Emperor Divers have been running scuba trips throughout the Red Sea for many years. Now they bring their rich knowledge and wealth of experience to the MV Emperor Asmaa, the smallest and most affordable of their Hurghada liveaboard diving fleet, refitted in 2015.
The 30m Emperor Asmaa can accommodate 20 divers in roomy and bright air-conditioned twin en-suite cabins. You can enjoy the family atmosphere onboard, either in the chilled air-conditioned saloon on the main deck, the shaded lounging area on the upper deck, or up on the sundeck where you'll find plenty of mattresses for lazing about.
Keeping in touch with family and friends is simple and free on the Emperor Asmaa. You can either use one of the boat's mobile internet USB sticks with your own laptop or make use of the onboard computer. The computer also proves popular with underwater photographers since you can edit your pictures and burn them to CD.
For Red Sea liveaboard divers eager to extend their bottom time and decrease rest-stops, nitrox is available and free of charge. Scuba diving courses can also be arranged and dive computers are available for purchase onboard at discounted prices. As with the other boats in the Emperor fleet, the Asmaa too guarantees a minimum of 2 dive guides per trip and 2 motorised dinghies to shuttle you to the sites with the minimum of delay.
One wonderful bonus of booking the Emperor Asmaa is that they have a transparent 'no hidden extras' policy. This means that, along with the free nitrox, you will not find any extras such as marine park fees, fuel surcharges, boat transfers added to the price - they are all included!
Dive experience: Required: 30 logged dives for trips to any of Brothers, Daedalus Reef, Zabargad and Rocky Island.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, red wine with dinner, drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks, return transfers from Marsa Alam airport/hotel to boat (fixed times), dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) 2 DMs per trip, tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, all park & port fees, fuel surcharges, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 212 per week, incl. dive computer), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: All other alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tank (US$ 38 per week), torch (US$ 62 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The M/Y Emperor Asmaa liveaboard departs from the Red Sea ports of Hurghada, Port Ghalib or Hamata and return transfers are provided from nearby hotels, Marsa Alam or Hurghada airports to all departure ports. Arrival transfer at 6 pm. Departure from boat transfer at 9 am.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 13:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea. 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$ 38 gift voucher to spend onboard.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 50% to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 10+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge.
Emperor Asmaa is fitted with 10 cabins all with twin beds side by side accommodating a maximum of 20 scuba divers in total. There are 6 bright and comfy twin cabins on the lower deck, fitted with private bathrooms and 2 portholes per cabin for extra light and 4 upper deck twin bed cabins.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
Nitrox - 25 HP dive dinghies - 49m² diving deck with 2 hot water showers & toilets - 18m² platform with separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table and charging points - Air-conditioned saloon with bar, big-screen TV, DVD and music players, computer & internet - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - 38m² sun deck with sun matresses - 46.5m² shaded area with bar - Water dispenser