Caribbean Explorer 2 | Caribbean Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Caribbean Explorer 2 | Caribbean Liveaboard - Caribbean

  • Guests 18
  • Rooms 9
  • Restaurants Salon on the upper deck
  • Food and Drinks Mix of local and western food
  • FacilitiesA unique itinerary between St Kitts and St Maarten
  • Diving Up to 27 dives, all from the dive deck
  • Diving Extras Please ask upon booking
  • Internet Access Not Available

About Caribbean Explorer 2

Discover the diving of Saba and St Kitts on board Caribbean Explorer 2. St Kitts is well known as being one of the most picturesque Caribbean islands and has incredibly varied diving to boot. Saba Island is home to exhilarating wall dives with pelagics and swirling fish balls. Virgin reef systems and coral gardens as well as shark dives and drifts await. And with up to 5 dives a day, your Caribbean liveaboard delivers one diving thrill after another.

Caribbean Explorer II sleeps up to 18 divers and is 35m. There are 4 cabins on the same level as the dive deck with a mix of queen double or twin beds. In the lower deck you find twin cabins, some of which have a double bed with bunk above. Please do let your consultant know at the time of booking if you have a specific cabin preference. All cabins have en suite and a centrally controlled air conditioning system.

The saloon is located on the upper deck with entertainment centre, comfy chairs and the bar. Meals are served here and your package includes free alcoholic drinks after the day's diving is done. Or head towards the sun deck to work on your tan, enjoy a read or just soak in the glorious view. The boat will stop at islands for a beach excursion during the trip. Down on the dive deck your kit is stowed safely away in your personal locker. Cameras can be set up in peace with the dedicated facilities on board. And everyone has easy access to the water. Giant stride off the deck and let the real adventure unfold.

Our advertised dates operate from St Kitts to St Maarten

Stateroom1

Main deck cabin with queen bed, window, cabinet and private bathroom

Stateroom 2 and 3

Queen beds with upper twin bed, window, cabinet and private bathroom

Stateroom 5

One queen bed, private bathroom, portholes, cabinet, drawers.

Stateroom 6

Two twin beds (or one queen bed), private bathroom, portholes, cabinet, drawers.

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

Karen Butler

2016-05-18 09:48:18

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to St Kitts and Saba onboard the CE2. So much so that I have already booked my return trip in September. The boat although an old boat is as comfortable as any I've been on, I particularly like the top deck lounge dining room area. It is nice to have the fresh air while your having your meals. Some of the best home cooking I have had on a liveaboard! A fantastic achievement as I have done 60 plus liveaboards! Top quality food served buffet style, you can have as much or little as you want, few meals cooked on the bbq, local fisherman brings his catch on board once a week and cooks for all the guests. Another nice touch is all the alcohol is free, includes spirits, wines, bubbles and beer. The rooms are comfortable each with private shower, particularly enjoyed my chocolate left during the turn down service. The 6 crew worked well as a team and ensured all guests were given excellent customer service.

Bob

2014-07-31 13:03:48

Hi Georgie, we are back, tired but still elated at such a brilliant week's liveaboard! Our group have been on newer, bigger, more luxurious liveaboards but this was our best trip ever. The team on board are absolutely excellent, they focus 100% on their guests comfort, enjoyment and safety, whilst obviously enjoying what they do. The food is first class, better than many top notch hotels and the diving amazing - we saw the biggest range of sea life ever - from seahorses to whales! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, helped by the range of FREE wines and spirits (!!!) available in the evenings.

Covid Information for Caribbean Explorer 2

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY EXPLORER VENTURES FLEET

Last Updated: 25th SEPT 2020
Resumed departures Sept 2020
Safety will continue to be our first priority as we navigate travel in the era of Covid-19. We've developed a Booking Assurance program to help you make a confident decision to travel with us, which includes risk-free and flexible booking terms and a personalized reservations process from start to finish. In addition, upgraded health and safety procedures help keep you protected during your entire time on board; we've added more robust screening, sanitizing, cleaning, distancing, and monitoring protocols so you can have peace of mind while relaxing on our spacious sundeck or diving alongside a turtle.

