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When Your Liveaboard Doesn’t Go Where It Promised

and makes excuses about it

from the November, 2016 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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People booking diving vacations on liveaboard boats often overlook the fact that conditions might be very different to those found at a resort securely set on terra firma. However, as big or seaworthy as a vessel is, it still operates at the mercy of the weather. The ocean is bigger than everything.

This can mean that itineraries get changed at short notice due to changing conditions. The safety of the vessel and its passengers are the priority, and when it comes to diving, the safety of those once in the water is equally crucial. For that reason, skippers must always maintain the right to adjust an itinerary as necessary.

Changes can lead to disappointment when people have expectations of visiting certain dive sites on advertised routes, and they don't get to see them. More disappointing are changed itineraries that were so changed to suit the requirements of the crew or operator rather than the paying passengers....

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