Scuba Divers, what is your favorite dive location? Can be anywhere, wet or dry suit.

I am trying to find the next cruise ports so I can dive it. We have dove Eastern and Western Caribbean and the Bahamas only. I been on shark dives (I prefer them actually). If a cruise is in port for the night, love night dives as well.

 

I am always looking for new adventures and hidden gems.

If you have a company that gave you a great experience, I want to know.

 

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Although I am certified, I lost my card many decades ago. The organization (YMCA) is not able to reinstate the certification as they no longer do the SCUBA certifications. Additionally, since it has been so long, I have forgotten everything anyway so it would probably be best for me to get recertified.

 

In answer to your question, I have not read any horrible reviews about dive companies on any of the cruise boards -- most seem rather enthusiastic.

At the risk of hijacking your thread though (sorry 'bout that), anyone know if it is possible to get certified while on a cruise? I think I read somewhere that some RCL ships offer the complete class on board some of the ships, but I have been unable to find that -- was I making up facts again?

@BDRebel:

No worries on the "hijacking my thread". If it starts some good communication that other can benefit from, I'm all in.


As for your question, I have the best resource, my wife. She is a cruise specialist. 

 

This is what she told me:

Royal Caribbean: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/scuba - The ship that offers this is listed on that link. PADI certified.

Disney Cruise Line: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/port-adventures/st-thomas-st-john-discover-scuba-diving/ non-certification

Carnival: https://www.carnival.com/shore-excursions/cozumel/beginners-scuba-diving-304004 non-certification

 

Some Excursions will offer certification but extremely rare. I guess due to limited time in port.

There are scuba "shops" on some ships

 

Hope this gives you a good starting point.

I can find more links, I just ran out of time, have to go to work...

Cheers

 

Thanks.

I am trying to open up an email line with a "local" scuba shop (200 miles away -- the closest 5 star shop I could find) that seems to get good reviews. Hoping to go from zero to certified before my April cruise.

I was just thinking that taking an in-depth class on a cruise would help with the downtime of sea days on a cruise. Of course, that may be counter to insuring I get the most from the drink package!Big Smile

 

Also, don't know if this is any help to you, I noticed that the PADI website has a link to a map that shows their 5 star rated dive shops and resorts (on the main PADI page, click on "Dive Shops", then "Larger Map")

My favorite place to Scuba Dive is St. John - worth taking the ferry/tour from St. Thomas during a cruise. By far, the most beautiful and abundant things to see!  

BDREBEL - Have you contacted PADI for a replacement card?  

You can take PADI or SSI online and have the book work done. Then you just need the pool sessions and the 2-4 open water dives.

I used to have a drink on days I dove but it really took a toll on my stamina and I am an advance certified diver so I don't mess around anymore. 

Thanks for the tip with the dive shops on PADI's site. I will go check it out.

 

 

 

Oh, man, you are making we want to go on a second cruise to the eastern Caribbean. I have heard about St. John but totally forgot to look that up. Do you have any pictures to show? I would love to see any.

One of my favorite dives of all time!
Big Smile

 

Almost any of the cruises that stop in St. Thomas would be good to ferry over to St. John. I lived on the island of St. Croix and dove there as well as St. John and Buck Island. I'll dig up some pictures ...

I wasn't certified under PADI, but rather YMCA. The Y-Scuba program was taken over by SEI, who has decided not to support the Y program. If certified before 1984, they will not do the research to verify any claims. I was certified in 1977.

This is just as well, as I have forgotten everything. Just for verification -- a Dive Table is what you put your drink on while you adjust your equipment, isn't it?Big Smile

Sorry I no longer scuba dive.

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