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Dive Review of Blackbeard Cruises/Aquacat in

Blackbeard Cruises/Aquacat, Oct, 2008,

by EMP, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 4550.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Bad: 1) Towels in the cabins are only changed every few days, so it feels as if they are always wet. You get 1 dive deck towel per day, so you're drying off all day with a wet towel. 2)Recommend having two dive masters in the water. There were 5 divemasters onboard, and I only recall the shark dive with more than 1 divemaster. On the first diving day, the divemaster leading the dive got reckless (possibly narc'd?), got lost and some divers needed rescuing (hence the *** for beginner diving). 3) They allowed guests to fish & spear, which I found to be quite contrary since fishlife wasn't abundant (hence the ** for environmental sensitivity). While they served the fish that were caught, the giant lobster that was speared by a guest mysteriously disappeared.

The Good: 1) Two enclosed showers on the deck were very convenient 2) Captain Ron did a great job 3) Boat had a very spacious layout 4) Non-diving activities such as snorkeling, island excursions were fun. Fishing & spearing were also offered.

Additional Comments: 1) While we weren't hassled about the tipping as I've read in other posts, its made very obvious that a minimum tip of $300 per person is expected and $440 is preferred. 2) The $65 DVD offered was on the skimpy side compared to DVDs we've acquired on other liveaboards, and the $40 photo CD was bare bones and appeared that the photos had been downloaded from the camera into two folders: one with 'good' photos and another with the 'bad' photos. Photo CD's we've acquired on other liveaboards were put to music, the photos cleaned up, i.e., some effort had been made to put together a nice collection of photos. 3) The after dive snacks pretty much consisted of fruit/muffins/cookies which were put out in the morning and meant to be our in between snacks all day. Other liveaboards offered different and fresh snacks in between each dive.

Overall, the trip was nice and we had fun. Although I don't think we would repeat this trip, we met others onboard who were enthusiastic repeat customers.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Curacao, Belize, Saba, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots 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 3 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
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