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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan Haraty, MA, United States
Report Number 2836
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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