Below Deck: Who’s Melinda Springer, Noah & Friends, Guests On Jill Zarin’s Charter

Below Deck: Who's Melinda Springer, Husband Noah & Friends, Guests On Jill Zarin's Charter

Primary Charter Guest Melinda Springer, husband Noah — and definitely former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin — caused mayhem for the Below Deck season 11 crew short a stewardess. While chartering superyacht St. David off the coast of stunning Grenada, Melinda, Noah, Jill, her boyfriend Gary Brody, married couple Laura and Peter Holland, and couple Josh Hechter and Jen Howell had plenty of demands. Chef Anthony Iracane, already suffering burnout, faced the toughest dietary restrictions with this group of picky charter guests. To top it off, Jill made sure to be a royal pain in the ass for Chief Steward Fraser Olender. So, who’s Melinda Springer, her husband Noah and friends, the rude charter guests on Below Deck season 11?

“This is a buffet meal. This shouldn’t be a three-hour meal. Make it better. This is crazy… Burger’s cold,” Jill barks in the upcoming preview. She apparently makes things a nightmare for Chef Anthony’s galley. He was already struggling to stay organized. Fraser complained about how his kitchen often looks like a bomb went off to Captain Kerry.

Below Deck season 11 charter guests Jill, Gary, Melinda, Noah, Laura, Peter, Josh, and Jen

Below Deck season 11 charter guests Jill, Gary, Melinda, Noah, Laura, Peter, Josh, and Jen (Instagram).

“I really don’t think I need to answer it. I’m going to go with — without spoiling too much — probably one of the toughest charters this season,” Chief Stew Fraser told a fan about Jill’s charter while on Watch What Happens Live.

Episode 9, “The Real Housewives of Grenada,” blurb hints that Jill gets out of hand with her orders. “The demands of a famous housewife push the shorthanded interior team to their limits.”

Things only get worse on episode 10’s “Grenadian Nightmare.” The description for episode 10 reads in part: “Chef Anthony buckles under pressure, causing him to be on thin ice with Captain Kerry.”

Primary charter guest Melinda is a big fan of the show, previously meeting Oriana from Below Deck Adventure and other cast from the show

Primary charter guest Melinda is a big fan of the show, previously meeting Oriana from Below Deck Adventure and other cast from the show (Instagram).

Who’s Melinda Springer, Her Dietary Restrictions, & Husband Noah On Below Deck Season 11

Charter guests Melinda and Noah

Charter guests Melinda and Noah (Instagram).

Former cruise director and stay-at-home mom to eight children Melinda Springer lives in Natick, Massachusetts, along with her husband Noah. Melinda’s Instagram shows she’s a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, professional tennis, and Below Deck. In the last couple of years she’s even met Below Deck Med season 7‘s Chef Dave White, Below Deck Adventure‘s stewardess Oriana Schneps, and Below Deck Med season 8‘s Kyle Viljoen.

Primary Melinda appears to be friends with controversial steward Kyle Viljoen

Primary Melinda appears to be friends with controversial steward Kyle Viljoen (Instagram).

Melinda loves to live a swanky lifestyle, including driving an Aston Martin, playing doubles tennis on Necker Island with Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard at an event with billionaire Sir Richard Branson, wearing Louis Vuitton regularly, and hanging out with Jill in the Hamptons and Boca Raton, Florida. Besides a bunch of kids, she has a pet husky she calls “fluff butt” and a budgie bird named Mister Skittles she takes care of. She also loves to travel the world to exotic and swanky destinations, recently including Nosara, Costa Rica, Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, Kotor, Montenegro, and Rome, Italy. She’s all big into tattoos, with about ten on various parts of her body.

Noah and Melinda at a restaurant where Chef Dave White was cooking

Noah and Melinda at a restaurant where Chef Dave White was cooking (Instagram).

Per LinkedIn, Melinda worked for American Canadian Caribbean Line and American Cruise Lines as cruise director and assistant hotel manager back in 2004. Since then, she worked as an administrative assistant, finance operations analyst, mixologist/social media content creator, and now works as an operations manager for a confidential company. Melinda celebrates her birthday on March 28, which makes her a bold Aries.

Poor Chef Anthony had his work cut out for him on Melinda’s preference sheet. “Dislikes raw tomatoes (cooked are fine), eggplant, green peppers, honeydew melon, lobster in the shell, any seafood that I can see/view the organs, such as mussels.” She also only likes a spice level of 6-7, whatever that means. On top of that, she has a ton of allergies: dairy/gluten/eggs/banana/hazelnut. I have been a vegetarian most of my life as well. I have recently switch over to pescatarian because my allergies are so restrictive but I have never tired most seafood since is a new experience.” However, she made it clear she doesn’t want raw seafood, either. To top things off, she requested both a pina colada birthday cake and a more traditional cake for her husband

Her husband Noah Springer is a high school special education teacher. Noah likes meat, but dislikes fish, further complicating things for Chef Anthony on the trip. He’s also a “multiple business owner” and is obsessed with pickle ball. It turns out that’s how Noah and his wife Melinda became friends with Jill and her boyfriend Gary Brody.

Jill Zarin and Gary Brody on Below Deck season 11

Jill Zarin and Gary Brody on Below Deck season 11 (Bravo).

Melinda’s Charter Guest Friends On Below Deck Season 11

Melinda Springer playing pickleball

Melinda Springer playing pickleball (Instagram).

Fashion executive in Boca Rotan, Florida, Gary and his girlfriend Jill Zarin, an original housewife from Real Housewives of New York, joined Melinda and Noah on Below Deck season 11. Gary works for the Simple Suit Company the last four years and worked for the Marcraft Apparel Group before that for nearly 30 years. Gary and Jill started dating about half a year after her second developer husband Bobby Zarin died of cancer in January 2018. She was previously married to Steven Shapiro, the owner of NYC Seminar and Conference Center in Manhattan. They got married to her first ex husband in 1987 and got divorced in 1998, although the two are still good friends. Jill’s only child, her daughter Allyson Shapiro was with Steven, although she used a sperm donor to conceive.

Jill and Gary on vacation together

Jill and Gary on vacation together (Instagram).

Of course, Jill needs no introduction to diehard Bravo fans. However, for those unfamiliar with her four seasons on RHONY, she had a huge blowout with Ramona Singer, after the latter didn’t invite her to a dinner party. Jill then challenged her to a tennis match, in which she defeated her rival. While on the show, Ramona often slighted Jill, like showing up to her events late, and one-upping her at a fashion event with better seats. After the show, Jill’s Instagram shows she’s still very busy as a socialite and businesswoman, although more so in Florida, than New Yew York. She did get on Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, but Andy Cohen has made fun of her for being very eager to get back on RHONY. Perhaps her wild appearance on Below Deck season 11 is an audition?

Charter guest couple Laura and Peter Holland

Charter guest couple Laura and Peter Holland (Instagram).

Other charter guests accompanying this tough group of charter guests included Laura and Peter Holland. The married couple have two grown-up daughters together and spend much of their time traveling across America camping and sightseeing. They even took a family trip to Machu Picchu, Peru, back in 2019.

Finally, charter guest Josh Hechter adds another curve ball for Chef Anthony because he doesn’t like veggies at all. His apparent girlfriend on the trip was heavily tatted and dreadlocked artist Jen Howell, a comedian, yogi, and amateur DJ.

Comedian and yogi Jen Howell

Comedian and yogi Jen Howell (Instagram).

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