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Blackbeard's Cruises (All Star Liveaboards)

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Destination: Bahamas

Itineraries: bahamas (6 nights) | from $166++/night.

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Blackbeard's Cruises Quick Pitch

Blackbeard's Cruises offers great value dive liveaboard for through two sailboats: The Morning Star and Sea Explorer, each one accommodating up to 22 divers in fully air-conditioned cabins. The perfect solution to fulfill your passion for diving in the Bahamas without breaking the bank!

Why You'll LIke Blackbeard's Cruises

  • Only $995 per week for up to 19 dives: great overall value for money!
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages (including beer, wine, and rum punch!)
  • Fully air-conditioned dormitory style cabins
  • Over 35 years of experience diving in the Bahamas   

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Liveaboard Location

Embarkation and disembarkation are from Nassau. The nearest airport is Nassau International Airport (NAS).

Dive Overview

Blackbeard’s Cruises offers liveaboard scuba diving vacations to the Bahamas Out Islands. Experience the Caribbean’s largest variety of diving including shark dives, walls, high-speed drift dives including the Washing Machine, night dives, blue holes and the beautiful coral reefs of the Exumas Land & Sea Park.

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Accommodations

Types of cabins, amenities and photos, blackbeard's cruises accommodation overview.

The three dormitory style cabins with shared baths and shower accommodate 6-8 guests in each. Bunk beds have privacy curtains and personal space to store your belongings.

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What to Expect

Sleeping Cabins 1-4 upper and lower bunks are single bunks with curtains for privacy. There is more privacy here but less space. 5 and 6 upper and lower bunks are double bunks meant for two people to share. This is typically where couples are housed. 7, 8 and 9 upper and lower bunks are in the main salon. These bunks are double wide but usually only sleep single passengers. There is less privacy here but more room. Think camping on the high seas only better!

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Blackbeard's Cruises Cabin Details

  • BERTHS #1-2 are upper and lower berths. Ideal for single travelers. Accommodates 4 singles.
  • BERTHS #3 -4 are upper and lower berths. Ideal for single travelers. Accommodates 4 singles.
  • BERTH #5 is an upper and lower double berth that accommodates 2 couples. These berths offer the most privacy for couples.
  • BERTH # 6 is an upper and lower double berth that accommodates 2 couples. These berths offer the most privacy for couples.
  • BERTH # 7-9 are 6 double berths in the main salon and galley area. These berths provide accommodations for couples or singles. These are the least private accommodations, however, berths are the most spacious for single passengers.  

General Facilities

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Blackbeard's Cruises Boat Features

  • Fishing gear
  • Free freshly cooked meals 3x daily and free beverages
  • Dorm-style bunks with AC below deck
  • Showers 
  • Kitchen (galley)
  • Dive equipment rental available
  • Diving courses available (from Beginner to Advanced & Specialty Courses)
  • Dedicated rinse tank for cameras & 1 tender

Schedule & Rates

Blackbeard's cruises liveaboard rates & schedule.

Morning Star   - Sea Explorer

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Morning Star's Schedule, Rates & Availabilty

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Sea Explorer's SCHEDULE, RATES & AVAILABILTY

Prices are in USD, per person. Additional port fee of USD 135.

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  • Bunk accommodations
  • Up to 19 dives including night dives
  • All meals and snacks served picnic-style
  • Beverages including juices, soda, beer, wine and rum punch
  • Tank, weights and weight belts 
  • Fees and taxes 
  • Rental gear
  • Scuba instruction
  • Crew gratuity
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Dive and snorkel gear (available for rent)
  • Spending money on port night (Thursday)
  • Pre or post hotel stays
  • Airfare to Nassau

Dive Information & Itineraries

Typical blackbeard's cruises schedule & itinerary.

Blackbeard's 7-day dive trips shove off at 3 pm each Saturday. All passengers disembark by 9 am on the following Friday.  Please keep in mind that there is no set itinerary. The leader will take you to go where conditions and weather are the best to offer you an adventure of a lifetime!

Bilikiki Liveaboard Solomon Islands

You’ll be diving up and down the Exuma Sound, an abyss that drops over 4,000 feet to the ocean floor! The Exuma Cays are known for their wonderful reef dives due to the protection they receive from the Land and Sea Park sanctions. You might dive Eleuthera but that is also weather dependent. Our specific itinerary varies with the winds to obtain maximum visibility for diving. The depths normally range from 20′ to 120′. There are swift drifts between the cays as well as a blue hole that divers will love.

What to Expect During the Dives

Experience a variety of scuba diving like no other place in the Caribbean. The variety of dive sites in the Exuma Cays is truly unique and offer opportunities not available elsewhere and they can only be reached on a liveaboard. Each week we offer a great variety of diving including thrilling shark feeding dives, walls that begin as shallow as 40′ and slope over the edge where large pelagics are frequently seen, exhilarating high speed drift dives through the cuts of the cays, blue holes which are banked by patch reefs with huge schools of fish as well as other wonderful sites.

Shark Diving with Blackbeard's Cruises

The trips to the Exumas, Exuma Cays and Eleuthera’s Split Coral Head allow Blackbeard’s divers the chance to check off items found on their must-do list – to swim and observe sharks. The most common type of shark encountered on these dives are the Caribbean reef shark and the nurse shark which usually rests on the sandy bottoms. Underwater photographers can capture many close up images.

If  Blackbeard’s divers are lucky, the shark gods bestow appearances by hammerheads, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, whale sharks and the black nose shark.

A highlight of the trip is a passive feed, where divers can observe sharks and their behaviors. Afterward, a popular activity is the search for the ultimate souvenir – a shark’s tooth.

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Boat specifications.

  • Year Built: 1979
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Sailing Rig: Sloop
  • Length: 65 feet
  • Beam: 19 feet
  • Draft: 6 feet
  • Cruising speed: 7 knots
  • Engines: 137 HP Ford Leyman
  • Generator: Isuzu 35KW
  • Air Compressors: Yes
  • Water Capacity: 635 gallons
  • Water Maker Capacity: 10 gallons/hour
  • Fuel Capacity: 510 gallons
  • Tenders: 1-12 ft inflatable
  • Sail area: 1,700 sqft
  • Dive Compressor: 17 cu ft/min
  • Maximum guests: 22

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The Bahamas is a great location for a liveaboard and Allstar made it a great experience with awesome dive sites and delicious food! The boat was the perfect size for a small group, the rental equipment was in great shape and the dive guides were very knowledgeable and fun. Overall, a fantastic experience!

I had an incredible time. I would absolutely do it again- I wish so much that Blackbeard's offered cruises all over the world- i much rather do this type of diving, where your sleeping accomodations are like that in an RV (bunk beds like book shelves wherever they can fit) so you can get the best $$ for your diving. The meals were delicious- 3 full meals + morning and afternoon snacks. The diving was stunning, reef sharks spotted every dive, several turtles spotted during one week, water as clear as an aquarium, I 100% highly recommend

Loved my time aboard Blackbeard's Liveaboard the Morning Star with Captain Red and the crew. The diving was amazing as we explored the various sites around the Exuma Cays. We saw plenty of sharks during the shark-feed dive where a ball of chum was fastened on a wreck for the sharks to feast on. We must have seen 30 Reef Sharks on that dive. Beyond sharks we saw plenty of Bat Fish, Parrot Fish, Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Loggerhead Turtles and Groupers. My favorite dive site was Tres Wrecks, where three large vessels were scuttled in a U like formation, creating a massive, interesting artificial reef with plenty of sea life. Overall, the food was pretty simple but fairly tasty; Fresh fruit, burgers, chicken and fish. Free beer and rum were provided after the diving was done. This liveaboard is likely best suited to younger adults as the tight quarters were a little uncomfortable for the older members of our group, who seemed to enjoy the trip less than I did.

