Below Deck yachties are known for working hard and playing even harder, as we've seen in all of the franchises over the years. However, the crew's always-epic nights off are going to look a little different in the upcoming Season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht, which premieres with a supersized episode on Monday, March 1 at 9/8c.
Sydney Zaruba, who joins the Parsifal III crew as a deckhand in Season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht, spoke with Aesha Scott, who appeared in Seasons 4 and 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean, during an Instagram Live chat on February 24 and shared some of the protocols put in place while the charter season was filmed amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
"Because of COVID, we were in this little bubble and not allowed to leave our bubble because there were so many tight quarantine restrictions for us. It was a bit of a hectic season, in that sense," Sydney explained. "It was very interesting to do a charter season during coronavirus, for sure."
Due to these restrictions, Sydney confirmed that the crew had to stay on the yacht during their nights off, instead of going to a restaurant, bar, or club, as we have seen on seasons of Below Deck in the past. "We had very strict restrictions where we could go. We were kind of separated the entire time from the general public because we didn't want to endanger any of us or even on the production side of things... Of course, the charter guests as well," Sydney said. "We only had, like, each other for our entire six weeks. Just the nine of us. Like, I need to see somebody else right now! I need to get off this boat immediately."
In fact, staying on the boat for the crew's nights off led to even more drama for the Parsifal III yachties, according to Sydney. "You give us a crew night off where we're drinking and we're all fed up with each other anyway, and we're all [not sleeping enough] and overworked, like of course there's gonna be bad things happening, like naturally," she shared.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht's new chief stew Daisy Kelliher echoed that sentiment while teasing the hookups to come in the new season during an Instagram Live chat with Below Deck Med Season 4 crew member Anastasia Surmava earlier this week. "There was definitely a lot of sex. I don't know if it was COVID, I don't know if it was people hadn't been around other people in a while, I don't know what was going on, but there was definitely something in the air," Daisy shared. "I was like, 'Wow, this is a lot.' Even for yachties, it was a lot."
According to Daisy, you can expect, "a lot of partying, a lot of sex, a lot of drama, a lot of tears" in the new season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht.
Find out what else is on the horizon for the Below Deck Sailing Yacht crew in the sneak peeks of Season 2 above and below.
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