Firstly, let me say that I have been on Blue Seas several times now, the latest trip was in August 2014 and I am booked to go back again in August 2015 (thank you Lydia at Oonasdivers) so I am already voting with my cheque book, or should I say credit card?
The ship is very spacious and well equipped. The crew are friendly and all do their jobs very well. I find that one of the hallmarks of a true professional is that they make things run smoothly and everyone on Blue Seas excels at that from the moment you are met at the airport, onwards.
I particularly like Nina the dive guide, who is "old school", very experienced and I would say one of the best guides you are going to find in the Red Sea as well as being a lot of fun.
I don't think I saw any change in the faces between 2013 and 2014 so that speaks for itself.
Back in August I did the Brothers/Daedalus/Elphinstone charter, except that when we reached Daedalus we were seeing so much amazing stuff underwater that we stayed an extra day there and skipped Elphinstone! I later wrote the following on my facebook profile when I uploaded my photos from the trip:
"An amazing week's scuba diving in Egypt last week. For so long I have been going on diving trips and have heard so many times about 'the other week' when the last group of guests saw so many amazing things (that were long gone by the time I got in the water). But this time I dived 'the other week' and it was bloody marvellous!!"
Encounters included whale sharks (twice) and mantas and hammerheads on almost every dive, sometimes on the same dive. We had one dive where a manta just followed us down the reef for an hour. This was exceptional, but generally you stand a good chance of seeing hammerheads at Daedalus at that time of year and if they are there, Nina will find them for you and get you close.
I hope this review has helped you in choosing a Red Sea liveaboard, you will have gathered that I am a satisfied customer and a confirmed fan of diving the Red Sea.