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I really enjoyed my Blackbeard's trip, especially considering the price--under $1000.00 for a week of liveaboard diving. Blackbeard's is especially good for those on a limited budget, and for those who want to see sharks and go on a great shark dive. The crew of Blackbeards were great--there are way fewer crew members to passengers on a trip in this price range, so it is better if you are more independent with your equipment and with diving, but they were fun and worked hard to make sure all the guests had a good time. Also, you were allowed to dive your own profile. The food was simple but good and plentiful, and was augmented by freshly caught fish on a couple of occasions (they allow fishing off the back of the boat, when motoring to new dive sites). Alcohol is included in the price, and there was a nice beach barbecue on one of the evenings. The accommodations are tight, as one would expect on a trip in this price range. You have a small bunk area and share the bathroom with 10 of your new, closest friends. I didn't mind this at all, as I was there to get in some good, affordable diving and hoping to get some good images of sharks. My only concern would be for photographers with equipment, as they are not really set up for large camera rigs. On my trip, there was one bunk that was not filled, and the crew let me keep my camera gear on that bunk, which was very helpful. There are typically 4 dives offered per day. When I was there, nitrox was not available, so 4 dives is probably a good limit. Also, the compressors take quite a bit of time to fill all the tanks. The walls in the Bahamas tend to start deep, at around 70-80 feet, so we would alternate one deep dive, then a shallow dive of perhaps 30-40 feet. There was quite a bit of variety in the diving, and they have a nice, smaller version of the Blue Hole that was a lot of fun. They did have a large number of invasive Lionfish, so there was not as many of the typical Caribbean reef fish as you might see in Cozumel, for example. The best part of the trip was the shark dive. They freeze a large bucket of fish parts into a big "chumsicle" and drill a hole through it and string it on a cable. I think this is a much better and safer approach than hand-feeding, and the sharks circle around and lunge at the frozen bait, making for some great action and photo opportunities. I was even able to get a couple of images of blood on their teeth. Overall, I would say that this is one of the best values in diving for the money. If you want to see sharks, and get a good variety of diving, and don't mind roughing it a bit, this is definitely the place to be. If you want to be pampered, or if you are a photographer with a lot of equipment, then you might want to consider the Aquacat that dives the same area, but has much more room and individual state rooms, bub costs over twice as much.

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By ZoietheElf , November 18, 2023 in Bahamas

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I have three kids, 14, 12, and 5. We did a pirate adventure in the Outer Banks when my older ones were little which is no longer there, but it was one of our favorite experiences ever, so when I saw this pirate ship in Nassau I thought it would be similar and that we'd have a great time. I saw someone I vaguely know on Facebook post their visit here recently and now I'm having second thoughts. This is our first cruise ever, and our only day in the Bahamas. She stated that it was rather boring and mostly all they did was play rock music and dance. I've read reviews and they're very mixed, some say the same that this person said, that basically it's just loud music and not great, and others rave and say it's the best thing they ever did and they talk about them telling pirate history and what great actors they are and it's their best excursion they've ever taken. I have no idea what to do now, cancel it and choose something else for the day or keep it!!! It's just a couple hours in the morning and we were going to walk to the beach and just let the kids play for the afternoon. They love pirates. Is the pirate museum in Nassau a better experience, or is this one what we should do? Help!!

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I've never done it, but that excursion has received a bit of unwanted attention fairly recently.  This is the ship where the kid jumped overboard and was eaten by sharks.

Thank you for the response. I saw that when I was trying to find reviews!! At first it concerned me but then I realized there is a "partying" cruise they do at night for adults that is a very different activity than the morning cruise for kids and families, and the teen jumped intentionally, so it wasn't really the fault of the company or crew at all.

there is a family type pirate show on coco cay.  no cost, cute but corny show.

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Exploring the depths with Blackbeard’s Cruises Dive liveaboards: A Comprehensive Review

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The diving conditions are incredible, the health of the reefs, and the amount of marine life I saw was absolutely mind-boggling. And the ease of diving is bar none. You put your tank and BCD on and flop in easier than 1-2-3. What was the accommodation like? Like camping on the high seas, that sounds like it might be fun. Trust me, the diving will be worth it, my friend said.

What was he talking about? Blackbeard’s Cruises liveaboard Dive liveaboard 

In 2022, a good dive buddy invited me on a live-aboard dive trip. I was apprehensive at first. I had never done a live abroad dive trip before, and a lot of the pictures I had seen of the boat and the accommodations and the no-frill tone of the Blackbeard’s Liveaboard website had me thinking about whether this is the best way for me to be spending my vacation time off work. Liveaboard is a large part of dive travel and often offers dive opportunities that one could never encounter with shore diving or charter diving. Liveaboard experiences are unique in that you will be brought to an area of the ocean that may have rarely, if ever, been visited by other divers, giving you views and experiences that couldn’t be had any other way.

In this review of my stay with black beard Cruise, I’ll share my experience with you and whether camping on the high seas is something you should consider.

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BlackBeard Cruises is well-established in the business.

Blackbeard Cruises was established 40 years ago and operates a whole fleet of boats that sail worldwide. The home port where they port four vessels is Nassau, Bahamas. Two are liveaboard sailboats, The Morning Star and The Explorer. We were told that boats are identical, and my dive buddy has been on both of them, and they are mostly the same for all intents and purposes. The Morning Star and the Explorer regularly sail around the Exumas and the Exumas Cays. In particular, we spent much of our week around the Eleuthera Islands.

The Dive Experience

“So what do you think of the diving? I know you were recently in Roatan, and you rave about the Cozumel Reef?” My dive buddy asked after our third dive. He was a little nervous that maybe I was upset that the diving wasn’t up to my expectations. My reply: “Man, the accommodation initially got me slightly thrown off. It seemed like it might be a rough week, but after these three dives alone, I GET IT! Some of the most beautiful reefs I have ever seen in terms of health and abundance of life; this might be some of the best reef diving I have ever done.”

Blackbeard Curses is established to cater to diving full stop, from having a very organized dive brief with constant communication with how the diving will take place, who will be in the water first, and when to gear up to not miss out on any fun. Taking every measure to make sure everyone gets the best dive experience possible.

Once you arrive on the boat, you will be shown how to organize your gear on the board. Where to find your weights before the first check-out dive and what to expect before and after every dive. The captain will start the initial safety briefing, explaining how life on the boat will be for the next week. Right off the bat, this sets the tone for the trip, as the whole cruise will be focused on catering to you and your dive experience.

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Due to the size of the boat, there is no equipment rinse tank, and there is limited fresh water. This worried me a little. I am a freshwater diver regularly; leaving salt water to dry on my gear for a week bothered me. Rest assured that anyone who wants to rinse their gear can do so once a day after their night dive. When you get on board, ask the crew to hose you down with the deck fresh water hose. It’s just a quick rinse. It helped my mind settle as to what salt might be doing to my equipment. After a week of my gear sitting in the sun and only gently rinsing after the last dive of the day, I saw no change or anything to worry about regarding saltwater corrosion.

