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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers and Watersports/Royal Caribbean Cruise in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jon, MD, USA
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Report Number 4288
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Riveria Mia, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Morehead City, Bahamas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hr time limit, back on the boat 500PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Boat had small camera bucket.  Dive Master did give camera bucket
instructions during briefing.  Boat was not set up with a dry table, but
understandable being a day boat.  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
I set up this two tank dive as an excursion with Royal Carribean.  Price
was $150 for a two tank dive.  This included transportation to and from
dive shop.  Decided to go this way because excursion guarnteed that the
cruise ship would not leave port without you.  The shop is located in a
small harbor cove.  The shop is adeqaute size and offers rental gear.  Gear
is a normally high bermudian price.  Boat was a standard size dive boat. 
Dive master advised that boat was Coast Guard approved and had O2, life
jackets, and proper radio equiptment.  Dive briefing was done before we
left the dock.  DM was direct and to the point, with some humor mixed in. 
Check off sheet was completed going in and coming out of the water.  
First dive was on patch reef in approx. 40 feet of water.  Seas were calm
and vis was about 50 to 75 feet.  NO BIG FISH at all, NO grouper or
barcuda.  DM expained that heavy fishing took place for years.  There were
a ton of Sgt. Majors. I did see an octupus about the sixe of a basketball. 
Got to see him change colors, swim along the bottom and crawl the coral
head.  Dive was lesiurly paced and non guided.  
Second dive was on the wreck MONTANA.  This was pretty cool.  It is an old
paddle wheel steamer that was a highly sucessful civil war blockade runner.
 Sank in Dec. 1863 on a shallow reef.  She lies in 30 feet of water and is
partially intact.  Navigating the wreck was no problem and had little to no
current.  Partially intact, gave me the oppurtunity to swim into the ship
in some areas.  Huge steam boiler and pddle wheel frames vissible.  Wreck
had alot of growth, with an abundance of small fish.  Bonus, very close to
the Montana was another wreck that ran aground trying to avoid the Montana.
 This wreck was full of concrete and had a ton of glass bottles.  You can
easily explore both wreck due to the shallow depths.  You could easily make
out the pillars of concrete that have now become artifical reefs.  Glass
bottles cover the ocean floor and make for good photo ops.  However, all of
Bermuda is a protected area therefore, the bottles can't be removed from
the sea.  All in all, plesurable easy begginner dives.  The boat crew was
not very attentitive to expeirence divers but I think that is because they
had enough "cruise ship" divers to worry about.  Boat crew was
not pushy about tips and provided a small tip jar in the shop after the
trip.  Bonus shop provided certificate of wreck, sponsered by Bermuda wreck
diving program.  
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