What Is the ‘Below Deck Sailing Vessel’ Sailing Yacht Really Like?

Even though Bravo hasn’t announced a launch date for Below Deck‘s newest series, Below Deck Sailing Vessel, one “cast member” has been revealed. The series features a luxury sailing vessel and until now every yacht has been a motor yacht.

Now the series will showcase a luxury sailboat, which ventured through the Greek Ionian Islands this summer, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Below Deck viewers are likely familiar with the typical 150 foot (or more) motor yachts. They love seeing the grandiose interiors and ornately appointed staterooms.

Cole Bay, St. Maarten
Cole Bay, St. Maarten | Ali Goodwin/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

But what does that mean for a sailing yacht? Will it be as luxurious and offer the same if not better amenities? The Sun-Sentinel reports that the boat will be a 177-foot Parsifal III vessel. The vessel’s brochure and a casting agent point to luxury all the way.

What did this voyage cost charter guests?

Below Deck charter guests usually get a pretty decent price break. The newest installment is no different. The charters cost $40,000 for six guests, which ran between May and June. Price included two nights and three days, plus flights before and after the trip. The cost also covered food and drinks too, which is based on preference sheets.

At the end of every charter, the primary guest always presents that all important tip to the captain too. “Gratuity is 15 to 30 percent of the standard rate for such a charter, which is about $95,000,” the Sun-Sentinel reports.

According to the Parsifal III brochure, guests who want to charter the luxury sailing yacht on their own would pay about $225,000 per week. Of course, that price affords the guests their privacy too.

How luxurious is this sailing yacht?

Below Deck viewers can take heart … this vessel is loaded with luxury. “Our guests have the unique chance to enjoy both the unbridled thrill and tranquil relaxation one can only experience when they are at sail. Yet, they still receive the highest quality of luxury and service expected on a luxury mega-yacht,” Lisa Wax, a casting producer told the Sun-Sentinel.

According to the sailing yacht’s brochure, “Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III provides accommodation for up to a maximum of 12 charter guests in five or six luxurious staterooms. The yacht’s main owner’s suite features its own saloon which can be divided into two independent double rooms, if need be. She also offers two permanent double rooms and two further twin Staterooms. All of the cabins provide full en suite bathroom facilities. She has a separate crew accommodation for 9.”

The brochure images don’t disappoint. From the massive aft deck to the deck jacuzzi the yacht boasts “ebony woodwork, light sycamore wood, stainless steel, and fine leathers.” Guests can also enjoy a dip in the plunge pool. Plus they have a number of entertainment areas on the yacht. Also, will deckhands get off the hook when it comes to water toys? Nope. They’ll be dragging out water skis, paddleboards, wakeboards, and towable toys. This includes a tender and even a windsurfer. What about the dreaded slide? As of now, viewers will just have to guess.