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MY Emperor Asmaa

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.

Length: 30 metres / 99 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 9 knots
Divers: 20
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Emperor Asmaa, Red Sea liveaboard to St John's

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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

August 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Aug 11 Aug 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 774
17 Aug 24 Aug 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 774
25 Aug 1 Sep 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 774
September 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Sep 14 Sep 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 847
14 Sep 21 Sep 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 847
21 Sep 28 Sep 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 774
October 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Oct 14 Oct 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 847
November 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
9 Nov 16 Nov 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 829
December 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Dec 9 Dec 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
9 Dec 16 Dec 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
16 Dec 23 Dec 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
23 Dec 30 Dec 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
30 Dec 6 Jan 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
January 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Jan 13 Jan 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
13 Jan 20 Jan 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
20 Jan 27 Jan 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
27 Jan 3 Feb 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
February 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 10 Feb 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
10 Feb 17 Feb 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
17 Feb 24 Feb 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 608
April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Apr 14 Apr 7 Safaga & Elphinstone 22 US$ 718
16 Apr 23 Apr 7 Safaga & Elphinstone 22 US$ 718
25 Apr 2 May 7 St. John's Reefs 25 US$ 1,072

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More Trip Details...

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$ 28 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$ 39 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$ 15,473, Brother Islands - US$ 17,465, North & Wrecks - US$ 14,677.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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:
  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
  • Towels & shower gel
  • Portholes (on the lower deck)
  • Bedside cabinet & clothes cabinet
  • Reading lamps on the lower deck
  • Music from the saloon music centre
  • Mirror
  • Safe box
  • Bedding
  • Life jackets
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply
  • European-style 2-pin plugs
No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 10 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
Liveaboard crew comprises:
  • 2 Dive Instructors / Guides
  • Captain
  • Cook and assistant
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • Stewardess
  • 3 Deck Hands
Nitrox - 25 HP dive dinghies - 49m² diving deck with 2 hot water showers & toilets - 18m² 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 - 38m² sun deck with sun matresses - 46.5m² shaded area with bar - Water dispenser

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • International, Italian and local cuisine served on board.
  • Food is served buffet style on the main deck in the dining section of the air-conditioned saloon.
  • All diets, including vegetarian and halal, catered for with prior notice.
  • Main meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in between.
  • Bar snacks consist of biscuits and fruit, which together with tea and coffee, drinking water and soft drinks, are complimentary.
  • Chocolate bars, beer, bottles of wine and other alcoholic drinks are available for purchase on board.
  • Catering starts with dinner on trip check-in day.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2003, refurbished in 2005
  • Size - 28m x 7m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 9 knots
  • 2 x 630 HP MAN
  • 2 x 38 / 84 KW Perkins generators
  • 2 x Coltri Sub dive tank compressors
  • Membrane enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium tanks with DIN valves & international fittings
  • Electricity 220v - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - 9,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 9,000 litres
  • Freshwater maker - 5,500 litres per day
  • Environmental waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 x life rafts
  • 2 x Yamaha 25 HP dinghies
  • JRC radar
  • Furuno GPS
  • Navman 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
  • 30,000 litres of continuous flow oxygen
  • Customer diver insurance is not included and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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