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Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts in 2019

The Stewardess Bible’s  – Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts in 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I hope this blog post finds you all, happy,  healthy and in high spirits.  Christmas 2019 has come and gone this year I found it to be an emotional, beautiful and exhausting time.

For those ex-pats living in the Netherlands, you will understand my weariness at having to deal with St Nicolas on the 5th December followed up by Christmas on the 25th.

Walking that fine line between buying enough presents and champagne to appease the children and adults alike,  without over-consuming during this time.

That said, I think I found that balance, and we all had a very merry time.

The Stewardess Bible  - Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts in 2019

Exciting Times Ahead….2020 here we come!!!

Turning my attention to 2020, and as some of you are aware, the Chief Stewardess Bible was edited waaaayyy back in October 2016 and had been sitting in my drawer waiting for me to make the recommended adjustments from my editor.

Those recommended suggestions had to wait, as I was in my last trimester of a very heavy pregnancy. My beautiful baby boy,  gorgeous daughter, ever so patient husband and general household stuff have since taken up most of my time.

(Needless to say that I am NOT that perfect picture of a working mother like you see on Instagram and Pinterest), but I am trying my very best.

Now that my son is older, I can refocus my attention on my writing and yes, The Chief Stewardess Bible will be launched in January 2020.

For those who have already purchased a  full copy of The Stewardess Bible, you will receive a massive discount, when we launch The Chief Stewardess Bible, but I will send you the details through later, but for now, let’s look at:

The Stewardess Bible’s

Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts in 2019

Below is a list of The Stewardess Bible’s Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts in 2019.

No, I am not spying on you all… well I kind of am. You see, I am always looking for ways to add helpful content to my blog, in an attempt to make your life as a superyacht stewardess easier.

So I track (using google)  the blog posts that have received the most hits, which I have listed for your convenience below.

  1. Superyacht Crew Hierarchy | Have you ever wonder what a superyacht is & about the organisation structure of a yacht? This article explains this in detail.
  2. How to Write a Letter Of Recommendation | As a chief stewardess or interior manager, you may be required to write a letter of recommendation for your departing interior crew member.
  3. Breakfast Table Setting | As a superyacht stewardess, setting the table can be one way whereby you can release your inner creative diva.
  4. The Role of Etiquette in Our Society | Etiquette is defined as a set of habits, manners, and practices that are performed in different situations.
  5. The Power of a Smile in Guest Service | As a superyacht stewardess, you will have to go to great lengths to ensure that your guests feel comfortable, happy and if need be RIGHT!
  6. How to Manage Superyacht Crew Uniform | The establishment of specific applications such as a uniform inventory management program in superyachts can help reduce and even eliminate misuse and wastage of uniforms. It may even enhance the overall efficiency of work operations.
  7. How Much Does a Superyacht Stewardess Get Paid | How much a stewardess is paid plays a big role in service delivery. However, it is passion and determination for the job that makes a stewardess appreciative of the payment received.
  8. What Does a superyacht Stewardess Do | A superyacht stewardess wears many hats, think housekeeper, waitress, safety officer, guest relations, butler…
  9. How to take Care of an Orchid | As a Superyacht Stewardess, you will be required to take care of many flowers and plants on board.
  10. How to Detail-Clean a Cabin | Detailing, or detailed clean, is to clean the fine points, specifics, technicalities and subject. Basically It means basically to clean thoroughly.

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Write Crew Profiles

Of course, there are well over 100 helpful superyacht stewardess articles on my blog page which you can access for free at any time. In addition to that, I have compiled a comprehensive list of superyacht crew agencies which you can download here for free.

So that is it for now, please stay connected for more helpful superyacht stewardess tips and tricks and of course the long-awaited launch of The Chief Stewardess Bible.

Thank you for your patience and I wish you all a very successful 2020.

As always, I wish you safe travels and calm seas.

K x

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How to Write Superyacht Crew Profiles

Superyacht Crew Profiles

Superyacht Crew are the heartbeat of the yacht. They are central to the yacht functioning in a coherent, professional and effective manner. The crew is the “human element” working in synergy with an abundance of luxury onboard, offering the guests a seven-star plus cruising experience.

Therefore, it is imperative that the guests know who their crew are and how their individual skills add to the synergy of the yachts functioning.

 

How to Write Crew Profiles

Crew profiles are not everyone’s cup of tea to write, and I know many senior crew who avoid doing this task, until the very last minute. This avoidance results in flat and uninteresting compositions that nobody wants to read.Writing these profiles, however, was one job, which I was happy to do, and I relished in the creativity of such a task.

So why write a crew profile?

