I need to dispel for you the myth that there’s something fabulous about working on a yacht. It’s absolutely fabulous to own a yacht, to charter a yacht, or to be a guest on a yacht. Those all entail tanning on the deck of a massive luxury yacht and relaxing under the golden Mediterranean sun while someone serves you champagne and canapés. That’s fabulous. But being a stewardess on a yacht means I’m the one serving that champagne, after having worked since the break of dawn to clean the entire interior of the yacht and to run around preparing everything the guests could possibly need, along with the help of my interior crew. We make the boat run smoothly (along with the deckies, engineers, and captains, of course!) and we work tirelessly to create a luxury experience for the guests. For those of you looking to get into this industry or those just interested in what goes on behind the scenes, I’m going to show you what a day in the life of a yacht stewardess looks like.
There are a lot of different job tasks that fall upon a stewardess, and there are a number of factors that determine what her day will look like. How big is the yacht? Is it motor or sail? Is the boss on board? Is it private or chartered? How many are on the interior crew? Is the yacht at sea, anchored, or at port? There are a million ways that her day can vary and so I don’t purport to represent what every yacht stew does every day. But this is an example of what an actual day in the life of a yacht stewardess looks like, because I recorded my day on snapchat last week. And this is what transpired. If you want to keep up with my day-to-day, follow me on snapchat: brittfromboston.
Day in the Life of a Yacht Stewardess
0700 Alarm goes off, open eyes enough to see morning sun reflecting off the water out my porthole
0715 Manage to drag self out of bed
0730 Turn on coffee machine then go out to dining room to clear boss’ breakfast
0740 Drink coffee and eat cereal before the day begins
0750 Clean dishes from my breakfast and the boss’
0800 Clean the kitchen top to bottom, including sink, countertops, refrigerator, cabinets, and floors
0900 Vaccuum entire first floor
0920 Mop entire first floor
0930 Air out small rugs, putting my frustrations into the shaking of the rugs
0940 Wipe off all counters and surfaces of the first floor, including the porcelain bulldog who I have named Billy the Bulldog
1000 Open all portholes to aerate cabins
1005 Vacuum stairs down to cabins and floors in all cabins, in disbelief about the amount of dust that collects in one day
1020 Re-make the beds to perfection, ready for any unexpected magazine photo shoot
1030 Scrub all aluminum in bathrooms to decalcify and restore picture-perfect shine
1040 Clean all counters, surfaces, toilets, and bidets (favorite part!)
1050 Wipe entire shower clean to ensure no evidence of water use
1100 Re-fold towels and end of toilet paper for the finishing touch
1105 Close all portholes, aeration complete
1115 Go on a walk to the boulangerie in town to fetch the daily rations of baguette (a.k.a. the best part of my day, oh sweet freedom!)
1130 Avoid judgemental look of boulangerie lady who thinks I buy two full baguettes for myself each day in some odd attempt to become obese. Decide to buy myself a pain au chocolat to really make her wonder.
1132 Pain au chocolat is even more delicious than I remembered. Feeling renewed sense of passion about work and life and pastries.
1140 Return to boat, sweet freedom was short-lived
1145 Set table for boss’ lunch
1150 Prepare boss’ lunch, try to quell hunger pangs as I prepare food I cannot eat
1200 Lunch is served (for the boss)
1205 Clean prep area in kitchen
1230 Clean up boss’ lunch and wash dishes
1245 Time to eat! Deli meat on fresh baguette, oh it’s too good to be true!
1315 Back to work, sad emoji face. Ask boss what needs to be done this afternoon, with my fingers crossed that he says ‘nothing.’
1316 No such luck. He has more for me to clean.
1320 Dust the window blinds throughout the yacht
1350 Apply stiff bristled brush to carpets to fluff them up. Consequently extract more heaps of dust that had been hiding within the carpets.
1430 Re-vacuum all carpets
1500 Boss has taken another shower, time to re-clean the bathroom. Wonder to self how water has managed to flung to all the places I now find it, on ceilings, mirrors, and across the room from the actual shower.
1520 Begin doing boss’ laundry
1530 Hand-wash all towels, rags, and shammies that I’ve used so far today, as actual washing machine would surely destroy fabric. Consider adding ‘Human Washing-Machine’ to my business cards.
1550 Hang rags on a line on the top deck, feeling this makes our boat look like we cannot afford a washer and dryer.
1600 Hang to dry the boss’ laundry
1620 Start a load of crew laundry
1645 Recruited to help polish aluminum on the yacht’s exterior. Very satisfying as boat looks shiny like new afterwards!
1800 Switch crew laundry to dryer, no special hang dry treatment for us!
1810 Water break. Have surely not hydrated enough today.
1830 Set table for boss’ dinner
1840 Prepare crew dinner, pasta again tonight, too exhausted to make anything more interesting
1900 Time to eat!
1945 Clean up kitchen from our dinner
2000 Madame is back, time to prepare dinner for her and boss. Fresh salad and fish, very jealous of their meal.
2020 Serve dinner to the boss and madame.
2025 Clean kitchen from dinner prep
2045 Serve ice cream and espresso for dessert
2100 Clear table and wash dishes.
2120 Clean kitchen to perfect like-new condition again, for perhaps third or fourth time today.
2145 Set table for breakfast including platter of non-refrigerated items. Prepare cold platter and leave in fridge.
2200 Check with boss, nothing more to do today. Hooray! Pass out in bed, beyond exhausted. No days off in weeks, no day off in sight. Existing only to work, eat, and sleep. That’s just a day in the life of a yacht stewardess. And tomorrow, I’ll get up and do it all again.
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