Disappointed in Blackbeards Cruises Liveaboard
We left on the Morning Star 8-20-11 at about 3pm.
The seas were a little rough and I suffered from some sea sickness that afternoon. I felt better on Sunday morning and started diving.
However due to Hurricane Irene we went back to Nassau Monday afternoon. We all got to use the Captains phone and a customers phone to get flights off the island arranged. The captain said we could stay on the boat in dock until our flights (if you could get a flight). I booked a hotel room for Monday and Tuesday night from the boat.
when we arrived back at port in the rain at 11pm we went to the hotel. On Tuesday morning we got our gear off and our flight moved up to Wednesday morning as they were shutting down the airport at noon.
We were not offered any help or rooms or anything from BB management. I hear we may get 50% off vouchers for the next booking that I wont use due to few vacations so this was a bucket List Trip for me. I should have bought trip insurance.
The crew of the Morning star was great but the management was missing in action and only seemes to care about their boats and moving them to Atlantis marina. I got 6 dives in out of 9. The night dive I didn't go on due to very strong currents and most people came back right away. The seas were rough and the boat was rocking greatly most of the time.
The close quarters on this boat can be a problem if you have any abrasive type personalities on board as we did. This one ass had to be falling down drunk in the evenings and insulting and a smart ass to others including the crew. I wanted to clock him when while some were taking pictures of some cays and the beautiful water we were passing he had to say "oh wow an island gee did everyone see the island."
He also commented on a woman's weight. Guess there is one in every bunch.
If I had to do it again I would go Aqua cat for more space and privacy. My bunk was in the galley area and they sat in there and drank and were loud until after midnight. I got very little sleep.
Again the crew Captain Andy, dive master Adam, Devon, Scott, and Jerimey were all great.
In addition there was an O'ring problem with rings blowing during fills constantly. My tank ring blew 4 times. I did manage to take 450 pictures. And my buddy did a ten min video of the shark dive.