The sleek MV Emperor Echo liveaboard was refurbished with a new stylish interior in 2018. Accommodating 25 guests, this is the perfect liveaboard for 'eat, sleep, dive repeat' guests wishing to experience the incredible diving which the Red Sea has to offer.
Accommodation onboard Emperor Echo is tasteful and comfortable. Cabins all feature private, en-suite bathrooms and have centrally controlled air-conditioning, keeping you cool during the summer months. The social areas onboard include a lounge area with entertainment facilities and a separate dining area. The spacious open air seating on the main deck is partially shaded, providing you with the option to soak up the Egyptian sun rays or relax in the shade. The bar is conveniently located here for refreshing drinks. As with the rest of the Emperor fleet of Red Sea liveaboards, Echo has a Wi-Fi system which operates except when at sites very distant from shore. Internet usage is free of charge.
The dive deck includes dedicated storage spaces for each diving guest, separate camera rinse tanks, a dedicated camera charging station, 2 bathrooms with hot water showers, and the EANx membrane system supplies free nitrox for trained divers. 2 motorised dinghies and 2 guides per trip will accompany you on your Red Sea safari dives to Brothers, Northern wrecks, St. Johns Reef, Daedalus Reef, and Elphinstone. Should you prefer the exclusive service of a dedicated guide, Emperor will arrange one for you (pre-booking is required)!
One great feature of the Emperor Fleet and Echo is that they have a 'no hidden extras' pricing policy. This means that, along with the free nitrox, internet usage, and glass of wine each dinnertime, you will find all the extras such as fuel surcharges, marine park fees, green/environment fees, local/tourist taxes, airport transfers have already been included in the sales price!
Dive experience: 30 logged dives are required for trips to any of Brothers, Daedalus Reef, Zabargad and Rocky Island. All other trips on Emperor Echo require open water certification.
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$ 211 per week, incl. dive computer), dive 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), private dive guide (pre-paid - (US$ 545 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Emperor Echo departs from Port Ghalib, Safaga or Marsa Alam, and return transfers are provided from nearby hotels/Marsa Alam or Hurghada airports to all departure points. Arrivals transfer to the boat is at 6 pm. Departures transfer from the boat is at 9 am. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
The first and last nights of the liveaboard safari 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. 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.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 50% to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 8+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 22 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 25 guests).
Add-on package: If you have time before or after your dive safari, 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 MV Emperor Echo has a total of 13 cabins across 3 decks. There are 6 twin bed cabins and 1 dedicated single bed cabin on the lower deck. 3 cabins are located on the main deck (2 have twin beds and 1 can either have twin beds or a double bed). A double bed cabin with gorgeous panorama views is on the upper deck, together with 2 twin/double bed cabins. All the cabins have private en-suite bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
Windows (upper and main decks) or portholes (lower deck)
Private bathroom facilities with hot water shower, towels, and hand basin
"The trip was very good: the boat was nice, the dive masters were very good, and food was very good. The dive sites were crowded but that's the way it is in the Red Sea. The only problem was the transfers to and from the airport. My understanding was that the transfers were included, but later I learned that they were only included if done at a certain times. In summary, the boat was good and the trip was fantastic. Too bad that started and ended on a sour note with the airport transfers." - Arturo Crespo, United States, 30 October 2020 ...
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