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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Allan Freilich, NY, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bronx, Brooklyn,Queens, Long Island,Belize, Cayman, Turks,Cozumel, Playa
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500lbs return  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
nothing beats the Agressor's camera platform.  Crew very aware about camera
gear and treats it with repect.  Rinse tank full size-saw the Dancer's
rinse tank and clearly it is not made for those with a big rig!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
For all planning a foreign trip-get trip insurance!  Anything can
happen--Also:  arrive 1 day in advance--anything can happen!
American Airlines cancelled our flight between miami and Belize by calling
family after we were in the air from NY to Miami!! They gave out vouchers
for overnight stay but we were meeting a liveaboard!!
When we finally reached the Aggressor's emergency person he arranged for a
rep to meet us in Belize airport to hire a speed boat to take us to the
Aggressor for about 250.00 each. (couldn't return home anyway because
October 31 was the early snow storm in the Northeast-everything was
cancelled, including rail lines)  My buddies dive gear was misplaced during
next day trip to Belize, pretty aggravating.
Negotiated with American regarding this 250.00 fee and they finally agreed
to not charge us (lost luggage also helped the negotiation, I'm sure) and
we finally got to the boat loosing one day of diving.

No one's fault, but we were at the tail end of the hurricane, so weather
and vis were awful (gee, i could have stayed in NY and dove there!) but the
boat took on bad fuel; we were dead in the water until the Sun Dancer came
to rescue and trade fuel with us.  Still, generators failed and we lost
another day of diving.
Captain and crew kept their cool during this very stressful situation,
making them work around the clock to clean out fuel tanks.  I was very
impressed with the captain and crew and really expected nothing less from
the Aggressor fleet.  In addition, after i contacted them a month later
they agreed to give a generous discount to all on our trip if we travelled
with them during the next year.  We are going back on the Cayman Aggressor
in April to hopefully be able to cross over to Cayman Brac and Little
Cayman this time.  (weather in November 2010 was too rough despite 2
attempts at crossing)
My comments--no one can blame anyone for bad weather or bad fuel, but the
cabins leaking fresh water ruined my Saturday return clothes.  I had to
wear stinky balled up clothing from my laundary bag.  The boat had been
serviced in Honduras recently and the Captain mentioned that he wasn't
happy with the service done.  I'm not sure what service was done but
leaking cabins are not pleasant, and the compressed air at the camera
tables was gone.
Still, if you are an avid photo person, there just isn't any better way to
get in the water faster and easier than a liveaboard boat.  At my age I'm
tired of dragging 50lbs of photo gear plus scuba equipment back and forth
to the boat, not to mention worrying about theft.
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