Our first dive of the trip was a checkout dive, and the crew picked an incredible introductory spot on a wrecked drug trafficking plan in about 29 feet of warm crystal, clear water. Having a shallow, clear area to do your check-out dive with plenty of time to get your lead weight figured out was nice. Often, checkout dives are rushed and quite chaotic. Once we finished our check-out dive, within a couple of hours of leaving port, we were instructed that due to weather, we had a 9-hour crossing to Eluthria Island areas as that’s where we might spend most of our time due to wind and weather. 

After that initial check-out dive, there were four dives a day every day for anyone who wanted to take them. The crew strives to get the guest at least 19 dives in a week unless something out of their control prevents that. Usually, the night dive takes place at the same spot as the last dive of the day and is also where the boat remains anchored for the night.

All the dives were great; you can’t ask someone who loves diving to differentiate. In most of the dives, I didn’t see a lionfish (an invasive species that kills many animals on a reef). There were countless dives of beautiful fan coral for the whole dive, some incredible swim through full of grouper and all sorts of moray eels. Several wreck dives at all depths. Usually, the day’s first dive would be a dive where you could go deeper than 100 ft. Every dive after that will typically be 60 ft and shallower as the day progresses.

All dives start with a comprehensive dive brief from the dive master/instructor on board; the dive brief will generally include any species of animals living in the area or any exciting features you don’t want to miss out on. There were normally pretty detailed diagrams drawn to help you navigate. 

All dives are self-guided if you choose. On our trip, the dive instructor was busy training some of the people on board, so if you wanted a guided dive, you had to wait through the training portions of the students’ dive and then continue with the non-course-related diving. Other than that, you would guide yourself through most of the dive. 

This may seem scary unless you understand how they organize the dives at Blackbeard. Most dive sites have been specifically selected for a safe dive experience. The dive boat is typically well within view of wherever you are diving. When you descend the line on most dives, you will make it to the ocean floor and swim along small reef mounds, and you and your buddy will feel like you’re alone exploring the reef. But if you float 10-15 feet to the top of the coral mound, you will see other divers from your group on the other side of the mound, and the boat will be within eyesight. Then, you just float back down and continue with your dive. It’s the closest I have ever come to hiking in the water.

At the start of the week part of the dive brief, we are told about the shark dive midweek, typically landing on a Wednesday or Thursday, depending on when your trip started. I didn’t give this too much thought as I love sharks and I love shark dive, but I have been on dozens now, and I know the typical routine your are taken to a familiar site; everyone kneels on the bottom, and a dive master presents a bait ball, and we enjoy the feeding frenzy on the bottom. This was very much the experience on this trip’s shark dive, too. What I particularly wasn’t expecting was that on this trip, there was no need for a shark dive or a bait ball to attract sharks, as this trip was a shark lover’s dream as every one of the 19 dives in 5 days there, at least a couple of sharks visited us. Now that I have read The Biology of Sharks by Peter Klimley and Steven Oerding 2013, I better understand why. But at the time, I was utterly in love and blown away.

Animal facts : In that book, it explained there had been research done that may give us reason to believe that several of the reef shark species have a resident reef where they usually live. They will patrol a territory, or when they catch a scent, they will seek it out, but once they find the food item, they usually return to their home reef. This led me to understand that most of these sharks must live on the reef we are visiting and not just randomly roam the ocean looking for food. 

A quick experience : on our second dive, after seeing a couple of Caribbean reef sharks, I was excited about how incredible the diving had been so far. To my pure joy, as I splashed in and signalled back to the boat that I had a safe entry, I couldn’t help but just put my face in the water to look at the bottom, approximately 60 ft and to my exhilaration, do I not see a group of nurse sharks and more Caribbean reef shark waiting for us at the bottom. This sight would normally bring terror to a non-diver, but I am sure I am speaking to the converted if you read this article that it was a real, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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On board accommodations

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The boat will accommodate 19 divers and five crew. The accommodations are slightly cramped as you are on a sailboat. There are a variety of bunk options. Several bunks surround the gally (Kitchen on a boat). These bunks are double-wide and are in a public area, as that is also where the kitchen, shower and dining tables are. Each bunk has a privacy curtain that works nicely to block out any light but doesn’t block sound. Suppose you are a light sleeper or don’t like to socialize till late. Try to avoid these bunks, which may help you have a more enjoyable trip. Then there are four double bunks sharing a bathroom mid-ship, then in the front of the boat, there are six more bunks sharing their own bathroom at the front of the ship below deck. 

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If you have the option, select these bunks if you’re not travelling with your partner where you are sharing a bed. These bunks have the most privacy as the curtain will make it like you have your own personal room. These were the only bunks on the boat that provided these options.

If you like me, diving will work up a serious appetite, and given how many people are on the boat and when you see the size of the kitchen, I am sure you will be blown away by how much food they pump out of such a small space.  If you have any special food requests or accommodations, make sure you make them known well before the boat leaves port. The crew will do everything in their power to accommodate their guest, but once they leave port, it puts a real damper on your trip if you need them to sail back just to pick up your box of goldfish crackers. 

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The boat crew sets the menu and will brief you on what to expect each night. We had steak night on Wednesday when we were there, which was a real hit. There will be plenty of food on your cruise, but there are some rules to eat on Black Beards that everyone will appreciate if you follow. Before, you have a second helping of food, and there is always food for seconds. Make sure you are clear with the captain that all the crew have eaten. We are the guests on the boat, so the crew will always eat last, and if everyone takes more than they can eat, and several people go in for seconds, they may still not finish. There might be no food left for the crew. Given the size of the boat for storing provisions and how busy the crew is, the chef won’t start marking more food once the meal is served, so the crew will go with very little food and have to resort to eating snacks until the next meal. When you see how hard the whole crew works and how much they strive for you to have a good time. This is a minor consideration on behalf of the guest. 

On our trip, we had a few inconsiderate individuals, and this did happen one night; three individuals took more than they could eat, and we noticed that two of the crew didn’t eat any dinner and were snacking on some fruit. As a group, we approached this individual, pointed out the results of their actions, and reminded them of what was explained when we got on the boat. Those individuals were apologetic and made it up to the crew on tips at the end of the trip. I just mention this because the crew did not complain when this happened. They didn’t point it out in any way. We noticed it and asked the captain to ensure what we saw was happening, that some of the crew went without dinner.

As this is a dive trip, alcohol consumption is always welcome, but it is something we need to watch to stay hydrated, as dehydration is the number one cause of the bends. Blackbeard’s Provided domestic alcohol on board, beer on tap and as much rum punch as you want. The captain normally opens the bar after the last night’s dive. There were some nights when only some were doing the night dive, and the captain would tap the keg early for those individuals. The crew made it clear they had zero tolerance for drunken diving. 

Showering and bathroom 

On a boat, a bathroom is called a head. On our ship, the Explorer, there were three bathrooms; the largest one was at the back of the ship in the common area with the kitchen and the bunks surrounding the dining table.

The toilets are similar to plane toilets; they don’t use a lot of water as fresh water on the boats is mainly for drinking and bathing sort of, I’ll get back to that in a minute. With the bathroom, be mindful not to throw much, if any, paper down the toilet. There are receptacles in the bathroom for the paper. Toilets will clog regularly on the boats because we land lovers don’t know how to use the bathroom properly. The crew was very accommodating no clog got out of hand, and it was handled discreetly. The toilets regularly needed a lot of maintenance by the crew, but it never harmed our trip. 

