The Emperor Superior is well named since it is indeed superior to the vast number of liveaboards that operate around the northern Red Sea.
Cutting an impressive figure, this sleek white deluxe liveaboard boat has some of the features that the top-end Emperors enjoy such as outstanding accommodation, food and facilities, all marking the MY Emperor Superior out as one of the finest luxury liveaboards around.
At 37 metres long, it offers spacious comfort to no more than 25 divers, across 13 twin-berth or double bed en-suite cabins per trip. Purpose-built for liveaboard diving in the Red Sea, the cabins are roomy, air-conditioned and feature private, en-suite bathroom facilities.
The Emperor Superior's ample space is fully utilised by a huge saloon with a segregated dining area, 2 sundecks, and a spacious dive deck and platform. The semi-shaded sundeck on the upper deck is comfortable and enormous, as good a lounging area as you will find on any liveaboard. As with the rest of the Emperor fleet of Red Sea liveaboards, Emperor Superior has a Wi-Fi system which operates except when at sites very distant from shore. Internet usage is free of charge.
On the dive deck, the EANx membrane system supplies free nitrox for trained divers. There is a camera table and there are 2 motorised dinghies and a minimum of 2 guides per trip to ensure an attentive and speedy diving service.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Notes: Diving experience required: for North & Wrecks safaris - Open Water diver license and 20 logged dives; for St. Johns Reefs safaris - Open Water diver license and 30 logged dives; for Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone safaris - Advanced Open Water diver license and 50 logged dives.
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, all park & port fees and fuel surcharges.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 181 per week), dive insurance, torches, diving computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tanks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Emperor Superior departs from Hurghada and return transfers are included from nearby hotels/ Hurghada airport to the departure point. There are direct flights from Cairo to Hurghada (1 hour) via Egypt Air. From certain destinations in the UK and Europe it is possible to fly into Hurghada direct. For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
The first and last nights of the trip 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 for the Red Sea 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 noon on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 42 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. There is also 1 single cabin available on board, for an extra US$ 150 on top of the Standard cabin price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 6 guests). Pay for 10 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 12 guests). Pay for 15 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard cabins free of charge (total 18 guests). Pay for 20 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise in Standards cabin free of charge (total 24 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): North & Wrecks US$ 3,009, Classic Cruise US$ 3,009, North & Brothers US$ 3,697.
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.
The vast space of the Emperor Superior accommodates 25 divers in 13 cabins. 1 Deluxe upper deck double bed cabin, 1 Single cabin and 11 Standard cabins all on the lower deck. Of the Standard cabins 8 are twin bed cabins, 1 is a double bed cabin and 2 are twin-bunk 'L-shaped' bed cabins. The cabins all have private en-suite bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, towels, toiletries & hand basin
Complimentary nitrox - 2 motorised dinghies - 39.5m² dive deck with 2 hot water showers, toilets & charge points for electrical equipment - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table - 30m² dive platform with 2 access ladders - Air-conditioned saloon with big-screen TV, DVD and music players - Restaurant area with well-stocked bar - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - Computer, B&W printer & CD burner - Free internet usage - 70m² sun deck with sun matresses & seating - 36m² shaded area with bar - Water dispenser - Emergency laundry
"The liveaboard was absolutely fantastic! The dive guards were super knowledgeable about all the dive sites and the staff were always there when you needed them. At no point of my trip was I annoyed with the staff. The bathrooms of the boat could use a bit of an update, but other than that I was pleased with my cabin and the shared spaces of the boat." - Rebecca Spillers, USA, 24 May 2015 ...
"Had a good trip, excellent diving and the wrecks were spectacular. Excellent all around. Only complaint was sharing a cabin and had the top bunk, which was awkward to get in and out of, especially with a stranger in the bottom bunk. Note: I did not raise this issue with the operator, as I knew there were no other accommodation available. Just slept most nights on the top deck. Only reason not a 5 out of 5 is the bunk bed as mentioned above and the fact that we spent the first and last nights on the boat tied up in the harbour. Would have rather had 5 nights on the boat and spent the other 2 in a hotel." - Scott Curry, USA, 14 January 2011 ...
"Emperor get 5/5 for the way they run things. Best feature was post-dive check-in using the scuba tanks and the dive stats log. Minimal risk of being left behind, which is more than I can say for shore dive operations at places such as Titanic." - Rob Koch, South Africa, 28 February 2010 ...
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