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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
24 guests
6 nights minimum
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This is a Saturday-Friday All Inclusive Scuba Diving Cruise Blackbeard's Cruises is the ultimate diving adventure! This all inclusive scuba diving vacation offers up to 19 dives including a blue hole, wall dives, high speed drifts, wrecks, reefs and a thrilling shark feed. All meals, snacks and beverages including coffee, tea, sodas, beer, wine and rum drinks are included. Accommodations are dormitory style cabins that are fully air conditioned. Board our 65' sailboats in Nassau, Bahamas and depart every Saturday for the remote islands of the Exuma Cays. Spend a week exploring the Caribbean's largest underwater park.
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Can accommodate children ages 10 and up. Children must be supervised at all times.
Bathrooms
2 Half baths, 1 Shower
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About the Owner
All Star L
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2016
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Reviews (61)
Lin
Lin
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
This was my dive buddy's and my first experience on a liveaboard and we had an absolutely wonderful time. The accommodations were humble, the food fantastic, and the diving even more so. We both felt very safe and excited as the crew was knowledgeable about the life in the Bahamas, gave us easy-to-follow dive briefings and were generally fun to hang out with. If problems occurred, the crew was communicative, and was great at calmly problem solving issues. Even during the more difficult dives, I felt safe with their clear instructions, I even learned and practiced some diving skills (such as negative entry). When I head back to the Bahamas, I would happily book with them again, and recommend that you do so too!
Visited November 2021
Written 4 November 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lydia
Lydia
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
This was my dive buddy and I's first liveaboard and we had an amazing time. Sara the dive guide was super knowledgeable about all of the dive sites. She provided descriptive details about the dive sites including what sealife we could expect to see, the depths we should be at to optimize our air consumption and dive time, and areas to be careful of. The crew was great at detailing the dives of the day, and even when we had stormy weather and had to anchor early one night, the situation was managed professionally and we were kept up to date as the crew themselves received information themselves. Every dive plan had a backup plan, and another backup plan depending on if weather or something else meant we had to change plans. It was so reassuring, especially for myself and other newbie travellers. The Blackbeard Morning Star earned my review after my horrible liveaboard with Blue Horizon in Maldives (which I am writing this review from right now). I would book with Blackbeard again :)
Visited November 2021
Written 30 September 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jen S
Jen S
2 contributions
I just got back from a week on one of Blackbeard's ships called the Sea Explorer. I went with my dad who is 72 and my daughters who are 13 and 18. This was my daughters first scuba trip and they fell in love with it. Blackbeards is definitely like camping on water but we loved every minute of it. Captain Iain and the entire crew were outstanding. They were offering help at every turn, even offering to take our dirty dishes downstairs for us. We had a slight medical event the night before we were supposed to head back to Nassau. The captain put my daughters welfare first and asked if we wanted to end the trip and head back immediately. It wasn't necessary but I appreciated his concern for my daughter and putting her safety first. The diving on this trip was great. Warm waters, great visibility and lots of sea life. We saw many sharks and stingrays and several sea turtles. Lots of little fish and a couple big grouper along with a lot of other things. The Washing Machine dive and Blue Hole were also really unique, fun dives. The shark dive was the best! Over all it was an amazing trip, especially for the quality we got for the money. We would definitely do this trip again.
Visited August 2022
Written 16 August 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Crow
Crow
Rocky Mount, VA140 contributions
The Crew Benny James Sarah And Capt Hopi just cann't do enough to make this your best vacation ever. These ships The Morning Star & Sea Explorer were built back in the late 70's. You are given a bunk and privacy curtain. You have 3 bathrooms with one shower on the boat. Some call it camping at sea. I call it high energy at sea. If you need some ME time you simply crawl in the bunk. Other wise you are in the galley or on deck enjoying the trip with your other passengers. Everyone is on Vacation so the mood has always festive. The crew sees to your every need. The food is awesome and needed. You will most likely have 15 to 20 dives scheduled along with actives other than diving. if you must have a napkin placed in your lap at dinner with some pouring your wine. THIS AIN'T THE PLACE FOR YOU. If you want a trip with passengers spontaneously singing and dancing, scuba diving and great food hurry up and book.The trip is so good you will feel guilty if you only tip 15%. BTW to ALL STAR LIVEABOARDS: my 9th cruise was awesome as usual all the crew was great HOWEVER Capt. Hopi is a great addition to your company a well needed breath of fresh air. well done!
Visited February 2022
Written 1 March 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Laurie T
Laurie T
2 contributions
I can not say enough about this dive trip. I felt as if I had a personal dive crew for me and my son. We had a small amount of 9 divers on our boat, so our experience was very special. We saw everything possible that there was to see on this cruise. Shark feed, blue hole, Iguanas, pigs, and Haylard swing to name just a few. I caught a barricuda and a Mahi Mahi off the back of the boat as well. The food was amazing and the crew were top notch. I enjoyed being with a local Virginian, Captain Red, as we exchanged conversations on The Morning Star. We met some life long friends now from this dive and a few of us are already looking forward to another adventure together. This is definitely worth the money and the experience. Just remember this is a live aboard boat. So, if you can do tight quarters and pretty much camping on the water, this is definitely for you.
