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Life, Guardian Angels or Luck? Scuba Diving Havana Cuba July 2018 Empress of the Seas

Updated on August 5, 2018
Cave of the Birds  Havana Cuba
Cave of the Birds Havana Cuba | Source

Empress of the Seas July 2018 Miami to Havana Cuba

Living in South Florida and being a diving junkie gives the wife and I the ability to jump onto a cruise ship at the last minute using them as a taxi from one dive site to another in a week or less, this cruise to Havana was 5 days on the Empress of the Seas, nice small ship wonderful experience mostly.

We left Miami sailed overnight to Key West. Key West we booked a ride with Captains Corner to the shipwreck Vandenberg. The first dive was one of those ripping current dives that takes most of your air to get down to the wreck. I opted out of the second dive but Millie did and said that the current was not as bad, figures.

Empress of the Seas
Empress of the Seas | Source

Shipwreck Vandenberg

Once large antennas
Once large antennas | Source
Captains Corner Key West Florida
Captains Corner Key West Florida | Source
Empress of the Seas docks in the middle of downtown Havana, Cuba
Empress of the Seas docks in the middle of downtown Havana, Cuba | Source
Highly recommend this dive service professional and with medical equipment.
Highly recommend this dive service professional and with medical equipment. | Source

Cuba Diving Now dive service

Millie pre arranged for our pick up by Cubadivingnow dot com. Because of entry and change of money we went with a 10 am pick up but in reality it should have been 9 am. Two brothers own and run the company with a driver driving a range rover all terrain vehicle.

Cave of the Birds Havana dive site

Ripping offshore currents

Problem with diving in Cuba is that there are few if any boats. Once entry and we made our way out to the open ocean we entered a zone of ripping current and where it would have taken us who knows. At a half a tank we had to literally grab and crawl our way on the bottom back to the entry point. Very tiring. Perhaps it was this exhaustive dive clumsy or just old age but on the return to the road I missed a step and head first onto the rocky grabble goes my face. Once I got up I thought for sure I had lost an eye, I felt the blood pouring onto my face.

Amazing but for an inch I would be missing my right eye. Just today August 5, 2018 am I able to use my wrist so as to type, my right ankle still swollen.

As a retired firefighter I would often say life is luck I am revising that and suggest that you make contact with your guardian angel, I now believe in angels over luck.

Been there done that.

No sandy beach here
No sandy beach here | Source

Sometimes Life Stinks

The end of this stinker
The end of this stinker | Source

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    Liz Westwood 

    21 months ago from UK

    Great photos accompany an interesting article.

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