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Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8 in Italy onboard motor yacht MUSTIQUE

By Paloma Shemirani   10 October 2023

Premiered on 25 September, Bravo’s hit series delivers yet another season of drama and even some chaotic franchise firsts onboard the 180-feet motor yacht MUSTIQUE by Trinity Yachts. With Captain Sandy and her crew, she cruises the Italian Riviera amidst the meltdowns, hookups, and partying. 

This season is based out of Genoa where MUSTIQUE sailed back in mid-August until mid-September of last year. Anchoring in Santa Margherita, Sestri Levante, and La Spezia near Portofino, charter guests enjoyed the stunning views of the Ligurian province’s colorful fishing towns and cliffsides. 

Running shot of MUSTIQUE

Equally beautiful were the facilities aboard this season’s luxury charter yacht, which was designed by Dee Robinson. While it was refitted in 2018, MUSTIQUE still retains much of her elegant interiors from the original construction in 2005. Viewers of Below Deck Mediterranean will be able to admire the yacht’s classical mahogany paneling set against cream carpets and upholstery, as well as the bathrooms’ marbled surfaces.

Cast members and captain Sandy from Below Deck season 8 Med on the dock in Italy

Finely balancing the classic with the contemporary, MUSTIQUE is a luxury yacht capable of delivering the best of everything.

The megayacht has 6 cabins that can hold 12 guests in 9 beds with a crew of 12. Its special features include a baby grand piano and a deck jacuzzi, which guarantees to keep charter guests as entertained as those who Captain Sandy and her crew served. With its full-displacement steel hull, MUSTIQUE offers guests a much more stable onboard experience at anchor. It also has an advanced stabilization system which reduces the side-to-side roll of the yacht, promising guests comfort even while cruising at a speed of 12 knots. 

Main salon of Below Deck season 8 yacht
Staircase onboard Below Deck MED yachtOffice Space onboard Below Deck yacht

When Below Deck’s featured guests weren’t cruising, they could enjoy the truly extensive selection of water toys onboard MUSTIQUE: after soaking up the sun on her chic sundeck, the luxury yacht invites guests to soar over the water on Zapata Flyboards or Yamaha FX WaveRunner; MUSTIQUE also has waterskis, a seabob, paddleboards, and much more. 

Jacuzzi on sundeck of Below Deck yacht Med season 8

This year's season of Below Deck Mediterranean was based out of Genoa, an historical maritime city which is a popular stop-off on Mediterranean charters owing to its ornate palazzos and stunning medieval buildings. Charter guests were then taken down along the coast to small seaside towns like  Sestri Levante and Santa Margherita, which is home to a pretty palm-laden promenade that visitors can stroll along with an Italian coffee in hand from one of the local cafes. While this year's guests did not visit Portofino, this is the most popular destination in the Ligurian Province  and a must-see for Italian charters. For more ideas on where to visit while chartering in the Mediterranean, take a look at our sample Italian itineraries. 

Sample itineraries for your next Italy yacht charter

13 days exploring the shimmering Italian Riviera (13 days)
French and Italian Rivieras (7 days)
Become Infatuated with the West Coast of Italy (13 days)

If you are interested in recreating the Below Deck experience, then charters for the superyacht MUSTIQUE start at approximately $244 000 per week plus expenses. Be sure to speak with your preferred charter broker to book this vessel to see the Italian Riviera yourself as part of your Italian yacht charter

Below Deck Mediterranean season 8 is available to stream on Hayu and Amazon Prime Video. 


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