Since 2013, Below Deck has been captivating TV audiences across the globe by offering a highly sought-after peek into life on board multi-million dollar luxury charter yachts. Taking readers behind the scenes, YachtCharterFleet identifies the yachts featured on the show, as well as those which have appeared on the celebrated spin-off series Below Deck Mediterranean and Below Deck Sailing, Below Deck Down Under and the latest, Below Deck Adventure.
Bravo’s hit reality TV series Below Deck chronicles the lives of crew members who work and reside aboard a luxury yacht during the charter season.
Each season features a different crew configuration, and the episodes show how the crew members interact and deal with personal issues alongside their working lives. The seasons are filmed over six weeks, with every episode featuring a new group of charter guests.
Many crew members are recurring on the show; the longest-standing is Captain Lee Rosbach, who been on the show since 2013. A fan favourite, he has been at the helm of every yacht on Below Deck and seen a number of different crew formations.
Among the crew members, Chief Stewardess Kate Chastain was an integral member of the team from season two to season seven. Alongside her, Chef Ben Robinson was a permanent fixture of the crew from season one to season four, before stepping out for season five.
Throughout the course of the show, the yachts have played an important role.
Hiring a Below Deck yacht will cost from €140,000 per week - and that price doesn't include expenses such as fuel. While some of the yachts were given an alias over the course of filming, their real names can now be revealed below; as well as the exact cost to rent them.
|Show||Yacht||Real Name||Length||Charter Rate|
|Season 10||ST DAVID||ST DAVID||196'||From €325,000/week|
|Season 9||MY SEANNA||STARSHIP||185'||From $260,000/week|
|Season 8||MY SEANNA||STARSHIP||185'||From $260,000/week|
|Season 7||VALOR||BG||153.10'||From €140,000/week|
|Season 6||MY SEANNA||STARSHIP||185'||From $260,000/week|
|Season 5||VALOR||BG||153.10'||From €140,000/week|
|Season 4||VALOR||BG||153.10'||From €140,000/week|
|Season 3||EROS||STAY SALTY||161'||Not Available|
|Season 2||OHANA||STAR DIAMOND||154'||From $160,000/week|
|Season 1||HONOR||BARENTS||164.1'||From €155,000/week|
Getting even closer to these Below Deck superstars, we take a look at each of the stand-out features of every yacht that has appeared on Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck Sailing, Below Deck Down Under and the latest spin-off, Below Deck Adventure.
The largest yacht in the show's history, the 10th season of Below Deck is set around the Caribbean island of St Lucia onboard the luxurious 60m (197ft) superyacht ST DAVID. Delivered in 2008 by Italian shipyard Benetti, the yacht has an impressive sleek, supercar-inspired profile that instantly turns heads.
Onboard highlights include her well-appointed sundeck with sunloungers and sunpads where guests can kick back and relax, a spa pool and her al fresco cinema screen set up for unforgettable movie nights.
One of the yacht's most distinctive features is her sophisticated spiral staircase that leads through all three decks and is lit by a skylight in the spa pool of the sun deck. The yacht is very versatile for a variety of charter party configurations, with room for 12 guests across six elegantly appointed cabins.
COST TO RENT: €325,000/week
Making an appearance on seasons 9, 8 and 6 of Below Deck, the majestic motor yacht STARSHIP (aka yacht MY SEANNA) is a yacht charter favorite.
The yacht has traveled far and wide for the show cruising to the jaw-droppingly beautiful St Kitts and Nevis in season 9, the sun-kissed Caribbean in season 8 and the South Pacific islands of Tahiti in season 6.
Known for being among one of the most opulent yachts on the charter market due to her ornate interiors and glossy fittings that have been brushed in 22-carat gold, it is safe to say that this yacht is one of the most opulently styled and extensively equipped yachts on the water. Refitted in 2021, the Delta Marine yacht can accommodate 12 guests across 6 cabins and is extremely versatile for a variety of yacht charter party configurations.
COST TO RENT: From $260,000/week
Appearing three times on the hit show, the 47m (153ft) charter yacht BG (known as VALOR) featured in seasons 7, 5 and 4 of Below Deck, taking charter guests to a variety of sun-kissed and beautiful locations. The yacht's real name is BG, and she was built in 1990 by the world's most revered shipbuilder Feadship. Since then, she has undergone many interiors refreshes to keep her in tip-top condition.
