All aboard for some major Bravolebrity sightings! Familiar faces from The Real Housewives of New York City, Vanderpump Rules, and Southern Charm all stopped by the IAC Building in New York Wednesday night to welcome Below Deck Mediterranean to the Bravo family.
Of course, the Below Deck Med cast isn't full of newbies. Having already conquered the Caribbean with his culinary prowess, Chef Ben Robinson is now going to wow the Greek Isles with his epicurian excellence. He told The Daily Dish on the red carpet that he actually preferred his surroundings in the Mediterranean, and he also noticed some differences in working under Captain Mark Howard on Below Deck Med versus Captain Lee Rosbach on Below Deck. "I think they're both great captains. They're both good boat handlers. Generally, they share the same opinion. You know, if the department's not broken, don't fix it, don't get involved," Ben said. "I think Captain Lee might be a little bit stricter though."
Captain Lee commanded attention on the red carpet with his all-white ensemble.
Speaking of Captain Lee, the fearless leader of Below Deck's yachts for three seasons had some sage advice for Captain Mark and the rest of the Below Deck Med crew as they embark on this new journey. "My advice, not only for him but for anybody that gets involved in it is grab the opportunity, enjoy it, and have fun, because it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take it for all it's worth. Ride it until the wheels fall off, and just have fun with it," he told The Daily Dish. "Don't take it so seriously. Just really enjoy it because you stop and think how many people in this world ever get an opportunity to do something like we get to do. That's a very, very small, small number. So just put a smile on your face, do your job, and have a great time."
Below Deck Med's Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier said she had a lot of fun during the charter season, but there was also "a lot of drama." "I think it could kind of make the Caribbean look a little bit tame, to be honest," she said on the red carpet. "There's a lot of drama. I think it's literally just yachting on steroids."
MDLNY's Luis D. Ortiz was all smiles (of course) on the red carpet.
Jax Taylor and Tom Schwartz know a thing or two about drama, and they said they'd be up for bringing all of the Vanderpump Rules crew's shenanigans to the high seas on Below Deck Med, as The Real Housewives of Atlanta did on Below Deck last season. Naturally, Lisa Vanderpump would be in charge. "Yeah, she would be the queen/captain. The ruler, if you will," Tom told The Daily Dish.
But as you can probably imagine, they don't think their charter would be smooth sailing. "Although, all of us on one boat where no one else can leave, shark-infested waters? Oh my God," Jax told The Daily Dish.
Tom has a solution for that problem. "I think we would have a plank, and every week, we would vote somebody off. They have to walk the plank," he said, to which Jax joked, "I would definitely be the person voted off."
She's back! Tabatha Coffey will take on family businesses when she makes her triumphant return to Bravo.
The IAC Building was transformed into some yacht decor of all of those hard-to-please charter guests we've seen on Below Deck and will see even more of in the upcoming season of Below Deck Med. With a Bravoleb everywhere you turned, moving statues, and a gorgeous Grecian backdrop, if this had been a real-live charter, it would have basically been our dream cruise.
Luckily, Bravo, Andy Cohen, Landon, and Luis took you inside the party via Snapchat.
How could Andy not have a smile a mile wide when he's with Captain Lee?
We'll always be able to spot Jax in a crowd.
We definitely agree with that statement about Below Deck Med's Bobby.
Shep, we salute you.
Of course Andy made time for some Turtle Time with Ramona.
Tom greeted fans at the party.
We spotted Chef Ben having fun at the fête.
We totally want to hang at any party with Ramona, Andy, and Tabatha.
The nautical fun is just beginning. See what else is in store when Below Deck Med sets sail on Tuesday, May 3 at 9/8c, below.