Alene Keenan

Alene Keenan has been a megayacht stew for more than 20 years. She teaches at MPT in Ft. Lauderdale and offers interior crew training through her company, Yacht Stew Solutions (www.yachtstewsolutions.com). Download her book, The Yacht Service Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht, on her site or amazon.com.

Author Archives

About Alene Keenan

Alene Keenan is a veteran chief stew, interior training instructor/consultant, and author of The Yacht Guru’s Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht.

Stew Cues: First challenge is to craft a catchy CV, resume

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As a newbie yachtie, the CV/resume is one of the first obstacles to conquer. It is a tool to communicate personal and professional information to…

Read More

Stew Cues: The Continental divide at the dining table is drawn on a ‘zigzag’

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan When I have had the pleasure of having a meal with the crew while training on board a yacht, I often find non-U.S. crew staring…

Read More

Stew Cues: Silver service protocol depends on preferences

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Stews frequently ask what is the correct way to perform silver service. There is more than one proper way to serve, whether from the left…

Read More

Stew Cues: Brand legacies provide clue to service standard

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Thinking of luxury conjures words like “quality” and “price.” Luxury involves craftsmanship and intricate work. It is refined and opulent, often handmade and tailored for…

Read More

Stew Cues: Purity, traditional processing key to good tequila

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan In my wine and spirits classes, discussing tequila usually elicits strong responses, both good and bad. Younger, inexperienced students may say that it tastes gross,…

Read More

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan I recently helped outfit a yacht with glassware. The owners found a beautiful set of antique cobalt blue Baccarat glasses. Service for 12 included 84…

Read More

Stew Cues: Serving cigars takes some know-how

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As a nonsmoker, cigar service onboard seemed intimidating to me at first. I’ve found crumbly, dried up cigars in some humidors, while other boats have…

Read More

Write to Be Heard: Troubling rape verdict raises awareness

By Alene Keenan I would like to comment regarding last month’s article about the rape lawsuit on M/Y Endless Summer. I think that most people have great compassion for the…

Read More

Stew Cues: Wood finishes need special care

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Wooden boats have been around for thousands of years, and the characteristics of traditional woods have stood the test of time. Teak, oak, cherry, walnut,…

Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: No crew can succeed without it

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Yachting is a microcosm of society with an interesting twist. Catering to some of the richest and most powerful people in the world, crew are…

Read More

Events Calendar