In short, to inform the yacht’s guests who the crew are. These profiles are added to the guest compendiums and left in the cabins, for the guests to read at their leisure, along with familiarising themselves with the yacht’s other operational procedures.

What is the best way to approach writing these profiles? I found there is two preferred way. The fist is a personal chat with each individual crew member for a more casual flowing biography.

The second way is to read their CVs and compile an exciting picture of who they are. Furthermore, and as an added bonus of adopting this formal style of writing, is that you have all of their education, technical skills and interest all in one place, which is a great time saver.

Now, think about your international environment in which you work. Many guests may not be native English speakers. Therefore, use simple language with easy to read sentences.

Long-drawn out grammatically correct sentences can be a real bore, and your guests may lose interests in the crew profiles very quickly. Lastly, have someone else read the profiles before printing them out and adding them to the compendiums.

Now that you have chosen your preferred style, simply start the beginning, with an introduction. Include their name, job title how long they have worked onboard.

Next, comes the fun part where you get to be a little more creative and show their personal side. Things you can discuss here may include, where they come from, what their professional credentials are.

Writing The Crew Profiles

When writing the crew profiles, consider the personal qualities and professional, credentials which are commonly associated with the relevant positions.

For example:

PositionPersonal QualitiesProfessional Accomplishments
CaptainAchiever, kind, curious, focused, inspired, positive, uplifting, driven, determined, Always at the forefront, trustworthyAccomplished, expert, leader, experience, innovator, authority, safety, commander, authorised, licenced,
Chief OfficerTenacious, earnest, noble, industrious, direct, meticulousResourceful, dependable, direct, professional, certified,
BosunIntrepid, athletic, strong, flexible, considerate,Skilful, accomplished, seasoned,
DeckhandSeeker of adventures, hard-working, fit, cordial,Accomplished, trained, endorsed,
Chief EngineerCapable, innovative, ingenious enterprising, disciplined, natural problem solverExperienced, knowledgeable, proficient, licensed, commissioned,
Second EngineerProficient, skilful, adaptive, selfless, tolerantQualified, licensed, experienced, skilled,
Chief StewardessGracious, supportive, friendly, considerate, respectful, understanding, insightful, discreetExperienced, degree, diploma, knowledgeable, disciplined
StewardessHappy, enthusiastic, cooperative, capable, helpful, gentle,Approved, certified, competent, suitable
Head ChefCreative, inspired, visionary, unorthodox, accommodating, kind-hearted,Accredited, certified, endorsed, appointed,
Second ChefZealous, efficient, predisposed, likeable,Trained under, recognised, educated

For your convenience, I have created six sample crew profiles in appendix twelve of The Chief Stewardess Bible for the purpose of adaptation.

The Superyacht Guest Compendium

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family -Kofi Annan

Setting up the Guest Compendium

The superyacht guest compendium provides guests with vital information, in a simple, elegant and effective way. Furthermore, It allows the guests to review the information at their own leisure.

Over the years, I have seen various yachts who let this side of housekeeping slip, the reasons are diverse, but the main reason is that the compendiums are typically kept on the desk or in a draw.

In addition, some senior crew are in opposition to providing  the cabins with compendiums for the following reasons:

  • It is not necessary on a private yacht
  • It distracts from the personal service which is found on a superyacht
  • The yachts information system is delivered via an electronic medium
  • Nobody bothers to read it, so it is a waste of time writing it.

Whilst these arguments may all have some validity to their particular yacht; I still believe that they are absolutely essential to instructing and advising the guests in a refined way.

At the very least, the compendium is a beautiful way to hold the yachts stationary within each of the guest cabins.

Do take your time when considering what to include in the compendium and the method in which you deliver it, i.e., via an electronic medium such a  tablet or in a traditional folder or both.

Next, think about what content you would like to include. Below are a few essential points to include, along with some optional ones.

Essential things to consider:

  • The welcome note from the captain
  • The build, age and length of the yacht
  • The crew profiles
  • The electric current of the yacht
  • Fire safety and emergency procedures
  • The proposed cruising itinerary.

Optional information:

  • The services that the yacht has to offer, such as onboard beauty treatments, and the toys which the yacht carries
  • Guest laundry procedures
  • What not to flush down the toilet
  • How the yachts audiovisual system works

In addition to this, you will also include the yachts high-quality stationery for your guest’s convenience.

Introducing the Superyacht Compendium to your Guests

The superyacht guest compendium is in no way meant to replace the exceptional service of the interior team; rather, it is intended to support the team a gentle way.

When escorting the guests to their cabin, and after discussing the details of the cabin, simply point out the compendium, to the guests,  so that they may refer to it at a later stage should they wish to.

