The Snefro Spirit is a 'Gold Class' boat from the King Snefro Fleet and is ISO-certified. The operator was awarded the IATD Tourism Shield of Excellence in 2006, so you can expect high quality and you won't be disappointed.
This is a wooden hulled, twin engine Sharm El Sheikh liveaboard that sleeps up to a maximum of 18 guests and, with 8 to 10 staff on board, you can be sure that there is always someone nearby to cater to your needs. The week-long trips depart on Saturdays and take in the best diving that the Red Sea's Sinai Peninsula has to offer.
Facilities are spread over the 4 decks, with an air conditioned saloon with a large flat screen TV and plush seating, and a dining area on the main deck. You will find various board games, books and magazines available. Free wi-fi is available throughout the boat. Sun bathing can be done on the partially shaded upper and sun decks where there is a bar with fridges, sun beds and music.
All cabins have private ensuite bathrooms and consist of Standard twin share cabins on the lower deck, plus a Deluxe double bed suite on the upper deck which has larger windows and superior views over the Red Sea.
The large dive deck has plenty of space for kitting up, as well as 2 fresh-water showers on the platform and 2 bathrooms, The compressors are located below deck and are silent during operation. The Snefro Spirit offers its Egypt diving safari guests free use of nitrox, so for Sinai Peninsula liveaboard luxury and a fun atmosphere, there are few that can lay claim to the throne of the Snefro Spirit.
Dive experience: Required: Red Sea North & Tiran - Advanced Open Water diver licence and 20 logged dives. Also suitable for snorkellers.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, soft drinks, local airport/hotel transfers, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English speaking divemasters (2 guides per full boat), tanks, weights and weightbelts, harbour fees.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. computer, torch and SMB - US$ 209 per week), dive insurance, national park fees and dive permissions (US$ 78 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tanks (US$ 31 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The M/Y Snefro Spirit liveaboard departs from the El Wataneya New Marina jetty in Sharm El Sheikh. For more details on how to get to Sharm see our Red Sea travel information section. Boat transfers to and from your local hotel reception or Sharm El Sheikh.International Airport (code SSH, meeting point is in front of the arrivals hall) are provided at the time of embarkation/disembarkation.
Guests arrive and board on the first day at 6 pm. The boat leaves the harbour on the morning of the second day. The last dive of the trip will be at around 2 pm on the second last day of the trip. Disembarkation is until noon. Although PADI suggest that you wait a minimum of 18 hours before flying after diving, Snefro requires that you wait 24 hours.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 35% of the normal price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 2 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.
Cabins consist of 8 Standard twin bed cabins (7-8 sqm) on the lower deck, plus 1 Deluxe suite (10 sqm) with queen-size bed on the upper deck which has large windows and superior views over the Red Sea.
All the liveaboard cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin
Windows on the upper deck, portholes on the lower deck
Complimentary nitrox - Motorised dinghies - Diving platform with access ladders - Dive deck with fresh water showers & toilets - Camera table & rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon, dedicated dining area and well-stocked bar - TV, DVD and music system - Complimentary internet - Library with diving magazines, novels, fish ID books and movies - Chess, backgammon and card games - Sauna on upper deck - 2 Partially shaded sun decks with bar, fridges, music, sun matresses & seating - Water dispenser
Food on board the MY Snefro Spirit matches the high quality of the rest of the service and facilities with a good mix of international favourites plus North African and Arabic dishes to delight the taste buds. You can expect lamb, beef, veal, fish, calamari, shrimps, turkey, as well as several vegetarian dishes.
The cook caters for international, Italian and local Red Sea cuisine.
Menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet-style in the saloon.
Complimentary meals include pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Snacks consist of biscuits, cakes, ice cream and fruit.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are complimentary.
Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard. Guests may bring their own spirits only.
Special diets such as vegetarian can be catered for with prior notice.
Catering begins with dinner on guest check-in for the safari.