Since 2013, Below Deck has been captivating TV audiences across the globe, offering a highly sought-after peek into the lifestyle of renting multi-million dollar yachts from the perspective of their hard-working crew. YachtCharterFleet looks over the superyachts of previous seasons, and takes a look at the yacht set to make her much-anticipated TV debut in the spin-off series Below Deck Mediterranean.
During Season 1, viewers were left wondering as the starring yacht's nameplate was covered in a fairly inexpensive make-over conducted to keep its name hush-hush. Perhaps due to the popularity of the show, Below Deck’s producers have stepped things up a gear for Season 3, and the yacht’s actual name has been replaced with a high quality sign with illuminated lettering displaying the yacht name ‘EROS’ – seen in the newly-released Below Deck Series 3 Video Trailer. The luxury yacht’s real name is revealed below!
All three yachts featured in Below Deck series are available to rent for private luxury yacht charter vacations.
SEASON 1: Motor Yacht HONOR (aka Cuor di Leone)
The first season of Below Deck premiered on 1 July 2013, after being announced in April 2012. The original name for Below Deck Season 1’s superyacht, which costs just under $200,000 per week, was luxury motor yacht ‘HONOR'.
Simplified to the yacht name HONOR for the show, its actual name was Motor Yacht Cuor di Leone which, translated from Italian, means ‘Lion Heart.’ The yacht needed to be built with the resilience of a lion considering the raucous guests who stepped on board! Highlights for the ‘yachties’ to look after on board the 50m/164ft yacht - now known as motor yacht LUMIERE - included hypnotists and a group of five party-going single guys.
Season 1 featured a crew of largely experienced yacht crew, including First Officer Aleks, Chief Stewardess Adrienne, Chef Ben, Second Engineer C.J., Stewardess Samantha, Second Stewardess Kat and Deckhands David and Eddie. It was filmed over a 6-week period from September to October 2011.
As well as showing the goings-on amongst charter guests, the season gave viewers behind-the-scenes insight into the personal lives of crew members on board HONOR, with tensions rising between crew members Kat and Sam, and a love triangle between Adrienne, Ben and Kat causing a stir.
The weekly glimpses into yacht life enjoyed huge success, with the Season 1 enjoying a viewership which impressively increased from 1.32 million for Episode 4 to 1.75 million viewers in the U.S. for the episode 9, the season closer before the “Reunion” and “Crew Tells All.”
Originally built by Italian shipyard Benetti in 1999, the starring superyacht can accommodate up to 12 charter guests, and features luxury amenities for guests to enjoy including state-of-the-art TV's and a deck Jacuzzi.
Following the show M/Y Cuor di Leone was sold for around $15 million and her new owner decided to refurbish the yacht. A great deal of money was spent an a new classic modern decor. All interior furnishings were reupholstered, new carpets were fitted throughout and new window treatments were applied to the yacht. The latest technology was also installed, including a new WiFi system, audio-visual equipment and Apple systems. A new 65' Sunbrite TV was additionally fitted on the on sundeck alongside brand new deck furniture, to ensure she offered the most well-equipped, enjoyable outdoor space for charter guests.
COST TO RENT:
The 'Honor' yacht is now called motor yacht LUMIERE and is available for charter in the Caribbean during the winter season from $175,000 - $190,000 USD per week plus expenses, and the Mediterranean in the summer from 175,000 EUR - 185,000 EUR per week per week plus expenses.
SEASON 2: Motor Yacht OHANA
Premiering on 12 August 2014, Season 2 Below Deck returned with 13 episodes following the “yachties” on board a slightly smaller 47m/154ft superyacht called OHANA in the British Virgin Islands, equipped with a large sundeck, outdoor bar and luxury accommodation for 10 people.
Fan favourites like Chef Ben Robinson, Steward Kat Held, Bosun (previously Deckhand) Eddie returned for the series, as well as long-standing Captain Lee Rosbach.
The crew of 9 also comprised of Chief Stewardess Kate, Steward Amy Johnson, Deckhands Kelley, Andrew and Jannice. The drama above and below deck continued, with strains seen between the relationship Kelley and Jennice and past crew member Adrienne surprising crew members by coming on board as a charter guest.
Season 2 continued the success of the previous season and pulled in over 1 million viewers for 8 out of 13 episodes.
The starring yacht OHANA was sold in May 2014 after filming the series for an asking price of $10.9 million and was later extensively refit and renamed motor yacht RHINO. Work to the superyacht has included a complete interior refresh - now featuring light, modern styling - and an engine rebuild in the summer of 2014. In the fall of 2014, her two dining tables were also converted into one and the second twin cabin was converted into a double cabin to maximise space and allow her layout to be as accommodating as possible for charter guests.
