’ll soon amass a wide knowledge of drinks you can make with ease.
And when it comes to decorating -- you’ll put your friends to shame. Stewardesses decorate tables for meals as a way of enhancing the guest experience.
Stews love to get creative and engage with the chef to complement the meal.
Whether you’re sailing the Mediterranean and plan a Casino Royale themed dinner, or you’re in the Caribbean and feature steel drum music and tropical flowers alongside a local grilled lobster, you can elevate the dinner with your elaborate table decorations.
And don’t forget - you’re doing all of this from the limited stores of supplies that you also manage!
If you’re really excited about your table decorating skills, you can even enter competitions at many boat shows, competing against other creative interior crew worldwide.
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