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rinsing ,storing gear on cruise ships

Discussion in 'Cruises' started by simcoediver, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canyon Lake, TX
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    It very much depends on the specific cruise and scheduled ports. There are usually a pretty good number of divers on cruises that stop at the better dive locations, but most of them look like snorkelers as they leave the ship because they rent the rest of the dive gear, or it is supplied as part of the excursion. This is common whether they are using the ship's or off-ship dive op. On typical cruises, there may be one or two divers besides me that have their own gear, but occasionally most of the divers are carrying their own stuff. I get a kick out of the same question I am frequently asked on the elevator or waiting in line to disembark, while dressed in full dive gear as I described earlier: "Are you going diving?" I just say "Yes, and I am really looking forward to it," while thinking "How astute of you!", or more likely "what a dumbass question!"
     
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  2. simcoediver

    simcoediver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario, Great Lakes
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    Thank you to everyone that responded to my questions and provided a ton of much need info..Especially to .Bobroo. we will be on the same ship as you and I have already made inquiries for diving. I have heard back from Aldora in Cozumel, Takata in Coca Maya , and will be talking to Subway in Roatan next week when I am there.
    My only concern is with Bahamas, I do not want to use the ships excursions for Stuarts Cove , There must be other good scuba outfits that will take you out for good shark dives without having to pay $179.I have to pay that for both my wife and myself, Thats crazy!. any one recommend other outfits?
     
  3. gr8jab

    gr8jab Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oregon, USA
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    FYI, direct from Stewart's Cover web page, it is $182 per person for a 2-tank shark dive.
     
  4. simcoediver

    simcoediver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario, Great Lakes
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    Thanks for the update, it,s even worse than I thought. I have emailed Bahamas Divers to see what they have. they do runs out to the Blue Hole.
     
  5. wsr523

    wsr523 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Wylie, Texas
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    In case you do decide to use Stuarts Cove and take Stuarts bus from the cruise ship pier be ready for what can be a long bus ride. They pick up from all the resorts around the island. The last time I did it the trip out wasn't too bad but on the way back I thought we were never going to make it back to the ship.
     
  6. Lefty Writer

    Lefty Writer Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: League City, Texas, United States
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    Just now noticing this thread, but if you are still interested, here are a few of my thoughts:

    We always bring our own gear. I know how well it's been maintained and it's configured exactly how I like it.

    We use private dive operators instead of ship-sponsored operators when possible.

    On most port days, the Lido Deck is usually pretty empty. When we get back from a dive outing, we'll take our gear to the Lido Deck and use the showers by the pool to give everything a good rinse, even if we rinsed at the dive shop. We'll then spread our stuff out across a few loungers to dry while taking a dip in the pool. Most of the time, it'll be pretty dry by the time the Lido starts filling up. We'll take our gear back to the cabin once it gets crowded. This has worked out quite well for us.

    Have fun!
     
  7. arcticat99

    arcticat99 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Saskatoon Sask canada
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    i like bringing my own gear on cruises,i seen some sketchy rentals in the past.the biggest problem i came across is after a dive bringing back my equipment wet going through the xray machines .i get complaints from security .i just smile and ask them what are my choices lol. most dive sights let me rinse my gear at their shops when we get back
     
  8. Sluggoaafa

    Sluggoaafa Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Minneapolis, MN
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    Lot of great suggestions and ideas.

    I don't have my own Regulator, BCD, or suit yet, so far....been extremely lucky with the shops I used while on a cruise. I do take my own mask, snorkel, and fins. I'm a minimalist when I'm traveling, so lugging around all that gear would be a bit of a bother for me...BUT, I know once I get more dives under my belt, and more cruises, I'll want to start bringing my own gear.

    After my dive in September in Fort Lauderdale, I really want to save up and get a Dive Computer. At least that is something to really enjoy and small enough to pack with my gear on flight, and my cruise.
     

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