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Is Hooking Up With a Co-worker Ever a Good Idea?

Someone who works in very cramped quarters weighs in.

Below Deck Mediterranean star Ben Robinson, who has appeared on all three seasons of Below Deck, has advice for someone trying to romance a co-worker—"run for the hills!"

As the reality chef lives and works with the cast aboard a 150-foot mega yacht sailing around Santorini, Mykonos, and other Greek islands, he’s come to realize that such close quarters do not make for a great relationship. And Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier agrees.

When asked how he handles developing romantic feelings for co-workers, which is not uncommon on the show, he said, “I don’t know how I do it. I don’t know what to say to them. Tell them to just run for the hills then right?”

“Pretty much,” Hannah added. “Yeah but you know what you have to be so careful because it depends the type of personality. If you kind of keep work separate and kind of have fun with someone that’s one thing but usually one person ends up wanting more and then they get hurt and then they have to leave the boat and it’s just…I just think stay away from the romances most of the time to be honest.”

Ben agreed that that was the way to go, calling it a “good rule” to not mix business and pleasure.  

Hannah also said the cramped quarters can cause the crew to bicker or become upset when they have to deal with rude guests. 

“I think it’s just about like kind of going and having a glass of wine with a crew member and just like venting and getting it off your chest,” Hannah says. “But you kind of – after this many years, you’ve kind of seen it all and you’ve had every insult and you’ve had every rude guest so kind of just go like brush it off and move on you know. If you let the guest effect you like that then you probably should be doing this job because you are dealing with the rich, the famous, the arrogant. If you’re going to allow them to bring your mood down, you’re always going to be down. You just have to kind of get on with it and realize some people, like you know, go to work in an office and sit in front of a computer and that’s the downside of their job. We’re on a freakin’ yacht looking out into beautiful green waters. It’s not all going to be sunshine and roses you know and there’s some downside.” -Reporting by Jocelyn Vena

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