Wondering what hours the classes are-- quality of the program and cost comparison vs. at home course. I would like to purchase this course as a gift for my daughter -- but if the class is early morning, I dont want to pay and have her oversleep or be grumpy cuz she had to wake up .
I have never seen the classes done on a ship and that is not to say that some do not offer it but I have seen like NCL has a beginers program. A lot of times you can take all the classes at home through a local dive shop and then get what they call the open water certification in the islands my sister had that done and it sure did beat the muddy lakes of Texas where I did mine. But whatever you do get her certified diving is one of the greatest experiences any one could ever have.
That is where you do the class work and the pool dives at home thru a local dive shop, then, with the letter they will give you, do the 4 open water dives while on the cruise. You get the best of both, plenty of time to do the class work and pool dives, even re-do them if needed, then 4 open water dives in warm clear water. The Voyager class ships have this as one of their certification options.