Red Sea Livaboard 2018Sport
26 January 07:00 - 09:00
Measuring 37m, Emperor Superior offers 9 twin-berth cabins, 2 bunk style cabins, 1 compact bed cabin and one double cabin, comfortably accommodating 25 people. Two cabins (1 double and 1 twin) are situated on the sun deck and the other 10 cabins are lower deck cabins.
All cabins have air-con and ensuite bathrooms (WC / shower).
The spacious dining and salon areas offer air-con, DVD/TV and stereo. The Superior has FREE Wi-Fi available, where there is a signal. There are also two sundecks, complete with Jacuzzi and hot tub. There is a spacious dive deck with platform, equipped with 12 litre Aluminum tanks as standard and 15 litre Steel tanks on request. FREE Nitrox is available on board and there are always two dive guides on board.
Length 37m, Beam 8.3m, Engines 2 x 764HP Caterpillar, 2 x 80kw Generators, 2 x 450l/min Compressors, Nitrox Membrane filling station, Desalination units (11,000 lt/day)
Navigation / Safety
Seasafe system installed, GPS, Radar, VHF plotter, 2 x Dingy 25HP, Life jackets, Life rafts, Fire system, Satellite telephone, Oxygen and First Aid.
From London Gatwick or Manchester TBC direct to Hurghada or Sharm.
Flight duration: 5 - 5½ hours
Passengers travelling to Egypt must have six months valid on their passport from the date of departure from Egypt.
A single entry tourist visa for Egypt is required for all nationalities. For British passport holders with British citizenship, Egyptian visas can be obtained conveniently and inexpensively on arrival at Hurghada airport.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Egypt, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt, it is generally not present in the coastal resorts.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic.
Schedules & Prices
£987.00 per person which includes: Flights (Gatwick), transfers & full board accommodation in a standard cabin and soft drinks. 6 or 7 nights (last night on board or in hotel on twin HB basis. No drinks included), 6 days diving, 3 - 4 dives a day, last day 2 dives, guide, tanks, weights & Marine Park fees.
Double bedded upper deck cabin (12): from £61 per person
Upper deck twin cabin (11): from £61 per person
Single berth cabin: from £122 per week
Nitrox fills (12l and 15l): FREE
15 litre tank: €30 per person per week
13% sales tax
Itinerary - Reefs and Wrecks
Abu Nuhas - Straits of Gubal - SS Thistlegorm - Ras Mohamed - Ulysses - Rosalie Moller
Emperor requires that you are a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent for this itinerary. However to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 metres and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. This trip give you the best of both worlds, where you visit famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea along with some stunning reef diving.
The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise, with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins. Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life.
Night dives can be superb as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 metres makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel as well as the wreck of the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moller. Next onto the Kingston lying at Shag Rock; the Carina lying close to Sha'ab Ali and the Dunraven at Beacon Rock in Ras Mohamed National Park. And finally the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, at Sha'ab Ali.
The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while on a mission to deliver a cargo of ammunition and other war materials to the British troops in North Africa. The Rosalie Moller, carrying a cargo of coal, suffered the same fate just two days later.
Whilst in Ras Mohamed, you may have the chance to do a dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada. In between wreck dives you will also visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.
Please note: You are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and may remain onboard as surface support for some dives. As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The itinerary will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, weather, diving ability of guests & the number of other boats already present at the various dive sites.