When it comes to showering on the boat, the truth is that most people didn’t shower often, and I know this may sound gross, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. You are diving all day in the water in a wetsuit. At the end of the day of diving, you hang any wet clothing on the side of the boat to dry and put on some shorts and a T-shirt. 

The main reason for this is that fresh water is precious on the boat, and the freshwater for showering isn’t drinking water it’s water condensation collected from an evaporator, not the de-salination, which is only for drinking water. The evaporator won’t condense enough water for everyone to even take a 10-minute shower of just fresh water ; there wouldn’t be enough for everyone to shower. So, keeping that in mind, you can take a freshwater shower, but there is a bit of a sequence to do it right. 

There are two taps in the shower: a warm salt water shower and then a cold water shower. 

This is how it works

  • first, enter the shower and wet yourself with the salt water; enjoy the warm water it’s salty; you have as much as you want.
  • Now that you are wet lather up and shampoo yourself
  • Finally, you will have 3 min of fresh water to rinse off

I know that 3 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was more than enough for me, and I know there were a couple of women with long hair who just chose not to wash their hair as it wouldn’t be enough time. I know when the captain heard it wasn’t enough time for the people with long hair, He made it clear he would make minor exceptions to the rule, but I don’t think anyone took him up on it.

Pro-tip –

The single shower will get very busy after the night dive, as people are going to want to clean up at the end of the day. Skipping out on a night dive a few times gave me the boat mostly to myself, so nobody was waiting for me to shower. Another good time is first thing in the morning, as everyone is focused on eating or getting ready for the first dive.

Common areas 

The Morning Star is a boat catered to diving, so there isn’t too much space on the board for lounging. Below the deck, there are the common areas in the back of this ship where the dining table is. This area will often be busy post-dive, with people charging cameras and batteries and using laptops to view videos post-dives. Basically, all the common areas where you will be spending all your time when not diving or sleeping will be on the boat’s deck. There is a large awning to protect from the sun and fibreglass benches all around the ship for lounging. At the front of the boat, the life raft makes a great, comfortable place to sunbathe and take naps between dives. 

The front life raft is a sought-after place to be, so get there early and don’t give it up. Use your buddy all week so you can play tag team to keep that spot .

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Because you spend most of your time on the deck of the boat, bring a proper sun protection hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. The fibreglass seat isn’t too bad. I never brought a cushion, and I was fine, but several others packed a mall foam or inflatable cushion to sit on, and the crew can sell you a Blackbeard crushes cushion any time if you feel you would like one.

When it comes to packing, follow the packing instructions on the website. They really cover everything you need, as there will not be any space for extras. I was apprehensive when I saw this list at first, but after talking to several divers who had already done this trip several times, they swor by the list, and I can say they were spot on. I had everything I needed and understood that there was no room for extra. Just in case there is a cool night, wear a windbreaker jacket or a light-packing jacket. It won’t take up too much space, and you will have it if you need it.

The only personal space for your belongings is your sleep bunk and a very small shelf at the foot of your bunk. Pack all your clothes in packing cubes . It helps to keep your bunk originated and maximizes the space you have.

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Crew and staff 

Our boat had a crew of five: a Captin, a First Mate, an Engineer, a Cook, a Deckhand and a dive instructor/deckhand. All the crew had a great positive attitude, always happy to help.

Captain – our captain was great. He had worked for the company for over a decade and had captained every vessel the company had in its fleet. The boat we were on wasn’t his official boat, but he was training and testing his Second Mate to get his Coast Guard requirements to Captain the Explorer once he was ready. The Captin was always very accommodating, full of stories of crazy dive experiences and other experiences with guests. He swore not to say anything bad about guests, but after the three days, we wore the Captin down; he told us one story where a guest got drunk and physically violent, and they had to find a small island to strand the guest to keep everyone else safe till the coast guard came. Whether that was true or not, it was a fair warning not to get out of line on the boat. He also couldn’t tell us whether there was a weapon on board or not in case it happened again. (The Coast Guard doesn’t allow commercial vessels to have any weapons on board I am sure he was keeping us in suspense.)

First mate – The first mate was in charge of the boat any time the Captin was on relief or occupied below deck with equipment or planning navigations. 

Engineer- The engineer will quickly become the most valuable person on the boat when you experience regular toilet issues. The engineer is the one who corrects that, so in my opinion, the person doesn’t make enough money. We also had a breakdown of our freshwater desalination unit while out sailing. He took the whole unit apart and replaced the broken components lucky they had it on board, and we had fresh water running before we knew anything was wrong.

Deckhand – hour deck hand was great and worked hard. It was her first week on the boat, so she was working hard to earn the crew’s respect. The deckhand supports every one of the crew members, and she helps cook and prep meals. Deckhand will be right next to the engineer during repairs, and ran around the boat like a wild person when we came to each dive site to moore the boat smoothly so none of the guests ever really felt the rocking of the boat one moored. 

Dive instructor -was a great dive instructor I didn’t take any courses with him on this trip, but his sheer enthusiasm for diving and the wildlife exemplified what a dive instructor should be. He was also a model in the water with exemplary trim and buoyancy and had a clean kit set up. He would be the first to show everyone anything interesting happening in the water, whether you were his student or not.

One note that I did not expect was the effort the crew made the whole trip to limit the rocking and swinging of the boat as much as possible to prevent guests from getting seasick. The crew is constantly considering wind and wave direction, hoisting gib sales to tighten up the boat when we would moor at a dive site or overnight they would use triple rigging to the boat was tied at the front and back so that the boat would face into the wind. It was during these times you could see how hard the deckhand and the whole crew worked together so that we could have the most enjoyable experience. It was impressive and appreciated.

Booking and logistics 

This trip was fully booked through my local dive shop, Dan’s Dive Shop , and their resident travel agent, Fawn Messer . Fawn does an outstanding job, especially with adventure and dive vacations. Feel free to reach out to her for any Travel-related questions or to book a trip. Our trip was hosted by TikTok Dive celebrity Chris Foisey with Modern Diver Channel . Once we flew to Nassau from Toronto, we had an overnight stay at the Nassau Hotel, which is also Black Beard Cruise’s home port. The accommodations were basic for the single-night stay, this also gave us a day to explore the island and catch any attractions. A few others and I visited the pirate museum. Several people in our group took a taxi to the Atlantis Hotel to see the aquarium. Make use of your time when you arrive, as once you are on the boat, they usually don’t come back to port.

Excursions 

BlackBeard Cursise offers a few non-dive excursions there are several beaches and Pig Island that they can bring you to if your group would like a break from all the diving. Our group is very dive-focused, so we didn’t want to do any excursions that would distract from the diving. This is normally coordinated in the opening orientation with the Captin. He will tell you all the offerings that are available given the wealthier and the planned journey, and if the group decides they want to do all the excursions, some or none. There are no rules; the crew and Captin are there to provide you with the best experience within their power.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, if you are looking for an affordable, unique dive experience that will leave you sad, the week is coming to an end. Then BlackBeard Cursies is the trip for you. Don’t let the camping on the high. Seas intimidate you. The staff and the crew will do their best to show you a good time, and the diving, I promise, will make up for any slight discomfort you may experience on the top side of a sailboat.

