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Black Beard

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by kyleterry, May 19, 2007.

  1. kyleterry

    kyleterry Nassau Grouper

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    Any one have any thoughts/experiences with Black Beard Liveaboards in Bahamas?

    My wife got this for me as a gift, but has not paid for it yet. Would you recommend anyone else.

    I have never done a liveaboard.
     
  2. jasondcrawford

    jasondcrawford Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Dallas, Texas
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    I haven't been myself, but have heard nothing but great things from those who have gone. It's definately a cheaper liveaboard (it's most often refered to as 'camping on a boat'). You don't get your own room, own toilet/shower, limited to a minute of fresh water for showering per day, etc. But you go for the diving, and the diving is great.

    If you have a few hundred extra dollars to spend, I have been on, and would definately recommend the Nekton liveaboards. Depending on when you go, they are priced as low at $1500 or so. Its not quite as nice as the Peter Hughes or Agressor boats, but there are private rooms and bathrooms, great food, fresh towels for every dive, a hot tub etc. Visits the same dive sights though. Hope that helps.
     
  3. Don Wray

    Don Wray Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sardis lake, Ms.
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    GO! You'll have a blast. I go on the Juliet (www.sailjuliet.com) but we frequently cross paths with the Blackbeard folks and they have a great time. It can be alittle crowded (22 divers on a small boat vs. 12 on the Juliet 104' sailboat) but they have been around for years and I've never heard a complaint.
     
  4. robint

    robint Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
    6,540
    1,150
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    from my friends who have been on Blackbeards.... Blackbeards is camping at sea. If the seas are rough it is horrible, there are "shared rooms" with little privacy, limited showers, shared bathrooms, and if you are okay with all that it is fine.
    I wouldn't do it personally. Having unlimited showers in fresh water and a private room with bathroom on the Nekton is worth the extra $$$ for me. But, I don't need the fancy stuff on the Aggressor or Peter Hughes boats either. Its all about what is comfortable for YOU.

    robint
     
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
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    I agree with Robint, I've always heard good things about the Blackbeards trips from folks, but know that it isn't for me. When we looked at liveaboards my husband's remark about Blackbeards was that it's like being at "elk camp" (hunting). That was enough to make me run the other direction!! :sprint:

    I choose the Nekton boats too since they have all the amenities at the right price. Although I spend most of my time on deck with the other diver's on the boat, I like having a private place to sleep and use the bathroom. I also really value a hot shower at the end of the day to wash the salt out of my hair and skin. :blinking:
     
  6. laurelgsc

    laurelgsc Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Atlanta, GA
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    It's blast!!!!!! I have gone twice once in August of 2006 and once in April 2007. The crew is great, the food good, the diving awesome and the atmosphere fun. I am a camper so I have no trouble with Blackbeards. No, they won't be at your suite door when you awaken with warm towels and coffee, but what you will have will be a wild, amazing time. Also it weeds out some of those "I couldn't possibly share a bathroom with someone else" people, who are usually sticks in the mud anyway. I love, love, love not being told "see you in 45 minutes". On Blackbeard's it's, "see you at 500 PSI." This means lovely, leasurely 1 hour + long dives. If you are the suite type of person, then by all means avoid Blackbeards, but if you want to dive, eat, sleep and dive some more, Blackbeards is the place to be. Great diving and you can't beat the price.
     
  7. thebes11

    thebes11 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Jacksonville, FL
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    A lower room on the Caribbean Explorer I is less than $200.00 more ($1,095 vs. $899), and for that you get:

    Two to a room
    Unlimited Water
    A max of only 18 divers
    HUGE dive deck
    Hot towels
    Home made hot chocolate after each night dive.
    Great sun-deck
    Two heads shared between 5 cabins. Neither my wife nor I ever had to wait for a bathroom.

    I looked at both and saw the CEX1 as well worth the $200.00. We just got back yesterday and I wish I could go again tomorrow.
     
  8. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
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    I was on the same trip with Thebes11. I say the same. I did Blackbeard's last year & while I had a blast, Explorer Ventures was superb. A step above. A lot more for the price. Blackbeards, while great diving & food, it was a bit spartan. I would say it depends on your personality. If you like the bare minimum, go with Blackbeards. If you want a bit more, go with someone else. something else to keep in mind is that the crews consatntly change on these live aboards & it can be the crew that makes or breaks a trip.
     

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