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At a glance...
- 7 and 14 night trips in Egypt and Sudan
- All cabins with private bathrooms
- Shisha room
- Diver locator devices
- Large boat with steel hull
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Completed in 2009, the steel hull MY Andromeda is almost 40 metres long with a sleek, stable design and high-quality interior. Accommodating up to 26 guests, she runs 7 and 14 night Red Sea diving cruises to the best sites in Sudan as well as Egypt.
This new boat is the sister to the MY Cassiopeia and is another first-rate custom-built Egypt liveaboard. All 13 air-conditioned twin/double cabins are spacious and elegantly furnished and have en-suite facilities.
You can expect high quality throughout the boat and there are plenty of communal areas to relax between dives. There is an upper sun deck and shaded area with sun beds and cushions, and there is a lounge area in front of the air-conditioned saloon that provides great views. Internet is provided free of charge on the boat.
An extra delight is the Shisha room: decorated like a traditional Arabian café. Here you can enjoy a hot drink and indulge in original Egyptian Shisha tobacco. Oriental music playing in the background adds to the authentic atmosphere for a memorable experience.
The large dive deck means kitting-up is made easy. There is plenty of room for storing your scuba gear and camera rinse tanks and storage space are provided too. The deck is huge and specifically designed to accommodate groups of scuba divers entering the water at the same time. Andromeda provides a Nautilus diver locator system to improve in-water guest safety.
If you are looking for a top-quality liveaboard and excellent service while you cruise the Red Sea, whether it's in Sudan or Egypt, the MY Andromeda is a great choice. Departures are on Sundays.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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Dive experience: Required: for North & Wrecks safaris - Open Water diver license and 20 logged dives; for St. John's Reefs safaris & North Sudan - Open Water diver license and 30 logged dives; for Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone safaris & South Sudan, Deep South Sudan - 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, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 13 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, personal EPIRB, internet Wi-Fi, shisha (tobacco smoked through a water-pipe), boat permissions and taxes, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 120 per week, [no rental equipment available on Sudan trips]), dive insurance, Egypt marine park fees US$ 42 per week, Egypt port fees US$ 53 per week, Egypt fuel surcharge US$ 53 per week. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Sudanese port and taxes (incl. airport transfers): US$ 227 per week, marine park fees US$ 30 per week, fuel surcharge (US$ 158 per week). Payable in advance.
Optional extras: Return transfers from airport/hotel to departure points in Egypt, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 95 per week), torch, dive computer, 15 litre tank (US$ 58 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Egypt trips: Andromeda departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib for Egypt liveaboard trips. Transfers can be arranged from these airports to the departure points. Guests arrive and board on the first day after noon. The boat leaves the harbour on the morning of the second day. For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
Sudan trips: Andromeda departs from Port Sudan for Sudan liveaboard trips. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive and board any time on the first day. There are flights from Cairo to Port Sudan with Egypt Air and Sudan Airways. This is a much easier route than flying into Khartoum. Andromeda can pre-arrange your Red Sea State "visa on arrival" upon request (US$ 260, or US$ 310 for USA nationals), or you can obtain it from a Sudanese Embassy near you (it may be cheaper at the embassy).
The last dive of the trip will be at around 12:00 noon on the second last day of the trip. Disembarkation is at 11 am, or earlier if required. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 105 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 75% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: 1 additional person can join a cruise free of charge with every 10 paying guests (11+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 10 guests and 2 additional persons can join a cruise free of charge (max 26 guests).
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.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Andromeda liveaboard accommodates 26 divers in 13 cabins. There is 1 Honeymoon cabin with a queen size bed, and 2 Queen cabins on the main deck. There are also 2 twin bed cabins on the main deck. All these cabins have windows. On the lower deck there are 8 more twin bed cabins, with portholes. All cabins have private en-suite bathroom facilities and a TV player.
All the cabins have:
- En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
- Toiletries and towels
- Windows or portholes
- Cabinet, mirror & shelves
- 24-hour, 220V electricity supply
- European-style 2-pin plugs
- Fire warning system
- Life jackets & fire extinguishers
- Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 14 / 15 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 10 comprise:
- Dive Instructor
- 2 Captains
- 2 Cooks
- 2 Deck Hands
Nitrox - 2 x 40 HP motorised dinghies - 40m² dive platform with 2 access ladders & fresh water showers - 30m² dive deck with toilet, camera table & rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon & dining area with bar, TV, DVD, complimentary internet, music player and satellite telephone - Library with movies, magazines, fish books, novels and games - 100m² sun deck with sun matresses & seating area - 2 shaded areas - Water dispenser
Menu, Cuisine Type...
Food on this Red Sea liveaboard consists of both local and international dishes served buffet style. You can expect a large range of dishes with each sitting and a good standard of cuisine. In addition to the 4 meals a day, snacks, cookies and fruit are always available to make sure you never go hungry.
- International, Italian and local Egyptian cuisine are served on board.
- The menus are not fixed and meals are served as a buffet.
- Complimentary main meals consist of pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Tea & coffee, drinking water, soft drinks, fruit, biscuits, candy bars, toast are free of charge.
- Beer and spirits are available for purchase on board.
- Vegetarians are catered for on this boat.
- Catering begins with arrival on the first day.
Sample dishes: Fried fish, Beef stew, Grilled chicken ...
- Built in 2009, refurbished in 2019
- Size - 39.2m x 7.2m
- Top speed - 20 knots
- Cruising speed - 15 knots
- 2 x 1,150 HP Mann engines
- 2 x 130 KW Mercedes generators
- 2 x Coltrisub dive tank compressors
- Enriched air nitrox system
- 12 & 15 litre aluminium & steel tanks with DIN/international fittings.
- Electricity 220V - 24-hours per day
- Water capacity - 15,300 litres
- Fuel capacity - 66,200 litres
- Freshwater maker - 2,000 litres per day
- Waste storage tank
Navigation, Safety Features...
- 2 x Large life rafts
- 2 x 40 HP Yamaha dinghies
- Sea Marshall Personal Locator Beacons
- VHF radio
- Garmin GPS
- Satellite & mobile telephones
- Searchlight & horn
- Fire alarms / detectors
- Life jackets in all cabins
- Fire extinguishers throughout
- MFA box and trained staff
- 20,000 litres of continuous flow oxygen