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Blackbeards Liveaboard Review (Sea Explorer and Morningstar)

Alex Lowe

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  • Divemaster Alex Lowe
  • Last Updated: September 27, 2023

Blackbeards Liveaboard Review

Today, we will review and share my experience with the Blackbeard Liveaboard Duo – The Sea Explorer and The Morning Star .

While my experience took place on The Sea Explorer, the boats are pretty much identical, with the only differences being the crew that tends to run the operation and some smaller structural changes.

We’d like to thank Kevin and the AllStarliveaboards team for taking us out on the trip, allowing us to share out experience with you all.

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What Are Blackbeards Liveaboards?

You’ll find a near-endless supply of delicious freshly cooked meals and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Most trips will have 19 dives spread across 6 days. You can expect 3-4 dives a day, which is usually a post-breakfast dive , pre-lunch dive , pre-dinner dive , and then a night dive most nights.

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From what I could tell, bunks 5-9 are the most spacious, whereas 1-4 were the smallest.

On top of that, the top bunks (see the pun), were even less spacious.

They do the best they can to place people according to their size, age, weight, etc, but it’s not going to be incredibly comfortable regardless.

Pictured below was the top bunk I stayed on. To get an idea of ceiling height, I could not sit down on the bed without bending my neck down, and I’m only 5’6″.

Blackbeards Liveaboard Bunks

Overall, the point of the trip is not luxurious cabins, it’s to dive, and they do an incredible job of doing that, I just want to set expectations properly for what the cabins will look like.

The cabins do have AC, but it isn’t the strongest, so you should pack and sleep accordingly.

Crew, and Guests

Onboard, you’ll find around 10-17 like-minded divers and five crew members.

Even though many of the people on my trip came from many different backgrounds, ages, and diving skill levels, everyone got along and made the trip great!

What I found super interesting about the passengers, was that besides a group of three that came together, every single other diver came by themselves (including me) . So if you’re worried about doing this trip alone, don’t be!!

Given that there are two separate crews depending on the boat, I won’t be referencing specific names, as there’s no guarantee you’d get placed with the same one as me

Onboard, there’s a captain , deckhand , engineer , dive instructor , and most importantly a chef !

They have their own quarters but are very friendly and active onboard from pretty much 6 AM – 11 PM.

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Due to the design of the boats, they are VERY heavy, and travel at 5-6 miles an hour. Departing from Nassau, the 30-mile trip to the Exumas will be around 6 hours.

This rules out diving on the first day.

So now that there are 5 dive days, you can expect 3.8 dives a day, which is usually a post-breakfast dive , pre-lunch dive , pre-dinner dive , and then a night dive most nights.

Sometimes this order will switch depending on weather, locations, and other conditions.

At any point, you can choose to sit one or many out. You could even sit out all 19 dives and drink the entire time if that’s what your heart desires but probably not the best idea.

The dive sites were super interesting, ranging from shipwrecks, smuggler planes, a blue hole, and endless coral heads. There’s even a shark feed that they do where you sit a few feet under a shark feeding frenzy.

Blackbeard’s gives you the option to pursue the following certifications:

  • Openwater Checkouts
  • Night Diver
  • U/W Naturalist

Notably missing from this list is the rescue diver certification.

Unless you’re doing a course or certification, all of the diving is unguided.

You must go with a dive buddy, so make sure to make some friends if traveling alone.

A highlight of the diving was a shark feed dive where you sit a few feet under a shark feeding frenzy.

After the frenzy, you can scan the bottom of the ocean floor for loose shark teeth, as these reef sharks lose teeth upon feeding. Several divers found some!

Now let’s dive into the most important part, the food, and alcohol!

Food and Drink

Every meal is freshly made onboard and contains a variety of different bowls to serve yourself from.

Before the trip, you can even request accommodation for certain special diets like vegetarian, vegan , gluten free, kosher, etc.

Keep in mind that grocery shopping takes place on an expensive island, so they can only accommodate diets within reason.

Below is an example of a meal made on the boat, and how it was served. It was delicious (but to be fair every meal was).

Blackbeards Liveaboard Food Example

  • Sparkling water

Beverage options on blackbeards liveaboard

There’s also pineapple juice, orange juice, coffee, milk, hot chocolate, and more.

My favorite combination was soda water + pineapple juice which I went on to name Pineapple Seltzer.

As far as alcoholic drinks go, there’s unlimited beer, wine, rum punch, and a few other options.

Keep in mind there’s a strict policy on board relating to drinking and diving. After one sip of alcohol you are ruled out of dives for the day, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Pricing And Other Costs

As we stated above, the trip cost $1055 plus gratuity. Considering recommended gratuity is typically around 15%, that makes it $160, taking the total for diving to be $1215.

But as you probably guessed, the expenses do not stop there .

Food and drink is covered (we’ll cover this more below), but you’ll obviously need a flight there, and once you land on the island, a way to get to the harbor. We’re unable to give you a quote on the price to Nassau, given we don’t know where you’re coming from! 

That being said, you can organize a ground transfer through AllStarLiveaboards, for about $18 each way.

The only other expenses we could think of, is if you’re going to buy any Blackbeards merchandise, or if you’re renting any gear from them. 

Concluding Thoughts

The Blackbeard liveaboard experience is for divers of all skill levels who want to dive their brains out for less than $200/night.

If your goal is to be comfortable out at sea then this might not be the liveaboard for you. 

Like to move forward and reserve your spot on a future Blackbeard’s Liveaboard?

Book it here .

Have a question you’d like to ask us?

Feel free to leave a comment below.

Alex Lowe

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We booked this cruise through our dive instructors. My husband and I decided to be open water certified in the warm clear water of the Bahamas. We completed our open water checkouts with Jason. He was wonderful to work with! He was very patient with me (as was the entire crew). I was very nervous starting out! His dive briefings were very informative and spot on. I was quite impressed with the level of the food, care and dives that we received for the price. We boarded the Sea Explorer on a Saturday and diving ended Thursday afternoon, but there were 19 dives during that time. I dove 14 and my husband dove 18 times. There were wreck dives, blue hole dive, shark feeding dive, the washing machine and reef dives. Some of the other divers free dived to spear lion fish, so we had lion fish ceviche one day. The trip includes all meals, snacks, beer, wine and rum punch for $995pp! They advertise themselves as camping at sea. Be aware that it's not like some super fancy RV, it's more tent camping. But still very comfortable and has air conditioning in the rooms. There isn't a ton of privacy and it'd be very tight quarters if the weather prevented everyone from being up top. As a couple we had one of the larger bottom bunks and then a bunkmate above. Each bunk had a canvas curtain. There was a narrow shelf that ran the foot of the bunk to store your stuff. Dive equipment stayed on the top deck. There was approximately 1' deep by 6' wide of space in front of the bunks, then a 2-3' hallway separating our room from the next room. The hallway contained the ladder to the top deck and the door to the bathroom. There's a marine head (rather than a flushing toilet) that must be pumped to operate and a small sink. There are three heads for 22 passengers and 6 crew. There's one shower in which you can have unlimited salt water showers, but only 30 seconds of fresh water per day. On the top deck there's a limited supply of water to hose down with after a dive. I really can't say enough about the crew. They were fabulous! Captain Chris, 1st Mate Jim, Engineer Breezy and Cody, Cook Tristan and Dive Master Jason were all top notch! They were so helpful, knowledgeable and always willing to answer our questions. It's amazing what Tristan can prepare in that tiny galley!! We had some wonderful meals and snacks. My husband even had the privilege of landing a sailfish while on the trip. He was so thrilled and the crew was again wonderful! We’re already planning our next Blackbeard-Cruise!

