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Dive Review of MV Sea Fever in

MV Sea Fever, Dec, 2001,

by Elissa Mayo, CA, USA . Report 123.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We spent New Year's 2001 (Dec. 28, 2001-Jan. 4, 2002) diving bimini, Bahamas aboard the M/V Sea Fever based in Miami, Fl( This was our first time on a live aboard, and based upon our experience, it won't be our last. If your idea of fun is sleep, eat, dive, repeat, then this could be just the ticket.

There are several other dive boats in the area that have similar itineraries, but after weighing the costs and benefits of each, I picked the Sea Fever and it lived up to and surpassed every one of my expectations. The Sea Fever was about mid priced among the other choices.

Ammenities included: An ample dive deck with a spacious camera table and separate gear and camera rinse tanks. New Low pressure steel 80 tanks with adapter for DIN configured regulators. Nitrox fills and classes available. Individual gear "stations" in which the diver could sit down to gear up includeding a large gear bucket underneath the seat, thus keeping the dive deck clear. Giant stride from either side or stern entries were possible. 2 Stern ladders and swim step for getting back onto the boat. Private air conditioned staterooms with doors, not curtains. The length of the bed was adequate for individuals over 6 ft. tall. 3 electrical outlets were present in our stateroom. This was perfect for recharging all of our camera batteries. Main room light and reading light above each bed provided adequate illumination. Private sink in our stateroom (note stateroom #1 does not have a sink). Shared head with full sized shower with good water pressure and consistent temperature located next to staterooms. Bathroom available on dive deck. Fresh water hose on dive deck. Spacious galley which facilitated interaction with other divers. TV and videos were available as were fish and reef creature ID books. A very spacious top deck with chaise lounges and chairs for laying out. This deck also carried two launchable emergency life rafts and 2 kayaks. A Zodiac chase boat was hoisted into the water before every dive and was used on at least one occasion to retrieve divers who popped up away from the boat. This boat was also used to deliver passengers to and from Gun Cay during one of our land excursions. Excellent food including vegetarian meals were prepared for us by Chef extraordinaire Redman prior request.
The wheel house was open to passengers to visit. Captains Mike and Allen were especially gracious to all guests.

Our trip included a $100 shipboard credit which used against the $150 Nitrox class ($50 expense).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Freeport, Bahamas, Jamaica, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Cozumel, California Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-81°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions common sense
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The Sea Fever has a large two tiered camera table on dive deck. Outlets in stateroom were sufficient for charging batteries.
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