WORKING aboard a superyacht and traveling the world in style sounds like a dream job.
Crew members can even earn a tidy £2,500 a month for their work.
But some former crew members have revealed the brutal side of a four-month season of working for the super-rich while stranded in the middle of the ocean, miles from home.
The crew identified three reasons why this “dream job” is actually the worst job in the world.
1. Demanding guests
Some superyachts can cost up to $2 million a week to rent, so it’s no surprise that the people who hire them are incredibly wealthy.
Because guests pay so much for a boat, they expect an extremely high level of service, and it is the crew’s job to fulfill their every wish, no matter how outrageous.
A former crew member said a guest once asked him for a rare alpaca steak, which was served on a diamond-encrusted plate at 3:25 am when the boat was 300 miles from shore. daily mail.
Sarah, who has worked on yachts for over 10 years, said it can be hard to serve someone you don’t like or respect.
She told the news outlet, “If you’re studying politics, it can be difficult to wait for someone you find morally repugnant.”
She added that it was common for guests to rent a boat and have their wife on board one night and a mistress the next, and the crew just had to be polite, discreet and cater to their every need.
2. Violent hours
Unfortunately for the crew, demanding guests do not become less demanding at night, so they are almost always on the alert.
If a guest wants something at 3am, the willing staff member must bring it for him, even if he was asleep in bed.
Sarah Begbie worked on a multi-million dollar yacht when she was 23 and said the workload was “intense”.
She told Sun Online Travel, “My daily tasks included, but were not limited to, all food and beverage services, all housekeeping, including guest room cleaning, guest and crew laundry, linen and turndown, bills, stock control. and providing provisions.
“Imagine a 164-foot yacht that has six crew bedrooms, a saloon, a galley, seven guest bedrooms, eight guest bathrooms, a main saloon, a dining room, a forward lounge and a bridge.
“All of which myself and two flight attendants are responsible for maintaining cleanliness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while running all food and beverage services and sometimes accommodating up to 11 crew members and 16 guests. It was intense.”
The crew are paid for their hard work, with some earning up to £4,450 per month.
Sarah added: “I was making maybe a little over £2,500 a month. It was tax-free money, and I certainly had no living expenses.
“However, other boats offer chief stewardesses between £3,000 and £4,450 a month.”
3. Team tension
Everyone has an annoying colleague, but imagine that you are with him not only from 9:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, but 24/7 for four months.
Add to that that you are all exhausted, which makes you even more irritable, and you definitely get stressed out by your teammates.
Worse, the crew usually have to sleep in bunks, so you can’t even run away from them at night.
Tensions with teammates are an inevitable part of working on board a boat, and you all need to come to terms with it and get to work.
This was announced by former crew member Melissa McMahon. Power and motor yacht: “There may be tension and quarrels. When you eat, work and sleep around the clock on the same deck in a closet-sized room, this is bound to happen.”
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