Below Deck has confirmed a very exciting return for season 8, with a big crew shake-up that includes the return of an original cast member.
The reality show will voyage back onto Bravo and hayu on November 3, with UK fans able to stream and download new episodes on the same day that they're available in the US, just like Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Cast member bosun Eddie Lucas will be back, despite not being seen on the ship since season three. He's since achieved his 1600-ton license and he's back to keep things ship-shape as mega-yacht My Seanna cruises around the Caribbean.
Another big change is the absence of regular Chief Stewardess Kate Chastain, who quit the show after filming ended on season 7. Kate had been a part of every season since season 2 and had become a fan-favourite, but she's still keeping busy, as she's landed a hosting gig on chat show Bravo's Chat Room.
She'll be replaced as Chief Stew on this season by Francesca Rubi, who has already admitted in the trailer for the new season – which you can watch above – that she does "take my job a little bit too seriously sometimes".
The crew also features fellow newbies; chef Rachel Hargrove, stewardesses Elizabeth Frankini and Isabelle 'Izzy' Wouters as well as deckhands James Hough and Shane Coopersmith.
Also back is Captain Lee Rosbach, who is the only cast member to have appeared on every season.
He's delighted to be back in the Caribbean, revealing in the trailer that he's "missed the hell out of it" and that returning to the beautiful region is "like going home again".
And while the trailer features lots of laughter and crew romance, there's trouble brewing too. Captain Lee is seen telling a troublesome guest who has gone for a night swim that their charter "just ended".
We also see tears and tensions in crew meetings, while the team learn about the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic from their friends and families back home.
As Captain Lee puts it: "The f**king world's going to hell in a f**king handbasket." Tell us about it, Captain.
Below Deck season 8 premieres on November 2 at 9pm on Bravo in the US and will also be available on hayu the same day in the UK.
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