COST TO RENT:
The OHANA yacht, now known as motor yacht RHINO, is available to charter in the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands during the winter season from a rate from $140,000 to $150,000 per week plus expenses per week, before spending the summer in Eastern Mediterranean hotspots such as Greece for a weekly rate from $150,000 to $170,000 plus expenses.
SEASON 3: Motor Yacht EROS (aka Mustang Sally)
Season 3 of Below Deck was announced after a hugely successful second-season finale, which was the highest rated episode of the series. This season will see regular crew members Lee, Kate, Amy and Eddie return to work during a summer in the Bahamas, joined by five new crew members.
The yacht in Season 3 of Below Deck is called EROS in the series, and is equipped with luxuries including an 8-person deck Jacuzzi, barbecue and ship-wide music system for a new batch of charter guests to enjoy. It can be chartered at a rate of just under $200,000-per-week, minus extras.
Measuring 49m/161ft, in line with the standard size of Below Deck superyachts, EROS usually charters as motor yacht ‘Mustang Sally’ but an alias is being used for the show, as with previous series.
The yacht was sold in November 2013, just prior to filming began for Season 3, for an asking price of $17.9 million.
Superyacht Mustang Sally was originally built for Canadian businessman and founder of Tim Hortons Cafe by U.S. shipyard Trinity Yachts and first took to the water as motor yacht 'Destination Fox Harb'r Too'
COST TO RENT:
Season 3's yacht EROS is available to rent during winter in destinations throughout the Caribbean from $175,000 - $195,000 per week plus add-ons as charter yacht Mustang Sally. In the summer she is available in the Mediterranean for the same rate, in charter hotspots including Sardinia and Ibiza.
Season 3 of Below Deck is set to premiere on 25 August, following a half-hour preview tonight (4 August).
A spin-off show called Below Deck Mediterranean, filming charter parties as they visit some of the most well-known superyacht charter destinations in the Mediterranean, is also expected to air in 2016.
Check back to YachtCharterFleet for all the latest news on Below Deck and its starring superyachts. For more information on renting any of the featured yachts, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN: Season 1
Premiering on 03 May 2016, Below Deck Mediterranean is a spin-off of the increasingly popular franchise. This time the ‘yachties’ took care of their guests on board the 46m/150ft motor yacht ‘Ionian Princess’ in the Mediterranean. With one of the largest sundecks for a yacht of her size, she offers comfortable accommodation for up to 12 guests across a range of 6 superbly appointed staterooms.
Below Deck Mediterranean provided a nice insight into one of the most popular charter destinations which hadn’t appeared in any of the previous seasons.
The starring yacht Ionian Princess was delivered from Christensen in 2005 and was later refit in 2016. Truly opulent, she bears interiors which are sleekly finished with a range of warmly toned woods and plenty of comfortable furnishings.
COST TO RENT:
Ionian Princess is available to charter in the Mediterranean throughout both the winter and summer seasons, with prices beginning around $163,501 for a week in summer, and $140,087 for a week in winter.
BELOW DECK SEASON 4:
Set to premier later on this year, Below Deck Season 4 sees the return of the much-loved Captain Lee. Taking place in the Virgin Isles, the crew will be kept busy tending to their discerning guests on board the 50m/154ft motor yacht BG. Featuring a ‘Hampton style’ interior and extensive exterior spaces, she sleeps up to 12 guests with an attendant crew of 10.
The starring yacht BG was built by the famous Dutch shipyard Feadship in 1990 and was refitted by her new owners in 2015. Wholly contemporary, she offers her guests the very best in amenities and lounging options, ensuring consistently memorable charter vacations.
COST TO RENT:
BG is available to charter in the Bahamas in summer, with prices beginning from €140,000 per week + expenses.
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN: Season 2
Debuting on May 2nd 2017, the second season of Below Deck Mediterranean saw the return of the popular spin-off series. Set in the picturesque waters of Croatia, the cruising takes place on board the 47m/154ft motor yacht SIROCCO built by Dutch shipyard Heesen.
Featuring an ‘African inspired’ interior comprised of Makassar wood, leather, and natural stone, both the communal and guest spaces exude a unique sophistication.
The exterior is just as appropriate for television, with a dedicated party space offering an abundance of space for guests to gather in to socialise and unwind on the water.
COST TO RENT:
SIROCCO is available to charter with prices beginning from €200,000 per week + expenses in summer and €180,000 per week + expenses in winter.
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