MS Royal Evolution is considered by many to be the finest Red Sea liveaboard there is, and was constructed of steel according to SOLAS and under the full survey of the international surveyor Bureau Veritas. This 39m long steel mono-hulled motor yacht cuts an impressive figure cruising around the best dive sites of Sudan and the Southern Red Sea.
Up to 24 scuba divers can be comfortably accommodated in en-suite cabins on this spacious vessel where 4 decks mean there is always plenty of room for everyone. The air-conditioned lounge and dining area is comfortably furnished and features TV, DVD, music system and computer with photo and video editing.
Although the saloon is very comfortable, many guests prefer to relax in the open air areas. With amenities both on the sun deck and on the upper deck's open air shaded area including music a bar and comfortable seating, it is little surprise. On the sun deck you can even take your cocktail with you into the hot tub. Other touches of luxury include a bathrobe, fresh daily pastries, hot afternoon refreshments, and a cup of hot chocolate after each night dive.
Diving facilities are top end and include a spacious deck with individual storage spaces, camera table with 2 air hoses, charging station and a fresh water shower. 10, 12 and 15 litres tanks are filled in situ including air, nitrox and other technical gas blends, and staff are always on hand to make the diving procedure run smoothly. All divers are welcome to use Nautilus Lifelines to improve safety in-water, and there is a full complement of other safety equipment onboard .
With 17 staff on hand to cater to your every need, the experience on board the Royal Evolution is one of luxury, comfort and style. If you are looking for a top quality Egypt or Sudan liveaboard, accept no substitute.
Dive experience: Advanced Open Water diver license and 50 logged dives is required.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, some soft drinks, hot drinks, Egyptian entry visa on Egypt only itineraries), hotel accommodation, transfers to the boat from the nearest airport, dives (as detailed in the trips below), experienced English speaking instructors (3 per trip), Nautilus Lifelines, tanks, weight and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment US$ 21 per day, port and park fees: Egypt-only - US$ 135, Elba - US$ 187. Sudan trips: local taxes US$ 508, entry visa (US$ 205 for USA citizens, US$ 155 for all other nationals), Hurghada to Port Ghalib transfers. Fuel surcharges - Egypt-only: US$ 104, Elba Reef: US$ 156, St. John's, Sudan Central & Far North: US$ 685, and St. John's & Sudan: US$ 788. All fuel surcharges to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card, cash only for Sudan trips).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 73 per week), torch US$ 6 per day, diving computer US$ 6 per day, dive insurance, 15 litre tank US$ 4 per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MS Royal Evolution departs from Port Ghalib and return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point. Check-in time starts at 3 pm on the first day, until the yacht departs 8 am the following morning (after port clearance). On Sudan trips, the yacht departs in the evening and all guests must be onboard by 9 pm.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 3 pm on the second last day of the trip. On Sudan trips, the yacht returns to Port Ghalib at 7 am and check out is at 8 am - 12 noon. On Egypt only trips, the yacht returns to Port Ghalib in the evening and check out is at 8 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
Non-diver rate: There is no discount.
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 75% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Egypt trips: pay for 5 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge. Sudan trips: pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Egypt trips: pay for 18 guests and 6 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge. Sudan trips: pay for 20 guests and 4 extra persons can join 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 Royal Evolution liveaboard has 4 Deluxe cabins on the main deck and 8 Standard twin bed cabins on the lower deck, each with its own private en-suite bathroom. The Deluxe cabins have queen size double- or twin- beds, are larger, and feature seaview windows, whereas the Standard cabins have portholes.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, hand basin, toiletries, towels, bathrobes & hair dryer
Nitrox & trimix - Diving dinghies - Dive platform & deck with hot water shower & toilet - Camera table with air guns & separate rinse tank for cameras - Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, computer and music players - Library with movies, magazines & books - Air-conditioned dining area with well-stocked bar - Sun deck with hot tub, music & sun matresses - Upper deck shaded area with lounge seating & bar - Water dispensers
No sooner do you awake than service begins with cabin coffee/tea service. 3 gourmet meals are served each day. A personal fruit basket awaits you on arrival and there is fruit, snacks, tea and coffee available throughout the day. Each afternoon a hot snack is prepared with a fresh fruit cocktail. The menu is a blend of international fare with some dishes influence by Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine. Evening meals include a complimentary bottle of wine per table of 4.
International, Indian and Sri Lankan dishes served on board.
Food is served buffet style in the air-conditioned dining area located on the main deck.
Main meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot snacks in between.
Biscuits, fruit, fresh baked pastries, candy bars, dinner wine, soft drinks, tea & coffee, and drinking water, are complimentary.
Extra alcohol drinks are available for purchase on board.
Dietary requirements can be catered for. Advance notice should be given.
Catering starts at guest check-in on the first day of the tour.
Meal examples: Lamb with artichoke and roast potatoes, Veal stew with potato anna, Chicken lemon butter with grilled vegetables, Veal stuffed with herbs and spinach gratin, Beef stroganoff with sautéed vegetables, Smoked salmon salad, Strawberry pannacotta ...
Oxygen on board - 60,000 litres plus Wenroll rebreather system
Monthly safety drills are conducted for the crew. These drills are intended for the crew to maintain peak performance skills for scenarios such as Man Overboard, Fire At Sea, Abandon Ship, Unconscious Diver, Lost Diver Searches and more. Guests can sleep soundly knowing that there is a 24 hour watch on board. The watch keeper moves throughout the ship to ensure that systems are functioning properly and that all is well.