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

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Rollin, CA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 3720
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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