Date of experience : June 06, 2016

Best bang for your buck

I just finished my 4th Blackbeard Cruise. I love this company. A lot of diving for little money, there is nowhere else you can get in so much diving for the money. I always a great time onboard, it is a real adventure. The shark dive is great plus you see sharks on many of the other dives. Besides the shark feed, the Washing Machine is my favorite. The getting tumbled around at the beginning is a gas and then the reef is beautiful. I have always seen sharks, rays and turtles on this dive and once saw a manta ray. This trips isn't for everyone as there isn't a lot of privacy, but for those that don't mind that, it is great.

Date of experience : May 28, 2016

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Blackbeard's Sea Explorer Liveaboard Review

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Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer dive boat review

Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer  and Blackbeard’s Morning Star offer maximum enjoyment for minimum price! The company motto is “Twice the fun, half the cost!”

For more than 35 years Blackbeard’s Cruises have been operating in the area – offering lots of fun, affordable cruises to the amazing diving of the Bahamas Out Islands (all except New Providence and Grand Bahama).

There is a sub-tropical climate in the Bahamas which means great weather almost year-round. There’s a huge variety of aquatic life; keep your eyes peeled for the national fish of the Bahamas – the Nassau Grouper. You may find yourself in an encounter with a dolphin, ray, shark or turtle as you navigate around the colourful corals! There’s also variety to the dive sites included secluded reefs and walls. And, for an exciting drift dive you may even experience the famous ‘washing machine’. With great visibility of 24-30m, a water temperature of 24c in winter and 30c in summer and colourful aquatic life – there’s something for everyone. The diving is suitable for all levels.

Originally constructed in 2003, the traditionally styled sloop is 65ft/20m in length and 19ft/5.7m in beam. She has a powerful Ford Lehman engine and cruises between the islands at 8 knots. Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer and Blackbeard’s Morning Star   are a caribbean pirate’s way of going scuba diving!

Don’t be fooled into thinking this pirate ship is lacking in safety features. All modern safety features have been inclued ranging from radar, depth sounder, GPS and radio through to a first aid trained crew should the need arise.

You can check the  availability and prices for this Boat here .

Cabins and Boat Layout

Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer is a fun vessel with a party atmosphere – for those wanting to socialise and have a great time.

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The accomodation is all in the dormitory-style. Accommodation for the  24 people is in either single or couple berths. Beds/Berths are single upper and lower, or double upper and lower, each with its own privacy curtain. The cabins are air-conditioned and there are 3 shared bathrooms on the vessel.

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Relaxing in the salon/dining area

There’s a salon area where you might relax and share stories with the other divers on surface intervals. This is also the same air-conditioned area where you’ll settle down for buffet style food with the other divers each meal-time.

There’s also space to relax and take in the Caribbean sunshine at the bow of the boat.

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Non-alcoholic drinks are available all day for divers. And snacks are available throughout the day should you still feel peckish. As the sun sets and the diving is done there’s also complimentary beer and rum punch.

Diving onboard Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer

There are up to 19 dives usually available on a week’s cruise. There are approximately 250 dive sites to sites and a huge variety of different dive experiences to be had.

With a briefing before each dive, the English-speaking crew are then there to make sure you have a fun and safe time.

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There are DIN/yoke adaptors should you have brought your own regulators from Europe.

The vessel also has a diving tender/dinghy to assist with logistics, take guest to the islands’ beaches and pick up divers as needed.

Itineraries

Blackbeard’s ‘Best of the Bahamas’ runs each week taking in the best the islands have to offer based on experience and conditions.

Expect to pay just EUR895 for a 7 day/6 night trip. This equates to only EUR127/day, making her an extremely affordable option. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees and crew tips. Please contact us for further details.

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At the time of writing this  Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard Review , this  Caribbean dive boat  had a customer review rating of 9.2 out of 10 and was rated  Superb  by  55 verified reviews . The Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star  Liveaboard  schedules year-round diving around the Bahamas Islands for scuba divers happy with 3 dormitory-style cabins. Sister liveaboard to the  Blackbeards Sea Explorer Liveaboard  and more or less identical.

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The highly reviewed and rated Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard is a 20 metre (66 feet) sailing boat for up to 24 scuba divers. Meals cater for all dietary requirements including vegan and vegetarian. It has three dormitory-style cabins with aircon sharing three bathrooms.

Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard overview

Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard overview

In this Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard review I take a look at what this dive boat offers for scuba divers. In the above image you’ll notice there have been  55 verified customer reviews . This has resulted in an overall review rating of 9.2 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. That’s a good review by any one’s standards and a great start for any  scuba diver .

Here’s an example customer review of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard:

“ The most AWESOME experience i have ever had with clothes on . I came to Nassau with 5 dives in my logbook…….I left with 32 and an Advanced Open Water Certificate .” Recommended for: the diving, the food,the crew. Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard Review by Richard W from the United States

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Here is a list of what the  Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard  offers to scuba divers and why you should  choose this liveaboard  to enjoy your  Caribbean/Bahamas scuba diving trip .

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What are the pros and cons of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard

What are the pros and cons of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard?

As with any scuba diving holiday booking, there are always pros and cons to take into consideration. Let’s take a look at the  Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard pros and cons .

Pros of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard

Pros of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard

  • Flexible booking  terms.
  • Low budget cost Bahamas liveaboard.
  • The Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard cost (see below) includes your drinking water, soft drinks, tea & coffee, full-board meal plan, snacks, diving package, fishing and land excursions.
  • Alcoholic beverages are included in your trip cost, which includes wine with dinner and a fine wines selection.
  • 6 night diving package includes up to 19 dives in total.
  • The meal package includes western and local food, which includes catering for vegans and vegetarians.
  • Specific dietary requirements  are catered for, but you need to add this when you book your trip.
  • Cabins are dormitory style bunks but still include air conditioning.
  • The Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star liveaboard offers diving courses at an extra charge.
  • Private dive guide is available for an extra charge.
  • Sailing when the wind is right.

Cons of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard

Cons of the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard

  • There’s no  Nitrox  onboard.
  • Only 6-night trip itineraries to book.
  • Cabins are dormitory style with a privacy curtain, which is similar to a sleeper cabin on a train and doesn’t suit everyone.
  • No WIFI and internet onboard.
  • Up to 18 guests on a 20 metres (65 feet) liveaboard.

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Why should you book the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard

Why should you book the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard?

The Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star is a monohulled sailing liveaboard that ‘s great for scuba divers. So if you’re not looking to  scuba dive the Islands of the Bahamas , the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star is not for you.

You can scuba dive the Bahamas from a land-based resort. But the disadvantage of this is you won’t be able to dive as much as you can on a liveaboard dive boat. This is another reason to book the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star liveaboard for a  scuba diving trip of a lifetime .

One dive site the does dive is Tiger Beach to dive with tiger sharks . But if you would prefer to include this dive site in your itinerary, take a read of this article about the Bahamas Tiger Shark Liveaboard . But that doesn’t mean you won’t see tiger sharks on some of your dives.

Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard cost

Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard cost

To book a trip on the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard, prices begin at £106 ($144/€119)* per person per day –  cost right at the time of writing this article .

