Anchors away! Another season of the popular “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” reality series set sail on Bravo earlier this year. Headed by trusty Captain Glenn Shephard, the crew of the Parsifal III caters to wealthy guests as they cruise through waters near Menorca, Spain. Some viewers think season three has been the best season so far. The crew encounters a major storm, a serious injury, romantic hookups, a crew member gets fired – and there are still several episodes yet to air.
Here’s all you need to know about the newest season of “Below Deck Sailing Yacht,” including where to watch the latest episodes and news about season four.
What’s “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” About?
“Below Deck” is a hit American reality TV series that premiered in 2013 on Bravo. After six successful seasons and a spin-off show, “Below Deck Mediterranean,” Bravo announced a second spin-off in March 2019. The new series “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” was filmed in Greece and premiered on February 3, 2020. The second season was shot in the waters of Croatia and released the following year.
“Below Deck Sailing Yacht” is currently in its third season, and it tells the working and relationship stories of the captain and crew aboard the sailing yacht Parsifal III. They cater to rich guests who rent the yacht for a pleasure adventure on the open waters, and as expected, it’s not always smooth sailing. Tension, drama, beautiful people, and love triangles make for a very interesting show on the high seas.
Who Owns the Yacht on “Below Deck Sailing Yacht?”
The yacht featured in the show is Parsifal III, and it was designed and built by Perini Navi in 2005. Nine crew members and up to 12 guests can be accommodated on the luxury sailing yacht whose cruising speed is 12 knots (about 13 mph). Parsifal III is registered in the United Kingdom and owned by Kim Vibe-Petersen, a CEO with a network of $200 million.
How Much Does the Yacht Cost on “Below Deck Sailing Yacht?”
Parsifal III is a multi-award-winning yacht made in an Italian shipyard. Remi Tessier designed its luxurious interior that’s chic, yet comfortable. It’s one of the most refined sailing yachts for charter (rent) and includes features such as a master suite, deck jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. Guests aboard the Parsifal III also enjoy meals prepared by a personal chef and a wide selection of toys for fun on the water.
Charters are priced per week and include additional expenses. Costs also vary due to the season. The summer season is from May to September. Low season summer rates are about $212,000 per week, while the high season summer rates hover around $245,000 per week. Cruising regions during this season include Mediterranean hotspots like:
Summer season charters might also visit the Amalfi Coast, Corsica, French Riviera, Ibiza, Mykonos, Sardinia, and the Balearics.
The yacht’s winter season runs from October to April. The Caribbean is the Parsifal III winter cruise region, specifically the islands of Antigua, Bahamas, St. Martin, and St. Barts. Guests are also expected to leave hefty tips for the crew at the end of their journey to show appreciation for their hard work.
About the Cast of “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” Season 3
“Below Deck Sailing Yacht” season three saw the return of the yacht’s regular captain and a few familiar faces from seasons one and two. Some new crew members also came aboard this season for their first charter on Parsifal III.
Here’s a list of the crew we’ve seen so far:
Glenn Shephard is the experienced and laid-back captain of the yacht. He’s originally from Montreal, Canada, and has over 20 years of sailing experience. Shepard has been the captain of the Parsifal III for 12 years and has returned for a third season of the show.
Colin MacRae is the reliable and knowledgeable chief engineer from season two. He has over a decade of sailing experience on superyachts and is a kind and helpful person.
Gary King is the first officer who runs the deck team like he did in season two. Gary’s strict but knows how to party and be charming when he’s off the clock. He’s also the source of major drama as the love interest of more than one woman on board.
Marcos Spaziani is the new chef on board, following in the footsteps of chefs Adam Glick and Natasha De Bourg. He went to culinary school in Venezuela (his homeland) and has over 10 years of experience in the industry. As it’s his first time cooking on the water, learning to work in a galley kitchen on a moving vessel is challenging.
Daisy Kelliher is the returning chief stewardess or “stew” on the yacht. She’s an experienced stewardess and sailor as she comes from a family of yachties.
Gabriela Barrigan is the second stewardess and a surfer girl from San Diego, California. She is new to the show and replaces Dani Soares from season two. Gabriela brings a couple of years of stewardess and deckhand experience to the yacht.
Ashley Marti is the new third stewardess, replacing Alli Dore. She’s originally from New York but moved to Florida and recently took up a career in yachting. Her work has so far taken her to the Bahamas and all along the east coast of the U.S.
Kelsie Goglia is a deckhand from San Diego who took up traveling for work after a sailing holiday in Croatia. She’s an adventurous person who loves the outdoors, and it’s her first season working on the yacht since she’s replaced Sydney Zaruba.
Tom Pearson is a new deckhand on the show from episodes one through seven. He grew up on a lake and loves the water, which led him to begin a job working on deck the Parsifal III in place of last season’s deckhand Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux.
A new cast member will be joining the crew midseason due to the departure of deckhand Tom Pearson from the yacht in episode seven. According to Captain Shephard, who had to fire Tom due to a safety incident, chief engineer Colin Macrae has to work double duty until a new deckhand comes aboard.
What Happened in Season 3 of “Below Deck Sailing Yacht?”
While we don’t yet know all that’s going to happen in season three, a lot has gone down so far. It’s expected that the season will have a total of 17 episodes according to IMDB. The first ten episodes that have already aired are as follows:
- Tom Foolery
- Age-Old Problems
- Omelette You Finish But…
- Oopsie Daisy
- Loose Lips Sink Ships
- Yacht on the Rocks
- Strip for the Tip
- Big Fender Energy
- Tensions High, Patience Low
- Villa Today, Gone Tomorrow
The worst charter guest in the show’s history, competition between the new stews, and complicated romantic entanglements make for good reality TV at the start of season three.
In episode four, Chef Marcos suffers a major head injury while preparing a meal to please the most demanding guests. He had fellow crew members wrap his head to stop the bleeding as he continued to cook and waited for a medical crew to arrive. Luckily, he recovered and could go on with the show, but he shared that it was one of the most painful injuries he’s ever had.
The firing of deckhand Tom Pearson was another big event in season three. Tom was on an overnight shift in episode five called anchor-watch. This meant he was supposed to keep watch on deck that night. In a tell-all interview, Captain Glenn said Tom failed in his duty after a squall came upon them with no warning and put everyone on board in danger as the Parsifal III ran aground. Captain Shephard had Tom removed from the yacht afterward and requested a new deckhand to replace him.
Where Can You Watch “Below Deck Sailing Yacht?”
“Below Deck Sailing Yacht” airs weekly each season on the cable TV channel Bravo. The show is also available to stream with a subscription on Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV. Episodes can also be purchased or rented on:
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Apple TV
- Amazon Prime Video
Go to Peacock to stream some episodes for free; a premium Peacock subscription unlocks all episodes. You can also watch Bravo’s newest “Below Deck” spin-off — “Below Deck Down Under” — on Peacock as it’s a Peacock Original Series. As the show’s name suggests, it’s set on a superyacht in Australia.
When Is “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” Season 4 Coming Out?
The renewal and release date of “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” season four has yet to be announced by Bravo. If the season is successful, we expect we’ll see the captain and some of the crew back together for another adventure next year.
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