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This beautiful, hard working super yacht stewardess from the tiny island of Malta, brings a warmth and gentleness that is sure to warm your heart.

Sole super yacht stewardess

Interview with Sole Super Yacht Stewardess Esther Busuttil


What is your star sign? Taurus  Where do you come from?

  • I come from the island of Malta

How long have you lived in The South of France and how did you come to live there?

  • First time I found myself in the south of France was back in 2007.
  • I did my STCW95 in Australia (where I had been travelling for 2 and a half years) and I was told it is the place to be if you want to find work on super yachts.

How long have you worked in the super yacht industry?

  • Since April 2007 🙂 I stopped for a year and started again in October 2008.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

  • I think that landing my first yacht job as a sole stewardess (no previous experience)  with a very busy season ahead was quite an accomplishment.
  • Another accomplishment was when I decided that I wanted to go somewhere far, and travel for 6 months…So I went to Australia to travel by myself. I always wanted to do the ‘loop’, and I did, even though that meant stopping to look for work in between, looking for accommodation, and transportation to take me all around. I had the most amazing time of my life, with the most amazing people that I met along the way 🙂 That continued on to New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
  • I returned home three years later.

Can you work under pressure?

  • Yes, I can, and I am good at it 🙂

What is the most difficult situation you have faced?

  • When the guests have ordered 2 pina coladas, 2 mojitos and 2 espresso martinis.  Then they said that that the pina coladas were so good that they wanted six of them, exactly the same way  / ratios I had done the previous two. I had only one tin of coconut milk left 😛 so there was no way it was going to be the same.
  • Obviously I had to explain and I promised I will get more when I go shopping next. (NB. On the preference sheet, they have specified they do not drink too much, and they had pre-ordered  other spirits that I have provisioned, but remained unopened… )

What are your pet hates?

  • I have no pet hates 🙂

DSC06299 Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job?

  • Asking one of the crew members to go up on deck and check for me whether the boss was up while I was eating some breakfast, and instead he disappeared into his cabin for a lie down.

 What do you do in your spare time?

  • Any kind of exercise, especially if I have time to get off the yacht.
  • Definitely a stroll around the village or city, if we have just docked at a new place. Exploring a new country is always exciting.

What makes you laugh?

  • Good comedies, such as ‘Two and a half Men ‘.
  • Odd jokes from crew whilst on board. Once they pop, they don’t stop.

What would you like to be doing five years from now?

  •  I’d like to have my own business, whether that would mean having my own little coffee shop or something that I have yet to dream about.

super yacht stewardess Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why?

  • Anywhere where the sea is clear and turquoise,  the sand is white and palm trees all around 🙂 I just love the contrast!Then I would spend my time on a deck chair reading a good book, and sipping a cocktail. Priceless.
  • On a different note. I love New York. Period.

Where do like to shop?

  • Where don’t I like to shop?  😉 I really like Sephora in the USA, they give you a lot of samples to try before you buy.
  • Macy’s.
  • Wholefoods for anything organic.
  • Guess for clothing.

Can you recommend a service or a product that may be helpful to Super yacht Stewardesses?

  • Vinegar and water mixed together in a spray bottle works wonders!
  • If you have time between charters, use a drop or two of Murphy’s oil soap to a bucket of warm water. Wipe clean furniture,  but then wipe off with vinegar and water to remove residue.

DSC02039 What do you enjoy most about your job?

  • Everything!  I like the travel side of it, especially if you happen to be on a world cruise Superyacht!
  • Most people daydream about sailing in paradise. I was one of those people, but now I am living that dream.  Words cannot describe the incredible beauty of sailing in pristine waters!  Through a Fjord, surrounded by nature itself: the Saguenay Fjord National Park, and sailing the Maine natural sculpted coastline. Sure, you are still working very hard, and the guests are always a priority, but I feel so much joy when I am out in the wide open space, …
  • Working ashore sitting comfortably  in front of a computer hasn’t had the same effect on me! *giggling*

What specific training was required to obtain this job?

  • First and foremost, the STCW95 is (and was) mandatory.  Besides that, I used to have a part-time job when I lived in Malta permanently.
  • We had a lot of functions where silver-service was a must.  That required a lot of training and that experience really helped me get that first job. I am glad I was part of that team.
  • Speaking different languages is definitely a plus!

Can you tell me some vocabulary or terminology specific to your job?

  • The detailing is a very common one 🙂
  • Provisioning is another one.

What type of reading do you do on a daily basis?

  • Anything about health and physiology.
  • Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, skin care and how we are what we eat!

If you could go back and change something related to your education or your life as a student what would you change or what would you do differently?

  • I would definitely finish off a degree, and start working on yachts after 🙂 rather than not finishing my studies to start working at a lousy job.

What inspires you?

  • People that have got a certain drive for life, people that get out of their comfort zone.
  • People that are willing to do anything to achieve their dreams.
  • Positive people 🙂


An Interview with superyacht stewardess Esther Busuttil. 

Interview with Sole Super Yacht Stewardess Esther Busuttil