Kim & Randy - Hawaii 2010
|Kona Links and Rant|
|I was only too happy to oblige when my employer asked the
employees to bleed off our vacation hours. The Kona Aggressor
has been on my "to-do" list for awhile and with a more active
hurricane season predicted for 2010 in the Caribbean, I was looking
to the Pacific. My vacation dates were very flexible and I
managed to catch a sale on the Aggressor. All the state rooms
were booked but Kim and I were given the 4 pack behind the bridge on
the upper deck. I really liked that arrangement. We had
tons of room and a door that faced out so we could keep it open and
get lots of fresh air. It was also super quiet that far up
from the engines.
Another thing that made this a fun trip is we caught the Continental flight direct from Orange County's John Wayne Airport to Maui. What a treat to avoid the traffic and travel to LAX. Using some miles I upgraded to first class allowing a little more free baggage. Also, with our bags being on the luggage belt first, we were home within about 20 minutes of landing on our return. Beats the hour and a half flying into LAX.
I am still a relative novice to live aboards; at least compared to the other passengers I've met! This was my ninth trip, having previously made trips on Peter Hughes, Big Blue Explorer and Explorer Ventures. I had my hopes up for my first Aggressor trip. The sale price had brought down the cost from $2700 to $2000 per person. Even with the 700 smackers off, this is the most expensive trip I've taken.
|Unfortunately, the Kona Aggressor II let me down.
I was told by the other passengers that this was not the norm as far
as Aggressor service. But, it is what it is. I think all
the other divers felt the same as Kim & I. Something was
Me general rule of thumb for tips on these trips is 10% of the non-sale price. I tipped considerably lower this time. I know two other families did the same. I also spoke to Captain Rob and explained why I gave him the lower tip.
Possible reasons? Beth and Neil were on their last few weeks before departing the boat. Ben had hurt himself and wasn't able to dive or help out much. And the boat was scheduled for a "re-skin" in October. All this combined to make these individuals "short timers". Interestingly, the two best crew were Tyler and Cliff, new comers to the boat.