Should ‘Below Deck’ Crew Members Give Into Every Charter Guest Whim?

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Below Deck crew members are often seen dressing up or performing for guests upon request. From wearing a Cupid diaper to donning gold lamé hotpants, Below Deck cast members aim to please for that all-important tip.

And while the desire to provide top-notch service is the name of the game, when does meeting the guests’ needs cross the line? When second stew Josiah Carter was chosen to wear the extremely tight gold “barely there” hotpants and shirt ensemble, he seemed anxiety ridden. He ultimately delivered, looking smoking hot. But for a butler from England, clearly, this request bled beyond the fray of what should (and shouldn’t be) expected.

Following Carter’s episode, he playfully tweeted, “You have to do what you gotta do for the tip…. but just the tip.” And while he seems no worse for the wear (so to speak) what shouldn’t the crew have to tolerate?

This indiscretion got these charter guests kicked off the boat

One charter guest figured Captain Lee Rosbach and crew would simply “look the other way” when he brought cocaine on board. Although Rosbach wanted to please the guests, he simply couldn’t pretend he didn’t see the drugs. “On the one hand, we want clients to be happy,” he recounts in his book Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea, Bravo’s The Daily Dish reports. “On the other hand, I don’t want my boat to get boarded by the Coast Guard, and I don’t want to go to jail for 25 years,” he says. “I made the decision to kick them off the boat.”

“After they’d left, I then told the crew to take the boat apart. I didn’t want any hidden stashes left on my boat. If I found any powder I couldn’t account for, it was going over the side,” he says in the audiobook excerpt. “It was a hell of a lot of work, we didn’t find anything, and we lost some clients, but it was more than worth it to get that kind of garbage off my boat.”

Sexual harassment goes over the line

On a number of occasions, guests have made advances on the staff. However, when third stew Jen Howell was blatantly sexually harassed by a guest, it was clear that “guest request” was taken too far.  In addition to being inappropriately touched while she served, she was also cornered in a guest room. “You’re not allowed to leave,” the guest said to Howell from her room, Cosmopolitan reports. She added, “I’m giving you what you want,” and “give me a hug.” Also, “My husband likes you.”

Chief stew Kate Chastain caught some heat for the way she handled the situation. Making it appear that Howell should have known better than to give mixed signals to inebriated guests. Cosmopolitan reached out to Chastain who said the guests’ behavior was inexcusable. “In this particular instance, Jen did the right thing by removing herself from the situation and letting me know what was going on. Had the behavior escalated or continued after I was made aware, I was prepared to alert the Captain and additional steps would have been taken to ensure the safety of everyone onboard.”

Leave the kids at home

Thus far Below Deck has featured one show where the guests brought their small children. The parents were extremely attentive, plus the children were very well behaved. But some guests may think party time on a superyacht also means free babysitting. Which is a huge “no-no” in the yachting industry.

According to Denison Yacht Sales, “Many first-time charterers (quite understandably) think that the crew will act as child-carers while the adults drink, dine and play. Unfortunately, while the crew will always be there to very happily teach your children watersports and play a few games on board such as treasure hunts, the crew rarely have time in their schedule to act as babysitters, and simply won’t be able to take responsibility for your children if you go ashore for the evening and want to leave the kids behind.”

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