The jewel in the crown of the Emperor fleet, the Emperor Elite is the highest quality example of the custom-designed and purpose-built boats in their Red Sea line. It is also winner of our 2011 'Liveaboard of the Year' award.
At 38 metres long and 8 metres wide, the Elite is the largest in the fleet and can comfortably accommodate up to 26 guests. All the cabins have en-suite facilities and are air-conditioned. Being their flagship liveaboard, the Emperor Elite has flat screen media players and minibars in every guest cabin.
As you can expect from the entire Emperor fleet, the Emperor Elite provides creature comforts beyond the expectations of most guests, such as bathrobes, hairdryers, complimentary dinner wine and free internet usage. And what's more, the liveaboard has a 'no hidden extras' policy. This means that you will not find any extras added to your bill, such as fuel surcharges, marine park fees, airport/hotel transfers - these are all included in the cruise price!
The Emperor Elite is generous with space too, which is fully utilised with no less than 3 sundecks, huge dive deck with platform, air-conditioned saloon, with bar and a dining room. Additional scuba delights include free nitrox, free 15 litre tanks, and the Emperor Fleet's guarantee of a minimum of 2 Red Sea liveaboard dive guides per trip.
Dive experience: 30 logged dives are required 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 Hurghada or Marsa Alam airport/hotel to boat (fixed times), dives (as detailed in the trips above), 2 experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), 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: MV Emperor Elite 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. Arrival transfer at 6 pm. Departure transfer at 9 am. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
The first and last nights of the liveaboard tour 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.
Non-diver rate: US$ 38 gift voucher to spend onboard.
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 50% of the published price for a Standard cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a lower deck twin bed cabin free of charge (total 8+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 23 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge.
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.
Emperor Elite has 13 cabins: 8 Standard twin bed cabins, 3 Premium twin/double bed cabins, 1 Junior double bed suite and 1 Executive double bed suite. There are 2 Premium cabins on the upper deck and 1 on the main deck. The Executive suite is on the upper deck. All other cabins are on the lower deck.
All this liveaboard's cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, mirror and hand basin
Complimentary nitrox - Complimentary 15 litre tanks - 29m² dive platform - 25 HP motorised dinghies - 54m² diving deck with hot water showers, toilets & charging points for electrical equipment - Camera table & separate rinse tank for cameras - Air-conditioned saloon with big-screen TV, DVD and music players - Computer with CD burner and free internet access - Air-conditioned restaurant with well-stocked bar - Upper deck bar lounge - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - 64m² sun deck & 52m² shaded area, sun mattresses & chairs - Water dispenser - Emergency laundry
"Very impressed with Emperor (I also dived with them on their day boats, prior to the liveaboard). They were professional, well organised and equipment was state of the art. Staff were friendly and I was blown away by their experience - they clearly love what they are doing. Facilities were excellent." - Jessica Chen, Australia, 26 October 2011 ...
"Excellent boat and staff. The boat (Emperor Elite) is big, new and very comfortable. We were fully satisfied with the service and reception on board." - Antonio Carone, Italy, 30 March 2011 ...
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