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Dive Review of Stuart's Cove/RCL's Sovereign of the Seas in
Bahamas

Stuart's Cove/RCL's Sovereign of the Seas, Aug, 2006,

by Jonathan Haraty, MA, United States . Report 2836.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Florida, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Rhode Island, Massachusetts]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [You had to follow your divemaster but you pretty much had the freedom to explore as long as you didn't dally too long. Not for beginners in my opinion as when I checked my gauges we were at 110 feet on the wall dive.]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [while there was no set-up for camera rinsing, the water clarity and the close approach of the reef sharks made for some great pictures. The crew was respectfull of the equipment and were always willing to lower the equipment to you once you were in the water.]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a three night cruise. You can dive both in Nassau and on Royal Caribbean's private island, CoCo Cay. I choose to dive with Stuart's Cove again this year after being assured by Royal that Stuart's had solved their problems. They were right, this was a good dive. Last year we could not dive the wall because we wound up with a twelve year old on the boat by mistake and they wouldn't take the family off and put them on another boat. This year we dove the wall and went to 110 ft. Wall was pretty but not spectacular, read no Cozumel. The real diving was the second dive. We dove the RUNWAY and our divemaster lead us to an area close to where they do a shark feed. The reef sharks were all over the place and moving in fairly close, looking us over and gliding overhead. it was a rush to see so many sharks swimming around you.
The Sovereign of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbeans older ships but it is still nice, with great food and excellent service. The rooms are on the small side to accomodate two people plus dive equipment but it is a great way to get in a weekend dive and still make the wife happy. There were only eight of us on the boat this time and there was plenty of room.
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