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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

Spirit of Freedom: "Sickening Experiance", Nov, 2018,

by Donald frazier, CA, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10678 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments [ My trip 11/12/2018 was sickening,literally. The cabin I was assigned to was not the one they had agreed to furnish. Thatís not good. The cabin they gave me smelled like an outhouse poorly maintained. The stench was so pervasive sleep was near impossible. My sinuses were burning. There never was any repair done. There was no other open cabin. I stuck it out till a cabin opened up. Three god awful days and nights later. They then moved me into a cabin that was located next to a sea water pump that alternated on and off all day and night. Any time someone flushed a toilet. Once again sleep was near impossible as the pump motor was so loud. Comparing notes with my fellow passengers showed that almost all the cabins had serious defects.
The worst was when Ellis (cruise director) spoke so harshly during a dressing down rant to one of our group that she was literally in tears. The boat is elderly and in need of an overhaul. Swaths of rust were apparent in the interior of the vessel. The crew manifested an I donít care attitude. The galley served hotdogs for dinner twice and afternoon snacks consisted of gummy bears, potato chips and Kool Aid. More than once I spotted the crew eating stashed food supplies much better than ours.
Between the stench of a sanitation system failing and the lack of sleep from a very loud never ending sea water pump motor right next to the bunk I developed a sinus infection that ruined my trip. Leading to a trip to the hospital on Lord Howe Island. My experience was not unique.
Websites Spirit of Freedom   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving North Pacific, Central Pacific, South Pacific, Thailand, Red Sea, South America, Central America
Closest Airport Cairnes Getting There Flight was good

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth, very ridgid buddy rules
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nominal, rinse tank, drying table, medium size work station in lounge
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