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Below Deck S6 Episode #16 – Season Finale

30 January 2019

Wow, what a season, right? It’s hard for me to believe that it’s over. I have bittersweet feelings about this year. While I’m glad to get a little break, I am also sad to see it come to an end. Tahiti has been such a magical place for me to work, and experience. I can’t put it into words. I’d love to come back again, and again, and again.

The crew this year has been exceptional. We had it all. We had a near death experience that I hope none of us ever go thru again.  We had confrontations, we had hookups that didn’t last, had hookups that took a long time to develop. We had firings, we had new people trying to fit in, some promotions, and I mean we ran the gamut of emotional pendulum swings that I didn’t think were ever going to settle down.

And lets not forget the guests. We went from one extreme to the other. We had some firsts. We had our first family of small children on board which were totally delightful. We had guests falling off of skis with them going one way and the skis going another way still running. We had our share of guests fighting with each other on board, to just the sweetest group imaginable. I don’t think we left any stone unturned this year. We had the best cultural entertainment that Tahiti had to offer, best weather, great yacht, and super crew. Did I miss anything? If so, as I go along with this blog, I’ll try to incorporate it.

So lets get into the meat of this seasons finale. Wow, talk about highs and lows with this group of guests. Snarky, if your being polite with some of them, and just down right rude depending on who you are talking about. Really Krystal, you amaze me, no, I take that back, you astound me, and not in a good way. In one short vacation you managed to alienate your guests, your crew and a sea slug.  I don’t usually comment too much on guests but in your case, I’m making an exception. This was the 2nd most irritating charter that I have ever been witness to in my 6 years on the show. The only person you didn’t seem to have an issue with was me. I’m glad of that. Perhaps you were just going thru a bad time, so I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt. I hope things get better for you.

Kate, great charter, not sure what the dust up was about with Adrian, but he did seem a bit miffed about not using his idea for the center piece. I would not have liked to come out and seen a slimy sea slug in the middle of the table myself and voiced my opinion on that when I was in the galley. Overall you had a great season with a lot of challenges that I thought you dealt with admirably. These particular guests were very challenging but as usual you and your team came thru with a sterling performance.   It was great to see the camaraderie develop as the season developed. You really pulled the team together and this last charter was a testament to the hard work you put in. Thanks so very much.

Moving on to Laura, what a gem you morphed into. I really have to give you credit for really pulling it together. You dealt with this last charter like the pro you are. You dealt with the rudeness, the insolence, and everything else thrown your way with class and dignity. Although you weren’t on the whole season, I can honestly say I wish that you had been. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Josiah, you were an absolute gem to be around, work with and made everyone around you better. You, as well, contained your emotions around this last charter very well and it was very trying and you dealt with it, as I would expect you to. You sir did not raise the bar, you set the bar. Great season, well done.

Lets get into the deck crew.  Tyler, you are a great kid. That being said I feel like there is a little bit of the maturation process that needs to be completed with you. Trust me there is nothing wrong with your work ethic, you answer the bell everyday and do you job well. But on the last night out, it seems that you just couldn’t help yourself. You had to break two of my cardinal rules. Not that it was the first time you did that.  Don’t embarrass yourself, and do not embarrass the boat. And in one night you managed to do both. Falling down drunk and passing out in the club is not my idea of following both of those rules. And to see you wake up sort of, in a drunken stupor, and spit over the side of your bunk was disgusting. I do agree with you, I’m not sure yachting is something you should pursue unless you work on your social skills as well. You have a good personality, get on well with your crewmates, at least the one’s you’re not banging, and you do have a great work ethic.  I’m sure the rest will come in time and I wish you the best. It was a pleasure to have you on board to fill in.

Ross, you performed very well under some very adverse conditions and I want you to know that I appreciate it. You and Rhylee made it through the season, when I had some doubts. I do believe that she learned a lot from you and took it to heart. It was great to see the crew that you handled, perform so well on this last few charters and this last one especially. When you guys had to help put the birthday party together no one bitched, just everyone pitched in and got it done. You molded your crew well sir and I thank you for all of your efforts this season. You deserve an atta boy and a well earned one.

Rhylee. You have come a long way from when you first stepped on board. I don’t think anyone would dispute how much you have progressed. I also think that you have so much further that you can go. You have done yourself proud this season. In the last two charters I could really see the effort that you were putting forward as far as reigning in your mouth until after you had given what you were going to say some thought and it showed, and showed well.  I just want you to know that I appreciate all the effort you put forth to improve and that your efforts really paid off in my eyes. I don’t say this lightly, but if I were you I would look back on this season with pride. Well, most of it.

Adrian, you probably have the best creative mind in the culinary field that we have ever had the pleasure of having on board. You hit a couple of minor speed bumps in the time we shared but they paled in comparison to some of the alleged Chefs that myself and Kate have had to deal with. Working with you was indeed a pleasure. I’m glad that you and Laura have worked out your differences, and I know she thinks the world of you as do I and I believe I speak for everyone on board that it was a pleasure to enjoy your food as well as your demeanor in the galley. Thanks for a great season. I want to be on the VIP list when you open up your Michelin Star restaurant wherever that may be. Thanks for a great season sir.

And finally, Ashton. What can I say to you? I’m just so glad that you are here to have me blog about you just living thru the season. You worked hard, you played harder and I feel you have the makings of a great mariner. You may want to reverse the order that you work and party in so as to not have to do a recon mission to find out if you had a good time or not. But that aside, you did well this season and as with the rest of the crew, it’s so nice just to have you here and not where you could have ended up. You have a great future ahead of you in this or any other industry that you choose if you keep making good decisions. Godspeed to you.

Well, I guess that wraps up another season of Below Deck. I wish to thank a few people here before I finish up my final blog on this season. First and foremost I need to thank my bride for staying with me on this wild and crazy ride. Love you to the moon and back.

Thanks to the crew this year that I feel were exceptional and all did themselves proud.

Thanks Bravo for believing in us one more time, and to production that has to deal with some unbelievable shit that we have to go thru to get this show done.

And last but not least, thanks to all the fans that watch faithfully each week, tweet with us each week and understand that we, just like you, are human and we will make mistakes. We are all flawed individuals.  Thanks for putting up with our flaws and us. It is my distinct honor and pleasure to be on this show and to give you, the fans, and the best show that we can. And it’s not by scripting anything, but by letting things happen organically. Below Deck fans are the best in the world. Thanks so very much. Godspeed to all till next time.

Capt Lee