Role of a Stewardess

Do you think you have the skills to be a yacht steward(ess)? The yacht steward(ess) (or "the stew") maintains the cleanliness of the ship's interior and services guests aboard the yacht. Responsibilities include daily meticulous cleaning of the entire interior, including all guest and common areas, cleaning the cabins (including the bathrooms, popularly known as "heads and beds"), serving meals, doing laundry, etc.

Interior yacht crew work is rewarding, but you must be unobtrusive, polite and professional.

Entry Level Yacht Steward(ess):

  • Service background
  • Some working background, longevity and yacht steward(ess) training a plus
  • Pleasant attitude
  • Professional appearance
  • STCW 95 training

Mid-level Yacht Steward(ess):

  • All of the above
  • Waitress/Waiter
  • Basic mixology/Bartender
  • Interior cleaning and sanitation
  • Accounting
  • Pleasure boating
  • e.g. American Yacht Institute
  • Experience and training as a yacht steward(ess)

Yacht Steward(ess) Supervisor:

  • All of the above
  • More experience
  • Provisioning
  • Flower arranging/Table settings
  • Computer skills


  • All of the above
  • Minimum 2 years experience of yacht crew work, managing at least 2 stews
  • Advanced knowledge of:
  • Food garnishing/ presentation/ flower arrangements
  • Inventory control
  • Provisioning
  • Accounting
  • Valet services
  • Wines

Always a plus: languages and first hand knowledge of areas traveled. Caribbean, Mediterranean, New England, Bahamas, South Pacific, etc