EMPEROR ASMAA I 12 PERSONS GROUP I ALL ROUTES I RED SEA

EMPEROR ASMAA I  12 PERSONS GROUP I ALL ROUTES I RED SEA
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MV EMPEROR ASMAA. The vessel is family friendly. Committed to providing excellent food it has Chef prepared cuisine. Free Wi-Fi & Nitrox, Re-breather friendly. Dive from zodiacs. Large Dive Deck with Camera facilities



Group offer 10 pay full price - 2 goes free

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dive the best of the Red Sea with MV Emperor Asmaa
  • Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran Straits,  Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone, St Johns Reef
  • 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
  • Dives from zodiacs, tech diving on request
  • Non-divers are welcome and get free snorkelling kit rental + €35 voucher to spend
  • Saloon and big sundeck
  • Complimentary red wine with dinner
  • Dive courses and rental equipment available
  • Free nitrox and internet, child friendly boat
  • Marine parks fees and fuel surcharges included

BOAT SERVICES

  • Languages spoken; English. German.Spanish. Arabic. Dutch. French. Italian.
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves. Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adaptors. 15L Tanks Available. Nitrox (Free). Rental Equipment.
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Spacious Dive Deck. Separate Zodiac/Dhoni
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher. Life Jackets. Life Rafts. Emergency Oxygen Kit .First Aid Kits. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed). Vhf Radio. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
  • Wi-Fi (Free). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/Tv Area. Equipment For Kids. Rebreather-Friendly.
  • Movies. Fish Id And Diving Books. Games
  • Snorkeling
  • Payments. visa. Mastercard. Cash. 
  • International food Buffet. Beers and wine .Vegetarian Food .Halal Food
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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

In the comfort and high standard of the Emperor Asmaa you will relish the clear, warm, azure water of the Red Sea. Dive with visibility around 30-40 m most of the year, exploring the biodiversity of famous dive sites in the area. The Red Sea is waiting for you to discover its underwater secrets. After an exhilarating day of diving aboard the Emperor Asmaa, unwind on the Sundeck or at the Bar, enjoy fresh food or rest in your air-conditioned cabin.

The Emperor Asmaa is 30m long and 7m wide and refurbished in 2015. To ensure your dive safari holiday becomes a memorable experience, every aspect of Emperor Asmaa's design, itinerary and menu have received detailed attention. The diving, the leisure activities, the luxury and comfort found aboard the Emperor Asmaa will ensure your diving adventures in the Red Sea are everything you dreamed of. Emperor Asmaa offers affordability to Divers without compromising their high standards. There are 2 cabin types offered on the Emperor Asmaa with the ability to sleep 20 guests. She features comfortable, air-conditioned Lower Deck and Upper Deck Twin bed cabins. 

EMPEROR ASMAA IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING THE BEST IN  ACCOMMODATION, SERVICES AND FACILITIES. 

When not resting in privacy in your cabin, the Emperor Asmaa offers a selection of non-diving activities including movies, audio-video entertainment, a library and board games. Wander the yacht and find your personal happy place. The Dining area and Saloon are communal spaces, inviting and friendly with light and airy shade. Enjoy the cool air and watch television or bring your favourite DVD. The audio equipment is available for your listening pleasure as well as free Wi-Fi to let everyone know what a wonderful time you are having on your dive vacation.  If sun worshipping is your passion, lounge on the Fly deck. Perhaps you need to cool down with a drink at the upstairs Bar or relax in the large covered Sundeck area.

THE SHIP’S MAIN GOAL IS TO ENSURE THAT BOTH THE UNDERWATER AND ABOVE WATER EXPERIENCES ARE FANTASTIC

Part of this commitment to quality is providing great food for Divers. After all, a relaxing meal prepared with care and style is the best way to remain full of energy for the next dive, you will be offered a choice of Chef prepared meals served Buffet style. Vegetarian options are available. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and water are provided as well as red wine with being served with Dinner. Beer and other wines are available for a charge. 

TO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT EMPEROR ASMAA

Single Travellers Guarantee: We guarantee same sex cabin sharing on our boats. If we can't 'room' you with someone of the same sex and a cabin is free then we will give you a cabin to yourself with no single room supplement.