For the last 33 years, Explorer Ventures has researched, implemented and strengthened safety protocols to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy their diving vacation. In preparation for welcoming guests back to our operations in the Caribbean, the company will further augment our practices and improve on health and safety measures that address changing client expectations amidst COVID-19. The following information is based on what we know today - but best practices and the information on which they are based change rapidly, and we intend for our plans to be fluid enough to accommodate new information. We will continue to monitor the latest trends and will adapt our operations and this document based on new insights and our experiences, and refine this plan not only in the Caribbean but in Galapagos and with our other partners worldwide.

Sustainable operations are always at the forefront of our minds, and where possible we're sourcing suitable cleaning agents that are either environmentally friendly or can be neutralized prior to disposal. Environmental consciousness is at the heart of what we do but keeping everyone safe takes precedence for the time being for obvious reasons!

Our crew members have been working hard to prepare for our guests' arrival. Our new operational protocols will include several pre-emptive cleanliness measures that affect the guest's journey from arrival to departure, including additional health and well-being requirements across all points of contact on the vessels.

Crew are being trained in appropriate Covid-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures from accredited organizations.

COVID-19 CLEANING & DISINFECTION POLICIES:

A Pre-travel questionnaire/assessment is being developed for all our guests to complete that will give our crews and our other guests added confidence in their health at the time of boarding.
Operational Evaluation: We have completed an assessment of points of guest contact, resulting in the integration of hygiene practices across key points - starting from the moment guests arrive at the gangway through the entirety of their onboard vacation experience. These points include the salons, guest rooms, galley, food and beverage experiences, housekeeping and laundry, public bathrooms, dive deck and dive platform.
Crew are being trained in appropriate Covid-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures from accredited organizations.
Cleaning, disinfection and sanitation will be repeated multiple times daily, with a minimum of three inspections daily. These inspections and targeted cleaning steps include hard surfaces such as door handles and handrails and include public restrooms, salon tables, and chairs as well as other high-touch surfaces.
Interior areas of the vessels will be fogged regularly with disinfectant.
Daily room cleaning and service will be done with gloves and mask and will be stressed as optional if guests would prefer not to have others in their room at all. As always, staterooms are cleaned thoroughly between charters. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be provided for guests and crew members throughout the vessels.
The guest dining experience will be modified to limit contact points of normal buffet service. Servers will wear gloves and masks during all meal services. Any guest who chooses not to eat with the group in the salon may have the meal served on the sun deck. Guests will be asked to wash hands before meals.
Guest welcome and daily briefings will include reminders on best practices for avoiding illness, if necessary.
Social Distancing Practices will be encouraged so that guests maintain a safe social distance whenever possible while sustaining the relaxed experience our trips are known for. This will include spacing guests out on the dive deck as much as possible, asking that guests keep control of regulators and masks on the way to the exits and on the way to their lockers upon returning from their dives, and replacing handshakes with a nod and a smile.
To help ensure that all team members stay healthy, all staff will be required to wear face masks during check-in, when screening guest temperatures, during meal service, when off the vessel and at other times as may be necessary. We will encourage guests to do the same as far as is practical and will have masks made from recycled ocean plastics available on board.
Precautionary temperature and oxygen checks for both crew and guests may be done daily or per current recommendations.
Vendors and suppliers will be required to have minimal physical contact, and we will sanitize all touchpoints, including equipment, and remove all outer packing upon arrival.
We are working with our shore support companies to ensure that transfers are done in accordance with new recommendations for cleanliness and decontamination. For tours, where that is not possible, certain stops may be eliminated or the tour eliminated altogether. The Friday night dinners ashore will be planned to accommodate new cleanliness expectations.
Mask rinse tanks are being eliminated in favor of running water rinses.
Gear rinse tanks will be treated to avoid cross-contamination of dive gear.
Our dive towel system is being reviewed to limit the potential for cross-contamination.
Rental gear availability may be limited by the availability of appropriate sanitizing agents
As always, careful cleaning and sanitizing of linens and towels is a priority
In addition, we are considering the feasibility of altering our operations in certain ways to increase the space between guests at mealtimes, on the dive deck and during briefings.

WHAT WILL THIS ALL MEAN?

Some of these altered procedures may temporarily impact the level of customer service, guest interaction and accommodation for which the Explorer Ventures Fleet is known. While each vessel and operation is different, some challenges are universal and our vessels have room for only a certain number of crew and guests. These additional crew responsibilities may limit their time available with guests. While our goal remains to deliver an exceptionally good experience to every guest, returning to diving will require flexibility on the part of both guests and crew.