The yacht traveled around Thailand in Season 7 where the crew and viewers were treated to a truly memorable South East Asian experience. From the iconic Phi Phi Islands to the beautiful beaches of Ko Yao Yai, there were plenty of fascinating landmarks to see on the way. Season 5 took viewers to the tranquil cruising grounds of Saint Martin whilst season 4 saw M/Y BG in the glistening waters of the Virgin Islands.
Accomodating 12 guests across 6 cabins, she is also capable of carrying up to 10 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht charter experience.
COST TO RENT: From €140,000/week
Season 3 of Below Deck was announced after a hugely successful second-season finale, which was the highest-rated episode of the series. The new season saw the crew head to the Bahamas onboard superyacht STAY SALTY known on the show as EROS.
She is equipped with an array of luxurious amenities including an eight-person sundeck Jacuzzi, barbecue and yacht-wide sound system. She also boasts timeless interior styling with intricate wood panelling and a neutral colour palette which helps create an inviting atmosphere for those on board.
The yacht was sold in November 2013 - just before filming for season 3 began - for an asking price of $17.9 million.
COST TO RENT:
Below Deck Season 3 yacht EROS, otherwise known as STAY SALTY, is not currently available for private yacht charter vacations.
Premiering in August 2014, season 2 of Below Deck returned with 13 episodes documenting life on board the slightly smaller superyacht STAR DIAMOND in the British Virgin Islands. Among many other features, the yacht is equipped with a large sundeck, outdoor bar and luxury accommodation for 10 guests.
After filming the series, M/Y STAR DIAMOND was sold for an asking price of $10.9 million and is now on the charter market with a charter rate of $160,000/week. Extensively refit in 2022, the work on the superyacht has included a complete interior refresh, the yacht now features light, modern styling - an engine rebuild and a cabin conversion.
COST TO RENT: $160,000/week
The first season of Below Deck premiered on 1 July 2013 after being announced in April 2012. Chartering around the Caribbean, the starring superyacht was named HONOR for the show but chartered under the name CUOR DI LEONE which translates to ‘Lion Heart’ in Italian. She now goes by the name BARENTS.
Built by Italian shipyard Benetti in 1999 and refit in 2021, the famous vessel has undergone a complete makeover, bringing her up to modern standards. She can accommodate up to 12 charter guests and features luxury amenities for guests to enjoy including state-of-the-art TVs and a sundeck Jacuzzi.
Following the show, superyacht BARENTS was sold for around $15 million and her new owner commissioned a major refit. A great deal of money was spent on updating her interior with a classic-modern style of design as well as on brand-new exterior furniture and entertainment systems.
COST TO RENT: €155,000/week
Following on from the success of Below Deck, the spin-off Below Deck Mediterranean premiered in May 2016. While the original series takes place during the winter charter season when the Caribbean is at its peak, Below Deck Mediterranean is filmed during the summer charter season.
Season one of Below Deck Mediterranean saw Captain Mark Howard at the helm, but the baton was passed to Captain Sandy Yawn from two onwards. Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier was another permanent fixture on the show from season one to five, before leaving the show in season six.
As its name suggests, the show is based in the Mediterranean, the world’s most popular yachting hub from May to October. Despite the change in location, the same format and accompanying on-water antics from the crew and guests alike can be expected. Below, all the names of the superyachts which have appeared on the show, and the cost to rent them.
|Show||Yacht||Real Name||Length||Charter Rate|
|Season 7||HOME||HOME||160'||From $245,000/week|
|Season 6||LADY MICHELLE||NEXT CHAPTER||180'||From $275,000/week|
|Season 5||THE WELLINGTON||THE WELLESLEY||184'5||From €230,000/week|
|Season 4||SIROCCO||SIROCCO||154.2'||From €180,000/week|
|Season 3||TALISMAN MAITON||TALISMAN MAITON||177.1'||From €231,000/week|
|Season 2||SIROCCO||SIROCCO||154.2'||From €180,000/week|
|Season 1||IONIAN PRINCESS||IONIAN PRINCESS||150'||Not Available|
Season 7 of Below Deck Mediterranean returned to the screens in July 2022 and brought back more drama and wealthy clientele, creating endless entertainment for viewers at home. Set in Malta, a destination never seen before on the show, the series followed the crew over an eight-week charter season onboard the 49m (160ft) superyacht HOME.
