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Dive Review of Oceanwide Expeditions/M/V Aleksey Maryshev in
General Travel/Other Locations/Antarctica

Oceanwide Expeditions/M/V Aleksey Maryshev, Feb, 2007,

by Robert M. Jacon, NY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3583.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was strictly dry suit diving. The air and water were both at 32 degrees F. Inexperienced dry suit divers need as much experience with a dry suit as possible, especially with bouyancy in shallow water. The highlight of each day was finding Leopard seals to snorkle with and penguins(Gentoo,Adelie and Chinstrap). Minke whales were often in the area but remained out of sight while underwater. A giant jelly fish paid a visit (3 meters +/-) while circumnavigating an iceberg with no overhang.
The M/V Aleksey Maryshev is a former Russian research vessel, built in 1990 and operated by a Dutch Company. The crew was Russian. The ship is 66 meters long, with a draft of 3.5 meters. It has a top cruising speed of 12.5 knots. There were 47 passengers and 10 of us were divers. Nine dives were conducted and land tours several times a day. We dove below the Antarctic circle at approximately 66deg./51 min. S at Detaille Island. The food was adequate, not gourmet.
I was the lone Yank diver with one diver from Holland and eight divers from Turkey.The dive leader was Mike Murphy from Great Britain and he was assisted by Rupert Krapp from Germany/Norway. Mike was exceptional.
Underwater was interesting, similar to the North Atlantic,without as much color and fish life. Topside, it was breathtaking. In addition to Penguins, we saw Albatross, Petrels,Skuas, Gulls, Terns and the Antarctic Fulmar. Fin whales, Minke whales and Humpback whales visited our expedition. In addition to Leopard Seals, we saw Weddell, Crabeater and Antarctic Fur Seals. Hourglass Dolphins escorted us much of the way.
The Drake Passage and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current were kind to us during our cruise South and our return North to Ushuaia, Argentina.
This was a great way to enjoy a toast of champaign while crossing the Antarctic Circle and a great way to enjoy Russian Vodka, on ice, standing on the Antarctic continent.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, Cocos, Galapagos and Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 32-33°F / 0-1°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60' depth limit was strongly suggested, no diving under ice and no diving near most ice bergs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Diving was from zodiacs. Fresh water rinse was available on the main ship. Most divers had underwater digital systems and were very helpful.
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