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Dive Review of Dive Dominica, Dive Barbados, Pelican/Carnival Cruise Lines - Destiny in
Caribbean (General)

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA
Report Number 2178
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Belize, Cayman, Cancun, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten,
Barbados, Florida, USVI, BVI and St. Barths
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No less than 500psi back in boat + safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
This was a cruise vacation with excellent UWP/Computer facilities on the
ship for print or disc.  Carnival is very open to improve their UWP and
other photo facilities for passengers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was a cruise vacation trip planned to dive all ports on the southern
Caribbean itinery.  St. Thomas/St. John was first stop with excellent scuba
at the NPS Reef areas on St. John.  Water conditions excellent, shore
services outstanding and LOTS of fish life for either scuba or snorkling. 
On to Dominica . . .

Dove with Dive Dominica - arranged by Carnival.  This was nearly a
"cattle boat" with loads of cruise divers (14 in all).  Besides
the total lack of courtesy in the water, the sites dived were excellent. 
The weather was poor with a driving rain that forced us into Scott's Head
Bay where the wall was great.  This is a critter heaven site.  2nd dive was
just off shore with wind, waves and poor vis - still outstanding coral and
fish presence.  On to Barbados . . .

John Moore arranged by internet.  Pick up on time and boat off shore anchor
due to waves.  Had to swim to boat geared up with 2nd tank in tow - this
should be practiced once or twice before attempting for real.  Sites were
excellent with wide variety of coral and fish.  First photo ops with Flying
Gunard - pics excellent.  Weather marginal again with some wind and rain,
cloudy and poor vis.  On to Aruba . . .

Pelican at Holiday Inn is the best in Aruba.  Antilles, Perdonales and
Malmok Reef.  What can you say - excellent fish and coral development.  Sun
was out and vis improved to nearly 100 ft.  This 3 dive special with lunch
at pier restaurant for $97 is outstanding value - booked over internet, not
ship.  Jerry is great as new Manager at Pelican.

Overall, this is the best and lowest cost way to dive four different
islands in one week for a low cost.  The ship is your resort with inclusive
everything.  Do not book the ship's shore excursions for experienced
diving.  Use the internet and book individually with each operator.  They
will meet the ship's schedule easily to accomodate their clients.
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