Nassau Scuba Diving Excursion Reviews
Rough seas, should have been cancelled, but Stuart cove's was not about the coustomer but the dollar.
My husband did the scuba diving through Disney and thank God it was through them because they did not make the all aboard time but lots of crew members were with him. It made me nervous when they called me at the pool looking for him. Yikes! If you get off the boat for a long excursion make sure it is through Disney.
Never again. What they don't tell you is that the wetsuit is extra (water temp 24 deg when I was there). The bus ride is fairly scary and takes about 40 minutes from the quay to the dive shop. I felt like a processed piece of meat. Dive company is Stuart Cove - my advice is book ahead with any other dive company and I am sure you will get a better deal. $165 for 2 short dives is a total rip-off!
Nassau - Four family members had the best scuba experience (through NCL) My brother who has snorkeled 300 times, rated this as one of the best he has ever done.They did two dives and were impressed by not only what they saw, but by the professionalism of the master divers.
Three of us chose to walk from the Ship to the Straw Market and then down to Junkaroo Beach and the Fish Fry. As you walk away from the pier, you will be hounded by locals trying to convince to take their tours etc. The straw market is about 50 or more little booths with basically the same thing. The Beach is nothing special.... but is was an easy walk and free. The Fish Fry is a street with several restaurants specializing in seafood.... mostly conch fritters and conch salad. We had both at Twin Brothers and it was excellent. The greeting of the NCL staff as we came back to the Ship was fun and energetic. People going back to the ship next to ours were intrigued and wanted to join our party.
. Carnival offered a 2 tank excursion through Stuart Cove’s Diving. Once again the dive shop is located on the other side of the island, so it was a good 35-40 min drive on a small bus. The facilities are very nice and they offer snorkeling and one-man “sub” dives. However, the cruise only had 12 spots for the dive and there were 14 of us on a VERY small boat. It was extremely cramped and crowded and we all complained. We had to get ready for dives in shifts of 3-4 due to no room for the tanks or BCs. There were no buckets for masks or camera equipment (don’t know where they would have put them). There really wasn’t enough room to sit, so several of us leaned or perched somewhere and tried not to fall off. There were 2 dive masters, but only one got in the water to keep track of everyone. Dive master, Nicholas, was very good and led us around on some nice dives. We dove the “Twin Sisters” which are two ships sunk together. Nicholas led us through one of the ships, open and easy, not a real shipwreck. Lots of reef sharks and large turtles were sighted. The second dive was the site of the James Bond Wrecks. These are the underwater sets for “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never Again.” The Vulcan Bomber, a steel frame with aircraft parts to create the illusion in “Thunderball,” is sitting in about 40 feet of water and is covered with coral, etc. Very nice with lots of marine life. Not far away, lies the landing craft from “Never Say Never Again” which sits in about 20 feet of water. The shallow dive gives you lots of bottom time to explore. Great vis and very large turtle (6-7 feet) spotted just taking a nap! Aside, from the great dive sites, the trip back to the shop was thankfully short. The trip back to the ship from the dive shop was not. We waited for an hour for people not on our cruise to make the return trip and subsequently made several stops to hotels to drop people off. So glad they could waste our time in port! The return easily ate up about 1 ½ hours of port time just waiting around. The only good thing was that it was a ship sponsored excursion, so we were guaranteed not to be left behind. I was not happy with the excursion company for their lack of planning. The boat was too small and on the brink of unsafe with 14 passengers, 2 dive operators and dive gear. The return trip on their van was excruciatingly long. We waited at the dive shop for an hour then another hour to drive and drop people off before returning to the ship.