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Blackbeard's Cruises Compliment
This review is as much a compliment to Blackbeard's overall operation as it is to refute the other two reviews on this site. I am an avid diver who has been on four Blackbeard's operated liveaboards in the last four years in addition to a couple of liveaboards operated by other companies. Two of the trips I went on sailed from Miami, one from Freeport, and one from Nassau. The crews have always been accommodating, attentive, and fun. In regards to the owners, on my first trip, I drove to Miami and hadn't arranged for parking my vehicle for a week and the owner, Peggy, allowed me to park at their offices across the bridge at no charge and even followed me over and gave me a ride back to the boat. I met Bruce while in Freeport and talked to him for a while. He was very nice and seemed very appreciative of his customers. One of the other reviews mentioned that he/she only took one vacation a year and was upset that the divemaster didn't dive with them. If you only dive seriously once a year, you probably do need a guide in the water with you, and you also don't need to be on a Blackbeard's boat. You probably paid $649 for an all inclusive trip in 2002. With 15 -20 divers on the boat, how many babysitters can they afford to be in the water with you? As far as sailing, spearfishing, and fishing, the website and the brochure market the trips as "liveaboard scuba diving adventure travel vacations." If they didn't sail, it's because there wasn't enough wind. As a novice sailer, I can promise you good sailing weather is not good diving weather. When they put the sail up leaving Miami, it was to slow the rocking of the boat while making the crossing to Bimini, thus making your trip smoother. For spearfishing and fishing, Bahamian law does not allow you to spearfish on scuba. You can only free dive with a Hawaiian sling, not a spear gun. If all you wanted to do was hunt, you should have stayed stateside and left some of the most beautiful reefs in the world alone. In conclusion, the only thing I can warn you about a Blackbeard's cruise is something that the crew or the owners have no control over. Once and a while a guest on the boat will be akin to the one(s) who wrote the other reviews and in a restricted environment like a liveaboard, he/she can and will ruin the trip for everyone. I'm just thankful I wasn't on the same trip as the other reviewer.
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