10 things nobody tells you before being a Yacht Stewardess
From a Stew to Future Stews, here are 10 things no one tells you before you become a yacht stewardess…
- You will laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh somedays as you are challenged physically, mentally and emotionally. Remember to be kind to yourself.
- You quickly develop a new love for a hoover (vacuum cleaner) learn to drive him correctly (without hitting any walls), clean him, add smelly things to make his aroma lovely, and also that hoovering a roof is a thing.
- As a stewardess you learn to basically become a professional housewife by the end.
- You will learn a whole new level of cleanliness and absolutely become an organised OCD human & clean freak when you return home (From Towel and toilet paper folds to obsession over labelling unnecessary things like your fridge compartments and linen cupboards).
- You will never have to worry about what’s for lunch or dinner or even breakfast again. You will have probably gain weight on your first season as you have every temptation under the sun at your fingertips. However then you discover exercise again and moderation.
- Your toiletries on most boats are all paid for… including shampoo, face wash, deo, moisturiser and more!
- You get used to sea-sickness. You don’t necessarily ever get over sea sickness. However you learn to deal with it as you can’t let your team down.
- Your days on charter are often 14 hours long (sometimes more), and in season this can mean working these hours everyday for 3-4 months. You get used to it and learn elevating your legs is SO important.
- You will learn to become an inconspicuous cleaning fairy who is rarely seen and heard however is secretly communicating every guest movement on the radio to the crew.
- You don’t have a routine, you take each experience as it comes and at the end of the day feel very grateful for all the people you meet along the way and the places you will see, by boat.
Tips were provided by Jess. Follow her on instagram: @theseaworthystew