With a grueling work schedule, hard-to-please guests, and constant drama among the crew, working on a charter yacht is defintely not easy, as we've seen on Below Deck through the years. However, working on a yacht where cameras capture your every move poses even more challenges — and in some unexpected ways.
Below Deck's longtime chief stew Kate Chastain recently spilled some behind-the-scenes secrets on the series in a video shared on Twitter. "Going through my phone, found this fun video," Kate wrote in a tweet on July 22. "I feel like everyone should know #BelowDeck is one of the most difficult shows out there for cast members. Every night, after working 16+ hours, we’d get into our tiny bunk, [and] have to wave to the camera so they’d turn our lights off."
The video in Kate's tweet shows her in her bunk in her cabin while filming a season of Below Deck. She waves at a camera mounted on the ceiling until the lights in her cabin are turned off.
That detail was also included in an article from The New York Times published on June 29 that took readers behind-the-scenes of filming the current Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean. The story notes that many of the crew members like to nap during their legally mandated breaks from their boat duties, but they have to wave their arms "to get the attention of the control room, because they are unable to darken the lights in their own cabins."
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