Friction between chefs and chief stews is not a new phenomenon in the Below Deck franchise. The chefs prioritize their food and ego above all else, while the interior staff have to manage the entire guest experience. Sometimes opinions clash, but food really can make or break a charter.
The only exception was the pairing of Adam Glick and Jenna MacGillivray on last season’s Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Not only did Adam and Jenna get along, they were crazy for each other. Until they weren’t. But for most of the season, their was peace in the galley. And lots of shiny glasses. Unfortunately, the premiere of Season 2 revealed that the dynamic between galley and interior was going to be very different.
Ahoy yachties! Welcome to Season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht! Just one week after closing out Season 8 of the flagship franchise, we’re headed to Croatia aboard Parsifal III with Captain Glenn Shephard. Who is just nothing but a Canadian sweetheart and probably my favorite of the three Below Deck captains. And I promise that’s not just because of my obvious bias because we share the same name. He really is the best. Croatia, as a location, is also the best. And if the last time we were here is any indication (for Below Deck Mediterranean‘s iconic second season), we’re in for quite a ride.
Personally I’m thrilled to be covering Season 2 because I know a lot of people may have slept on Season 1, or didn’t it a chance. I didn’t watch it at first either. In fact, it was actually my very first binge of quarantine. Which is insane to think about now that it’s officially March and we’ve been doing this for a year now. But needless to say, I fell in love with the show. And it opened the door to me spending more time than I’d like to admit during the last year revisiting past seasons of both Below Deck and Below Deck Med as a way to escape and self-soothe during the pandemic.
It’s reunion time, yachties! And the Below Deck crew has gathered from (literally) the four corners of the globe for a virtual sit-down with Andy Cohen. Did this season of Below Deck really need a reunion? The answer is debatable depending on how much you think a phrase like “Eat my cooter” needs to be discussed ad nauseam. Though I suppose there were a number of strings left loose in a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. So here we are. Anchors aweigh!
Personally, I love how Andy always insists on going fully in on the nautical wardrobe when he hosts these Below Deck reunions. Captain Lee Rosbach always dresses up in his finest. But the rest of the crew’s looks are…wildly disparate. Francesca Rubi and her feathered shoulders are coming all the way from Sydney. James Hough decided to put on a basic green shirt at home in the U.K. Elizabeth Frankini, meanwhile, is wearing a full rainbow gown in Florida. Sadly, though, we can only see maybe two colors of the rainbow since she’s stuck in a tiny box on Zoom.
The most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranean is the episode that just keeps on giving. Every day, there’s more to the story and more people from the Below Deck universe sharing their hot takes.
There is just so much to unpack from that episode, but, among other things, Malia White pushed everyone to switch up their cabin arrangements just so Malia could sleep in the same room as her boyfriend Tom Checketts for two weeks. She had the nerve to call Hannah Ferrier “unprofessional” when all she wanted to do was continue the level of peace she had with Bugsy Drake, which would never last if they had to live together.
Even Bugsy felt the same way, but Malia villainized Hannah and went to Captain Sandy Yawn. Sandy never ran the decision by Hannah or asked for her opinion. Instead, she just announced that the decision was made over the radio. As a result, the Below Deck Med fans were livid and Below Deck alums have opinions as well. Below Deck Sailing Yacht stars Ciara Duggan and Jenna MacGillivray have a lot to say and they are #TeamHannah.
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan were the first Below Deck couple that we got to see live and work together. Most often, a coupled crew member had someone on land that they either stay faithful to or pulled the “open relationship card” like Rob Westergaard.
But Paget and Ciara were together on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. All. The. Time. They gave off an old married couple vibe with tons of bickering and squabbling, but they were also really in tune with each other and had tender moments as well. Ciara was so confident in Paget’s feelings for her that she endured an entire season of Georgia Grobler flirting with her man without batting an eyelash, confident that Paget would never stray.
Below Deck is one of the most popular reality TV franchises. The original show is still going strong. Below Deck Mediterranean just started a new season. Below Deck Sailing Yacht recently finished its first season.
While Below Deck Sailing Yacht had some interesting drama, it became pretty exhausting to watch the ups and downs of Jenna MacGillivray and Adam Glick’s romantic relationship. Sure, it was entertaining at times, but it also was so draining. Or at least that’s how I felt, even from the comfort of my own couch at home. Adam had some redeeming moments on Below Deck Med, but pretty much none on this show. And don’t even get me started on Jenna. To put it kindly (sort of), she’s just not an audience favorite. However, I love Captain Glenn Shephard. He has a great attitude and he never hesitates to help out when the crew needs an extra hand. He’s very refreshing to watch… but I have no problem cleaning house when it comes to the rest of the cast.
Malia White is back on Below Deck Mediterranean this season and has strictly sworn off getting into another “boatmance” this time around.
In a recent interview, the newly-promoted bosun looked back on her Season 2 fling with Adam Glick. She also offered her take on the chef’s Below Deck Sailing Yacht romance with Jenna MacGillivray.
As the Below Deck series and spin-offs continue to multiply, it’s only natural to contrast the differing crew, boats, and captains. Turnover in yachting seems quite high among the crew, but the captains have been pretty consistent throughout the seasons.
Captain Lee Rosbach is our OG from the pilot episode, while Captain Sandy Yawn replaced Captain Mark Howard after one season and has been on Below Deck Mediterranean ever since. Captain Glenn Shephard is the newcomer at the helm of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. And while he seemed to have a firm and steady hand in terms of dealing with crew issues, his handling of a suspected charter guest with drugs did not go over so well in the season finale.