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MV Emperor Virgo

106 ft
Max 18
At a glance...
  • Visits Maldives central atolls, some north, south tours
  • No hidden extras
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, TV and DVD
  • Fully licensed bar

Customer reviews
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MV Emperor Virgo is one of a few stellar liveaboards from the Emperor fleet operating diving safaris around the best sites of the Maldives central atolls. Most trips are 7 nights out of Male Town, taking in North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll, and are all-inclusive of fuel surcharges, local taxes/GST, marine park fees, green/environment fees, airport transfers etc.

Up to 18 divers are comfortably accommodated on this 32m motor yacht where a crew of 12 will cater to your every need. You can relax in the middle deck's air conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and music system and library of books. There is also Wi-Fi available for those with their own devices (signal varies from place to place). Otherwise the sundeck is a popular spot for taking it easy between dives.

Cabins are double or twin and are shared across the lower, middle and upper decks. All cabins have air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms as well as minibars, TVs and DVDs. The Emperor Virgo has all the facilities of a boat from a much higher price range and represents great value for money.

Diving is done from the accompanying dhoni and with free nitrox and CO analysers. Photographers will appreciate the camera rinse tank and camera table on the dhoni, and everyone welcomes the post-dive fresh fruit that adds a touch of class to Emperor Virgo's cruise service.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.

Dive experience: Recommended: Maldives Central Atolls, Maldives Northern Atolls & North Male and Ari Atoll trips: participants should be Advanced Open Water Diver qualified. Maldives Central & Southern Atoll trips: divers should be Advanced Open Water Diver and have 30 logged dives. Maldives Southern Atolls: Advanced Open Water Diver and 100 logged dives. Divers with less experience will be able to join trips but may have to sit out some dives if dive certifications and or experience are not sufficient for the planned dives.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 BBQ on deserted island weather permitting), snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, glass of wine with dinner, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives, experienced English speaking divemasters (6 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, Green Tax, Male city tour (on request), 12% GST on cruise price.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (full set including surface marker device and dive computer US$ 336 per week, must be pre-booked), reef hooks, dive insurance, GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, with equipment ordered in advance (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tank (US$ 101 per week), torch (US$ 101 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The MV Emperor Virgo liveaboard usually departs from Male, except for some southern trips that depart from Kadhdoo or Kooddoo. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section.
There are 3 complimentary transfer timings from the airport to the boat on embarkation day; 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 hrs. Guests taking the 11:00 hrs transfer from the airport to the boat have to accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready for boarding until 13:00 hrs. Any other transfers required on embarkation day, other than the 3 stated above, can be arranged at a charge of approx. US$ 15 per way. Group or full charter bookings with a minimum of 8 guests arriving on the same flight will not be charged if an alternative transfer is required on embarking day (after 11:00 hrs).
The last dive of the trip will be at around 13:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip, and you will disembark at around 8 am on the final day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: Non-divers receive a free snorkeling kit and a US$ 50 voucher to spend on board.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price. If there is no other same sex guest for you to share with, you will receive a cabin to yourself with no single supplement.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 7 guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The MV Emperor Virgo has a total of 9 cabins: 2 Main deck twin/double bed cabins, 5 Standard twin/double cabins on the lower deck and 2 Upper deck twin/double cabins. All twin bed cabins can be converted to doubles. All of the cabins feature an ensuite bathroom, TV, DVD and minbar.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows (upper and middle deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
  • Private bathroom facilities with hot water shower, towels, toiletries and hand basin
  • TV and DVD player
  • Minibar
  • Wardrobe and mirror
  • Reading lights
  • Safe box
  • Bedding
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets (adaptors available)
  • Fire detectors
  • Life jackets
  • Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 11 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 12 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader/Divemaster
  • Instructor/Divemaster
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • Stewardess
  • Deck hand
  • 3 Dhoni crew
Complimentary nitrox - Dhoni (see below) - Motorised dinghy - Saloon with TV, DVD, computer, wi-fi internet & music system - Book library, movies, games & magazines - Fish ID & diving books - Restaurant with bar - Sun deck with sun chairs, mattresses - Upper deck open-air shaded area with bar - Water dispenser

All the diving in the Maldives onboard Emperor Virgo liveaboard safaris is done from an accompanying 17m long dhoni. This boat carries all the guests' dive equipment, the compressors and scuba tanks. There is a toilet and fresh water shower on board, rinse tanks and a camera table. The dhoni also carries the emergency breathing oxygen.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
Emperor Virgo takes great pride in the quality of cuisine served to its guests. The dining experience usually begins with a light lunch on the day of arrival. Each day the 2 cooks prepare a light pre-breakfast, cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are buffet style and you can expect a range of international dishes mixed with local Maldivian specialties. Each trip features a candle-lit barbecue on a local island.
  • Maldivian and International cuisine, with weekly island BBQ.
  • Main meals are served buffet-style in the air-conditioned restaurant and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch & dinner, with snacks in between.
  • Snacks, bread/toast, fresh fruit, drinking water, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
  • First meal served is lunch or dinner on the first day of the safari, depending on your time of arrival.
  • All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Sample dishes: Maldivian vegetable curry with rice and roti; Grilled fish with pasta and fresh salad ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2011, refurbished annually
  • Size - 31m x 9.5m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 500 HP engine
  • 3 x 33 KW generators
  • 2 x Coltri dive tank compressors
  • Nitrox system
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings and DIN adaptors
  • Electricity 220V - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - unknown
  • Freshwater maker - 12,000 litres / day
  • Fuel capacity - unknown

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 1 dhoni dive tender
  • Motorised dinghy
  • VHF radio
  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Mobile phones
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light & horn
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Fire detectors & extinguishers throughout
  • Emergency oxygen - 14,000 litres
  • Medic first aid box

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"From the moment I sat foot on the boat the crew was friendly and forthcoming. It all made me feel very welcome. Dive briefings were done professionally and we were divided into smaller groups. We were limited to 4 divers per guide. The guides noted all dives on the whiteboard throughout the week and they actually plotted our route on a map as well. Cool service. My cabin was spacious and cleaned daily. The food served was tasty and despite the fact that we have limited ressources the chefs managed to make the menus varied throughout the week." - , Denmark, 28 January 2019 ...


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