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BLUE MELODY I 31 DEC - 07 JAN 2021 I NORTH - TIRAN I RED SEA

BLUE MELODY I 31 DEC - 07 JAN 2021 I NORTH - TIRAN I RED SEA
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BLUE MELODY. 5 star liveaboard. Choice of luxury cabin classes. Fine Dining. Free WIFI. Re-breather friendly. Nitrox. Dives from tenders and dive platform. Large dive deck with camera facilities and rinse tanks



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 21 Dives
  • Languages Spoken - English. Arabic. Spanish
  • Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran Straits, Gubal Straits
  • Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, Gordon, Shark and Yolanda Reefs
  • Incredible visibility, brilliant vertical walls with schools of fish and large pelagics
  • Hammerheads, whalesharks, oceanic white-tips, mantas, thresher sharks and dugongs
  • World-class wreck diving on Thistlegorm and Ulysses
  • Rebreather and tech diver friendly.
  • Free internet
  • Non-divers are welcome
  • Beautiful sky lounge with a bar
  • Nitrox and rental equipment available
  • Cruises commence on Friday and finish on Friday

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tenders
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves. Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters. 15L Tanks Available. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($).
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Library. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area. 
  • Movies.  Snorkelling
  • Payments - Visa Mastercard Cash 
  • Buffet. Alcohol available to purchase on board.
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher.
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts.
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. First Aid Kits.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed).
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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OUR BOAT

M/Y Blue Melody is the third vessel in the blue o two fleet and underwent a complete interior re-fit in 2008, followed by an update in early 2016. Blue Melody is a 38 metre, luxury custom built liveaboard which accommodates up to 26 guests. We are also extremely proud that this superb vessel is currently the holder of the prestigious Diver 2012 award for 'Liveaboard of the Year' and the Sport Diver 2013 'Best Liveaboard' award.

OUR CABINS

The 26 guests can choose between 10 Twin Cabins and 3 Double Cabins. All cabins are en-suite and have individually controlled air-conditioning and a TV screen with built in media player. There is a hard disc attached with a selection of movies and TV programmes available. Bath towels, a beach towel and dressing gowns are provided for every guest. The standard plugs on board are European 2-pin. We provide multi socket extensions with 2-pin and UK 3-pin options. Lastly, we also have USB socket chargers available in your cabins and communal areas. 

AMENITIES

This spacious vessel offers ample room to relax between dives, with a spacious air-conditioned Saloon area complete with plasma screen TV, DVD and multi media player.  The air-conditioned Sky Lounge offers an attractive alternative relaxation area, also with a state of the art entertainment system, in addition to a Bar. 

FOOD ON BOARD

Part of our philosophy is also that even sailing the hidden corners of the Red Sea, good food must not be forgotten. We believe that a great meal crafted with care and love ensures that there is enough strength for the following dives! The on board Chef will create a sumptuous Buffet to delight every guests needs three times a day. Snacks all day will ensure that no one will go hungry during their trip.

DIVING WITH US

Beneath the crystal blue surface of the Red Sea lies a rich and diverse ecosystem, just waiting to be explored. Located between Africa and Asia, the warm tropical waters are home to more than 1100 species of fish, 200 species of hard and soft corals and 44 species of Shark. This rich diversity is in partly due to the expanse of coral reef that extends along its coastline.

THE BLUE O TWO CREW

Specialising in luxury liveaboards, we manage our own award winning fleet in the Egyptian Red Sea; Blue O2 are a team of fully qualified PADI divers and instructors. With years of diving experience in the Red Sea, we have come together to share our knowledge and provide our customers with outstanding diving holidays and training.

DELUXE DOUBLE CABIN - MID DECK

Each cabin is air-conditioned and has individual climate controls for a comfortable night’s sleep. Other features include en-suite bathroom facilities, mini-bar and TV/DVD media should you wish to relax and watch a movie in private. You’ll also find a fresh towel in your cabin every day.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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TWIN BED CABIN - LOWER DECK

Each cabin is air-conditioned and has individual climate controls for a comfortable night’s sleep. Other features include en-suite bathroom facilities, fridge and TV/DVD media should you wish to relax and watch a movie in private. You’ll also find a fresh towel in your cabin every day.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE DOUBLE CABIN - UPPER DECK

The deluxe Cabin will have a window and not a porthole. The majority of cabins are located on the lower deck for stability. Each cabin is air-conditioned and has individual climate controls for a comfortable night’s sleep. Other features include en-suite bathroom facilities, mini-bar and TV/DVD media should you wish to relax and watch a movie in private. You’ll also find a fresh towel in your cabin every day.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Hurghada and ends in Hurghada
  • The closest airport is Hurghada International 
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • Attention! The departure / arrival to the marina can change due to the internal logistics of the boat, the bad weather conditions of the previous week or the bad weather forecast.

 EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • The most used airport is Hurghada Int or Marsa Alam Int., The most known airport and easy to get to is the city of Hurghada
  • The transfer from either of the two airports to the ship and from the ship to the airport on the first and last day is included in the price.
  • If the boat leaves from Hurghada, the transfer from the airport of Hurghada to the ship is 10 minutes
  • If the boat leaves from Port Ghalib, the transfer from the airport of Marsa Alam to the boat is 10 minutes
  • Only two transfers are included, one on boarding day and the other on disembarkation day
  • Transfers other days that are not specified are extras, they could have a surcharge and it is not guaranteed that the boat can do them since it is not in the program.
  • At the airport or at the hotel, a person carrying a boat sign will pick you up (transfers are shared group and there may be a waiting time at the airport, depending on the flights of other passengers and having to go to pick up other customers. some hotel)
  • Boarding is the first day indicated on the date the cruise begins, the boarding time is in the afternoon from 5 pm until the early morning maximum 6 am.
  • The ship leaves port in the morning around 8 am to go to the first dive spot where a shallow dive to test the diving equipment, ballast, surface buoy, adjust each group of divers.

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • The boat arrives at port in the afternoon, this day only 2 dives are made in the morning.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure to respect the 24 hours before the flight schedule after your last dive
  • Once the boat arrives at port, you can get off the boat and visit the area if you want, the dinner will be served on the boat, the night of this day you will sleep on the boat.
  • Transfers to the airport will be according to the time of your flights, The maximum time to disembark is at 10:00 am.
  • In case of need the boat could give advance notice and of necessity to provide the last night in a 4 * HB hotel, if it were the case, the hotel is paid by the boat and any free transfer is offered

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • On the deep south route cruises from time to time there are restrictions by maneuvers of the naval forces of Egypt.
  • The island Zabargad is the naval base of the naval forces of the Army of Egypt. Permission to sail in the Zabargad and Rocky islands area is obtained in addition to the Army.
  • The boat has to request all navigation permits on Monday and receive an answer on Thursday, 2 days before the trip. In the case of a navigation ban in the areas of Zabargad and Rocky, as well as the areas of St Johns and Abu Fendira, the route will be changed to another south route as close as possible.
  • This type of changes does not allow compensation or any type of refund.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • This itinerary requires you to possess Open Water Certification with 30 logged dives
  • The Strait of Tiran and North cruise allows you to dive some of the most iconic wrecks and reefs the northern Red Sea has to offer.
  • Barracudas, giant trevallies, shoals of tuna and sometimes a manta ray along with loads of colourful corals and reef fish.
  • Wreck diving, coral reefs, wall dives and pelagic.
  • Enjoy both day and night dives at the same site, as different creatures come out once the sun goes down.
  • The visibility is fantastic but the currents can be strong
  • Up to 4 dives per day, night dives: Most nights but not guaranteed
  • Experience required: Suitable for all divers
  • Dive guide underwater always
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage.
  • At the indicated time, transfer to the port in Hurghada 
  • Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning)
  • Distribution of cabins.
  • Overnight on board.
  • You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment.
  • The Cruise Director will tell you if you have to make any payment.

DAYS 2 - 6 

  • You will dive the best and most important dive sites of the itinerary you select .
  • The itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. 
  • This itinerary departs from and returns to Hurghada. Please note that ports are subject to change.
  • Start the week with a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.
  • Spend four days cruising the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including SS. Thistlegorm. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed and Tiran marine parks, Sha'ab El Erg (famous for dolphin encounters) and the island of Gubal.

