Dani Soares made it perfectly clear that she wanted to have children while working on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Not right away of course. It takes time to peel away the layers. At first it’s superficial partying with the rest of the Below Deck crew. Then the nuances of a person start to come out. Dani craved a more stable life and motherhood. It became more apparent when she started hooking up with Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux. She started mentioning moving to America and having babies. It may have been an off-hand comment, but the heart wants what it wants.
And while she and Jean-Luc likely split up, as there is no news to the contrary, Dani got what she really wanted and announced a surprise pregnancy at the end of April via an Instagram post. She did not disclose the name of the father, but has a support system in fellow alum and close friend Alli Dore, who is also based in Australia. Baby Soares even has a play date lined up with Hannah Ferrier’s daughter Ava.
Below Deck viewers have come to learn the trends of employment in the yachting industry. It’s a demanding job that requires months away from family and a stable life. People that stay in the industry long-term take that demand happily to pursue their dreams. Others enjoy the experience in their youth, then decide to change careers in favor of something else. For women especially, there is a shelf life.
Many Below Deck Mediterranean fans cheered Hannah Ferrier last season as she returned to land life, got engaged, and had a baby girl. It’s what she was hoping for, and now, there is another fan favorite who decided to pursue her dreams of motherhood.
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan presented Below Deck fans to a new concept, that of long term relationship in the boating/yachting industry. They were introduced to us as bosun and first mate in the premier season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Their four year romance seemed to be an exception rather than the rule in an industry of seasonal boatmances.
Not that their love was without hiccups along the way. Paget was consistently flirting with costar Georgia Grobler, and by the end of the season she was professing deep feelings towards him. There was no physical indiscretion, and at the time filming wrapped, Paget and Ciara seemed unshaken by the incident. They bought a home in France, and moved in together as of October 2020. There was an engagement. So what really happened?
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.
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 Season 2 stew Amy Johnson is not the most memorable alum. She was charming, sweet, hard working, and ever cheerful. Despite this, Chief Stew Kate Chastain still found a way to ostracize her. In typical Kate style, she used a friendship with her second stew to alienate the third stew. And Kat Held was happy to play along.
Amy was, in fact, fantastic at her job. But that doesn’t make for entertaining reality TV, so after Amy left the series to be closer to her boyfriend, she was quickly replaced. Ironically, she and Kate became friends after filming wrapped. Amy has been active on social media since her departure, supporting the show and her former chief stew.
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan’s relationship is probably the first long-standing boat-mance that we’ve encountered on any Below Deck show. Watching their interactions, though, it really feels like the relationship has passed the point of expiration. Despite the endless bickering on deck and Paget’s ongoing laundry room flirtations with Georgia Grobler, these two are still going strong in real-time. So maybe it’s a trick of editing on Below Deck Sailing Yacht.
Either way, we know that Georgia’s confession of her feelings to Paget AND Ciara next episode will not yield the results that she may have expected.