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MV EMPEROR ELITE

Custom-designed and built to a superior standard Emperor Elite is a 38 metre boat accommodating a maximum of 24 guests in 11 twin-berth cabins (choice of decks) and a double master suite, all with ensuite, air conditioning, flat screen TV with media player and two towels per guest. She is a spacious boat with limited free WiFi (for internet browsing and connecting with communication applications only when in signal), three sundecks, dive deck with platform, Jacuzzi, two air-conditioned salons and air-conditioned dining room where good food and free wine with dinner is served. She has all the diving and safety equipment including two large RIBs with outboards, is also equipped with NITROX and can handle tech diving on request.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

DIVE SITES

MV EMPEROR ELITE DECK PLAN

Deck plan The MV Emperor Elite Liveaboard showing sun deck, upper deck, lower deck and main deck

MV EMPEROR ELITE SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Wooden hull - Year built: 2006 - Dry Dock: Annually

Length: 38m - Beam: 8m - Draft: 2.3m

Engines: 2 x 764 HP Caterpillar - Generators: 3 x 84 kW Caterpillar

Navigation and Communication system: GPS/Chart plotter/DSC/Echo sounder/Radar/VHF radio/Satellite phone

Fresh water capacity: 2 x Aquaset desalination system 11000 litres/day

DIVING FACILITIES

Air compressors: 4 x 260lt/min Coltri sub plus 2 Nitrox Compressor (750 litres/min)

Nitrox diving: up to 40% plus partial pressure system and filling equipment for Tech purposes

Technical diving: On request

Dive deck: Spacious dive deck equipped with 12 litre Aluminum tanks as standard and 15 litre Steel tanks on request. 6.5m x 8m platform

Dive equipment rental: Full range (150 euros per week)

Medical Oxygen and comprehensive First Aid available: Oxygen/Medic First Aid Kit

SAFETY

life rafts

 radar

GPS

sounder

Satellite & mobile phones

VHF Marina radios

Bilge pump alarm

Search light & horn

EPIRB & emergency flares

Fire alarms / detectors

Life jackets in all cabins

Fire extinguishers throughout

MFA box and trained staff

oxygen

ACCOMMODATION

 1 x Master suite with air conditioning and ensuite facilities

11 x Twin beds (beds side by side) with air conditioning and ensuite facilities

ENTERTAINMENT

22" flat screen TV, hairdryers, mini bar, Media Player viewing available in each cabin

Salon: 2 x Air conditioned - Separate dining room: Air conditioned

Entertainment: TV/Video/DVD/CD MediaPlayer

Sundecks: 2 x sundeck, 1 x shaded sundeck

Towels: 2 towels per guest

Special diets catered for on request

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SIMPLY THE BEST (FROM HURGHADA OR MARSA GHALIB)

Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and 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 remain onboard as surface support for some dives. No night dives are allowed in the Marine Parks. Long overnight sailings are required and due to distances travelled the number of dives is limited compared to other routes. These are challenging dives, with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.

 

 Dive the Best Top 3 sites in this area:

 

 Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone.

 

 The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

 

 For the wreck diver, the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

 

 Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks.

 

 Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, offers a likely encounter with oceanic white tip sharks.

SOUTH & ST. JOHNS (FROM MARSA GHALIB PORT)

Please note: This is a 21+dive itinerary. You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to do this trip and 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 remain onboard as surface support for some dives. However to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 meters and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. The PADI Advanced course can be completed whilst onboard so be sure to pre-book.

 

This trip takes you to some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer. Here the diving is less arduous so it's a trip for those who want to see the best but have a more relaxed time while doing so. Sailing to the southernmost reefs, you'll depart from Marsa Ghalib Port or Hamata (depends on the time of year) and dive the sites at Fury Shoals en-route to the vast reef system of St John's. When leaving Marsa Ghalib the route can sometimes take in a dive at Abu Dabab on the first or last day. Often spoilt for choice, your guides will pick sites that they know to be the best for the time of the year and can find excellent alternatives should the weather affect the normal route. Although the distances are long, where possible we travel overnight so, as a 21 plus route, our aim is to get as many dives in as possible at some of the most impressive reefs. Below are some of the highlights.

 

 On the way to Fury shoals, dive Shaab Sharm with its wall dives and white tip reef sharks. Oceanic white tips and silky sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles often visit the south side before heading further south. At Fury Shoals, dive Shaab Claudio with its famous swim-throughs and huge porite corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South. Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat populated with glass fish.

 

St John's 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 teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue.

 

Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas swim and the occasional manta. The tunnels are an ideal for novice cave divers.

 

Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertips and hammerhead sharks.

GET WRECKED! (FROM HURGHADA)

Please note: This is a 21+dive itinerary. You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and 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 remain onboard as surface support for some dives. However to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 meters and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. The PADI Advanced course can be completed whilst onboard so be sure to pre-book.

This trip gives you the chance to dive the best of the best of the northern Red Sea's wrecks as well as the chance to do some fabulous reef diving.