The  cost of booking the Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star  is one of the cheapest Caribbean liveaboards. If you want to book the most expensive or look at other options of Caribbean liveaboards, please take a read of this article that includes a  Caribbean liveaboard comparison chart .

* Note: The booking cost is per person and not per bunk.

The Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star liveaboard cost to book  includes  the following:

  • Drinking water, tea & coffee and soft drinks.
  • Alcoholic beverages and wine with dinner (which includes a fine wines selection).
  • Full-board meal plan, which includes specific dietary requirements (but this must be requested at the time of booking) and snacks.
  • All your diving on the 6-night diving package includes up to 19 dives in total.
  • Land excursions.

The Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star liveaboard cost to book  excludes  the following:

  • Dive Insurance.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Hotel transfers.
  • Optional  gratuities .
  • Scuba rental gear.
  • Scuba diving courses.
  • WIFI internet.
  • Private dive guide

Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard discount code

Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard discount code

If you are searching for a  Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard discount code  you are best to look out for the discounts Liveaboard.com offer on certain trips. Also, take a read of this article about  how to book a last minute Galapagos liveaboard cruise , as this shows you how the discounts show up when you come to book.

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This list of  Bahamas liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by  Scuba Diving Luxury Rating  (SDE Lux Rating, see below) , so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best  SDE lux rating  will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “ Sort by ” dropdown below.

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The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to  all liveaboards . Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10.

I hope you enjoyed this article about Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard Reviews

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkeling, in the comments below. But in particular if you’ve been on the Blackbeards Morning Star liveaboard. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkeling or  scuba diving  ( or specifically on Bahamas Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard Reviews ), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and  scuba diving safety tips  (and on snorkeling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

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Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea , the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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Blackbeard’s cruises are delivered on one of our two 65′ diving liveaboard sailboats, the Sea Explorer and the Morning Star .

  • Exceptional oceanfront and island views
  • Dining – picnic-style outdoors in the horseshoe or inside near the kitchen (galley)
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Chris Hales, PD

Personnel Director

Chris Hales was born and raised in the cool waters of San Diego. Whether it was fishing, free diving, or surfing he could always be found on the Ocean in his free time. Working his way into the maritime industry he spent the rest of his time refurbishing small vessels till he had a ship large enough to travel the high seas. Chris spent many years chasing Tuna up and down the Northern Coast of Baja, Coronado Islands, and Channel Islands till he found his Pirate calling with Blackbeards Cruises. Trading his cold water fishing expeditions for warm crystal clear teal blue waters of the Bahamas, Chris started with the company as an Engineer. Eventually working his way to Captaincy and helping out his fellow crew members as Personnel Director.

Morgan

Captain/ first mate

Morgan, or Biggins as his friends know him, comes to us from Orlando, Florida. When he was just eight years old, he took a trip to Boston with his family and ended up meeting his father’s scuba instructor, Steve. Morgan was fascinated by the underwater photos that were on Scuba Steve’s walls and told himself that he too, would one day get scuba certified. He got his scuba certification in 2010 and has loved being on the water ever since. All thanks to Scuba Steve! Morgan took to the water for 4 years with The Navy as an Aviation Electrician and when he got out he went to the Marine Mechanical Institute in Orlando for a year. In his spare time he loves metal working and aquariums. When you see him, please make sure he has put on sunscreen!

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Ian “Hoppy” comes from a small town in sunny South Africa. He is a PADI dive instructor as well as a PADI Freedive instructor. He has been working as an instructor for the past 5 years along the South African coastline. Ian is passionate about the ocean. Ian loves playing soccer and is an avid cricket and rugby fan. Something no-one knows about Ian, he loves all animals except for squirrels.

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Amone is 25 year old and is a Qualified chef that comes from Garden Route in South Africa . She enjoys hiking , camping and has camped in almost every National Park in South Africa . She Speaks English and Afrikaans. Her Favourite sea animal is a cape Fur seal, she loves how cheeky they are.

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From a young age Aaron has been mechanically inclined. He has always been interested in finding out how things work. 

Aaron is a 28 year old Engineer from the sunny shores of Cape Town South Africa. He enjoys hiking and camping . He has the crossed the  Atlantic and loves a good sea shanty . He loves sea otters because they hold hands in order not to drift apart. He Speaks English and Afrikaans .

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Dive Instructor Born in a small rural town in South Africa, Andrews affinity for water came to the fore at school in Johannesburg swimming competitively and playing water polo . Introduced to scuba diving at school, he learnt to dive on the Indian Ocean reefs off South Africa and Mozambique .Whilst passionate about the ocean and all things in it , the African bush has a special place in his heart . His favorite ocean animal is moray eels because they have two jaws called a pharyngeal jaw which is why it swallows their prey and if they had to bite something too big it would be like a pit bull with lockjaw. In his free time, he enjoys health and fitness and watching documentaries.

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  Ariel joins us from the beautiful twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Ari achieved her Associates degree in culinary arts and gained experience working in various hotels among the islands. She is down to earth and very approachable so be sure to engage her in some fun conversations. She enjoys sitting down with a good book, swimming in the ocean and exploring.

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Barry comes to us from a small scuba/fishing village in Mexico called Mahahual. Growing up in the mid west as a kid, Barry has spent his adult life chasing warm weather. Barry’s ocean dream is to see an Orca while diving and he’ll stay salty until that day!

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Mike grew up in Wyoming and had only been to the ocean twice before deciding to become a commercial diver after high school. He has now come full circle and is back to working on the water.

Freediving and spearfishing have become passions of Mike’s, and he’s chased fish across the Caribbean and Pacific oceans.

When Mike isn’t in the water, he’s out chasing other adventures. Backpacking from the deserts to the mountains, rock crawling with friends in his project truck, an H1 Humvee, or anything else fun and exciting. He has an “I wanna go” type of attitude.

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I grew up in Plettenberg Bay South Africa. As a kid I loved going to the beach with friends and playing soccer in the sand. The first sea creature I ever saw I jokingly called an Elephant Shark. I later came to find out that there actually was an elephant fish. I took a cooking class that was offered in high school and my life was forever changed. I fell in love with cooking and the joy that it spreads. After high school I went into hotel management and started cooking full time and have not looked back since. It gives me great joy to see the happiness that a good meal can bring someone! 

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Chef and Engineer Tristan got his love for the ocean from growing up so close to the beautiful waters of South Africa near Durbin. He got into cooking when he took a job as a waiter during the summers. He started cooking for family and friends when not working and just grew to love it more and more. Eventually, he decided to combine the two things that he really liked to do, which was boating and cooking. When not in the kitchen he can be found blowing bubbles.

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Dive Instructor  and Engineer  Sophie grew up on a working cattle ranch on the central coast of California. After diving in the cold waters of the Santa Barbara Channel as a teenager she decided to go off traveling in search of warmer waters! She has worked in Honduras, Thailand, Indonesia, and Curacao but her favorite ocean will always be the Caribbean. While she moved back to the states for a bit to pursue new things such as snowboarding and bartending, she has decided that the ocean is where she is meant to be! Though Sophie may have a tattoo of a sea lion on her ankle, her favorite fish are either frogfish for the rewarding search and grumpy faces or yellowheaded jawfish for how ethereal they look. When not working she likes to relax by doing arts and crafts of any kind (though not well), reading, or taking a long hike.

