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EMPEROR ELITE I 2021 I ST JOHNS I RED SEA

EMPEROR ELITE I 2021 I ST JOHNS I RED SEA
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Be prepared for a luxury dive holiday. Dive from zodiacs. Re-breather friendly. Tech diving - ask. Free Nitrox and WIFI. Red wine complimentary with evening meal. Fine dining, spacious and elegant state rooms



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 - 21 Dive
  • Languages Spoken - English. German. Spanish. Arabic. French. Italian.
  • Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran Straits, Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone, St Johns
  • 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, Rosalie Muller, Salem Express
  • Rebreathers welcome
  • Non-divers are welcome and get free snorkelling kit rental + €35 voucher to spend
  • Complimentary red wine with dinner
  • Dive courses available
  • Free nitrox and Wi-Fi
  • Cruises commence Friday and finish Friday

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiacs.
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves. Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters.
  • 15L Tanks Available. Nitrox (Free). Rental Equipment ($). Courses($)
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Wi-Fi (Free). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. Equipment For Kids. Rebreather-Friendly.
  • Movies. Snorkeling.
  • Buffet. Vegetarian Food. Halal Food.
  • Alcohol available to purchase on board- bring your own, free red wine with dinner
  • Payments on board - Visa. Mastercard. Cash. 
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher.
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts.
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed).
  • First Aid Kits. Vhf Radio. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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OUR BOAT

The Emperor Elite, winner of the 2011 'Liveaboard of the Year' award, is the highest quality example of a custom-designed liveaboard in the Red Sea line. Its luxury is only exceeded by the incredible diving, with visibility at 30-40m. Explore the biodiversity of the Red Sea at famous sites such as Brothers Islands, Elphinstone, Ulysses, Thistlegorm Wreck, Ras Mohamed National Park and Daedalus Reef among others. The Red Sea is waiting for you to discover its underwater secrets.

The Emperor Elite is 121 feet (37m) long and 26 feet (8m) wide. One of the most luxurious liveaboard yachts on the Red Sea, Divers will relax in comfort in the spacious accommodation and experience the best diving the Red Sea has to offer.

OUR CABINS

With 12 staff members to serve up to 26 guests in 8 Standard Twin-berth cabins (Lower Deck), 3 Premium Twin cabins (choice of Decks), a Double Junior Suite (Lower Deck) and - new for 2017 - a Premium, Upper Deck Executive Suite. All with en-suite facilities, independent air-conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest. She is a spacious boat with limited free WiFi (signal permitting), three Sundecks, Dive Deck with Platform, an air-conditioned Salon and air-conditioned Dining room where great food and free red wine with Dinner is served. She has all diving and safety equipment including two large RIBs with outboards, is also equipped with NITROX and can handle Tech Diving on request.

FOOD ON BOARD

Fine dining begins with Dinner on the first night of the Red Sea cruise. International, Italian and Egyptian delicacies are included on the menu. The dining experience is enhanced by the ambiance of the elegant, air conditioned restaurant on the Main Deck. Food is served buffet-style and includes 3 meals a day as well as plenty of snack choices between dives. The Snack bar is well stocked with biscuits and fruit. Wine at dinner, soft drinks, tea and coffee, and drinking water, are complimentary. Other adult beverages are available for purchase. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.

AMENITIES

Find your personal happy place aboard this yacht whether it be sunning one of the 3 Sundecks, reclining in the lounge chairs or chatting about the day’s dive at one of the 2 Bars. Gather with friends in the Main Salon and watch a movie or listen to your favorite music. Visit the library, play board games or get in some extra marine life viewing with some snorkeling.

PREMIUM TWIN CABIN - MAIN DECK

Main Deck Premium twin cabins all with en-suite, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest 22" flat screen TV, hairdryers, mini bar, Media Player viewing available in each cabin. Centralised safety deposit box on the boat.

