Below Deck Mediterranean Season 7: Release Date, Cast, And New Details

Episode 1 of "Below Deck Mediterranean" aired back in 2016 (via E! News), and Bravo viewers immediately fell in love with the cast, gorgeous setting — oh, and unforgettable fights, friendships, and seaward romance. The reality show is a spinoff of "Below Deck," which premiered in 2013. For the past six seasons, a crew of deckhands, stewards, and a chef have managed to juggle never-ending drama while tending to every need of demanding wealthy guests. Drawbacks aside, though, the crew manages the drama and demands in some of the most beautiful locations in the world, including Greece, Croatia, Italy, the south of France, and Mallorca, Spain, according to Bravo.

Nearly a decade after "Below Deck" first premiered on Bravo, Captain Lee Rosbach spoke about the show's popularity with The Guardian. "It's Downton Abbey on the water," Captain Rosbach said. "A lot of people thought this would be the death of the yachting industry, but that hasn't happened. I've had very little backlash."

Season 6 of "Below Deck Mediterranean" was unlike any other season of the show as it did not feature chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier — but a mostly green cast who had never been featured before. So, what's on the horizon in Season 7 of "Below Deck Mediterranean?"

When will Season 7 premiere?

Perhaps mostly due to the fact that the finale of Season 6 only aired in October, Bravo has yet to announce when (and if) Season 7 of "Below Deck Mediterranean" will set sail. However, an Instagram post from Lovin Malta back in September claimed that Season 7 was being filmed in Malta, though this has not been confirmed by Bravo or the show's producers. "Though the newest season is all about Croatia, the crew was spotted by some keen-eyed Maltese fans doing some work while enjoying some sun and fun in Mellieħa," the Instagram post read. The Cinemaholic estimates that Season 7 of the show will premiere at some point in the second quarter of 2022.

Similar to previous seasons of "Below Deck Mediterranean," Season 6 contained almost too much drama to process. One of the more dramatic moments of the season came when stewardess Lexi Wilson was fired after neglecting her workload in order to banter with chef Mathew Shea, via The Cinemaholic. It's not clear what exactly will unfold during Season 7 of the show, but one thing is certain: Drama will ensue.

Which cast members will be returning for the show's seventh season?

As previously mentioned, Season 6 was unusual in that it contained mostly new cast members. In fact, the only "Below Deck" stars who returned were Captain Sandy Yawn and bosun Malia White. The new crew consisted of chief stew Katie Flood, chef Mathew Shea, stews Lexi Wilson and Courtney Veale, and deckhands David Pascoe, Lloyd Spencer, and Mzi "Zee" Dempers, per Bravo.

The crew, of course, is led by Captain Sandy. She's a smart, sassy, and stern leader who has made a name for herself in such a masculine field. "Being a female captain in this industry is challenging and inspiring because I thrive on problem-solving," Captain Sandy told Bravo. "Being a woman in the male-dominated yachting world is an advantage due to my ability to multi-task while managing the emotions of the crew. I choose not to come from a place of power and control and it really, really works."

In past seasons, though, the biggest stars of "Below Deck Mediterranean" have been former chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier, who was fired during Season 5, chef Ben Robinson (who earned Bravo infamy initially), chef Adam Glick, who appeared on the recent Season 1 of "Below Deck Sailing Yacht," and stewardess Brooke Laughton (via Us Weekly).

Will Hannah Ferrier be returning to Below Deck Mediterranean?

One of the most shocking moments of Season 5 of "Below Deck Mediterranean" came when chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier was fired by Captain Sandy Yawn. Fellow crew member Malia White reported Ferrier as having Valium and a CBD vape pen. Though the firing happened over a year ago, Captain Sandy told Us Weekly that Ferrier was "still angry" with her for ending her five-season run on the show in such a way. 

As Ferrier told Peninsula Living (via the Daily Mail). "It was really upsetting at the time, especially after being on the show for so many years and knowing that it wasn't a hidden fact that I suffered from anxiety and had anti-anxiety medication. I didn't like that it was presented as I had drugs on board, because I don't like that stigma."

Since the show, however, Ferrier has become a mother and is engaged to Josh Roberts. The family lives in Sydney, Australia, according to Bravo. Contrary to the fact that the crew was spotted filming the Season 7 of the show in Malta, the Daily Mail reported in September that Ferrier was caught seemingly leading her own crew onboard a yacht in Australia. As the publication warned, fans should not get their hopes up that Ferrier might be returning to the series.