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Cruise ship stops in Nassau and Freeport

Discussion in 'Bahamas' started by doghouse, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. doghouse

    doghouse Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Huntingtown, MD
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    I have a cruise that is stopping in both ports. On day is from 7am-1:30pm the other is 11:am to 8 pm.
    I started looking for dives, and from what I can see:
    1. Morning dives run from 9:00 to 1:00 a little tight to get back on the ship.
    2. There are no listed afternoon dives or only a 1 tank afternoon dive. so that knocks the other day out.

    Please don't tell me I have to spend this entire week stuck on a ship and not get any bubble time out of it!

    Someone please tell me there is an alternative!
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014
  2. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

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    Location: ft. lauderdale, florida
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    sad news.....have a good time anyway.
     
  3. miked

    miked Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Park Ridge NJ
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    In Nassau (at least last August) Stuart Cove's picked up from the cruise ship area around noon, for afternoon 2 tank dives, and returned to the ships by 5:30.
    They seemed to go out of their way to accommodate the ships schedule.
    I also recall some "cruise ship people" on the morning dives, but that was 2 years ago.
    It couldn't hurt to give them a call.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014
  4. warmwaterturner

    warmwaterturner Dive Con

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Houston, Texas
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    Just dove with Stuarts cove in December - booked through the ship. It was a good two tank dive and we had about 10 divers from the ship. The transit time from the dock to Stuarts Cove was about 45 minutes by shuttle. Considering your port times, I would try and book through the ship. I normally book my own but my time line was too tight. I would have spent the whole dive time worring about getting back to the ship. If the excursion is running late, you are not going to get left while on a ship excursion. You dont mention which line you are sailing with but we were with RCC.
     
  5. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Cove's has a contractual obligation with some cruise lines but I think your short time in port falls outside their parameters:
    Check with Bahama Divers also. With that early of an arrival, as long as their boat is back b4 1:00 or so you should be able to get back to your ship - it's a 5 min. ride.
    Last option might be Explore Scuba on Paradise Island - a few minutes farther away than Bahama Divers. IDK much about them. Explore Scuba - Custom Dive Charters in The Bahamas
     
  6. clevie

    clevie Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: virginia
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    If your 7am is in Freeport and the 11 am is in Nassau, you can dive both ports. We just did this off the Carnival Pride. Booked Stuart Coves in Nassau independently for the afternoon dives, and booked with UNEXCO in Freeport (thru the ship) for morning dives. Both days had less than 8 divers on the boat and one day only 3 from the ship, the other day there were 5 from the ship.
     

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