Yacht Stewardess (or Yacht Steward): Ultimate Job Description Guide

A yacht stewardess or steward is responsible for offering exceptional service to the owner and guests of the yacht, whilst also maintaining the interior and cleanliness of the vessel.

The size of the sailing or motor yacht determines the ranks onboard, as some vessels will have dedicated teams for service, housekeeping, and laundry. Whereas on smaller vessels with only 2 to 4 stews, they will be required to be flexible and multitask.  

Additionally, with more years of experience, a yacht stew will climb the ranks and gain more responsibility, ultimately becoming the head of their department, the Purser, or Chief stewardess one day.

Yacht Steward/ess Job Description 

A Yacht Stew is responsible for attending to the guests’ needs and offering high-end food and beverage service. Whilst doing so they are required to maintain the cleanliness of the interior of the yacht which includes housekeeping and laundry.

yacht stewardess setting a tropical themed table
A fun part of the job is the creative table scapes we do for each meal

Yacht Steward / Yacht Stewardess Responsibilities

The Yacht Steward/ess is responsible for all interior operations of the yacht. This includes tasks such as:

  • Attending to the needs of the Owner and guests
  • High-end food and beverage service
  • Setting the table with creative table settings for guest meals
  • Co-ordinating mealtimes and guest activities with other departments
  • Interior accounting and budgeting (depending on your rank)
  • Guest liaison before charters to collect preference sheets and guest needs
  • Provisioning for crew and guests
  • Interior inventories kept up to date
  • Purchasing of crew uniform and interior supplies
  • Laundry care
  • Interior cleaning and maintenance to the highest standards

Soft and Hard skills

  • Friendly and approachable demeanor
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to anticipate the guests needs
  • Bartending
  • Coffee making
  • Table scaping
  • Flower Arranging
  • Wine service and knowledge
  • Financial management
  • Computer literacy
three yacht stewardesses wearing tropical glasses
It doesn’t take much convincing to get us dressed up and throwing themed parties onboard

Yacht Stewardess Salary Expectations

An entry-level stewardess or steward salary will be $3000-$3500 per month. A Chief Stew on the other hand can expect to earn upwards of $5000-$8000+ depending on the size of the vessel.

The salary of a yacht stewardess/steward will vary depending on the size of the vessel, the number of years you have been in the industry as well as any additional courses you may hold.

Vessels tend to reward longevity so with each year you spend on the same vessel you can hope to receive annual salary increases as well as end-of-year bonuses at the owners’ discretion.

Additionally, if you work on charter yachts, you can expect to earn tips of approximately $2500-$4000 per week of chartering.

Certifications Required to be a Yacht Stewardess or Steward

As for all yacht crew members, the 2 mandatory requirements to become a yacht stew are the STCW basic safety training and ENG1 medical.

If you are applying for your first yacht stewardess jobs, you may want to consider some additional courses to improve your knowledge and yacht cv. This will help make your resume look more attractive to Captains and yacht crew agencies.

Optional yacht steward/ess courses include:

  • Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2 – required on larger vessels if you are involved in food handling
  • Silver Service
  • Startup interior courses (a 5-day short course giving you all the fundamentals and basics of life as a yacht stew)

Ready to Take the Plunge?

If you are wondering how to become a yacht stewardess or steward, I implore you to take the leap.

I have personally benefited from 10 magnificent years in the industry, and my goal is to share my knowledge and adventures with anyone interested in this fascinating world of yachting.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a yacht stewardess make?

A starting salary for a Yacht Stewardess or Steward can range from $2500-$3500. A Chief Stewardess’s salary can be upwards of $5000 – $9000. Possibly even more depending on the size of the vessel!

Is it hard to become a yacht stewardess / steward?

It is not hard at all, however, you do need to follow the correct steps to get your first job. You need to take the time to do your research, get your mandatory certs, be in the right place at the right time, have a good resume, and apply for jobs or dock walk.

Hi, my name is Lisa, a Chief Stewardess in the yachting industry with 10 years of experience, as well as 8 years of hospitality experience prior to that. Being in the yachting industry has been a whirlwind of adventure, growth, challenges and some of the best experiences of my life, and I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences with all of you.

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