Cyclone - Red Sea

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 10 Twin Bed Cabins. 2 main deck & 6 lower deck
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • Facilities Spacious dive deck, Jacuzzi and sun deck
  • Diving 2 zodiacs, 2 dive guides, 3-4 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, capacity is depending on boat location

About Cyclone

Cyclone has long been a favourite with UK divers for exploring the magnificent wrecks and lavish reefs of the Egyptian Red Sea. Winning "Liveaboard of the Year" in 2003, Cyclone has undergone several upgrades over the years, keeping her up to the same exceptional standards as the rest of the fleet. Designed by divers and expertly crewed, Cyclone retains a welcoming atmosphere and it this that draws divers back to her year after year for their hard earned Red Sea holiday.

Cyclone is 32m from bow to stern and her sturdy wood hull is a stable home away from home. 20 divers can be easily accommodated over 10 twin cabins. For your complete comfort, all of the cabins are en suite, have individual air con and plenty of space to stow your belongings for the week. There are 2 twin cabins on the main deck, 6 twin cabins below decks and 2 bow cabins which have bunks. All cabins are pre-allocated at the time of booking.

Cyclone features the tried and tested lay out of all Tornado Marine Fleet vessels. The all important dive deck is spaciously laid out so everyone can kit up without fighting for space. Head to the main deck dining room at meal times and an outstanding feast awaits. The upstairs saloon is complete with bar and plasma screen is a focal point at the end of the day or during surface intervals. Or escape from it all on extensive sun deck, complete with sun beds and jacuzzi. Cyclone is a true Red Sea classic liveaboard that easily meets the high standards of Scuba Travel's modern Red Sea liveaboards.

Main deck twin cabin

Cyclone has two main deck twin cabins, located in the front half of the main deck. These cabins have lovely big rectangular windows facing the ocean. All cabins onboard Cyclone have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Lower deck twin cabin

Cyclone has eight lower deck cabins, they share their layout with the main deck cabins but have a port whole window. All cabins onboard Cyclone have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe.

Dave

2016-02-18 09:49:39

The crew were extremely friendly and helpful. They made the trip really comfortable and pleasurable. The food was excellent and the room service very good. The guides were both friendly and helpful making the whole week very enjoyable

Yvonne

2016-02-18 09:48:33

The chef made me special food and a cake for my 65th birthday which was great!

Dave McBride

2016-02-18 09:47:24

Exceptional is the only word for this crew, absolutely awesome care consideration and in a fun manner, top marks.

Allan

2016-02-18 09:31:07

Very spacious boat, nice hot showers and nice sized lounge, Ideal

Matt

2016-02-18 09:28:42

The crew and dive guide were superb on the cyclone. Redas breifings were informative, safety conscious, and full of information regarding the points of interest on the dive sites, very knowledgable. And this shows. The dive guides and crew were superb and were helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. Thank you to the crew and guides of cyclone for an amazing trip on your amazing vessel

Gav Ireland

2016-02-18 09:27:50

For my first Liveaboard this has been a great facility to use and I haven’t wanted for anything. Seen Dolphin, Turtle, Shark, Eagle Ray...so they know how to get you to the good sites!

H Stephenson

2016-02-18 09:26:55

Cyclone is great! The cabins are clean and comfortable, and there is plenty of space for relaxing between dives, either in the sun, or in the shade.

Karen Nixon

2016-02-18 09:25:38

I have dived Thistlegorm many times before. However, Reda’s briefing was excellent. Very informative. I love this dive site and especially as we were the only boat for our first morning dive. It was excellent.

Mark

2016-01-10 19:15:08

My third Tornado trip. Such a good time was had by all. Excellent food, fantastic guides, fantastic diving (we dived with dolphins how cool?) Already thinking about my next trip!

Hannah

2016-01-06 09:55:55

Crew were exceptional - highly diligent in each of their set jobs and always there to offer a hand if needed when kitting up!

Sarah

2016-01-06 09:54:29

Fantastic welcome and positive first experience of a liveaboard. Always a smile Reda has been incredibly inspiring and offered me a wonderful taste of a world he adores.

Mark and Sinead

2016-01-06 09:52:17

Good sized boat for the number of guests. Clean, well maintained, good facilities.

Tom

2015-12-03 13:12:06

Fantastic, friendly crew! It felt like they all wanted to do their best to keep us happy and they did a great job of it. They were great fun when they joined us swimming around the boat. They made the entire trip a pleasure to be on and I can't praise them highly enough!

Peter

2015-12-03 13:11:03

Second trip with Tornado and again a fabulous experience. The last time we were on Whirlwind which was slightly larger, nevertheless Cyclone is a lovely boat and ideal for our purposes

Graham and Sara

2015-12-03 13:07:36

Great crew, very friendly and extremely helpful, always there when you needed them. Nothing was too much bother for them... Adel was amazing, fantastic dive guide with excellent briefings. Always smiling, he made our holiday one of the best

Stephen

2015-12-03 13:06:36

Great boat, ooodles of space, large dive deck, clean and comfortable

Ben

2015-12-03 13:04:53

Guides and crew are first class and made the trip most enjoyable, guides in- depth knowledge not only about the dives but also the history of the areas certainly was a credit to them all.

