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liveaboard.com Can I trust them?

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by pilotaydin, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. LiveaboardCom

    LiveaboardCom Liveaboard

    Hi Alberto,

    Thanks for letting me know. You're right, I did suggest you re-write your review and that's no doubt very frustrating to find out you couldn't do so. I will speak to the review team now and find out what has happened and get that fixed.

    I don't have access to the review platform/process myself and so need to request assistance on this one. Please bear with me.

    I'm also going to send you a private message now so you have my email address in case you would prefer to re-submit your review that way or chat privately.

    Many thanks,

  2. LiveaboardCom

    LiveaboardCom Liveaboard

    Hi all,

    I appreciate some of you are concerned we don't publish reviews below 7 stars or negative reviews. I've done some research and here is a selection of some lower scoring reviews:

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  3. LiveaboardCom

    LiveaboardCom Liveaboard

    This one is for a liveaboard called the Spirit of Nuigini. The guest was right, the negative review was published and, as you can see, the boat is currently not operating:

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    We agree we need to change the the way we publish reviews and this is being discussed in depth by the appropriate managers and team that can implement changes. All of your concerns have been passed on for this process.

    In the meantime, you can see we do publish negative reviews. We also take action when we receive reviews that state a vessel or operator problem has arisen that needs to be resolved.

    If you have specific vessels or unpublished reviews you're concerned about, please let me know as I can look into those individually. (I've already noted the Orion and you can see above that I'm addressing that one).

    Many thanks,


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  4. Jay

    Jay Need to dive more!

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Melbourne, OZ.
    Perhaps SB needs a new section "LOB Reviews" and each vessel has a Poll (separate thread) with the following rules:
    •votes are publicly visible
    •only members with #posts > ?50 can vote so as to stop vote bots and the like
    •any vote below ?6/10 needs to have a brief explanation/detail else the vote is deleted.
  5. Alberto Ruiz-Larrea

    Alberto Ruiz-Larrea Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Netherlands
    I think that is an awesome idea Jay. I actually look on here regarding reviews for all my diving etc. I actually had decided on the boat that I was originally meant to go on thanks to a trip report on SB.
    Jay and chillyinCanada like this.
  6. admikar

    admikar DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
    @The Chairman ? What do you think?
    drrich2 and Jay like this.
  7. nippurmagnum

    nippurmagnum Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Washington DC metro

    I would suggest that you post reviews without editing. Or, alternatively, ask reviewers if they would agree to specific editing of their reviews. But don't just edit their reviews without their consent.

    I recently did my first liveaboard.com trip to the Red Sea, and on the whole, I was satisfied with liveaboard.com as a portal, and with the assistance of the reps I spoke with. I also had a great time on the trip itself.

    When I returned, I wrote a very positive review about the boat I was on. Just about the only negative comment I made about the boat was that while the food was generally good, breakfasts were disappointing and not nearly as good as lunches and dinners. When the review was posted, I noticed that liveaboard.com had deleted that comment about the breakfasts. Why delete that?

    I will say that in originally selecting the specific boat that I booked, I did read a couple of negative comments, so it's not as if the censorship is 100%. But based on the general homogeneity of comments, I didn't really trust that the comments were unedited, and my experience upon my return (when my own comment was edited) confirmed that impression.

    The boats in the Red Sea all pretty much look the same, and there are dozens of them. Being able to read unedited comments from previous divers would be the most useful resource in distinguishing one boat from the other. I realize that if several highly negative reviews are posted about a particular boat, the owners of that boat might decide to stop doing business with liveaboard.com -- but the flip side is that I think divers would feel much more confident booking a trip on a boat advertised by the portal.
  8. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    It's an interesting idea. We have a few things in the works as it is, but we are having a problem with a need to update our software first. Check with me after the first of the year.
    Alberto Ruiz-Larrea and Jay like this.
  9. LiveaboardCom

    LiveaboardCom Liveaboard

    Thank you for those comments, that's really helpful to hear and you have some valid points there about editing and trust. I will pass them on now and I'll also ask about your query regarding the editing of your review.

    Many thanks,

  10. LiveaboardCom

    LiveaboardCom Liveaboard

    Hi again,

    Just to let you know I've sent a private message so I can get some booking details from you and look into what happened with your review.

    Many thanks,


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