The jewel in the crown of the Emperor fleet, the Emperor Elite is the highest quality example of the custom-designed and purpose-built boats in their Red Sea line. It is also winner of our 2011 'Liveaboard of the Year' award.
At 38 metres long and 8 metres wide, the Elite is the largest in the fleet and can comfortably accommodate up to 24 guests. All the cabins have en-suite facilities and are air-conditioned. Being their flagship liveaboard, the Emperor Elite has flat screen media players and minibars in every guest cabin.
As you can expect from the entire Emperor fleet, the Emperor Elite provides creature comforts beyond the expectations of most guests, such as bathrobes, hairdryers, complimentary dinner wine and free internet usage. The Emperor Elite is generous with space too, which is fully utilised with no less than 3 sundecks, a Jacuzzi / hot tub, huge dive deck with platform, 2 air-conditioned saloons with bars and a dining room.
Additional scuba delights include free nitrox, free 15 litre tanks, and the Emperor Fleet's guarantee of a minimum of 2 Red Sea liveaboard dive guides per trip.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, soft drinks and hot drinks, return transfers from Hurghada or Marsa Alam airport/hotel to boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 2 experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), 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$ 164 per week), diving insurance, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (except one glass of wine for dinner), torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Emperor Elite departs from Port Ghalib, Safaga or Marsa Alam and return transfers are included from nearby hotels/ Marsa Alam or Hurghada airports to all departure points. 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. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
The first and last nights of the liveaboard tour 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. Full tourist visas are available only at the airport for citizens of certain countries, unless obtained in advance. Please ensure you understand the tourist visa requirements that apply to you. 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): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price for a Standard cabin and 75% to the published price for a Master cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: • 5 pay full price + 1 free
• 10 pay full price + 2 free
• 15 pay full price + 3 free
• 20 pay full price + 4 free
Whole boat charter rate (per night): St John's & Fury Shoals US$ 3,614, Marine Parks North US$ 3,914, Brothers US$ 4,477, North & Wrecks US$ 3,440.
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 Elite has 1 Master suite and 11 Standard twin cabins, all of which feature private en-suite bathrooms. 2 twin cabins are on the upper deck and 1 twin cabin is located on the main deck; all the other cabins are located on the lower deck, providing spacious accommodation of exceptional quality.
All this liveaboard's cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, mirror and hand basin
Complimentary nitrox - Complimentary 15 litre tanks - 29m² dive platform - 25 HP motorised dinghies - 54m² diving deck with hot water showers, toilets & charging points for electrical equipment - Camera table & separate rinse tank for cameras - Air-conditioned saloon with big-screen TV, DVD and music players - Computer with CD burner and free internet access - Air-conditioned restaurant with well-stocked bar - Upper deck bar lounge - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - 64m² sun deck & 52m² shaded area with Jacuzzi / hot tub, sun matresses & chairs - Water dispenser - Emergency laundry
"Excellent boat and staff. The boat (Emperor Elite) is big, new and very comfortable. We were fully satisfied with the service and reception on board." - Antonio Carone, Italy ...
"Very impressed with Emperor (I also dived with them on their day boats, prior to the liveaboard). They were professional, well organised and equipment was state of the art. Staff were friendly and I was blown away by their experience - they clearly love what they are doing. Facilities were excellent." - Jessica Chen, Australia ...