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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

Aggressor Fleet: "Christmas in Palau", Dec, 2017,

by Bobby Munno, NY, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10091 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments By far the best of 3 Aggressor cruises we have done. Diving off skiff was very easy and convenient. Staff was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. The boat is showing its age, however. We had an "issue" but the crew were quick to respond to a problem that resulted in a strong sewage odor in our cabin. Everything was clean but wear is evident. Catamaran hull minimized rolling and wife's "sea-legs" were not an after-cruise issue this trip. Trip costs varied greatly among passengers and I felt penalized by booking early. I received special offers ($500 off) from Aggressor after booking, which I was denied when requested to have applied, which seemed a counterproductive marketing tool only serving to alienate. Nitrox at $100 per week per diver seemed onerous after initial high cost of trip and no additional cost to boat. Only 3 night dives were available for the week. Chef Shea performed a Herculean task daily turning out 3 great meals and 2 snacks a day while separately catering to a Kosher passenger seamlessly, even getting a couple of dives in. Diving was great and varied although our trip included no wreck dives, a negative for me. Staff celebrated milestone dives, a nice touch. While understandable for turnaround, it sucked that they throw you off the boat at 0800 hours on Sunday morning in to a small town with little to do and no hotels offering early check-in. Marine park fee of $210 and island escape tax of $50 are excessive.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Brooklyn, Bonaire, Cabo, Cancun, Caymans (all 3), Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, Sint Eustatius, Ginny Springs, Grenada, Iceland, Jamaica, Key Largo, Long Island, Palau, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Roatan, Tobago, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, Yucatan cenotes
Closest Airport Koror (ROR) Getting There Not a very easy place to get to, especially from NYC. Most transfers are through Guam with arrival at 2301 hours and departure at 0145 hours.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 81-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions While depth and dive time were recorded and limits recommended during briefings, divers could "do their own thing" and not follow the group or guides.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 2 separate camera rinse tanks. large camera table with small towels and compressed air provided. separate shelf under-table for recharging. boat is set up for and the staff cater to UW photographers.
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Jan 03, 2018 22:08 EST  
The discount works both ways. Early bookers get choice of cabins (as on a cruise ship), while late bookers with a discount may be relegated to an upper berth.
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