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Sheena escaped from the great white north and joins us from the Canadian prairies. She studied Tourism and when she’s not diving you’ll likely find her adventuring in the great outdoors. Her passion for nature and travel have taken her through a variety of careers and around the world before eventually landing her in the diving industry. After an all girls dive trip down to the Bahamas she was convinced to try her hand at being a pirate. Her spirit animal is the tiny but mighty Mantis shrimp and she will never get tired of watching juvenile box fish!

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Cata joins us from Bogota Colombia and has her BS in Business. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese. She loves football/soccer, trekking and traveling. Her favorite marine creature is the octopus with their high intelligence and amazing camouflage.

Stephanie

Steph is a dive instructor joining us from Bern, Switzerland. She has a degree in business psychology and was working a regular 8-5 job before she escaped and pursued a diving career. Anything with water, a board or mountains is what she loves – diving, wake-surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding or hiking. She speaks German, English, Spanish and a little bit of French. The manta ray is her favorite animal because of the graceful movements and curiousness. Fun fact about Steph: She talks to all the underwater animals      

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After finishing high school, Stacy got straight to work.

She has done a variety of jobs, from coaching to teaching people how

to drive. She then set out on her yachting journey where she completed

many courses in order to be able to show only the best workmanship.

She has had the privilege of sailing through the Mediterranean, where she experienced the beautiful waters of Monaco, SOF, the southern parts of Italy like the Amalfi Coast, many little islands along the way, Greece and Turkey. She then traveled stateside where she’s visited quite a couple different states, as well as Mexico and the Bahamas! Stacy’s favorite ocean animal is

split between dolphins and turtles. She’s been able to swim and play

around with both animals while being in the water. She likes how

chilled the turtles are and how fun-loving and energetic the dolphins

are, a little bit like herself to say the least. Stacy started diving with her mom at 14 and fell in love. They’ve dived the sunny coastline waters of Mozambique and Sodwana Bay over the past 10 years. Outside the water, Stacy carries, at all times, her ancient uno cards that have traveled all over the world with her. She also loves a funky button up shirt!

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Tyron was raised and brought up in South Africa. He loves the ocean since he has been been a child and that’s what has brought him here. He has been diving since 2018 which has given him time for figuring out what his favourite aquatic animal is which is all the nudibranch in the world. His older brother Tristan has been working with Blackbeard’s already for a while as a cook and thought Tyron would be a great addition to the team. Fishing is one of his biggest passion and his favourite colour is green.

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6 Nights’ Dormitory-Style accommodations with Shared Bathrooms and Showers, All Meals and Snacks Including Unlimited Soft Drinks, Lemonade, Beer, Wine and Rum Punch, Up to 19 Dives (Not Included Port Fees and Transfers To/From Dock) Travel Period: 2024 Price: $1095 Travel Period: 2025 Price: $1145...

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Airport(s): Abaco:  Leonard Thompson Airport (MHH)   Eleuthera: Rock Sound International Airport (RSD) Exuma: Exuma International Airport (GGT) Grand Bahama: Grand Bahama Airport (GBIA)  Nassau: Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)

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Notes: The dives offered on Blackbeard's are unescorted. The instructor on board will give you a detailed briefing. A guide will be in the water for the check dive, first night dive, all drift dives and the shark feed! If required crew members can act as guides if available.

Dive experience: All Open Water-certified divers may join these Bahamas liveaboard trips.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), experienced English-speaking instructor, tanks (including some 15L tanks), weights and weightbelts, shore excursions, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 160 per week), dive computer (US$ 50 per week), scuba insurance , port and park fees (US$ 155) payable in advance, fuel surcharge (US$ 50 per week, payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers to the boat from the airport/hotel/port (US$ 18 one way), torch (US$ 30 per week), toiletries and towels (please bring 2 of your own) Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: Nassau Harbour Club Marina on East Bay Street is the main departure port for Blackbeard's. This is 30-40 minutes from Nassau International Airport. Return flights from Nassau to the USA are treated as domestic flights, which makes life easier for your onward journey as you can make "domestic" rather than "international" connections. For more details, including airlines, see our Bahamas travel information section. Arrival/Boarding/Departure: You should aim to arrive Nassau either on Friday or on Saturday morning. Boarding at Nassau Harbour Club Marina is at 12:00 hrs on Saturday for an early afternoon departure to the site of the first dives. Return to port is on Thursday and you will dine on board in port. Check out is on Friday morning at 09:00 hrs. The crew can help you with transfers you to the airport or nearby hotels, if booked in advance. The last dive of the trip will be at around 14.00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: There is no discount for non-divers.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Single travelers may request a double bed at no additional cost but these are only subject to availability. Priority will be given to couples.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge (total 11+ guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 20 guests and 2 additional people can join the cruise free of charge (total 22).

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Does the real-world craziness make you feel like you are at the end of your rope? Try hanging out with Blackbeards Cruises instead! You will spend a week diving and relaxing in the warm waters of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas! Do you love an adventure? Is meeting other like-minded travelers up your alley?   Shipmates are usually a motley crew of interesting folks from all over. You won’t know if the diver sitting next to you is a CEO or an average “Joe.” And the best part is … no one cares.   Divers enjoy sharing their stories, each other’s company, and the stunning views while cruising from one great dive site to the next…Blackbeard’s Cruises is known for the high camaraderie on board and  the great diving!   If you like the outdoors, you’ll love the atmosphere on Blackbeard’s sloops!

By the end of the week, divers have usually logged 20 dives that are all unique and memorable in their own special ways.  The incredible variety of diving offered is unparalleled!  Dive on colorful reefs, walls, wrecks, flying drifts, and even experience a thrilling shark dive- all on one vacation!  Divers with all levels of experience are welcome.  The easygoing and relaxed attitude on board makes this diving cruise more than just a dive trip, it’s an adventure and life experience no one should miss!  Spend the week swashbuckling the Exuma Cays with our crew! It’s a no-brainer — all-inclusive format with dormitory-style cabins, picnic-style meals, all beverages (beer, wine, and rum, too) and all the diving will make this a trip to remember.  

Blackbeard’s liveaboard sailboats accommodate singles and couples in 4 air-conditioned cabin areas. Berths are single upper and lower, or double upper and lower, each with its own privacy curtain similar to a sleeperette on a train. She does not have private accommodations, all berths are dormitory style. Berths are 74″ in length, with doubles 48″ wide and singles 24″ to 36″ wide.  

Blackbeard’s 65 ft sailing sloops, the Morning Star & Sea Explorer have 18 bunks in dormitory-style cabins. Single & double berths in fully air-conditioned cabins will ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Each sailboat is crewed with two captains, a dive instructor, an engineer, and a cook. The incredible variety of diving paired with the camaraderie you will develop among your fellow passengers combined with the low price are why Blackbeard’s slogan is “Twice the Fun, Half the Cost”.  

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    Blackbeard's Revenge is Nassau's only Pirate Ship Tour offering sailing adventures for all ages. Glimpse into the history of Nassau, the "Pirate Capital of the Caribbean," as you set sail along Nassau's Harbor and Paradise Island on a 500-ton Spanish galleon replica. Experience an all-pirate crew, 2 fully stocked bars, a VIP air-conditioned ...

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    Berths are 74″ in length, with doubles 48″ wide and singles 24″ to 36″ wide. Blackbeard's 65 ft sailing sloops, the Morning Star & Sea Explorer have 18 bunks in dormitory-style cabins. Single & double berths in fully air-conditioned cabins will ensure a peaceful night's sleep. Each sailboat is crewed with two captains, a dive ...