Danny Zureikat may have been dubbed the "Charter King" earlier this season of Below Deck Mediterranean, but his crewmates have not seemed to hold him in quite as high esteem. Danny's closeness with the charter guests has caused tension among the Below Deck Med crew, especially since many of them were surprised he wasn't fired for disobeying Captain Mark Howard's orders about fraternizing with the Tilted Kilt ladies.
Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and deckhand Bobby Giancola have been two of Danny's biggest critics and adversaries aboard the Ionian Princess this season. But sometimes watching a season back can give you a new perspective on what you experienced firsthand. Having now seen the entire Tilted Kilt controversy play out on screen, do Hannah and Bobby think Danny should have gotten the boot, or did Captain Mark make the right call by keeping him around? "Yeah, he should have been fired right off the bat," Bobby told The Daily Dish, which Hannah seconded.
And they're not the only ones who think that. "I've been in yachting for six years, and the frustrating thing when I watch [Below Deck Med] with my friends who are yachties is we just sit there with our jaws on the ground because the unbroken code in yachting is you have professionalism with the guests, you never hook up with guests, you keep a certain standard, you keep yourself held back," Hannah explained. "Myself and maybe my second stewardess should be the only crewmembers that should ever be interacting with guests to the point of getting close enough to even think about seeing them in the future."
But Hannah said that Danny's biggest offense was that he disobeyed Captain Mark. "The thing that he 100 percent should have been fired for is disregarding the captain's orders. If the captain tells you to go and get in a monkey suit and go jump off the bow of the boat, you do it. It's his yacht. That, to me, is like the No.1 in yachting," she said. "It's not a democracy; it's a hierarchy. You must listen to your hierarchy."
Not only was Danny's interaction with the charter guests inappropriate, but Bobby said it also caused more work for the rest of the crew. "I was never mad at him for writing the poem [to charter guest Morgan]. I could care less," Bobby told The Daily Dish. "It was the fact that he's crossing that line and we have a job at hand. And because he's sitting there thinking about some stupid poem, we're all behind in working. So now we're picking up his slack, which we had to do every charter."
Hannah said that Danny's behavior ultimately interfered with the guests' good time. "For Danny to actually think that it's OK to walk into my dinner service and present a poem to the guest and then take all the attention that I literally worked two days for off the birthday girl onto another guest is like, it's unfathomable," Hannah said. "You can sit and explain it to him like that, and he'll go, 'But I tried to create a moment.' And just nothing sinks in."
And in case you were wondering, Bobby is still not a fan of Danny's. "He's a conniving little snake, and he's manipulative, and he's just a little sh**head," he said.
Bobby's feelings about Danny came to a head during this intense moment from earlier this season of Below Deck Med. Relive the drama, below.
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