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MV EMPEROR SUPERIOR

Measuring 37m, Emperor Superior offers 9 twin-berth (1 x Upper Deck), 2 bunk style and 1 double cabin and a compact single bed cabin, comfortably accommodating 25 people. All cabins have air-con and ensuite bathrooms (WC/shower) and two towels per guest. The spacious dining and salon areas offer air-con, media player and TV and stereo. She has limited free WiFi (for internet browsing and connecting with communication applications only when in signal). Outstanding menus are offered on board. There are two sundecks, complete with Jacuzzi, and a dive deck with platform. As with all the Emperor Fleet, all safety equipment meets International standards. She is also equipped with NITROX, offers technical diving and carries a minimum of two dive guides.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

DIVE SITES

MV EMPEROR SUPERIOR DECK PLAN

MV EMPEROR SUPERIOR SPECIFICATIONS

Built in 2004, refurbished annually

Size - 37m x 8m

Top speed - 15 knots

Cruising speed - 11 knots

2 x 764 HP Caterpillar engines

3 x 80 KW Stamenja generators

2 x Coltri Sub tank compressors

Membrane enriched air nitrox system

12l aluminium tanks with DIN valves & Int. fittings. 15l tanks available for rent.

Electricity 220v - 24-hours per day

Water capacity - 7,000 litres

Fuel capacity - 15,000 litres

Freshwater maker - 22,000 litres per day

Waste storage tank

DIVING FACILITIES

Air compressors: 2 x Coltri Sub

Nitrox diving: Nitrox Compressor

Technical diving: On request

Dive deck: Spacious and equipped with 12 litre Aluminum tanks as standard and 15 litre Steel tanks on request. 7.25m 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

50 person capacity life rafts

2 x 25 HP Yamaha dive dinghies

 Radar

GPS

Fishfinder

Sounder

Satellite & mobile phones

VHF & DSC radios

Bilge pump alarm

Search light & horn

Engine room CCTV

EPIRB & emergency flares

Fire alarms / detectors

Life jackets in all cabins

Fire extinguishers throughout

MFA box and trained staff

10,000 litres continuous flow oxygen on board

ACCOMMODATION

1 x Master suite with air conditioning and ensuite facilities

11 x Twin beds (beds side by side) with air conditioning and en-suite 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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CLASSIC CRUISE (FROM HURGHADA)

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.

 

This cruise has something for everyone. Starting from Hurghada and sailing north, it offers a perfect combination of reef diving and wreck diving. The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs 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 in this area 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.

 

A short ride across the Straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck of the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm! An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel with a cargo full of armaments (Bedford trucks and BSA motorbikes), which were all destined for the British troops in North Africa. She was sunk by the German Luftwaffe and now lies in 30 metres of water. Depending on divers' experience, weather and current conditions, we also try to offer a night dive here. Close by is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at 'Shark Reef', a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.

FAMOUS FIVE CRUISE (FROM HURGHADA)

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.

 

Starting from Hurghada, we sail north towards Gubal Island and on to Abu Nuhas and its four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Explore the Rosalie Moller (the sister ship of the slightly more famous Thistlegorm), which lies from 30 to 50 metres deep and is in excellent condition. Although the visibility is not always good the wreck is covered in glassfish from bow to stern and hunting them are masses of lionfish. Around the wreck are the usual pelagics such as tuna, trevallies, Emperor fish and many more.

 

 A short ride across the Straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck of the Red Sea, the SS Thistlegorm! An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel with a cargo full of armaments, Bedford trucks and BSA motorbikes, which were all destined for the British troops in North Africa. She was sunk by the German Luftwaffe and now lies in 30 metres of water. Depending on divers' experience, along with weather and current conditions, we try to offer a night dive here. Nearby is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the renowned 'Shark and Yolanda' reefs. Ras Mohamed National Park is the furthest Sinai destination before heading south towards the Brothers.

 

 The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore from El Quseir. 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. Big tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can sometimes be found there. 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 boat will then sail back to Hurghada via Safaga where you can dive at Panorama Reef or the famous wreck of Salem Express for a memorable finale!

SIMPLY THE BEST (FROM HURGHADA OR MARSA GHALIB)

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.

REEFS & WRECKS (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.

 

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.

 

All wrecks are subject to divers' experience and weather conditions

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START DATE END DATE DEPART FROM DESTINAATION/ROUTE PRICE PP
06/02/2015 13/02/2015 Hurghada Classic Cruise €599
13/02/2015 20/02/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €759
20/02/2015 27/02/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €699
27/02/2015 06/03/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €729
27/02/2015 06/03/2015 Hurghada Tech North €879
06/03/2015 13/03/2015 Hurghada Classic Cruise €799
13/03/2015 20/03/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €799
20/03/2015 27/03/2015 Hurghada Classic Cruise €849
03/04/2015 10/04/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €849
08/05/2015 15/05/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €799
15/05/2015 22/05/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €859
22/05/2015 29/05/2015 Hurghada Classic Cruise €859
29/05/2015 05/06/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €859
19/06/2015 26/06/2015 Hurghada Tec Brothers & Safaga €1,172
26/06/2015 03/07/2015 Hurghada Get Wrecked €819
03/07/2015 10/07/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €819
24/07/2015 31/07/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €819
31/07/2015 07/08/2015 Hurghada Classic Cruise €819
21/08/2015 28/08/2015 Hurghada Get Wrecked €859
28/08/2015 04/09/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €859
04/09/2015 11/09/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €899
11/09/2015 18/09/2015 Hurghada Famous Five €979
18/09/2015 25/09/2015 Hurghada Get Wrecked €899
25/09/2015 02/10/2015 Hurghada Classic Cruise €899
09/10/2015 16/10/2015 Hurghada Famous Five €1,039
16/10/2015 23/10/2015 Hurghada Get Wrecked €999
23/10/2015 30/10/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks €999
30/10/2015 06/11/2015 Hurghada Famous Five €1,039
06/11/2015 13/11/2015 Hurghada Famous Five €1,019
13/11/2015 20/11/2015 Hurghada Get Wrecked €899
20/11/2015 27/11/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks 899
27/11/2015 04/12/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks 899
04/12/2015 11/12/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks 869

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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