Lastly, instruct your housekeeping team to check the compendium every day to restock any stationery that may have been used.

For your convenience, I have created an example of a guest compendium in appendix twelve of The Chief Stewardess Bible

Effective Wауѕ tо Mаnаgе Guest Exресtаtiоnѕ

In an induѕtrу whеrе ѕеrviсе is king, thе vаluе of delivering a great guеѕt experience iѕ familiar tеrritоrу to every superyacht chief stewardess. However, superyacht charter guests often expect mоrе than уоu саn dо. Fоrtunаtеlу, it’ѕ possible to mаnаgе thеir expectations, dеlivеr what уоu can and kеер thеm hарру.

You’re likely tеmрtеd tо say nо when a guest аѕk fоr ѕоmеthing thаt ѕееmѕ unrеаѕоnаblе оr outside the ѕсоре оf whаt уоu dо. But consider thiѕ: the guest оftеn make diffiсult requests because thеу dоn’t know whаt to expect from уоu, or they want to push you to see what you can accomplish for them.

Thеу dоn’t knоw уоur rules, роliсiеѕ аnd generally accepted рrасtiсеѕ аѕ well аѕ you dо or, реrhарѕ, аt аll. Most аѕk because thеу dоn’t knоw thе роѕѕibilitiеѕ and limitаtiоnѕ. Onlу a ѕmаll percentage know whаt to expect аnd trу tо gеt more оr take аdvаntаgе оf уоu.

Thаt’ѕ whу the bеѕt way to hаndlе unrеаѕоnаblе requests is to mаnаgе сuѕtоmеr expectations better.

Here аrе effective wауѕ tо mаnаgе your guests еxресtаtiоnѕ:

Cоvеr more ѕоlutiоnѕ

Stewardesses оn thе frоnt linе who dеаl with demanding charter guests most оftеn nееd tо be armed with a variety of solutions tо ease аnd роtеntiаl issues. Thаt way, they саn оffеr the guests an аltеrnаtivе whеn they demand ѕоmеthing thаt’ѕ nоt possible.

Bу liѕting оff роѕѕiblе rеѕоlutiоnѕ, (service рrоѕ) еmроwеr thеir guests tо undеrѕtаnd thе соmрlеxitу оf a particular рrоblеm, еngаgе dirесtlу with its solution аnd еnѕurе thеу don’t hаvе unrеаliѕtiс еxресtаtiоnѕ of thе rеѕоlutiоn.

Tiр: Give the interior crew a platform – i.e. in the communications book in the pantry or a private message board,  tо ѕhаrе thеir bеѕt-рrасtiсе solutions tо common рrоblеmѕ and ѕоmе of the unuѕuаl issues they hear. Kеер it uрdаtеd and ассеѕѕiblе to all crew.

Bе transparent

Rеаѕоnаblе expectations аrе оftеn bоrn frоm truѕt. Superyachts that mаkе thеir policies, vаluеѕ аnd рrасtiсеѕ trаnѕраrеnt build truѕt with guests.

That’s done by mаking it clear thrоugh уоur wеbѕitе, company literature and ѕосiаl mеdiа pages hоw уоu dо buѕinеѕѕ. Thеn, most importantly, trаin the crew tо practice those рrinсiрlеѕ.

Tip: On the trаnѕасtiоnаl lеvеl, the yacht crew should еxрlаin how and why they’re hаndling a ѕituаtiоn оr iѕѕuе a certain way. Guests who understand what’s going on will know whаt to expect, and thеу’ll bе more likеlу tо be ѕаtiѕfiеd with how уоu are hаndling thingѕ.

Be орtimiѕtiс аnd rеаliѕtiс

Mоѕt superyacht stewardesses wаnt tо mаkе and kеер the guests hарру — аnd thеу knоw thаt a ԛuiсk rеѕоlutiоn will do thаt. Aftеr аll, everyone wаntѕ tо hеаr gооd nеwѕ, ѕuсh аѕ the рrоblеm will bе fixеd, or the ѕоlutiоn will bе implemented nоw.

While it’s gооd tо be орtimiѕtiс fоr the guests, it’ѕ mоrе important tо bе realistic аnd set thе right еxресtаtiоn.

Tiр: Exрlаin whаt guests саn еxресt, plus what might gеt in the way of thе ideal оutсоmе. Thеn, if one of those glitches hарреnѕ, the guests wоn’t bе tаkеn bу surprise and diѕарроintеd.

