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My Blackbeard's Cruise Report

Discussion in 'All Star Liveaboards' started by jlcnuke, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. dirkmy

    dirkmy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Kennesaw
    29
    10
    3
    I decided against it, but going in November you might want to think about it due to hurricane season.
     
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  2. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    4,695
    2,654
    113
    Blackbeard's in not an expensive trip so if you don't care to get trip cancelation insurance, that's understandable. But you might look at getting DAN diving insurance in case of injury or medical emergency, it's good for a year. Personal medical insurance from your job or the military may not work outside the US.

    The DAN price isn't bad, their plans range from $40 to $125; we get their mid-level policy and pay $75 per person, but it's up to you, of course.

    Scuba Diving Accident Insurance — About Scuba Insurance Programs — DAN | Divers Alert Network
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2018
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  3. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
    451
    304
    63
    Not to me, but she didn't do any of the dive briefings etc so it would have had to come up in a separate conversation I'd guess.
     
  4. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
    451
    304
    63
    I have DAN dive insurance and their travel insurance (annual plan). I find it very cost effective for the coverage provided, especially with it covering multiple trips each year. Their website does a good job of explaining what they cover.
     
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  5. scubapetecanada

    scubapetecanada Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    6
    3
    3
    We've booked our first Blackbeard's trip for this December on the Sea Explorer and have been absorbing all the great information and advice offered here on SB. I just want to say thank you to everyone for sharing their experiences and advice - it is very helpful and educational
     
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  6. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    4,695
    2,654
    113
    I hope that you have a great trip, please be sure to post a trip report when you get back!
     
  7. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts
    469
    271
    63
    Hi, thanks a lot for all the info in this thread so far! I'm considering booking the Blackbeard's sometime this winter (as my 1st liveaboard experience), and so far couldn't find definitive answers to two simple questions anywhere including the Blackbeard's FAQ:

    1) How many guests are actually on board?
    2) Are all dives on air? (someone wrote earlier that they though that was the case but I didn't see anyone confirming/disproving it)

    Also, please correct me if I'm wrong, but its sounds like all dive sites on the itinerary could be shared by open-water divers and AOW-an-higher divers, is that correct?
     
  8. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
    451
    304
    63
    The number of guests vary slightly, but it's up to 20 max iirc.
    All dives are on air, no nitrox is available on the Morning Star or Sea Explorer.
    Everyone dives the same dive sites. The boat "reminds" people to dive within their training and experience, but no one is policing your depths or anything (an OW diver who was recently qualified definitely exceeded 60 ft when we did the Nassau blue hole for instance... and no one cares.
     
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  9. All Star Liveaboards

    All Star Liveaboards ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Bahamas, BVI, Indonesia, Philippines
    82
    47
    18
    We have 18 berths onboard and can accommodate up to 24 passengers but typically we depart with 18-20 guests.

    All dives are on air. Nitrox is not available.

    The diving is able to be enjoyed by divers of all experience. We generally have little to no current. Winter generally provides the best visibility on the year. The diving includes vertical walls, blue hole, swift drift, wreck, reefs and night dives. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have, kevin@allstarliveaboards.com
     
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  10. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts
    469
    271
    63
    Awesome, thanks jlcnuke and Kevin!
     

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