High Seas (Alta Mar) is a fourth original Spanish language project from Bambú Producciones, the studio behind several other lavishly decorated shows like Cable Girls, Velvet, and Grand Hotel. The show has been filmed with great elegance, even though the screenplay of the murder, mystery, and adventure is in Spanish but it will be presented with an English subtitle. It was first released on Netflix in May 2019, after the popularity and the huge success of the show its renewed for a second season in June 2019 which is due for release on November 22nd, 2019.
The story revolves around two sisters dwelling in the lap of glory, and the show also shows their voyage as they unfurl disturbing truths and family secrets after a slew of mysterious deaths occur on the luxury ship, which is traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s. In the trailer, we have seen a woman is murdered but there’s a twist: her name does not appear on the passenger list, and no one on the ship remembers her. The show is not based on any specific voyage or real-life murder case but the fictional ship called Barbara de Braganza does draw from actual history.
High Seas is the most expensive set design of any Bambu production to date and the biggest and most complex Netflix has undertaken in Spain. Set decorator Regina Acuña said the Barbara de Braganza is “inspired by two Art Deco luxury liners from the 1930s, the SS Normandie and the Queen Mary.” Both the SS Normandie and Queen Mary were groundbreaking at the time of their inception. The French-made SS Normandie is still considered one of the most luxurious cruise liners built during that time, and the Scottish-made Queen Mary was one of the most popular liners for years before it was finally retired at Long Beach as a tourist attraction.
Even more intriguing is the Queen Mary, which is now considered to be haunted. This, of course, makes it a popular destination for occult seekers, who visit to check out Cabin B340, a room supposedly haunted by the spirit of someone who was murdered there. This may have more pertinence to High Seas, as the trailer shows a bottle of arsenic and hints that the woman thrown overboard was grappling with someone in the cabin beforehand. Is it possible someone else was killed in the cabin before she was?
These could all be hints, or they all could be just red herrings. It looks like Campos and Niera are going to weave a tale of love, deception, and jealousy, and like any great murder mystery, it’s impossible to tell who’s really at fault until the very end. Audiences will just have to wait and see, but one thing’s for sure, High Seas is surely going to be a wild voyage.