Below Deck returned with a bang for season eight, as Captain Lee was reunited with Eddie Lucas to set sail on My Seanna.
A teaser for the series showed the usual dose of drama, charter guests and boat romances with a mostly new cast on board.
It also gave a glimpse into how the Bravo crew would deal with coronavirus, with the world spending most of 2020 in lockdown.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about whether or not they were impacted by the pandemic, Eddie confessed they struggled to understand the severity at the time.
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‘It’s definitely going to affect the season in a quite massive way,’ he told us. ‘But at the same time when we started the show, I guess it was around February, we had heard about it.
‘But then we were out in the islands, on the yacht, working really hard and not being able to read the news, or really understand, or call home very often.
‘So it’s difficult to understand the severity of the virus while we were on the season.’
Eddie was last seen leaving the show at the end of a very dramatic series three, and we’re thrilled to have him back.
As well as the upcoming instalments, the returning bosun lifted the lid on the impact the pandemic has had on the yachting industry in general.
‘During the height of the virus it certainly affected the yachting industry, and especially the charter industry in yachting,’ he continued.
‘I mean, people were not allowed to go on charters and not allowed to travel. It really shut down the industry, I think, in a lot of ways. The virus has been negative all around.
‘Every industry in existence has been affected negatively by it I believe, except maybe for masks and hand sanitiser.’
However, Captain Lee took a more positive approach, insisting that the industry had actually thrived over the last few months.
Discussing the pandemic, he stated that there is very little chance of contagion in the middle of the ocean if everyone on board tested negative before setting sail.
‘It hasn’t really affected yachting in general, other than the fact that there’s more protocols that are put into place to make sure that everybody stays safe,’ the Captain said.
‘When you think about the logistics of yachting, you get on a boat, you leave the dock, you’re out at sea. It’s really hard to be contagious, or to get exposed to something under those conditions, provided that you didn’t bring with you.
‘So as long as everybody tests negative before they get on board the boat. Once you’re in that closed environment, we don’t have any issues.’
‘The charter business has actually thrived during this coronavirus,’ Captain Lee added.
‘The New England season has been outstanding, the Med season is shaping up really well, and we’re looking forward to a great Caribbean season.’
Hopefully that means we’ll get more episodes of spin-offs Below Deck Mediterranean and Sailing Yacht in the near future.
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