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Nekton closes it's doors
« on: May 17, 2010, 15:49:53 UTC »
The Nekton homepage has been replaced wtih the following

Cessation Of Operations - Monday, May 17, 2010
Dear Friends,


It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we must announce the cessation of operations for Nekton Diving Cruises. Due to the continually increasing cost of operations, decreased discretionary income of consumers, and overall economic difficulty, Nekton is unable to restart cruise operations at this time.


We anticipate to post further information on this page with a point of contact for claims at the middle/beginning of June 2010. We deeply regret all of the inconvenience and disappointment we are causing you, our valued customers.


If you have travel insurance, please use a copy of this announcement for pursuing a claim with your insurer.


Once again, it is with our sincerest apologies, that we must take these steps.


The Former Nekton Team



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And Explorer Ventures steps in.
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2010, 17:09:32 UTC »
"RE: Offer to Nekton clients

Hi all -

All of us at Explorer Ventures were were sad to hear about Nekton Diving Cruises going out of business. Though I never had the opportunity to go on John's boats, they've had many enthusiastic supporters over the years, and I'm sorry to see their relationship with their long-standing clients end this way.

In order to limit the losses to Nekton's upcoming clients who have sent them full or partial payment for their trips, I would like to make the following offer to anyone who may find themselves in that position:

1) If you've paid Nekton in full for your upcoming trip, we will offer a discount of 50% of the amount paid to Nekton on any of our Caribbean destinations, upon receipt of your payment records. Full payment of the balance would be due on reservation.

2) If you've paid a deposit only of up to 35% of the Nekton trip cost, we'll apply that deposit to final payment for space on any of our Caribbean itineraries, with immediate confirmation. Our normal booking terms (30% deposit) would apply to the trip, and the Nekton deposit would be taken off the final balance due.

3) Obviously this wouldn't apply to any current reservations you may have with us (sorry!), and no other discounts would apply.

In May/June we have the following spaces available:

May 29 Turks & Caicos - 10 available
June 5 Bahamas - 11 available
June 5 Turks & Caicos - 8 available
June 12 Turks & Caicos - 10 available
June 19 Turks & Caicos - 5 available
June 26 Bahamas - 11 available
June 26 Turks & Caicos - 6 available
July 3 Bahamas - 12 available
July 3 Turks & Caicos - 8 available

For further information please visit our website at, or call us at 800-322-3577 or email

Best regards,

Clay McCardell
Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Diving
Bahamas - Turks & Caicos - Northeastern Caribbean - Galapagos - Maldives"




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And the Aggressor Fleet, too.+
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 11:12:07 UTC »
"Aggressor Honors Nekton Reservations

 Aggressor Fleet is pleased to announce that they are honoring unfulfilled reservations made by Nekton Diving Cruises customers for Nekton charters after May 20, 2010. Nekton Diving Cruises ceased operations on May 17, 2010.

Divers formally scheduled to vacation aboard Nekton vessels after May 20 may apply any payments made to Nekton toward future charters aboard the Belize Aggressor III, Cayman Aggressor IV, Turks & Caicos Aggressor II and Utila Aggressor. Customers will only be responsible for paying any price difference between what they paid for their original Nekton reservation (includes fees)  and the new Aggressor Fleet reservation.  Reservationists are also available to help guests make changes to any flight arrangements or book flights for new airline reservations."

 "It saddens us to see any dive operation close its doors, says Chairman & CEO Wayne Brown, but we are pleased to be able to assist those guests who now face losing a vacation and their investment. It is our goal to give every reserved Nekton customer who has not yet taken their trip an opportunity to enjoy that dive trip of a lifetime on one of our luxury live-aboard yachts."

Upon making a reservation, guests should submit a copy of the invoice and proof of payment. Anyone who had a canceled reservation prior to May 20th should email"


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