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Great questions @LorenzoidI may have missed it if you addressed it, but how was the fire safety? Briefing? Drill? Escape routes?
As an example: the group that went out on the trip prior to ours only had a couple of days of diving in the Bahamas and had to return to Miami prior to the seas getting really rough and making the crossing more tenuous than the Juliet wanted to subject their patrons to. That 6 day trip turned into a 2.5 day trip.
No-- Health reasonsTB, congratulations on the official DRRich2 Scubaboard seal of approval. It is the gold standard we all aspire to so wear your blue ribbon with pride!
The Juliet is hard enough to get on, I'm afraid your report will make it even harder. I was actually considering not doing my annual Cozumel Day of the Dead trip and trying to get on , but the available dates never worked out. I did reach out with a couple of questions regarding flight arrival time (12:30 is fine even though their website says noon) cabin assignments (select your cabin at booking) and first responder discounts (nope). The response was with in An hour of sending an email.
I also looked at a blackeards guys trip, but the airfare to Nassau compared to Southwest to Miami makes the Juliet an easy choice for us. I don't understand why there aren't more liveaboard based out of southern Florida.
Great report, thanks for taking the time to bring us along on your trip! I think of you every time I drive by Sids in El Reno. Hope that's not what made you vegan!!
Which leads me to wonder what times of year give the best and worst odds of a successful 'dive all the days' trip. They do some other destinations besides the Bahamas; I wonder if that's part (or all) of why?
Thanks for the added notes on food (crab cakes and shrimp look like a winner to me) and solo and guide issues. Scuba Board's membership varies from 'I love mentoring newbies' to 'No thanks to instabuddies,' so I imagine that'll come in handy.
One thing that looks a little different on the Juliet's website vs. some other live-aboards is the issue of charters. Many weeks on their calendar list some organization's name, so I presume it would be needful to contact that charter organizer and book through them?