James and Stuart

2015-12-03 13:01:03

The food was out of this world so much variety and never went hungry. It was very nice being offered drinks after the dives especially the hot chocolate after the night dives.

Nikki and Paul

2015-12-03 12:58:43

I thought the crew and dive guides were absolutely fantastic I could not fault them in any way, they made our trip to the Red Sea very enjoyable.

Preeda and Anne

2015-12-03 12:56:55

Lovely boat, clean, spacious, everything you need for a weeks diving. Rooms are cleaned everyday and everything works!

Alan

2015-10-20 13:50:15

All the crew and guides were very helpful and catered for all my needs can’t fault them, thanks guy’s for looking after me during my stay on MY Cyclcone.

Duncan and Ainsley

2015-10-20 13:49:36

Absolutely wonderful. Spent a good amount of time one-on-one with the guides during courses and really appreciate everything they did for us. Thanks so much for everything, including doctoring us during the great flu/cold epidemic of the Cyclone this week. Ahmed and Reda are gems! They have wonderful energy and clearly love their jobs

William Sayward

2015-10-20 13:48:13

Crew were excellent, food was amazing and drinks after each dive. Guides were excellent from giving very thorough briefings to pointing out underwater points of interest. Would come again and also recommend to others.

Karen and Sean Taylor

2015-10-20 13:47:25

Everyone very helpful, made to feel very welcome. Obvious everyone is very happy in their work, The guides are very knowledgeable and passionate in what they do, One of our best experiences of diving in the Red sea, would recommend and defiantly return. Unfortunately i twisted my ankle on the second to last dive, the crew were fantastic, couldn’t have been more helpful.

Roy and Di

2015-10-20 12:38:00

It’s always amazing what the chef and his assistant mange to rustle up considering the amount of mouths and the size of the kitchen.

Julie and Mark

2015-10-20 12:37:05

The dive guides were fantastic and very knowledgeable. The crew all of them were so helpful and friendly, overall a great week

Lottie

2015-09-24 12:14:23

Great facilities and a well kept boat, with lots of space that made it great before and after every dive

Iain and Sue

2015-09-24 12:13:06

he guides were knowledgeable, caring and highly professional. The crew were exceptionally helpful, courteous and friendly. Their boat handling and ability to move tanks and divers around was also impressive. We have never been so well cared for in a liveaboard

Mark

2015-09-24 12:12:18

Fantastic. Well maintained, clean, constantly tidy and perfectly setup for making dive preparations easy.

Becky

2015-09-24 12:11:40

This is my first time on a liveaboard and it has exceeded my expectations, the food was lovely, rooms where very comfortable and the facilities where brilliant. I can’t wait to retur

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Red Sea is between 4-5 hours flying time direct from the UK. Scuba Travel have over 20 year's experience in the Red Sea and have carefully selected a fleet of luxury liveaboards and superb hotels that meet our exacting standards. Explore the sheer beauty of the Red Sea on a Red Sea liveaboard from North to South. Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna are popular resort locations, whilst Marsa Alam, El Quesir and Hamata are perfect for those looking for quiet escapism.

Weather and Climate

Fine weather is the order of the day pretty much throughout the year, with rainfall quite rare and short lived. The hottest time of the year is July – August with air temperatures over 30°C. Even in Egypt’s so called ‘winter’ the average rarely falls below 20°C. Water temperature varies from 20°C in February to 29°C in September. Please choose your exposure suit accordingly, depending on your personal preferences.

Travel

Flight options

As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to your Red Sea hub - Sharm el Shekh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures.  Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.  

Stopovers

As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance.  Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.   We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance.  It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations:  click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.

Check in

Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights to Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort.  Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money!  If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel.  These aren’t as expensive as you might think.   click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK.  Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.  

Transfers

Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard or resort holiday package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.

Info

Included in your holiday

Flights, transfers, accommodation on full board basis, 12l tanks and weights.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox or on board souvenirs. Soft drinks, speciality coffees and alcohol are all available on board - the boat will run an honesty tab to pay at the end of the trip. Please see the on board extras tab for a more comprehensive list of local charges.  

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.  

Currency

All onboard prices are in Euro, but Sterling, US Dollars are accepted (subject to onboard exchange rate). The boat has a card machine.

Phone coverage

Itinerary dependent. Most of Cyclones Itineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore.

Plugs and electricity

2 pin European sockets. Plugs are located on dive deck, saloon and in cabins.

Extras

Hire equipment

We offer a very wide range of rental equipment onboard Cyclone including side mount and technical equipment. Cyclone is not rebreather friendly.

Extras

Cyclone offers a wide range of courses on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options.

Souvenirs

There is an on board boutique selling t-shirts. All stock items are subject to availability.

Nitrox/Gas

We recommend all divers to dive with Nitrox when suitable. Nitrox can be prebooked up to 3 days before departure or paid for on a dive by dive basis onboard the boat.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Normally £250 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees.  We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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