How much does it cost to charter a yacht below deck?

As Bravo’s Below Deck approaches its tenth season, it’s safe to say viewers are enjoying taking a virtual ride on the world’s most luxurious yachts. Aside from the drama of the yachties on board, the below deck offers endless entertainment as it makes us all envious of how extravagant life on a cruise ship can be. It’s hard not to imagine being served by attractive yachts and experiencing all the quirky amenities.

However, if you have the money to spare, you might consider chartering such a vessel yourself. After all, if you’ve got the money, there’s nothing stopping you from taking an extravagant trip around the Caribbean. But fair warning: it doesn’t come cheap, and be prepared to shell out thousands of dollars. It’s well worth it, of course, especially when the particular vessel you’re chartering has plenty of amenities up its sleeve. But if you want to charter the ships you see on TV, prepare to spend an arm and a leg.

It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to charter a yacht

Below Deck gives you a glimpse of just how wasteful life on deck could be – at least for the guests. And for the kind of service and amenities that guests enjoy, you have to pay a pretty penny to get on board. According to bookings company Yacht Charter Fleet, chartering a yacht like My Seanna, the 185-foot vessel that stars on the show in season 9, can fetch a whopping $260,000. In the high season it gets even more intense, the costs increase up to 300,000 US dollars. And only for one week!

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However, it may be worth the price given what it offers guests. This special ship offers space for up to 12 guests and 11 crew members with its six suites. It also offers a wealth of exciting amenities, including a state-of-the-art movie theater, beach club, well-equipped gym, deck jacuzzi and more. The ship takes you to the beautiful Bahamas, and if you want to enjoy water activities, you can try kayaks, jet skis, and more upon request. “Can’t go wrong there, I love this boat,” wrote Captain Lee himself in a tweet.

However, smaller boats are cheaper – though not by much. “Generally a boat this size, 150 feet — this one is 160, Valor — but in that price range, it’s about $150,000 for seven days,” Kate Chastain told ET. “But that doesn’t include flight, fuel, food, wine, docking, tip. So I would say for a boat like Valor it would be around a quarter of a million dollars for a week’s vacation.”

The yachties on Below Deck don’t make as much as you think

Even if guests spend hundreds of thousands of dollars chartering the yachts featured in Below Deck, the yachties on board don’t make as much as you think.

According to reports from Refinery29 and Crewfinder International, stewardesses make about $5,000 a month, with the chief stewardess earning up to $6,000. Chefs earn more based on experience and can take home as much as $10,000 a month. Meanwhile, Captain Lee likely makes up to $210,000 a year if he works a full year, and that doesn’t even include tips. He could collect $100,000 more in tips if he charters ships year-round.

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Below Deck star Ashley Marti previously revealed that she makes more on OnlyFans than she does on the show. In a tweet, she wrote: “I just want to say thank you @BravoWWHL for all the free promotion! I love waking up and seeing that in a few hours I’ve made more money than #Bravo paid me in 6 weeks.” To put things in perspective, Marti charges $12.50 per subscription. And with over 7,000 paying fans, she expects to earn over $87,000 a month. Not too shabby! Former boatswain Eddie Lucas echoed the same sentiment. “There’s someone monetizing the show, but it’s definitely not us,” he told the New York Post in May. “Below Deck – despite being the most popular show on Bravo – we are the lowest paid performers.”