  • Beds:  2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  Yes.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

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DOUBLE JUNIOR SUITE - LOWER DECK

Double Junior Suite, located on lower deck, spacious en-suite cabin, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest 22" flat screen TV, hairdryers, mini bar, Media Player viewing available.

  • Beds:  1 King.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  No.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

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PREMIUM TWIN CABIN - UPPER DECK

Premium twin cabins (choice of decks), all with en-suite, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest 22" flat screen TV, hairdryers, mini bar, Media Player viewing available in each cabin. Centralised safety deposit box on the boat.

  • Beds:  2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  Yes.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

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PREMIUM EXECUTIVE SUITE - UPPER DECK

Upper Deck Premium Executive Suite, all with en-suite, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest 22" flat screen TV, hairdryers, mini bar, Media Player viewing available in each cabin. Centralised safety deposit box on the boat.

  • Beds:  1 Double.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  No.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The boat leaves from Port Ghalib  (depending on your chosen itinerary) and ends at Port Ghalib
  • The nearest airport is Hurghada or Port Ghalib. 
  • Attention! The departure/arrival at 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.

DEPARTURE AND EMBARKATION

  • The best-known and easiest airport to reach is the one in the city of Hurghada.
  • The transfer from either of the two airports to the boat and from the boat to the airport on the first and last day is included in the price. 
  • If you arrive in Hurghada and the boat leaves from Port Ghalib, the transfer by land is included and takes around 3 hours.
  • If the boat leaves from Hurghada or Port Ghalib, the transfer from the airport Hurghada or Port Ghalib to the boat is 10 minutes
  • Transfers from hotels  to the boat are included as well
  • Only two transfers are included, one on boarding day and the other on disembarkation day
  • Transfers other days that are not specified here are extras, they cost money 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 Emperor sign will pick you up (transfers are shared group, there may be a waiting time at the airport, depending on the flights of other passengers, transfer might need to go pick up others clients from hotels)
  • The embarkation is the first day indicated on the date the cruise begins and the boarding time is in the afternoon from 5 pm until the early morning - maximum 6 am.
  • The boat leaves port in the morning around 8 am to go to the first diving point where a shallow dive to test the diving equipment, surface buoy, adjust each divers' group will take place.

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • The boat arrives at port in the afternoon, this day only 2 dives are done in the morning.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that you are respected 24 hours before flight time after your last dive
  • Once the boat arrives at port, you can get off and visit the area if you want to, dinner will be served on the boat, and 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 was the case, the hotel is paid by the boat and any extra transfer is offered free of charge.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • On the Deep South area is located the Navy base of the naval forces of the Army of Egypt. 
  • The dive operator routine is to request permission 2 days before the trip. In the case of a ban on navigation in the areas of Zabargad and Rocky, as well as the areas of St Johns and Abu Fendira, the route will be changed to a similar accessible one. Trip compensation and cancellation are not possible.
  • Port departure/arrival can be changed due to internal boat logistic, bad weather conditions on previous week or bad weather forecast. In case of changes all transfers are provided to the new marina, cannot be issue of refund or compensations

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We require you have a minimum of 20 logged dives for cruises that visit the Wreck of the Thistlegorm and 30 logged dives for cruises that visit the marine parks (Brothers, Zabargad, Daedalus & Rocky).
  • To dive with a dive buddy, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide.
  • On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Many of the dives in the Red Sea are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected anytime and anywhere.
  • Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience
  • Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions and the route are around 18 to 21 dives.
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.
  • No night dives in Marine parks such BDE

PROGRAM

  • DAY 1: Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage. At the indicated time, transfer to the port in Hurghada or Port Ghaleb depending the route. 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 2nd to 6th  21 are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "ST JOHNS": Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive the most important dive sites of this route.
  • DAY 7TH 2 dives in the morning. Afternoon / night, arrival at port. Dinner and accommodation on board. Free time to enjoy the local atmosphere, shopping and / or optional excursions in the area.
  • DAY 8 PORT GHALEB: Disembark in Port Ghaleb . Transfer to the hotel or airports

