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Dive Review of carnival cruise line affilate/carnival cruise ship fascination in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by walter dudley, az, usa
Report Number 382
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]bonaire, curacao, belize, boniare, la parguera puerto rico,
tortola BVI, la paz mexico, pompano beach FL, panama city FL, san clemente
island CA, san carlos mexico, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]our group of six were reqested to stay near one another and
follow the dive master, this was a 95 foot dive and our bottom time was to
be limited to 20-25 minutes.  we were asked to do a safety stop at 15 feet
for 3-5 minues.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
[None]This was a 95 foot wreck dive followed by a 35 foot wreck dive.  The
large freighter had begun accumulating encrustrations and attracted
numerous small fish.  The dive operator did check our certification but was
not concerned about our dive history. The dive operator is affilaited with
the cruise ships and picked up six from the carnival cruise ship and five
more from other cruise ships.

The captain, Alan or Andrew, divided us in to two groups and away we went. 
The first dive site was about 25 minutes out.  At that location the fish
life was not too exciting and there was little coral in the area.  Most of
our underwater time was spent inspecting the shipwreck and going in and out
of some of its passage ways.  Our dive master, Jovan, did check with us
fairly often to see that we were okay and asked for our remaining air
pressure on one occasion.  At the end he directed us to go back up the
anchor line.  It seems that everyone choose to do the 15 foot safety stop
before surfacing.  Before leaving the dive site the captain took roll

The boat, Strike III, was spartan, yet clean and provided us with
complimentary water and punch.  The dive equipment provided by the dive
company was adequate. 

The second dive spot was about 10 minutes from the first and was at the
site of another wreck.  This time a much smaller ship that apparently made
a bee line for the Nassau lighthouse.  Unfortunately the ship ran a ground
and sunk about 100 feet from the lighthouse.

On this dive we once again divided into the same two groups.  One group
headed for the artifical breakwater cement blocks and the other for the
wrecked ship.  This ship was a more recent wreck and the encrustration was
not as developed.  There were a number of fish taking advantage of the
wreck.  Yellow tails, parrot, tang, and the usual assortment of caribean
fishes.  I did not see any turtles nor eels. However, not all was lost as I
did see a rather large grouper (appropriate as I think of the term Nassau
Grouper) and someone else saw a large ray.

After poking about the wreck our group swapped locations with the other
group.  We then investigated the cement breakwater barriers.  There were
many fish, and some coral was attching to some barriers.  We followed the
diver master by swimming in and out of the barriers before finishing this
35 foot deep dive.  However, the crew did not set out spare tanks for a
safety stop as they had done at the first dive. Our return trip to shore
was about 15 minutes and again the captain took roll call before we left
the dive location.

This is the first time I had been on a cruise ship and my expectations
about cruise ship arranged scuba dive were not too high as I thought it may
be a rather canned operation.  That being the case I found the dive to be
better than expected but clearly not at the level I have experienced on the
belize aggressor or better land based operations such as found on tortola.

I did take an afternoon tour with one of the local taxi drivers (Mr Peepei)
and found it a good, not cheap, value.  He had been on Nassau for years and
obvioulsy took pride in his country and sharing it with we tourists.  The
tour included many of the government buildings, a plethora of bank (Nassau
is a bank secrecy haven, although the IRS is working hard to remove the
secrecy), upper scale and poorer neighboorhoods, the extragavant Atlantis
resort complex.  The hugh Atlantis acquarium was outstanding.  Manta Rays,
Grouper, Sharks, and others were supberb.  I have been to many acquariums
Boston, Chicago, Curacuo, San Diego, and so on and this Atlantis exhibit is
as good or better than any others.  Mr Peepei cautioned me about going out
alone at night.  Of course that is the case in most large cities.

Overall a good diving and sightseeing experience.
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