Below Deck Sailing Yacht season two spoilers follow.
Captain Glenn Shephard has revealed to Digital Spy how close Below Deck Sailing Yacht came to being shut down due to a COVID-19 scare.
The Below Deck spin-off opened up its second season in the most dramatic way possible, with returning Captain Glenn and all-new crew off the coast of Croatia with a guest who suddenly got extremely sick.
Tensions ran high among the crew, but Captain Glenn kept a level head as he organised isolating the guests within their cabins while getting a doctor aboard for COVID-19 testing.
During a recent chat, Captain Glenn spoke candidly about the "stressful" atmosphere while waiting to find out if his crew had been exposed to COVID or somehow exposed the guest.
"We've gone there to Croatia to have our season and it's a challenge for sure," he acknowledged. "We've done everything we can – very strict protocols in place and obviously being very safe for the guests and crew is the most important thing.
"Here we are starting off, and we think 'okay this is going to work!' Then, all of a sudden that happens. If at any point, [the test] comes back positive, what does that mean because you have asymptomatic transmission?
"It could be the end of our season just like that. It's a very scary thing. We kinda knew it was a possibility but I think we were taken off guard by the fact that it happened. We didn't expect that it would with all the precautions we were taking… At the time we found out someone was ill, we thought any one of us could have [COVID]. We didn't know! But, all's well that ends well."
All did end well, with the guest testing negative and leaving the boat early for treatment onshore. However, the captain acknowledged that a positive test may have set off a chain reaction that ended the season after only one charter.
"I believe, everyone [would go] straight into quarantine and then you keep testing and figure out what your situation is," Captain Glenn told us.
He would go on to explain: "Oh, [it was] very scary. If you start to come back with a couple of positives [tests], then it's pretty sure it's going to be the end of the season."
The charter season continues, but the drama is only getting started – as a love triangle heats up for first officer Gary King while chief stew Daisy Kelliher butts heads with chef Natasha De Bourg.
All seasons and every episode of Below Deck: Sailing Yacht are available to stream and download in the UK and Ireland on hayu and hayu on NOWTV, with new episodes on Tuesdays. Bravo airs the new season on Mondays.
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