RED SEA DIVE ROUTES

Deep South Route - St Johns, Rocky, Zabargad or St Johns, Abu Fendira

  • The farthest Red Sea Deep South route is the one with the greatest variety of environments and greatest diversity in the Red Sea. With long navigation distances between the points, it is a route that can be easily adapted to different levels of diving and where we can see unique and exclusive places that only liveaboard ships can get access to.
  • South stands out for the reef life, coral formations and a homing point for sharks, we can snorkel with wild dolphins. We will visit the island of Zabargad with its mysterious Russian wreck, its spectacular coral garden and the impressive soft coral walls of Rocky Island where there are great possibilities to find pelagics. In addition, we will visit the submerged Habilis, with its exuberant life and where so many pelagic come to feed, the pinnacle forest of Umm Arouk, the incredible caves of Umm Hararim and the incredible reefs of Claudius, Malahi and Shaab Maksour.
  • We will visit the labyrinth of caves of "Shaa Claudia" in Fury Shoal and we will be dazzled by the play of lights that form underwater, a paradise for the underwater photographer and if the conditions allow it we will explore the reef of Habili Ali in search of the Longimanus. Back to port we will dive in the Marsa Alam area and we will go in search of the Dugongs that inhabit the sand meadows.

Diving spots

  • Rocky Island, Drop Sogheira, Habili Ali, Umm Hararim, St. Johns, Fury Shoals, Zabargad

The highlight on the dives

  • Wrecks, shark is (oceanic white tip, grey reef shark, white tip reef shark, whale sharks), dolphins, turtles, mantas.

ST JOHNS

  • St Johns is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands. Habili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teeming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue.
  • The farthest south route is one of the routes with the greatest variety of environments and greatest diversity in the Red Sea. With long navigation distances between the points, it is a route that can be easily adapted to different levels of diving and where we can see unique and exclusive places that only liveaboard ships can access. South stands out for the reef life, coral formations and home to sharks, snorkel with wild dolphins.We will visit the island of Zabargad with its mysterious Russian wreck, its spectacular coral garden and the impressive soft coral walls of Rocky Island where there are great possibilities to find pelagics.
  • In addition, we will visit the submerged Habilis, with its exuberant life and where so many pelagic come to feed, the pinnacle forest of Umm Arouk, the incredible caves of Umm Hararim and the incredible reefs of Claudius, Malahi and Shaab Maksour. We will visit the labyrinth of caves of "Shaa Claudia" in Fury Shoal and we will be dazzled by the play of lights that form underwater, a paradise for the underwater photographer and if the conditions allow it we will explore the reef of Habili Ali in search of the Longimanus. Back to port we will dive in the Marsa Alam area and we will go in search of the Dugongs that inhabit the sand meadows.

Diving spots

  • Rocky Island, Drop Sogheira, HabiliAli, Umm Hararim, St. Johns, Fury Shoals, Zabargad

The highlight on the dives

  • Wrecks, shark is (oceanic white tip, grey reef shark, white tip reef shark, whale sharks), dolphins, turtles, mantas.

    INCLUDED

    • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
    • Dive guides
    • Nitrox
    • Wifi
    • After trip transfer to HRG/Marsa Alam airport/local hotel at 9:30 on last day Transfer from HRG airport/local hotel to HRG port or Port Ghalib on trip start day at 18:00, from Nov - Apr at 18:00 and 21:30
    • Non-divers are welcome and get free snorkelling kit rental + €35 voucher to spend on board.
    • Transfer from Marsa Alam airport/local hotel to Port Ghalib on trip start day at 18:00

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and dive computer - need to be pre-ordered: EUR 183 per week
    • Rental equipment 
    • Courses 
    • 15 liter tanks (EUR 35 per week)
    • Tips for the crew (recommended) (EUR 40 per trip)
    • Alcohol

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    What if I need to cancel my booking?

    Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

    • 30 % deposit is not refundable
    • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 84 and 56 days prior to arrival
    • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 56 days prior to arrival

    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 endeavor 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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