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Official Yacht Stewardess Job Descriptions and Salaries (Including a Salary Chart)

For some even more straight-from-the-book fun, I present to you below the official job descriptions for the various yacht steward/ess roles. These are pulled directly from The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess Chapter 3—a chapter that actually contains descriptions for each of the positions onboard, from Captain to Engineer, and from Executive Chef […]

Yacht Stews Must Be Prepared for Anything Demanding Guests Request (or Might Request)

A sample “Confession” from The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess: Confessions from My Years Afloat with the Rich and Famous… Julie and her fellow stews went “overboard” to make sure the billionaire guests on a megayacht chartered for the Monaco Grand Prix had all their requests met—even when the stews were caught off […]

Theme Night Party Suggestions for Yacht Stewardesses (or anyone!)

One of the joys of being a yacht steward/ess is keeping things fun—for the guests, and even the crew. If you have a knack for entertaining, you will love this aspect of your job: having theme dinners and throwing parties! Remember, your guests are on vacation, and when the yacht is anchored away from land-based […]

Stew Confession: I was overwhelmingly star-struck by a yacht guest once (and only once)

This yacht stewardess “confession” is an excerpt from The Insiders Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess. I’m posting it in honor of the fact that I re-met this individual when I was in the British Virgin Islands last month. Upon introducing myself this time, I did not mention that we met 14 years ago when […]

Yacht Industry Insiders Give Expert Advice in “The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess”

From the moment the 1st edition of The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess was released back in 2006, I began receiving this question, most often from fellow writers: “So why is it Insiders’ with an s’ (as in a group of insiders), and not Insider’s with an ‘s (as in, making the reader […]

Bravo’s BELOW DECK vs DOWNTON ABBEY on PBS – How the characters match up (or don’t)

When Bravo TV first announced its impending reality show, Below Deck, about the upstairs-downstairs world of life aboard superyachts, Bravo executive Andy Cohen declared it was the network’s own version of PBS MASTERPIECE’s Downton Abbey. In fact, in an interview he did with The New York Times, Cohen even went so far as to say that […]