In today's blog, I have the great pleasure of sitting down with Vikki Horvath, who entered the world of luxury yachting a mere two years ago as a stewardess but has been thriving in the field. Ever wonder what it's like being the newbie entering this industry? Read on for the inside scoop with Vikki!
You joined yachting in 2017, how did you get into the field and what is your current role?
I am currently a 2nd Stewardess on a 154 foot private motor yacht. This is my second seasonal vessel as a 2nd stewardess. My first job when I got started though was as a three month temporary position as a 3rd stewardess.
What has been your favourite destination so far?
I think it is safe to say that I don't have a favourite destination quite yet as I only ever sailed around Florida, the Bahamas and West Coast Canada. I'm beyond excited for future yacht adventures and to explore new destinations!
I fell in love with each destination for different reasons like Canada's natural wonders are pretty epic or just the beautiful people I have met in the past 10 months.
I'm sure people either love or hate Florida but I just love going back as I always run into old friends that I haven't seen in a long time and it's always such a good feeling to give them a big squeeze and to realize how many friends I actually have from all over the world. It is also always a good place to meet new people in the industry not to mention the job opportunities. 🙂
I don't think I need to explain why I fell in love with the Bahamas! My favourite part of being there is that any time I get lost in the very busy, fast paced yachting world, the lovely local people are always there to help us to slow down and enjoy the beaches and waters that are truly out of this world! (Of course when we get a sneaky day off here and there between boss trips haha).
You seem to love water sports! What are your favourite toys to play with whilst onboard?
I have always enjoyed using the jet ski and paddle board but when the boys take the tender and the wake board out of the garage, that's when I drop everything, run to get changed into my bathing suit and scream with excitement until I'm actually behind the tender wake boarding, having an awesome time!
If you could only choose one thing that makes a superyacht charter so special, what would it be and why?
I had a captain who always said on crew meetings before guest arrival to "Be patient and flexible."
I think flexibility makes charters very special. (This is not a hotel where you need to wait 30 minutes for an available manager to ask for possible changes that they probably make impossible.)
It's about being able to make guest's wishes come true even if it means to change all the plans at the "drop of a hat".
We might know the owner's expectations and preferences on a private boat but the boss will always bring new guests and we always have to start fresh every time learning guest habits, change itinerary and switch style of service because what works for the owner, will not work for the 10 other guests over the three week trip.
It is a lot of work and honestly can be very stressful and tiring but to see guests leave happy makes it worth every single minute of it! 🙂
If you weren't in yachting, what else would you want to be doing for a living?
I wanted to be a real estate agent for a very long time. If I were to get out of yachting in the next five years, I would 100% get my license.
Thanks so much to Vikki for her time! Please check out more of her beautiful adventures on Instagram here!