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Dive Review of Oceanwide Expeditions/M/V Aleksey Maryshev in
Other Locations/Antarctica

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Robert M. Jacon, NY, USA
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Report Number 3583
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Cocos, Galapagos and Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
32   to 33    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60' depth limit was strongly suggested, no diving under ice and no diving
near most ice bergs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Diving was from zodiacs.  Fresh water rinse was available on the main ship.
 Most divers had underwater digital systems and were very helpful.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
This was strictly dry suit diving.  The air and water were both at 32
degrees F.  Inexperienced dry suit divers need as much experience with a
dry suit as possible, especially with bouyancy in shallow water.  The
highlight of each day was finding Leopard seals to snorkle with and
penguins(Gentoo,Adelie and Chinstrap).  Minke whales were often in the area
but remained out of sight while underwater.   A giant jelly fish paid a
visit (3 meters +/-) while circumnavigating an iceberg with no overhang.
     The M/V Aleksey Maryshev is a former Russian research vessel, built in
1990 and operated by a Dutch Company.  The crew was Russian.  The ship is
66 meters long, with a draft of 3.5 meters. It has a top cruising speed of
12.5 knots.  There were 47 passengers and 10 of us were divers.  Nine dives
were conducted and land tours several times a day.  We dove below the
Antarctic circle at approximately 66deg./51 min. S at Detaille Island.  The
food was adequate, not gourmet.
     I was the lone Yank diver with one diver from Holland and eight divers
from Turkey.The dive leader was Mike Murphy from Great Britain and he was
assisted by Rupert Krapp from Germany/Norway.  Mike was exceptional.
     Underwater was interesting, similar to the North Atlantic,without as
much color and fish life.  Topside, it was breathtaking.  In addition to
Penguins, we saw Albatross, Petrels,Skuas, Gulls, Terns and the Antarctic
Fulmar.  Fin whales, Minke whales and Humpback whales visited our
expedition.  In addition to Leopard Seals, we saw Weddell, Crabeater and
Antarctic Fur Seals.  Hourglass Dolphins escorted us much of the way.
     The Drake Passage and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current were kind to
us during our cruise South and our return North to Ushuaia, Argentina.
     This was a great way to enjoy a toast of champaign while crossing the
Antarctic Circle and a great way to enjoy Russian Vodka, on ice, standing
on the Antarctic continent.
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