‘Below Deck’: RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Wants to Return to the Caribbean Seas with Captain Lee (Exclusive)

Cynthia Bailey from The Real Housewives of Atlanta has fond memories of being on Below Deck Season 3 and said she’d love to go back again and bring her husband Mike Hill.

Bailey set sail with Claudia Jordan and family on Eros, which aired in 2015. The boat ended up being stuck at the dock due to bad weather but she said it didn’t matter – she had a trip of a lifetime. She shared this memory with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, even after spending eight days at the lavish Triton Luxury Villa in the Turks and Caicos on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.

‘Below Deck’ was a ‘gift’ of a trip

She recalled the trip as being the biggest “gift” and enjoyed every minute. “We ended up docking because the weather in the Bahamas was not the best,” she said. “But you know what, if Bravo has ever given me a gift, it was being able to take my family on Below Deck.

Cynthia Bailey from 'RHOA' would love to go on a 'Below Deck' vacation again
Kate Chastain from Below Deck serves RHOA’s Claudia Jordan and Cynthia Bailey and family | Paul Drinkwater/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

“I got so many mom points from [daughter] Noelle,” she added. “She had the best time. And my mom, it was like the best vacation of her life.” At the time Bailey’s daughter was a teen and developed a crush on deckhand Emile Kotze. They referred to Kotze as an “African Prince” especially after he fed strawberries to the guests while wearing a pair of tight jeans and no shirt.

She’d love to return to Captain Lee’s boat

She added that the crew and Captain Lee Rosbach were also wonderful. “It could have been like a tornado the whole time,” she added. “And the yacht was so beautiful. The crew was so amazing. Captain Lee was our captain. They basically gave us everything we wanted. So it didn’t even matter that the weather was kind of crappy because it just ended up being so much fun.”

“And you know, for someone coming from reality TV, I’ve never been on a show where I wasn’t part of the drama,” she added. “But the crew was the drama. So I just got to actually be on a cruise and just eat and drink and have fun with my friends and family. Then all the drama was happening in the kitchen with other people and it had nothing to do with me. Sign me up! I would go on Below Deck once a year if they would have me.”

And while she’d love to go on any Below Deck series, only one captain has her heart. “Captain Lee,” she said. “As long as I have Captain Lee, that’s my boy. He’s great. We’re friends now and he’s amazing.”

Bailey wasn’t kidding when she said the best part was staying out of the drama. She had no idea of the drama brewing below deck with the crew. Below Deck Season 3 was one of the most drama-filled seasons because it included multiple crew firings and the hookup between bosun Eddie Lucas and stew Rocky Dakota came to an explosive and shocking end.

Cynthia Bailey has her bikini ready for a ‘Below Deck’ vacation

Bailey said she had so much fun she’s ready to return with Hill. “I have my bikini ready to go!” she exclaimed. “In 2022, I would love to go on Below Deck with my family. That would be awesome. Especially with my girls and Mike. He’s never been and he’d love it.”

Below Deck deckhand Connie Arias entertains the RHOA guests
The Real Housewives of Atlanta Claudia Jordan and Cynthia Bailey are entertained by Below Deck deckhand, Connie Arias | Paul Drinkwater/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

And while Bailey left RHOA, she’s busier than ever. She partnered with Seagram’s Escapes and helped to create Seagram’s Escapes Peach Bellini. Also, “I did a movie for Lifetime called Lockdown that’s coming out next month,” she shared. “And I’m pretty excited about that. I’ve always loved acting.” She also has a slew of other projects she’s working on – but said she’d make time to return to Below Deck.

RELATED: ‘RHOA’: Mike Hill Says He Had Nothing to Do With Cynthia Bailey’s Decision to Leave – ‘Cynthia Didn’t Need the Reality Show to Make Her’