Accommodating up to 12 guests across 6 beautifully decorated staterooms, this yacht is described as a home away from home, the perfect platform for guests to soak up the sunshine, kick back and relax. From her convivial sundeck setup replete with a Jacuzzi and glowing cocktail bar to her panoramic sky lounge and state-of-the-art water toys, this yacht certainly had the wow factor that was required for Below Deck Mediterranean.
COST TO RENT: From $245,000/week
Season 6 of Below Deck Mediterranean premiered in June 2021 and saw a new vessel, motor yacht LADY MICHELLE, since re-named NEXT CHAPTER, take center stage. It also saw the return of Captain Sandy and Bosun Malia, plus a brand new crew.
A floating paradise that turns heads on the water, this heavenly Benetti vessel comfortably accommodates 12 guests across 6 sumptuous staterooms, with additional capacity for up to 12 crew members. She also boasts an open-air cinema, a split-level owner's suite and an impressive array of water toys.
This season takes the crew to one of the most idyllic cruising grounds in the East Mediterranean: Croatia. Abounding with serene golden beaches, crystalline waters and gorgeous coves to explore, it's one of the most popular yacht charter destinations.
COST TO RENT: From $275,000/week
Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean premiered in the summer of 2020. The show was shot on board the motor yacht THE WELLESLEY, and the superyacht was given the alias THE WELLINGTON over the course of filming.
The yacht has an elegant 1920's theme, with a chic club lounge complete with a bespoke humidor. She features plenty of marble accents and ample alfresco deck areas, as well as a jacuzzi with innovative spill pool features.
The yachties set course for Spain for this season, cruising around the azure waters of the Balearic Islands. The homeport was Port Adriano on the island of Mallorca.
COST TO RENT: From €230,000/week
Featuring in both Season 4 and Season 2 of Below Deck Mediterranean, superyacht SIROCCO is a yacht charter sensation. An elegant and sophisticated Heesen-built motor yacht, she features plenty of alfresco sunning areas and an 8-person jacuzzi pool; the perfect spot for the charter guests to unwind after a long day exploring.
Season 4 took the crew to one of the most iconic destinations in the Mediterranean; the South of France. Between the luxury yachting hub of Monaco to the beautiful beaches in St Tropez, this season promises lashings of glitz and glamour. During Season 2 of Below Deck Mediterranean, M/Y SIROCCO cruised the picturesque waters of Croatia.
COST TO RENT: From €180,000/week
Premiering in 2018, season 3 of Below Deck Mediterranean saw familiar and new faces head to the sublime cruising grounds of Italy. This time, the crew treated their discerning guests to a world of luxury on board the 54m/178ft motor yacht TALISMAN MAITON.
Built in 2006 and refit to an exacting standard in 2016, the yacht boasts a range of exciting features that make her particularly appropriate for the waters of the Amalfi Coast. Indeed, her entertainment options range from a stunning selection of water toys to a sundeck Jacuzzi and a refreshingly modern interior.
COST TO RENT: From €231,000/week
Premiering on 3 May 2016, the very first season of Below Deck Mediterranean, a spin-off of the increasingly popular franchise, took to viewers' screens. This time the ‘yachties’ took care of their guests onboard the motor yacht IONIAN PRINCESS in the Mediterranean destination of Greece.
The starring yacht IONIAN PRINCESS was delivered from Christensen in 2005 and was later refit in 2016 and again in 2021. Truly opulent, she bears interiors that are sleekly finished with a range of warmly toned woods and plenty of comfortable furnishings. She also boasts one of the largest sundecks for a yacht of her size.
COST TO RENT:
Below Deck Mediterranean Season 1 yacht IONIAN PRINCESS is not currently available for private yacht charter vacations.
This is the first time the Below Deck franchise branched away from gleaming motor yachts, with the various weather issues that sailing yachts have to contend with adding even more drama and excitement.
