Originally posted by JasonG:
PS - as a cruise ship diver expect to be placed on, what we call, cattle boats. There may be 50-80 divers on a boat all dumped in the ocean at the same time. Don't expect to be able to get on the 6-pack boats - being a cruise ship passeneger, the dive op will not trust you unless you have an established relationship with them.
Jason, Thanks for all the info. My hubby is a rookie, as he is just working on his PADI now. So any kind of diving experience will be enjoyable to him. The gear I listed is what he is required to purchase for the class. He will not be diving often enough to purchase everything else.