Diving in a group? We have some good group discounts available

  • 5 pay full price - 1 goes free
  • 10 pay full price - 2 go free
  • 17 pay full price - 3 go free

TWIN BED CABIN - LOWER DECK

These 6 cabins are located in the lower deck, en-suite with individual air conditioning and two towels per guest. These cabins are perfect to relax after a long day diving. Hair dryer available, Safety deposit box is centralised on this boat. Size:  8 m². Beds:  2 Twin. Max occupancy:  2. Shareable:  Yes. Private bathroom:  Yes. Air Conditioning:  Yes 

TWIN BED CABIN - UPPER DECK

These 4 cabins are located on the upper deck, ensuite with individual air conditioning and two towels per guest and mini safe. Amazing location, great cabin to relax after a long day diving. Hair dryer available, Safety deposit box is centralised on this boat. Size:  8 m². Beds:  2 Twin. Max occupancy: 2. Shareable:  Yes. Private bathroom:  Yes. Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The boat leaves from Port Ghalib or Hurghada (depending on your chosen itinerary) and ends at Port Ghalib or Hurghada (depending on your chosen itinerary). 
  • 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 EMBARKING DAY

  • The nearest airport is Hurghada or Port Ghalib. 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 an 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, all the cruises have a boarding time from 5 pm until early morning next day - 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 DISAMBARKING DAY

  • The boat arrives 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 on Monday and receive a response on Thursday, 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 accesible 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, remember that the rental equipment, nitrox, other payments are made before the ship leaves port, the payments are cash. If you want to buy beers or wine for your trip on the boat you will have to tell the Cruise Director before the departure of the ship, buy and pay it at once, you can store the drinks in your cabin or in the boat's refrigerators.
  • DAYS 2nd to 6th  --- are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "---------------": Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive he 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 HURGHADA or PORT GHALEB: Disembark in Port Ghaleb or Hurghada. Transfer to the hotel or airports

RED SEA DIVE ROUTES

BDE - Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone Route

  • The golden triangle includes the famous Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone Reef. It is a route with a long navigation distance, since all the dive sites are far from the coast.
  • The Brothers Islands is the highlight of this route. These two islands are located in the middle of the Red Sea and are a refuge of thousands of species, and the encounter with large pelagic is usually common. Their walls are full of coral, the great currents and the spectacular nature of life, are the great references of these islands, not forgetting the sightings of oceanic whitetip, threshers and grey sharks amongst others. We will also dive in the Numidia wreck that with its almost vertical position and the visibility of the Red Sea, makes this wreck a unique visual spectacle. In this area is also the Aida wreck.
  • Our second dive destination will be Daedalus Reef, famous for sightings of hammerhead sharks and large coral formations. Large banks of hammerhead sharks live in the area of the reef and come frequently to feed.
  • Finally, we will visit the Elphinstone Reef, which stands a few meters above the surface and whose life surprises and amazes even the most experienced divers. All kinds of pelagics visit the cleaning stations on this reef where their walls are lost in the depth of this sea.

The highlight on the dives

  • Oceanic whitetip shark "Longimanus" A very curious shark that approaches divers and that is usually a few meters deep. Giant manta rays come to the island for the cleaning stations.
  • Thresher sharks, with their characteristic long fins in the form of a whip, patrol the islands. Banks of hammerhead sharks, sometimes reaching up to 20 specimens. Grey and silky sharks are seen often in the reefs. Whale sharks and tigers sharks are another spectacle you can find. H.H. Numidia - British ship of 107m of length sunk in 1901

The North Route from Hurghada

  • The route ‘Wrecks and Reefs’ is the most complete and varied. During the week of cruise life on board, embarking and disembarking in Hurghada. This route is ideal both for those who want to discover the famous Red Sea and for those who are going for the first time on a diving cruise Liveaboard. It is suitable for all levels of diving, from novice divers to the most experienced TEC divers, although we recommend a minimum level of Advanced or similar.
  • The navigation is very short and pleasant, the diving points being further away after about two hours sailing. Its diversity allows you to enjoy dives in spectacular walls, incredible schools of fish and majestic reefs in the Ras Mohamed National Park, you can enjoy quiet nights and dreamlike landscapes like the Sinai Peninsula, or the multiple islands with its magnificent lagoons and reefs. 
  • We will visit the Strait of Gubal and all the wrecks in this area where we will remember part of modern history visiting, probably the most famous wreck in the world - the SS Thistlegorm, sunk in World War II and discovered by Jacques Cousteau in the ‘50s. We will explore the spectacular reef of Abu Nuhas with wrecks Giannis D and Carnatic. And enjoy an amalgam of colours and corals in dives such as Small Crack or Shag Rock, even with a bit of luck, do snorkelling with dolphins.

