Is Under Deck fake?

Bravo’s “Below Deck” is so full of drama that many fans occasionally wonder if the reality show is fake. Below Deck, which debuted in 2013, captures the lives of crew members working aboard a luxury yacht. Each season they cater to wealthy groups of charterers who rent the boat for a few days. In addition to the “Below Deck” stars, the cameras also follow the guests, some of whom caused even more drama than the cast.

Fans may wonder if the charter guests are paid actors, but they are actual vacationers paying for their time on board the yachts. While they get a discount if they’re filmed for “Below Deck,” they still pay a heavy price for their luxury, according to the production’s charter sheet (via Showbiz CheatSheet). “We have two 2-night, 3-day charters at the discounted rate of $40,000 … There are 5 3-night, 4-day charters at $45,000,” the production sheet described. Below Deck guest Linda P. Jones appeared twice on the show and confirmed that she paid for her charter, leaving little doubt that the franchise has real elements.

The cast of Below Deck are real yachties

Below Deck executive producers Mark Cronin and Courtland Cox opened up about their difficulties casting the reality show, per The Daily Dish. “It was very difficult initially to get members of the yacht crew to sign up for the show because it was an unknown entity. People didn’t know what ‘Below Deck’ was,” Cronin shared. He explained that the crew, who had careers in the industry, were concerned that being on the show might hurt their future job prospects. Cox confirmed, “These are real yachties. These are people whose careers depend on it.”

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As Below Deck gained traction, Bravo made it easier for people to apply for the show. According to Men’s Health, those in the yachting industry can apply online for Below Deck. Bravo reviews each potential candidate’s CV to ensure they have the necessary experience in the yachting world.

Below Deck’s Captain Lee Rosbach told Reality Blurred, “Every crew member is required to have an STCW, which is a standard set by the shipping industry for watching and just being on board – it’s basic first aid, firefighting. It’s a two-week course and certification they must have before they can work on yachts.” While Rosbach has admitted he has no role in the hiring process, he has the option to fire any crew member if he sees fit holds.

Below deck is not 100% real

Many Below Deck fans know the franchise’s superyacht as My Seanna. However, Yacht Charter Fleet has revealed that the real name of the boat is ‘Starship’ while ‘Valor’ is really ‘BG’. According to Men’s Health, the reason the yachts are being aliased is likely so that their owners can distance themselves from the drama of the show once production is complete.

There may be more to the below deck tip than meets the eye. After a successful voyage, the crew lines up to say goodbye to their guests, with the lead guest handing the crew members a cash envelope as a tip. However, longtime Below Deck star Kate Chastain told ET guests don’t always carry a lot of cash. “There’s always a lineup just because it’s polite… but sometimes I think they wire the money instead of traveling with that much cash.” Aside from those little details, both the crew and guests of Below Deck confirm that much of the show is real, especially the drama.

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