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

Dive Dominica, Dive Barbados, Pelican/Carnival Cruise Lines - Destiny, Nov, 2005,

by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA . Report 2178.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No less than 500psi back in boat + safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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