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Dive Review of Underwater Safari/Queen Mary 2 cruise in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

Underwater Safari/Queen Mary 2 cruise, Nov, 2007,

by Robert Rollin, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3720.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Curacao, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was a moderately priced shore excursion ($99 for a 2-tank dive). The dive boat was berthed a short walk from the cruise ship. The QM2 group was augmented with some divers from a HAL ship for a total of 20 divers. The boat was large with a good selection of rental gear in good condition (included in the price). The boat trip to the dive site was quite short. We were divided into two groups of ten divers with no consideration of experience. After a decent dive briefing we entered the water. I had a problem with an air leak that was quickly fixed with a new rig. The first dive site was called "Supermarket" because of the high number of lobsters but none were seen. This dive was shallow (30 feet) and short (43 minutes). We had a short surface interval, a good dive briefing, then dove two of the five Navy barges that were sunk after World War 2. This dive was also shallow (39 feet max but generally about 30 feet) and also short (43 minutes). The divemasters provided basic guiding but little in the way of pointing out sealife. While the operation was definitely safety conscious, it was clear that they were on a tight schedule. While this excursion was relatively inexpensive, I'm not sure that it provided a good value.
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