You may want to review the thread on Wetpixel that ended with twhi (who posted the original report) writing this:
Rather than rehashing replies to my previous post, I would like to offer some lessons that I learned from my experience.http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php...st=40&start=40
By way of introduction, I’m a diver first and photographer second.
From the nature of most of the replies on this web board, it appears that most members here are the reverse.
Obviously, I selected a trip that was not in line with my expectations. I should have done more homework.
Out of the frustration that followed, I stumbled onto this forum and hastily posted my review with the desire that others not make my mistake.
I could have stated thiings differently.
In the process, I insulted a number of people, including Deb. For that, I apologize.
I have been on a number of liveaboards, most with lots of avid photographers.
I used to be one of them.
In light of these blunders, out of fairness to Deb and to inform all those photography-first divers out there as to what Deb's trips have to offer,
I would like to offer that which I left unsaid.
So here it goes:
From my first-inquiry email until the last day on the boat, Deb was always there. She replied to every email promptly and clearly.
When she knew she was going to be without Internet access, we were notified and given an alternate contact.
As things progressed, she sent out updates. She researched airfares and offered hotel and resort recommendations.
She cheerfully responded to all of my serious and non-serious email requests.
Organization and management are her strong points and she has them in spades. I have considerable work experience as a manager and have spent a fair of time in developing countries.
In looking at our trip with these challenges in mind, our trip was nearly flawless.
For those of you with high end camera rigs, you will appreciate her attention to detail. The layout of the dive deck, camera table and rinse tanks are nearly perfect.
She specifically recruits a cruise director and dive master for all of her trips and they are excellent at what they do.
The dive briefings were appropriate and to the point. The process of getting dive ‘teams’ in the water that she has developed and refined was effortless to follow. And of course, the all-important dive tenders – good-natured, friendly and totally competent – I can't say enough about them.
It is clear that Deb and I differ as to what constitutes a good dive site.
But that is entirely subjective and could be debated forever.
What is not at question for me is her integrity. She is responsible, reliable and competent at what she does.
If you are a photographer-first kind of diver who appreciates all of the intangibles that high-level photography requires, I can assure that you will find it with CitySeahorse as long as Deb is in charge.
Unfortunately he has not gotten around to posting it to the other dozen forums that include his original report.