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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Terence Taylor, MD, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6750
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Maine, Maryland, Florida, Curacao, Riviera Maya, Cozmel
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On the Boat with 500psi, but was never checked.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Very large photo table with compressed air available.  Staff knows how to
deal with cameras on entry and exits.  2 large rinse tanks for cameras. 
Several crew on board who can offer valuable advice if asked.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
First, this was NOT a typical cruise on the Aqua Cat as I have come to know

I and many of our group have been on the Aqua Cat before, and will be on it
again next year.  This year did not rate nearly as well as last year, but
most was not the crew's fault.  The first 3 days of diving (15 dives) were
very windy, so we spent most of the time in in the lee of Eleuthrea- last
year we only did 5 dives here (3 sites).  The two sites we visited last
year, Split Coral Head and Jake's hole, were both 2 dive locations, and
were as excellent as before.  Lots of large and small life and good coral. 
Two other sites (which we felt were backup sites) were not so good, with
much coral covered in algae.  We also visited Cobia Cage, which was a very
worthwhile site.

Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy intervened.  We were able to get 2 dives in
Wednesday morning, then hightailed it into Nassau, and moored at a
sheltered mooring at the Atlantis Marina, which evidently the Home Office
negotiated.  Captain Mark was visibly upset about not being able to provide
a great charter, and kept us very informed with constant reports on the
weather and the situation with the boat and accommodations.  While the wind
for three days approached 100mph, with constant gales in the 60mph range,
the ship faired well and we were allowed to stay onboard with plenty of
water, food, power, drinks, etc. (The Atlantis essentially shut down and
confined guests to windowless areas).  We were most fortunate that many
brought DVDs.  While this was a stressful situation, the crew worked hard
to make our confined stay as entertaining as possible.  The Crew also went
to get lengths to change reservations for many of the guest several times,
showing great patience in a stressful situation.  While Friday night the AC
usually does not serve dinner, Chef Kirk, short on supplies, made a
fabulous meatloaf and fish dinner that satisfied all.

Currently, Aqua Cat Cruises is working with us to get refunds for the days
we were not able to dive.  To the boat's and Crew's credit, we did get in
17 of 26 possible dives.

While a difficult time, it is my opinion that Captain Mark, his Crew and
the Home Office did a excellent job of making the best of the given
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