Thursday, 28 April 2011

Last trip of Season 2010-11

The M/V Oktavia returned from her last trip of the season yesterday. It was a great trip with perfect weather, hardly a wave in sight, great visibility and some amazing dives with great guests.

It was another international cruise with Thailand, Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, India, Singapore, Sweden and England represented. Jette and Gregor decided to join us again after a great cruise April 18-22 and unknown to them, their Thai friend, Kung, had booked herself on the trip. What a great surprise to them :D Cara and John were on their first live-aboard and are certain it wasn't their last. Nam started her open water course and will come back next season to finish it.

Another great trip and a brilliant way to finish this season.

Today, the compressors, tanks, nitrox blending station and dive gear were taken from the boat for the annual servicing and throughout the coming months Oktavia will undergo some minor repairs and beauty jobs. We'll be updating the blog through low season to keep you posted on the progress.

Finally, we'd like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who joined us this season. We've been very happy to say "welcome back" to many of our old friends and to have met many new ones.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Thank you for your kind words!

We always appreciate feedback from our guests. It's nice to hear what we're doing right and it's equally nice to get fresh ideas on improving our service. Thank you for posting on TripAdvisor

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

April 7 - 12, 2011: UW Paparazzi Alert

On this cruise we were very excited to present our first UW photo workshop on the M/V Oktavia :D We started a co-operation with well-known, respected and brilliant photographer Adriano Trapani.

Follow this link to see what Adriano wrote on his blog about the cruise  

Adriano includes a buoyancy section in his workshop to address the special circumstances when shooting underwater pictures. This way divers both avoid damaging marine life and learn to improve or develop their photo skills. Thanks to the individual attention, photographers of all levels benefit from the workshop and if you don't have your own camera; no problem: you can rent one for the duration of the cruise.

Season 2011-12 Adriano will hold workshops on the M/V Oktavia on a regular basis - we'll publish the dates well in advance :)

Thursday, 7 April 2011

April 1 – 6, 2011: A birthday and no April’s fool ;)

On this trip we were happy to welcome back Leslie. Maybe that’s not an accurate description though…..

Leslie was on the Oktavia trip March 26 – 31, which was cut short because of a storm front passing the Similans :( Three guests were able to change their schedules and join us on the first April trip instead: Leslie, Alex & Linus.

On this trip Catherine from Switzerland finished her Rescue Diver course with Bernie. Sven-Arne from Norway earned his Enriched Air Diver certification and Swedish Erik can now call himself an Advanced Open Water diver. Well done and congratulations to you all J

We were also very happy to welcome Andrea and Markus from Austria and George, who “only” joined us three days. You were great company and we hope to welcome you back onboard J

The first two days of this cruise we had family Hansen & Windfeld onboard the Oktavia. Mom Louise and dad Rene are Danish, but they live in Nepal with their three sons – and the whole family came to Thailand on holiday. Rene was diving together with Alexander (11) while Louise chilled with Christoffer (6). The trip was special for Sebastian: he did a Bubblemaker with our instructor Rachel, and celebrated his 9th birthday on the Oktavia. We’d organized a surprise birthday cake and luckily there was enough for everyone ;)

We’re always happy to arrange surprises, so please let us know if you are celebrating something special while you’re with us – we’ve had wedding proposals, birthdays, honeymoons and wedding anniversaries so far and we’re happy to expand our repertoire :D

A big thank you to Rene Taus Hansen for supplying all the pictures for this entry.