Uѕе thе Three-Pronged Rеѕроnѕе tо the Guests Problem

Mаnу superyacht stewardesses have tеndеnсiеѕ tоwаrd соnfliсt-аvоidаnсе реrѕоnаlitiеѕ bесаuѕе оf their people рlеаѕing оriеntаtiоnѕ.  Sо, whеn a guest, is irate аnd has a problem with something on board the yacht, then the stewardess may want tо аvоid the соnfliсt rаthеr than асknоwlеdgе it if соnfrоntеd.

Customers wаnt thеir соnсеrnѕ аnd рrоblеmѕ acknowledged аnd vаlidаtеd. It is important to уоur guests that thеir соnсеrn iѕ met with thе аррrорriаtе response.

Trаin уоur еmрlоуееѕ in the three рrоngеd rеѕроnѕе – асknоwlеdgе, empathize, аnd оffеr a rеѕоlutiоn.

Thе thrее рrоngеd rеѕроnѕе iѕ thе cornerstone to рrоviding еxсерtiоnаl customer service whеn a guеѕt еnсоuntеrѕ a problem.

  • ”Thе еxреriеnсе уоu еnсоuntеrеd is nоt uр tо our ѕtаndаrdѕ” (acknowledgement).
  • “I саn see why уоu аrе соnсеrnеd” (еmраthу).
  • “Lеt me call (insert the correct department) right now to tаkе саrе оf it” (rеѕоlutiоn).

Uѕing thе thrее рrоngеd rеѕроnѕе doesn’t mеаn that your yacht hаѕ to ѕаtiѕfу еvеrу one оf уоur guеѕt’ѕ unrеаѕоnаblе demands.  Some guest еxресtаtiоnѕ just саn’t be mеt.

In those саѕеѕ, thе rеѕоlutiоn portion mау bе аn apologetic еxрlаnаtiоn оf the practical limitations in rеѕоlving thе issue.  It iѕ аlwауѕ better to be аblе to ѕау whаt уоu саn do fоr a guеѕt rаthеr than tо ѕау whаt you саn’t dо fоr a guest.

Aсknоwlеdging a concern, empathizing, аnd еxрlаining whаt you саn dо to resolve it will rеаѕѕurе mоѕt guеѕtѕ.  Bеing раtiеnt and explaining why practical limitations prevent уоu frоm mееting аn unrеаѕоnаblе dеmаnd will diѕаrm еvеn the mоѕt cynical guеѕt.

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

Oíche Shamhna

Happy Halloween

From my ancestors to yours… Let’s celebrate.

Dear yachting community and a special hello to my superyacht stewardesses.

Halloween is one of my favourite celebrations of the year.

Yes, it’s a time to eat and drink too many forbidden treats, but its also a time to honour our ancestors.

A time when the veil is lifted between the worlds, and for a short moment, we can see who we are and where we came from.

So from my ancestors to yours, The Stewardess Bible is giving YOU the choice of treats.

Treat number 1: 

  • Buy one and get one FREEEEEE … This is incredible value for money. When you purchase the print edition of The Stewardess Bible, you will be sent the e-book absolutely FREE. This treat also includes the communications notebook and FREE standard shipping worldwide.
  • Please note that this is a manual process and the E-Books will be sent out as soon as possible to one email address only.

Treat number 2:

  • Enter the code Samhain30

    and receive a massive 30% discount off the Stewardess Bible E-Book. The EBook is available immediately after purchase. (please note that this fantastic deal is only for the complete E-Book and not for individual modules)

These discounts have never been offered before, and probably won’t be for a long time to come.

So take advantage of this offer today!

These treats are available until 1 November 2019.

I do hope that you enjoy this time of the year, take care of yourselves and please do remember your ancestors.

As always I wish you safe travels and calm seas.

The Stewardess Bible

“Making Life Easier for Every Super Yacht Stewardess”.

I know your time is precious, so I will give you a brief overview of what the book entails.

The book basically consists of 3 modules which have been combined to produce The Stewardess Bible.

The first module, The Stewardess Bible’s Guide to Achieving Excellence in Service, offers Standard operational procedures specific to the super yacht interior department.

This aims to help stewardesses manage their daily tasks with more organized, efficient, stress-free strategies.

The second module, The Stewardess Bible’s Guide to Creating the Perfect Cocktail, includes 21 chapters and five appendices covering every angle of the art of cocktails. From the history of cocktails to a comprehensive list of alcohol substitutions, the second instalment in The Stewardess Bible series gives stewardesses at all experience levels invaluable tips and tricks for creating perfect cocktails.

The last module, The Stewardess Bible’s Guide to Housekeeping Perfection, discusses a number of costly misjudgments. This module helps stewardesses understand the true dynamics of their tasks.

The Stewardess Bible

Unlocking the full potential of your super yachting career.