‘Below Deck’ Casting Teases New Series in ‘Cold Water Yachting’
Could Below Deck be adding yet another series to the franchise? Casting agents put out the call for “cold water yachting.” This could mean either the original show will pivot to chillier temps or a new series is on the horizon.
Shed media casting agents posted a website that allows for potential charter guests to apply for a spot on the show. “Below Deck is looking for charter guests for a fun filled luxury cold water yachting and adventure experience!” the casting call announced on the site.
‘Below Deck’ is the same series, but a new location
Aside from the “cold water” description, the casting call sounds similar to previous Below Deck charter guest opportunities. “This is an opportunity for jet-setters who love the lavish lifestyle and want to travel to various exclusive destinations aboard a luxury super-yacht at a discounted rate! You and your guests will be wined, dined and participate in adventurous excursions all while yachting through majestic waters!” the introduction teased.
In addition to general information, casting agents had specific questions for potential guests. Questions included why the guest wants to appear on Below Deck. Also, agents want to know if the guest has ever chartered a yacht in the past.
Agents also wanted information on any specific events the guests would celebrating. Plus, who would be included in the party. Also, does the guest hold a current U.S. passport.
How much does it cost to charter a ‘Below Deck’ yacht?
A recently leaked Below Deck Mediterranean casting call sheet revealed the amount guests paid to be on season 6. Guests paid approximately $40,000 to $45,000 for their vacation and to be on the series.
“We have two charters that will be 2 nights, 3 days for the discounted price of $40,000,” according to the charter sheet.
“There are 5 charters that are 3 night, 4 days at $45,000,” the description continued. “The charter fee covers round trip economy airfare to/from Malta for everybody in the group (maximum of 8 total guests), hotel accommodations the night before and the night after your charter (maximum of 4 rooms), all food and beverages on the yacht and a personalized itinerary while on charter.”
The all-important tip, however, is not included in that price. “Additionally, the charter group is responsible for the cash tip which is typically 20% of the original, full price charter fee – not the discounted price,” according to the call sheet.
“On average, the gratuity per charter has been between $15k to $20k and is solely at the discretion of the charter group and sky is the limit.”
Since guests are tipping on the original, full price, they are looking at calculations at about two to three times what they pay. Most guests tip between $15,000 to $22,000. Who was the best tipper ever? Captain Lee Rosbach’s “worst” guest ended up leaving the best tip. Timothy Sykes tipped the season 5 crew $35,000 during his second appearance on the show.