Strait of Tiran

  • Only accessible by boat, this dive area is found in the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba and is made up of four main reefs that form the top of an underwater bridge. These reefs, named after British cartographers (Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, Gordon), are world-famous for their extraordinary diversity of corals and strong south westerly currents make them home to many large pelagic fish.
  • Jackson Reef is the most northerly reef and on its northern edge lays the wreck of a freighter serving as a stark warning to ships in the narrow straights. Dives are usually conducted from the moorings on the south side which is sheltered from the main swell and currents. Moving northwards you will come across a forest of spectacular gorgonian fan coral at about 20 to 30 metres as well as many different kinds of reef fish. This site can also be done as a drift dive heading from the mooring towards the East with the reef on the left where it is mostly wall diving with excellent corals. Diving the back of Jackson in late summer can give you the chance to see the resident hammerhead sharks.
  • Woodhouse Reef is the longest reef of the four in the Strait of Tiran. Home to reef sharks and eagle rays, it is dived as a drift dive usually from south to north. Jumping at the southern part of the reef is a wall to about 30m covered with coral from the surface all the way down. There is a canyon going along the reef at about 25m which spreads out into a coral garden with sand alleys.
  • Thomas Reef is the smallest reef in the strait and diving here is governed by conditions as there are potential strong currents. The ends are vertical walls with a large plateau at about 25m on the south eastern side. This plateau is covered in colourful coral has a fence of gorgonian fans where you can find longnose hawkfish.
  • Gordon Reef is the most southerly reef of the four and has a different topography from the others offering both a shallow plateau area and drop offs. There is a huge variety of reef fish and the chance to see sleeping whitetip reef sharks on sand patches. At 4 to 5 metres there is an eel garden area along with coral encrusted drums. The top of the reef, with its lighthouse, is also home to the wreck Louilla which sits almost parallel to the wreck on Jackson Reef.

SS. Thistlegorm

  • Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 126.5m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
  • Please note: Due to CDWS regulations, you must have a minimum of 20 logged dives in order to dive on this wreck. Other dives on the itinerary are not affected.

Ras Mohamed - Shark & Yolanda Reefs

  • This is a world renowned dive site, situated at the tip of the Sinai. Two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. At Shark Reef the current allows you to drift along the wall, rich with colourful corals. Moving towards Yolanda Reef you reach a plateau scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops. Continuing around the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck 'Yolanda' complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue!

Gubal Island

  • At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures.

DAY 7

  • Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon.
  • Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.
  • Dinner and accommodation on board.
  • Free time to enjoy the local atmosphere, shopping and / or optional excursions in the area.

DAY 8

  • Disembark in Hurghada.
  • Transfer to the hotel or airports

ABOUT THE RED SEA

THE RED SEA, A DIVING DESTINATION YOU ALWAYS WANT TO RETURN TO.

  • Thousands of divers from all over the world travel to the Egyptian Red Sea and many of them return, year after year. There must be a reason! Perhaps it is because it is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world and without a doubt, the number 1 in value for money?
  • The pleasant climatic conditions, the amazing reef systems, full of life and colour.  The incredible number of spectacular shipwrecks or the possibility of having breathtaking encounters with a great diversity of species.
  • All this as well as the most incredible ancient history to be found anywhere on Earth, making it the destination par excellence for a Great Diving trip.

The North Route

  • This is our Nº 1 route of the Red Sea. It is considered the best route to discover Red Sea diving.
  • It is a complete and simple route for diving, matching all diving levels, although we recommend advanced open water level or equivalent.
  • The sailing on this route is very short and pleasant, reaching the furthest dive sites in about two hours.
  • The wide range of dive sites will give you the opportunity of diving amazing reefs like those found in Ras Mohammed National Park and the Straits of Tiran, visiting a living WWII museum at the wreck of SS Thistlegorm, explore spectacular wrecks 

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Wifi
  • Airport transfer to/from the boat on departure days only

NOT INCLUDED

  • Service fees: USD 80
  • Meet and greet at the airport, pre arranged Visa (for eligible countries): USD 40 per trip
  • Private dive guide 350 USD
  • 15 liter tanks (60 USD per week)
  • Nitrox (90 USD per week)
  • Rebreathers
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Sidemount Kit package 260 USD 
  • Rental equipment - full set (Wetsuit, BCD, Regulator, Mask, Snorkel, Boots, Fins, Weight belt, DSMB & reel ) (200 USD per trip)
  • Dive computer: 55 USD
  • Courses
  • Local beer & wine, alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What happens if I have to cancel my reservation?Your reservation request is free and you can cancel it at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time, you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservation team for any other questions you may have. Once you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation, the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or PayPal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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