Dive sites

  • Ras Mohammed National Park, Anemone City, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef, Jackfish Alley, RasGhozlani, Gubal Strait, SS Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Kingston, Ras Umm Sid and Small Crack

The highlight on the dives

  • Historical wrecks, Sharks (whale, hammerheads, white reef fin), Dolphins, Turtles, Mantas.

Daedalus, Sataya, Elphinstone Route

  • Located to the southwest of the Red Sea, this area is formed by a set of reefs. Sataya is the main reef and one of the most virgin in Egypt, with large gardens of hard and soft corals, reef sharks, turtles, clown fish, barracudas, etc. They form a horseshoe in the interior, we can concentrate the diving in Dolphin Reef (Sha'ab Sataya), where the sighting of dolphin families are common.
  • Our second dive destination will be Daedalus Reef, famous for sightings of hammerhead sharks and large coral formations. Large banks of hammerhead sharks live in the area of the reef and come frequently to feed.
  • Finally, we will visit the Elphinstone reef, which stands a few meters above the surface and whose life surprises and amazes even the most experienced divers. All kinds of pelagic visit the cleaning stations on this reef where their walls are lost in the depth of this Sea.

The highlight on the dives

  • Oceanic whitetip shark "Longimanus" A very curious shark that approaches divers and that is usually a few meters deep. Giant manta rays come to the island for the cleaning stations. Thresher sharks, with its characteristic long fins in the form of a whip patrol the islands. Banks of hammerhead sharks, sometimes reaching up to 20 specimens.Grey and silky sharks are seen often in the reefs. Whale sharks and tiger sharks are another spectacle you can find.

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.

North + Brother's Islands Route

  • Super complete and varied route in which all the dive sites are the best of the Red Sea and world famous.
  • Dive in a week at places like the Ras Mohamed National Park, the Brothers Islands in search of pelagic, some of the best wrecks in the world- the SS Thistlegorm and the Salem Express and along the walls of Abu Kifan in Safaga.
  • The variety of dives make this route very special, with diving points very different from each other and where you can appreciate all varieties of life and environment that the Red Sea offers, such as reef and pelagic life, the spectacular historical wrecks or the incredible coral walls.
  • With a longer navigation than other routes, we visit the Ras Mohamed National Park to enjoy an authentic underwater paradise, we submerge in the SS Thistlegorm, a British wreck sunk during World War II to enjoy this impressive wreck and explore the spectacular Abu Nu'as reef, known as the wreck cemetery.
  • Sail to the remote Brothers islands, highlight of this route. These two islands are located in the middle of the Red Sea, are an oasis of life and food so the encounter with large pelagic is usually common. Its walls full of coral, the great currents and the spectacular nature of life are the great reference points of these islands, without forgetting the sightings of sharks. We will dive into the wrecks Numidia and Aida. Back to Hurghada if weather conditions are favourable, we visit the Salem Express.

Dive sites

  • Ras Mohammed National Park, Anemone City, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef, Jackfish Alley, Ras Ghozlani , Strait of Gubal , SS Thistlegorm , Dunraven , Giannis D, Kingston, Ras Umm Sid and Small Crack , Small Brother Island, Big Brother Island , Salem Express

The highlight on the dives

  • Historical wrecks, Sharks (whale, hammerheads, white reef fin), 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
  • 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
  • After trip transfer to HRG/Marsa Alam airport/local hotel at 9:30 on last day
  • 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
  • Harbour fees
  • Fuel surcharges
  • National park fees
  • Environmental Tax
  • Note: all listed prices are per person

NOT INCLUDED

  • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and dive computer - need to be pre-ordered: EUR 160 per week
  • Courses 
  • 15 liter tanks (EUR 30 per week)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended) 
  • Beer and wine

Cancellation fees

25% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 84 days prior to arrival

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

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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