Great detailed report - my husband and i leave in 2 weeks on the Aqua Cat.
I have a few questions. In 2019 we did the Cat Ppalu which was exactly perfect for us - only 12 divers/4 staff, we wernt excited to do the Aqua Cat iniitally bc we think it may be a little too luxurious for us but was only option we could get for this July (and still a little nervous as we are more pensione/agriturismo type travelers - not fancy hotel types haha) but your review help me relax a bit about it.
DRYING CLOTHES: on the cat ppalu we hung our clothes/towels to dry on the boat line deck secured with clips... is that okay on the aqua cat? should i pack my clips?
ARRIVAL TIME: says the boat says board at 6pm- when should we arrive 4pm? 3pm? we're arriving friday am and staying at the Towne hotel friday night/hopefully dinner at Brother Eddies (funky hidden gem in the fish fry area) which we loved last time so can be there whatever time saturday.
ATTIRE: On the Cat Ppalu we were basically in swim suits, t's, sleep/loungewear... very relaxed, no makeup, no one dressed up. I had one sundress and fit all my gear/clothes in my xs scuba carryon bag, warm water fins strapped to my backpack, very simple, no need to check anything. Is this the same on the Aqua Cat? what can i expect?
Thanks for the additional recon in advance - greatly appreciated.
Thanks! You are going to have a great trip and the boat/crew are awesome.
The new location of the Aquacat is the Bay Street Marina, which is in Nassau, and not on Paradise Island.
Hoag and Living covered many of the questions, I would add that the crew allowed us to drop our gear and use the facilities on the dive deck, but they made it fairly clear that you could not hang out there until boarding. There is a small pool and some chairs/loungers very near to the boat that are open for use. I had lunch at the Green Parrot and then sat around the pool and got to know the other guests on the boat. A few people walked around Nassau, but most of the stores are closed without the cruise ships, and they said it was a waste of time.
There is plenty of space for hanging gear above your station on the dive deck, on the railings of both open air decks and in your cabin. Oddly, I was one of the only people who shuffled swimsuits and dried out my stuff in between dives, but there are all sizes of clamps available for use (stored under the camera table), so you don't have to bring them if you don't want to.
Everybody wore swimsuits, t-shirts and went barefoot the entire week. There is the captains dinner on Thursday night and cocktail reception on Friday night, a few people got a little dressed up, but it was not required by any means.
I hope you have a great time and make sure do to a trip report when you get back-