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Dive Review of Blackbeard Cruises/Morning Star in
Bahamas/Exumas out of Nassau

Blackbeard Cruises/Morning Star, Jun, 2009,

by Andy Burns, GA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4896.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Both coasts of the US and Hawaii. International around the Caribbean, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Restricted to limits of certification, experience and demonstrated skills.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera bucket to hold the gear, galley table for gear prep and downloading pics, plenty of power outlets for running chargers and laptops.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Great trip, excellent value for money. It would have been nice if Blackbeard offered to share the arrival flight info so divers could ride share to the boat. Personally, I should have brought 2 towels, one for cleaning up with and one for after dive drying off. Bring some of the spring clamps to use as clothes pins to hold wetsuit and towel to the safety line to let them dry and make sure to initial them as yours and not the boat's.

The ship was in good condition, and the crew made the difference between just a good trip and great trip. The captain on my trip was Grayson who was always thinking a couple steps ahead and with him and his crew made the trip better than my expectations.

I was very pleased with both the food and accomodations. The cook even made us a great conch salad one afternoon out of the conch that were caught on the trip.
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