The Emperor Superior is well named since it is indeed superior to a vast number of liveaboards that operate around the northern Red Sea. Cutting an impressive figure, this sleek white deluxe liveaboard boat has some of the features that the top-end Emperors enjoy such as outstanding accommodation, food and facilities, all marking the MV Emperor Superior out as one of the finest luxury liveaboards around.
At 37 metres long, it offers spacious comfort to no more than 26 divers, across 13 twin-berth or double bed en-suite cabins per trip. Emperor has a 'no hidden extras' policy. This means that they have transparent pricing and you will not find any extras such as fuel surcharges, local taxes, marine park fees, green/environment fees, airport transfers - these are all included in the sales price!
Purpose-built for liveaboard diving in the Red Sea, the cabins are roomy, air-conditioned and feature private, en-suite bathroom facilities. On the dive deck, the EANx membrane system supplies free nitrox for trained divers. There is a camera table and there are 2 motorised dinghies and a minimum of 2 guides per trip to ensure an attentive and speedy diving service.
The Emperor Superior's ample space is fully utilised by a huge saloon with a segregated dining area, 2 sundecks, and a spacious dive deck and platform. The semi-shaded sundeck on the upper deck is comfortable and enormous, as good a lounging area as you will find on any liveaboard. As with the rest of the Emperor fleet of Red Sea liveaboards, Emperor Superior has a Wi-Fi system which operates except when at sites very distant from shore. Emperor Internet usage is free of charge.
Notes: For lower deck twin bunk bed cabins: Emperor Superior offers a US$ 43 discount per person off the published prices of the lower deck twin bunk bed cabins.
Dive experience: 30 logged dives are required for Red Sea liveaboard safaris 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$ 209 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$ 61 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Emperor Superior departs from Hurghada and return transfers are provided from nearby hotels/ Hurghada airport to the departure point. Arrival transfer at 6 pm. Departure transfer at 9 am. For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
The first and last nights of the trip 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.
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 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.
The vast space of the Emperor Superior accommodates 26 divers in 13 cabins. 1 upper deck twin bed cabin, 1 upper deck double bed cabin, 1 main deck flexi double/twin bed cabin, and 10 cabins all on the lower deck:: 8 are twin bed cabins, and 2 are twin-bunk 'L-shaped' bed cabins. The cabins all have private en-suite bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, towels, toiletries & hand basin
Complimentary nitrox - 2 motorised dinghies - 39.5m² dive deck with 2 hot water showers, toilets & charge points for electrical equipment - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table - 30m² dive platform with 2 access ladders - Air-conditioned saloon with big-screen TV, DVD and music players - Restaurant area with well-stocked bar - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - Computer, B&W printer & CD burner - Free internet usage - 70m² sun deck with sun matresses & seating - 36m² shaded area with bar - Water dispenser - Emergency laundry
"We were impressed by the quality of the dive master Lily. The crew were helpful and fun. The food was excellent and we especially enjoyed trying the Egyptian food. It was so good we asked them to make it again. The trip was good except the wind was a bit blustery but we managed to make most of the planned itinerary. The wreck dive trip is fun and we managed to do enough reefs on the trip to make it more varied. The Red Sea has great reefs in the North and we enjoyed some amazingly relaxed drift dives." - Donald Henderson, Mexico, 16 September 2019 ...
"It was a good experience as my first live onboard diving. Just my personal feeling, the diving staff, they were seemed to be tired a bit due to their continuous operations, maybe. All the arrangement including personal transfer services were perfectly worked on time, that what I appreciated so much" - Sayuri Teramoto, Japan, 9 January 2019 ...
"The liveaboard was absolutely fantastic! The dive guards were super knowledgeable about all the dive sites and the staff were always there when you needed them. At no point of my trip was I annoyed with the staff. The bathrooms of the boat could use a bit of an update, but other than that I was pleased with my cabin and the shared spaces of the boat." - Rebecca Spillers, USA, 24 May 2015 ...
"Had a good trip, excellent diving and the wrecks were spectacular. Excellent all around. Only complaint was sharing a cabin and had the top bunk, which was awkward to get in and out of, especially with a stranger in the bottom bunk. Note: I did not raise this issue with the operator, as I knew there were no other accommodation available. Just slept most nights on the top deck. Only reason not a 5 out of 5 is the bunk bed as mentioned above and the fact that we spent the first and last nights on the boat tied up in the harbour. Would have rather had 5 nights on the boat and spent the other 2 in a hotel." - Scott Curry, USA, 14 January 2011 ...
"Emperor get 5/5 for the way they run things. Best feature was post-dive check-in using the scuba tanks and the dive stats log. Minimal risk of being left behind, which is more than I can say for shore dive operations at places such as Titanic." - Rob Koch, South Africa, 28 February 2010 ...
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