 

 Leaving from Hurghada, we aim to dive all the wrecks in the area including:

 

 El Mina, an Egyptian mine sweeper lying just outside Hurghada's harbour; Suzanna (or Excalibur), a small pleasure yacht; the Carnatic; the tile wreck; the lentil wreck and Giannis D at Abu Nuhas. At Gubal Islands: the Barge; the Ulysses (sunk in 1887) and the Rosalie Moller; the Kingston (or Sarah H, sunk in 1881) lying at Shag Rock; the Carina (sunk in 1926) lying close to Shaab Ali and, of course, the Dunraven (sunk 1876) at Beacon Rock situated in the Ras Mohamed National Park and the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, which lies at Shaab Ali.

 

These wrecks are spectacular and make fantastic material for the underwater photographer being smothered in corals, especially the Carnatic, which sank in 1869. The famous SS Thistlegorm and the Rosalie Moller are World War II wrecks and one of the highlights of this cruise.

 

The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941, 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.

 

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.

 

All wrecks are subject to divers' experience and weather conditions.

JUST BROTHERS (FROM HURGHADA OR MARSA GHALIB)

Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and 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 remain onboard as surface support for some dives. No night dives are allowed in the Marine Parks. These are challenging dives, with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.

 

The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

 

 For the wreck diver, the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

 

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. The 100-meter ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991 when it hit the reef during a stormy night. It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea - roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

 

There is superb wall diving at Panorama, which is in fact one of the largest reefs in Safaga. A great reef with overhangs where gorgonians and soft corals thrive with the frequent nurturing currents. Due to the size of the barrier, there are at least three different dives to be done here: the south plateau and the east and west drop offs. Barracudas and white tip reef sharks and occasionally hammerheads and manta rays can be found. The south plateau is somewhat more protected by the current.

 

Abu Kafan is a 300-metre long and narrow reef offering a plateau at both north and south tips. We normally jump in the water on the north plateau and glide with the frequent strong current southwards along the impressive walls covered with soft and black coral, giant fans and

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START DATE END DATE DEPART FROM DESTINATION/ROUTE PRICE PP
06/02/2015 13/02/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 699
13/02/2015 20/02/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 799
20/02/2015 27/02/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 869
27/02/2015 06/03/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 869
13/03/2015 20/03/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 929
27/03/2015 03/04/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 999
10/04/2015 17/04/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 909
17/04/2015 24/04/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Simply the Best Euro 1109
24/04/2015 01/05/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 999
08/05/2015 15/05/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Deadalus & Elphinstone Euro 999
15/05/2015 22/05/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 939
29/05/2015 05/06/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 939
12/06/2015 19/06/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 899
10/07/2015 17/07/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Deadalus & Elphinstone Euro 999
31/07/2015 07/08/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 939
07/08/2015 14/08/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 939
21/08/2015 28/08/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 939
11/09/2015 18/09/2015 Hurghada Safaga & Elphinstone Euro 969
18/09/2015 25/09/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Maidan Tech Safari Euro 1318
16/10/2015 23/10/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 1039
23/10/2015 30/10/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Deadalus & Elphinstone Euro 1179
30/10/2015 06/11/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port South & St. Johns Euro 1079
06/11/2015 13/11/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Simply the Best Euro 1159
13/11/2015 20/11/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 1109
27/11/2015 04/12/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Deadalus & Elphinstone Euro 1109

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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RED SEA DIVE SITES

RED SEA SITE INFORMATION

 

Abu Galawa Kebir is close to its smaller sister, Abu Galawa Soraya, and is famous for its tunnels and south plateau. The Tien Hsing Chinese tugboat wreck has some stunning soft and hard coral bouquets running its 34mt length. But the wreck is not the only reason to visit as the large reef provides plenty of opportunity for other dives along the walls and pinnacles; the tunnels are ideal for novice cave diver.

 

 Sha'ab Maksur is a large and varied reef that is often compared to the Red Sea classic, Elphinstone, with steep drop offs and strong currents making it a dive where some diving experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20 metres and extend to around 40 metres, although the plateau has some pinnacles that can be enjoyed on the ascent and safety stop. On the plateaus, and drifting down the east wall, you can encounter some species that make a proud entry in your log book, hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks have all visited Maksur!

 

Sha'ab Claudio captivates divers and enthrals photographers with its shallow swim-through system, perfect for leisurely exploration. With five entrances and exits and shallow in depth, you're never 'lost' and can just enjoy the shafts of light dancing through the caverns. Rays, nudibranchs, large Napoleon wrasse and morays are all frequently spotted here; you may even see a white tip reef shark or turtle pass by.

 

 Sha'ab Sataya is situated at the very south of Fury Shoals; this huge natural lagoon is formed by a massive reef (sha'ab) rising from the depths. The fame of Sataya is its steep drop offs along with pelagic sightings and protected pinnacles smothered in soft and hard corals. But the real stars can be the huge pods of spinner dolphins that frequent here, meaning Sataya has become the 'Dolphin House' of Hamata.

 

 Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta. The tunnels are ideal for novice cave divers.

 

 Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertips and hammerhead sharks

 

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