In recent years, film and TV have become cultural trendsetters, inspiring people to seek out similar experiences for themselves.
And it seems the hotly anticipated seventh series of reality TV show Below Deck Mediterranean is the latest cultural phenomenon to spark Brits’ interest. Following the premiere of the latest series, set in Malta on superyacht Home, SamBoat, the global platform for boat rental, has reported a spike in interest, with a 41% increase in Below Deck Med-inspired Maltese boat charters in the week since. Bookings of Malta trips are up by a whopping 250% compared to the same time last year, the company says.
The reality television series chronicles the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a 150-foot-plus superyacht during a charter season as they welcome the super wealthy on board. Over the course of the series, fans have been fascinated by the lives of the ‘yachties’ as they attempt to meet the demanding, outrageous and often expensive needs of their guests.
While the popular reality show often features wealthy travellers enjoying the hospitality yachting has to offer, SamBoat is on a mission to bring the world of boating to a far wider audience – even those with no sailing experience. For curious travellers and seasoned sailors looking to enjoy the Below Deck Experience in Malta for themselves, SamBoat has curated a collection of Maltese boats and yachts available to book for those looking to feel the Below Deck Effect over the summer boating season: samboat.com/below-deck-effect
A selection can be found below:
For the high flyer – A seductive combination of style and exclusivity, this sunseeker yacht delivers on all fronts. From bow to stern, every detail has been crafted to perfection. From £9,312 per day.
For those on a budget – Cruise around the bays of Malta on this RIB, fitting up to 8 people. From £307 per day.
A trip with family and friends – This incredible 14-metre catamaran has five cabins and sleeps 10 people – an ideal option for spending an exception trip out on the water. From £776 per day.
Laurent Calando, CEO and Co-founder of SamBoat:
“We’re thrilled to see that the cultural phenomenon of Below Deck is inspiring adventure for an entire new audience of sailors, opening up the sea for those who previously saw it as inaccessible or for the elites. SamBoat’s focus is on making boating accessible to all – in fact, this year we have seen a 300% increase in first-time bookers. Boating provides travellers with a way to escape the everyday and relax on the water: something we all need with our increasingly busy lifestyles.”