We can't wait to start DIVING with you again!

Country Covid Travel Information

St Kitts and Nevis are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The borders of St. Kitts & Nevis remain closed to commercial traffic by air and sea, we will update this page as soon as the borders open. We hope this will be fairly soon.

Last Updated: 17JUL2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

St Kitts & Nevis is only 10 hours on a direct flight from London. St Kitts is the larger of the two islands, and famous for the postcard perfect beaches. Dramatic mountains pepper the landscape. The island is a bustling mix of Dutch, British, French and local cultures. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, where you can soak up the vibe. Or simply flop onto the beach and enjoy endless sea views.

Covid Travel Information

St Kitts and Nevis are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The borders of St. Kitts & Nevis remain closed to commercial traffic by air and sea, we will update this page as soon as the borders open. We hope this will be fairly soon.

Last Updated: 17JUL2020

Weather and Climate

The daily average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius in January and February, and 28 °C from June to October, which is the hottest period. The stormiest weather is June to November. Water water temps range from around 26C in Jan-Feb to 29 in Sept-Oct.

Travel

Flight options

Flights are direct to St Kitts with British Airways from London with around 10 hours flying time. You will then need to fly between St Maarten and St Kitts with a local airline. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As the flights are direct to St Kitts, there are no stop over options

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders holders are able to obtain a tourist visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival for our St Kitts holidays, you will be met and taken to your liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name or liveaboard. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

We are not able to prepay for transfers in St Kitts. You will be met by a prebooked driver and taken to your liveaboard. This journey usually costs around $20$30 per person per way.

Departures

You will usually finish your trip in St Maarten. Disembarkation is after breakfast in the morning. You can leave your bags on board until your departure time for your flight. The crew will assist with a taxi, that needs to be paid for locally. On arrival back in St Kitts, you can wait at the airport until check in opens for your flight back to the UK. The depature tax from both islands is around $25 each.

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Tipping

To pay locally are departure tax, fuel surcharge $80, park fees $115, nitrox $150, optional land tours, kit hire and any on board souvenirs.

Currency

If you are spending additional time on St. Kitts, you may wish to obtain Eastern Caribbean Dollars. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted and preferred on all islands; therefore, it is not necessary to purchase currency before arriving. Major credit cards are accepted widely throughout the islands as well.

Phone coverage

The vessel has a satellite phone for incoming and outgoing calls. Please be aware that a charge is assessed for both incoming and outgoing calls.

Plugs and electricity

110 V outlets in bath & near bed

Extras

Hire equipment

Available, please prebook any rental equipment to ensure availability upon arrival.

Extras

Solo Diving is allowed as long as the diver has proof of certification of "Solo Diver" from one of the agencies that offer this course.

Souvenirs

Available to buy locally

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is available for an additional charge, as long as the diver is Nitrox Certified.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Caribbean Explorer 2 will be £1000. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.

5% off for loyalty customers Travel again with any Explorer Ventures liveaboard in 12 months and join the 5-5-5 programme. Book your next trip with only a 5% deposit and extra 5% discount. You can enjoy up to 5 dives a day (where possible) and there's no charge if you have to reschedule your trip within 6 or 8 mths (depending on destination). Is this your 6th full price Explorer Ventures liveabaord? Then the fleet will apply the average price paid for those trips toward the standard retail rate of your sixth trip with us which, depending on the itinerary you choose, could be absolutely free!
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Onboard you have 7 nights in twin/double share cabin, on a full board basis, snacks, plus social servings of alcohol and soft drinks

A 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included with up to 5 dives a day (except first and last day)

Transfers cannot be prepaid in St Kitts. We will pre-book a transfer taxi for you but this needs to be paid for locally (approx $30)



Excluded

Your holiday excludes international flights to St Kitts SKB or 1way flight from St Maarten to St Kitts. Ask your travel consultant for a competitive quote to arrange international flights.

Friday dinner is not included in your cruise - the crew will make recommendations and reservations

Standard for crew gratuities on dive trips (if, of course, you are happy with the service which you have received) is between 10% and 15% of the package price per passenger. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.


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