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Dive Review of Albatros Charters/Cruise Ship in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Albatros Charters/Cruise Ship, Mar, 2011,

by Eric A Frick, IL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 5943.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow dive guide. Signal when 1,000 p.s.i. is reached.
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great care was taken dealing with cameras but no special provisions are made for photographers.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Our group of 3 (1 Assistant Instructor & 2 Master Scuba Divers) made reservations with Albatros as we prepared to take our cruise. Reservations were handled correctly and promptly. We took a quick taxi ride from the international cruise ship pier to meet the Albatros boat, the 25' "Libra", an open boat with a canopy. One of our divers had specified the size of the BC that he required but it was not on the boat. Owner Rita quickly got one from their shop and we were on our way. Captain Edwin and Divemaster Pedro did a superb job of asking us about the type of dives we wanted and making the entire experience great. Drinks, pineapple slices and even cake were served between dives 1 & 2. After dive 2 we dropped off the only other diver on the boat at the marina and enjoyed lunch (tacos) with Edwin and Pedro before heading out for dive 3.

A day of diving arranged with a great local operator like this always beats a diving "excursion" provided by the cruise line operator.

Albatros is a great operation and I would not hesitate to recommend them.
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