The design of luxury sailing yachts also creates far more confined crew areas than we are used to seeing on the original Below Deck. In general, sailing yachts tend to feature smaller galleys, compact stew stations and cramped crew quarters which are in closer proximity to the guests’ living areas, putting crew under increased pressure to deliver their signature silver service.
In addition, deck crew are placed in a far more demanding role, with sailing yachts requiring increased accuracy and precision to safely maneuver and plenty of deck duties taking place in the midst of guest areas.
|Show||Yacht||Real Name||Length||Charter Rate|
|Season 3||PARSIFAL III||PARSIFAL III||177'||From €195,000/week|
|Season 2||PARSIFAL III||PARSIFAL III||177'2||From €195,000/week|
|Season 1||PARSIFAL III||PARSIFAL III||177'2||From €195,000/week|
An iconic and suitable yacht for the much-loved series Below Deck Sailing, the 54m (177ft) sailing yacht PARSIFAL III has blessed our screens for all three series of the hit maritime show. Season 1 saw the sailing yacht cruising around the beautiful islands of Greece, an East Mediterranean destination that is peppered with an incredible variety of islands. Season 2 was set around the glistening waters of Croatia and in Season 3 of Below Deck Sailing, M/Y PARSIFAL III came back to where she traditionally charters in the beautiful Balearic island of Menorca.
The yacht can comfortably charter up to 12 guests across 5 luxurious cabins with a layout comprising a master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins.
COST TO RENT: From €195,000/week
Venturing to the mesmerizing Whitsunday islands in Australia, the much-beloved maritime show released another spin-off of the hit show in April 2022, Below Deck Down Under. Recorded on Queensland's shores, viewers can see for themselves the impeccable Australian islands and all their beauty as the superyachts, their crew and charter guests travel to some of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
|Show||Yacht||Real Name||Length||Charter rate|
|Season 1||THALASSA||KERI LEE III||181'||From $310,000/week|
The perfect yacht for season 1 of Below Deck Down Under, the 55m (181ft) yacht KERI LEE is the prime candidate for anyone looking for a taste of the superyacht lifestyle. Described as being like Downton Abbey on a boat, the yacht is home to an expansive beauty salon, massage room, gym, jacuzzi and movie theater, so there is definitely enough to keep all charter guests entertained.
In the first season of Below Deck Down Under, this yacht traveled to some pretty spectacular destinations from the Great Barrier Reef, Hook Island, Block Reef and Henning Island, giving charter guests the opportunity to witness the outstanding beauty and clear waters of the Pacific.
COST TO RENT: $310,000/week
Airing November 2022, Below Deck Adventure brings more drama than ever before as the show takes viewers beyond the deck and off the yacht as thrill-seeking charter guests embark on a range of extreme and unforgettable experiences around the Norwegian Fjords. Whether it be paragliding, exploring unique caves or taking extreme helicopter rides, Below Deck Adventure provides endless entertainment as well as giving viewers a glimpse of the astonishingly beautiful landscapes in and around Norway.
In Below Deck Adventure season 1, Capt. Kerry Titheradge leads the crew with Jessica Condy as Chef and Faye Clarke as Chief Stew.
|Show||Yacht||Real Name||Length||Charter Rate|
|Season 1||MERCURY||MERCURY||164'||From €170,000/week|
As seen in season 1 of Below Deck Adventure, the 49m (164ft) motor yacht MERCURY is a high-quality and highly reliable Dutch-built luxury charter yacht. Delivered by Amels in 2001, the yacht is to the highest standard and pedigree and boasts a wealth of convivial spaces, perfect for relaxing, unwinding and socializing onboard.
Home to an impressive array of amenities, standout highlights include an expansive Jacuzzi, a large swim platform for easy access to the water and a gym. An advanced stabilization system on board reduces the side-to-side roll of the yacht and promises guests exceptional comfort levels at anchor or when underway.
COST TO RENT: €170,000/week
For more details on chartering any of the above yachts, speak to your preferred charter broker. They can provide you with personalized information and advice concerning your vacation, creating an itinerary that perfectly caters to your individual needs.
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