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.
There are certain Bravolebrities that annoy me and I don’t care for. Kyle Richards. Melissa Gorga. Lisa Rinna. But then there are some who have just committed the unforgivable over the years. Jax Taylor. LeeAnne Locken. Malia White. I cannot tell you how much I loathe these people. And ever since Malia narc’d out Hannah Ferrier for having meds that helped her combat mental illness, Malia is at the top of my list. So for all you Malia fans, you might want to skip this one!
When Malia did Hannah dirty, it resulted in Hannah’s firing. And the backlash against Malia was pretty swift. So I thought for sure she wouldn’t be back for another season. And I was wrong.
The Below Deck franchise has ballooned into three separate shows, each with it’s own flair and character. From the gorgeous locations, to the crew, to the incidents that happened onboard, the franchise has something for everyone. Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht all bring the drama. Viewers can expect crew hookups, galley disasters, and drunken fights.
Then there are the specific situations that defined each show. Former bosun Ashton Pienaar almost lost his life on Below Deck. Captain Sandy Yawn made a grown man cry after terrorizing Chef Kiko Lorran and fired Hannah Ferrier in a vindictive manner. After a charter guests supposedly brought drugs onboard, Captain Glenn Shephard made the decision to search their bags.
The crew that lasted until the end of Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 seemed a bit hastily put together. Captain Sandy Yawn was grasping at straws at one point in the season to fill the chief stew and chef positions. Bugsy Drake took over for Hannah Ferrier, but it was unclear whether she was coming back for another season. Chef Tom Checketts was not suited for yacht life, as evidenced by his ego-driven rages. And now that he is no longer dating Malia White, he has no reason to be slumming it without a sous-chef on the high seas.
Then there is always a re-shuffle when it comes to deck hands and the interior staff, so it was inevitable that viewers would be introduced a whole lineup of new people. Why have anyone on screen past their shelf-life when you can bring in new characters and new dramas? But does anyone that’s not in a management position even want to come back for more? Based on the turnover each season, it doesn’t seem so.
It’s no surprise that Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean was such a knockout, especially after Captain Sandy Yawn’s controversial firing of longtime chief stew Hannah Ferrier. While Sandy has doubled down on her decision, saying drugs of any kind are not allowed on the ship, it raised a lot of eyebrows on whether Sandy was really worried about her captain’s license or just wanted Hannah off the boat and show. Let’s not forget that Hannah had prescription Valium, which she claims to have never even taken, and a CBD pen, which is legal in Spain. But major snake Malia White couldn’t help but kiss Sandy’s ass and report Hannah (which she wouldn’t even fess up to) once she started having arguments with her cabin mate.
But Hannah is on to bigger and better things now that her Below Deck days are over. She opened her own yachting training academy. She’s engaged and a new mommy. While she was a staple on the show since the onset, it’s good to see her living her best life after such a nasty ending.
Below Deck Mediterranean introduced our first look at a female yacht captain, Sandy Yawn. She was a leader in a predominantly male industry and provided an optimistic look towards putting a crack in the glass ceiling. When Season 5 announced a crew with women in the high-ranking positions, many viewers saw this as a potentially groundbreaking effort and a nod towards, for lack of a better term, female empowerment. Then filming began and it all went to shit.
What transpired was nothing less than an infantile display of public humiliation and accusations, helmed by Captain Sandy. She seemed to almost compete with returning Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier while Bosun Malia White was able to whine her way out of situations that didn’t benefit her career. Hannah left the series after a disturbing sequence of events, but it’s apparently not over. Recently the Captain took a rather unnecessary shot at Hannah, but this time former co-worker and barrette aficionado Bugsy Drake is stepping in.
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.
Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn are STILL TALKING about Hannah’s premature departure from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5. Then they have to RESPOND to the others’ comments to whichever interviewer has them rehashing the past. The problem is, neither will budge on their position. So we get the same defensive statements over and over.
This time though, Sandy’s snarky responses managed to turn another Below Deck alum against her. Perhaps all the interior crew of coastal Europe should take offense to what Sandy really thinks of their work, because it’s hardly a comment that uplifts other women.