Visited April 2021
Written 10 April 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Thomas W
Thomas W
Roxboro, NC10 contributions
Recently returned from a dive cruise on board the Sea Explorer. We cannot say enough about the crew. Captain Jim, First Mate Ian, engineer Corari, dive master Thato and Chef Beau were accommodating and ensure all of us were taken care of. The Dives were unbelievable topped off with a shark feed and four deep dives during the trip. The ship is exactly as described and we experienced no surprises on arrival. Would recommend Blackbeard’s for anyone who wants to experience diving in the Bahamas at a decent price. Looking forward to a return trip with Blackbeard’s. Thanks again to CPT Jim and the Sea Explorer crew!!!!!
Visited July 2020
Written 19 July 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nicole Anderson
Nicole Anderson
3 contributions
Years before this trip, I only partially enjoyed scuba diving. I would feel very nervous leading up to a dive. One day, to add to my fears, I ended up having a regulator issue 90' at depth. I stopped diving for at least 3 years before deciding to give it another try due to an opportunity to go on this trip. To keep a long story short, not only did I come to enjoy diving and gain a lot of confidence during this trip, but now I can't get enough of diving. I thank Capt. Red, the crew, and great dive buddies for this. I did sit out a few dives and there was zero pressure. Just have a good time! But the day of the shark dive came. I love sharks and there was no way I was sitting out that dive. For the first time ever, I was EXCITED to get in the water. I practically couldn't in fast enough. Capt. Red put on the theme song to Jaws and I thought that was a great (and funny) touch. This trip is great. It's no frills sleeping arrangements, but comfortable enough. The food is outstanding and super impressive the chef does the magic she does with the tiny kitchen. The diving is fantastic with so many fun sites. It's just overall great. So while this is quite delayed, I thank everyone on the Morning Star for this fantastic trip. I will be back again! Oh, and they even mailed me a size small of the tshirt I wanted since they didn't have it available on the ship to purchase!
Visited April 2018
Written 8 May 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Pal H
Pal H
Halifax, Canada25 contributions
This was a fabulous dive trip aboard Morning Star! I had not done a liveaboard dive trip since the early 1980's - I found this trip to be everything and more of what I had hoped for. Led by Captain Red, the crew, Tammy, Hoppy, Ollie, Chris and Ben worked together extremely well - their professionalism and experience ensured the safety of the boat and the guests at all times. The amount of work they all did in the background to ensure our safety, comfort and enjoyment was incredible. Captain Red expertly navigated the weather and sea conditions to provide us with a comfortable boating experience and fabulous dive sites, the dives were expertly briefed, advanced training requested by a subset of the guests was conducted thoroughly, the on-board procedures were clear and extremely well organized, the food was incredibly good (they catered to several dietary restrictions), the maintenance and cleanliness of the boat itself was impeccable, all of our ground transportation needs were fulfilled efficiently and the effort the crew made to ensure each and every one of us had a good vacation was exemplary. I cannot thank all of them enough for my wonderful dive experience. I highly recommend Blackbeards for a dive vacation and will definitely book my next dive trip with Blackbeards.
Visited February 2020
Written 22 February 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Geoff B
Geoff B
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
Just came back from my second Blackbeard's experience. My oldest son and I wanted to do a dive vacation together. We had such a great time. Spending time with my adult son, doing up to 5 dives per day, and enjoying consistently great food--I still have my smile. The crew is super attentive and service minded. The living conditions are truly like camping on the water. The diving was excellent. Tons of marine life, including lots and lots of sharks. The other guests were fantastic. I can't believe that they put together such a great package at such a low price!
Visited February 2020
Written 11 February 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Shi
Shi
Calgary, Canada13 contributions
Absolutely incredible week! So glad I chose this week and this boat, the crew were all professional yet super chill and fun. They were all knowledgeable on anything we needed/ wanted to know and I couldn’t have been more impressed by the whole experience. We had Jenn filling in as chef for the week and we were well and truly astounded by the incredible food she prepared. Even the vegetarians and gluten free options people were raving about. Great trip to do as a solo traveller, it was very easy going and quarters weren’t that tight at all considering we had 18 people + 5 crew onboard. Hands down, great crew! Captain Red, First Mate Justin, Dive Master Morgan, Engineer Chris and the amazing Chef Jenn. I’ll 100% be diving with All Star Liveaboards and Blackbeard’s again.
Visited January 2020
Written 10 January 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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About the neighbourhood
We travel to the remote islands of the Exuma Cays. These islands are home to some of the best diving the Bahamas has to offer.
Getting around
Once on board Blackbeard's Cruises will take you throughout the Northern Exumas and Eleuthera. We can also provide ground transportation to the vessel in Nassau through an affiliate.
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Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount

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Frequently Asked Questions about Blackbeard's Cruises

Blackbeard's Cruises is able to accommodate up to 24 guests. See all property details.

Blackbeard's Cruises has 3 bathrooms available. See all property details.

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