MY Sea Serpent Contessa is a classy, well-appointed liveaboard with an emphasis on southern week-long Red Sea diving cruises from Hurghada or Port Ghalib.
With a maximum of 24 passengers and 12 crew, you can expect quite an intimate experience with plenty of personal service. Guests can relax in the main deck saloon or on the upper deck saloon/dining area, both of which are air-conditioned. The main deck saloon features high-end audio visual entertainment facilities and a free internet facility. The cabins are all en-suite and are twin share or double bed, with 8 being on the lower deck and 4 on the main deck offering better views and more natural light.
The dive deck is very large and with wooden bench seating around the perimeter with diver stations and central hanging rails, meaning there is plenty of space to move around when kitting up. You will enter and exit the water at the dive platform where there is a rinse tank for camera and 2 fresh water hoses.
The well-maintained interior of Sea Serpent Contessa is furnished in teak with comfortable seating areas. The main outdoor social areas are the shaded outdoor space on the upper deck and the large sun-exposed sun deck with sun mats and sofa-bench seating. If you are looking for a quality Red Sea liveaboard experience with an experience diving cruise operator in Hurghada, you can count on the MY Sea Serpent Contessa.
Dive experience: Recommended (not mandatory): 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, drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks (e.g. instant coffee, tea), port/park fees, boat-airport return transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (12 scuba divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer or torch, US$ 189 per week), diving insurance (available to purchase onboard). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torch (US$ 43 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 48 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Sea Serpent Contessa departs from Hurghada and Port Ghalib, and return transfers from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point can be arranged. Check in time starts at 5 pm on the first day (boat departs the next morning). Check out before 10 am on the last day (last night usually on the boat in the harbour). Late arrivals or early departures can be arranged.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 1 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a lower deck cabin free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Please ask us for details.
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.
Sea Serpent Contessa has 10 twin bed cabins, 2 on the main deck with windows, and 8 on the lower deck with portholes. There are also 2 double bed cabins with windows on the main deck. All the cabins have private en-suite bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, hand basin, towels and soap
Nitrox - 2 dive dinghies - Dive deck and platform with ladders, hot water shower, toilet - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Air-conditioned saloon on main deck with TV, DVD and music players - Complimentary Wlan internet - Library with magazines, novels and fish ID books - Air-conditioned restaurant on upper deck with bar - Satellite telephone - Open-air dining area - Sun deck & shaded area with sun matresses & seating - Water dispenser
All meals on MY Sea Serpent Contessa are served buffet-style and are prepared using the freshest ingredients. The menu comprises international cuisine and a range of interesting Egyptian and Arabic specialties. As well as pasta, vegetables, rice and meat dishes, you can enjoy local salads and freshly prepared Egyptian desserts and pastries. There are 3 meals a day, plus snacks after the 3rd dive of the day.
International and Egyptian cuisine; 3 to 4 different dishes per sitting
Main meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks in between.
The menus are fixed and meals are served buffet style in the air-conditioned restaurant on the upper deck.
Snacks include candy bars, biscuits, fruit and fresh afternoon snacks.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are free of charge.
Tonic, soda water, beer and wine are available for purchase.
All diets, including vegetarian and halal, can be catered for with prior notice.
Catering begins with dinner on first day.
Sample dishes: meat, chicken, fish (cooked or fried), local salads & vegetables (Tahina, Babaganoush & Tabbouleh), local sweets (Basbusa, Baklawa & cakes) ...
"We loved this boat, from the efficient transfers to the well organised briefings and good bottom time allowance of 60 mins per dive. The twin cabin was spacious and well designed for storage. Dive guides were very good and pointed out interesting marine animals - good at spotting hammerheads and thresher. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Dive platform at same level as zodiac so easy to get into the ladders on zodiacs. They made sure we were aware of the emergency exit procedures, fire extinguisher and emergency oxygen location.
The food was buffet but at breakfast eggs are prepared to order. Great variety of food from roast beef, whole turkey, to moussaka, pastas, various chicken and beef preparations and lots of salads. Snacks are available all day.
We took our own dive equipment but their hire equipment looked new. The dives were planned to avoid other divers which was good. The first trip was Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone so deep dives. Dive guide had to manage the group with 2 people on air and did this very well to ensure all divers had a full dive. I would definitely book this fleet again . Good quality service, boats and food, plus good value for money.
I always use Dive The World as the service I receive is excellent. I am kept informed of all the necessary paperwork requirements in a timely fashion. The staff let me know when dive trips are cancelled and will help to find another boat. I know I can rely on them." - Susan Davenport r, United Kingdom, 29 July 2023 ...
"The boat is in top condition - spacious, well appointed and well maintained. The crew is superb - friendly, always willing to help. The food is good with a lot of variety, and the cakes and pastries are the best. The diving crew is good - guides are knowledgeable and detailed, and the support staff is very helpful. All in all, a very good boat to dive in Red Sea." - Sachin Nandgaonkar, India, 15 August 2022 ...
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