Emperor Divers have been running scuba trips throughout the Red Sea for many years. Now they bring their rich knowledge and wealth of experience to the MY Emperor Asmaa, the smallest and most affordable of their Hurghada liveaboard diving fleet., refitted in 2015.
The 30m Emperor Asmaa can accommodate 20 divers in roomy and bright air-conditioned twin en-suite cabins. You can enjoy the family atmosphere onboard, either in the chilled air-conditioned saloon on the main deck, the shaded lounging area on the upper deck, or up on the sundeck where you'll find plenty of mattresses for lazing about.
Keeping in touch with family and friends is simple and free on the Emperor Asmaa. You can either use one of the boat's mobile internet USB sticks with your own laptop or make use of the onboard computer. The computer also proves popular with underwater photographers since you can edit your pictures and burn them to CD.
For Red Sea liveaboard divers eager to extend their bottom time and decrease rest-stops, nitrox is available and free of charge. Scuba diving courses can also be arranged and dive computers are available for purchase onboard at discounted prices. As with the other boats in the Emperor fleet, the Asmaa too guarantees a minimum of 2 dive guides per trip and 2 motorised dinghies to shuttle you to the sites with the minimum of delay.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Notes: The first and last night of standard tours are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive and board on the first day. The boat leaves the harbour on the morning of the second day. In 2016 you can join Asmaa on 2 different departure days. If you join on the first day, the last night of your trip will be in a hotel.
St John's trips (total number of diving days: 6): Guests arriving Tuesdays: Check-in around 10 pm and overnight in port. Wednesday: diving at Fury Shoals all day with an early evening dive; return to port to collect Wednesday-arriving guests, check-in around 10 pm. Overnight in port, depart next morning. 5 more days diving. Next Tuesday morning, transfer to the Emperor Divers centre at the Zabargad Berenice Resort to pack before leaving for the airport. Guests arriving Wednesdays: Check-in around 10 pm; overnight in port, depart next morning. After 5 days of diving return to port; guests who arrived on Tuesday disembark. You stay on board for 1 more diving day until the afternoon, making sure to allow 24 hours before flying. Return to port and transfer to the Zabargad Berenice Resort for an overnight stay on half board. Transfer to the airport on Wednesday for your flight.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, soft drinks and hot drinks, return transfers from Marsa Alam airport/hotel to boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) 2 DMs per trip, tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available), all permissions and harbour fees.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 27 per day), dive insurance and computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torch. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
How to get there: The M/Y Emperor Asmaa liveaboard departs from the Red Sea ports of Hurghada, Port Ghalib or Hamata and return transfers are included from nearby hotels, Marsa Alam or Hurghada airports to all departure ports. There are direct flights from Cairo to Marsa Alam (1.5 hours) and Hurghada (1 hour) via Egypt Air. From certain destinations in the UK and Europe it is possible to fly into Marsa Alam or Hurghada direct.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 13:00 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 38 off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 50% to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below, equivalent to pay for 18 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge. Free spaces are in Standard lower deck cabin.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): There are many variations depending on month and itinerary. Please check with us. Sample August 2015 prices: St John's - US$ 15,314, Brother Islands - US$ 17,285, North & Wrecks - US$ 14,525.
Add-on package: If you have time, we strongly recommend that you consider some of the wonderful antiquities tours in Egypt which can add a whole new dimension to your holiday.
Cairo museum’s royal mummies, the pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, a glorious cruise down the Nile staying in a luxury cabin, The Valley of the Kings, all of these and more can be seen in packages starting at 6 nights’ duration. Other activities such as 4x4 safaris and camel tours are also available as are custom-made packages to suit your needs.
Emperor Asmaa is fitted with 10 cabins all with twin beds side by side accommodating a maximum of 20 scuba divers in total. There are 6 bright and comfy Standard twin cabins on the lower deck, fitted with private bathrooms and 2 portholes per cabin for extra light and 4 Deluxe upper deck twin bed cabins.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
Nitrox - 25 HP dive dinghies - 49m˛ diving deck with 2 hot water showers & toilets - 18m˛ platform with separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table and charging points - Air-conditioned saloon with bar, big-screen TV, DVD and music players, computer & internet - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - 38m˛ sun deck with sun matresses - 46.5m˛ shaded area with bar - Water dispenser