Emperor Asmaa - Red Sea

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 10 twin bed cabins
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks International and local buffet meals
  • Facilities Wooden hull, Free Nitrox
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Prepay for kit hire and PADI courses
  • Internet Access No

About Emperor Asmaa

Emperor Asmaa offers genuine value for money for divers looking to explore some of the best sites the southern Red Sea has to offer, operating from Marsa Alam or Hurghada. Asmaa was fully refitted in January 2015 to bring her up to the high standards that today's modern diver expects. smaa is an affordable Red Sea liveaboard that nonetheless delivers the high standards we have all come to expect from Emperor Divers.

Emperor Asmaa sleeps 20 divers across 10 comfortable, twin cabins. All are ensuite with air con and a safe. 2 towels per guest are provided for you. There are 4 upper deck cabins - please speak to your travel consultant, who can advise you of the upper deck supplement at the time of booking.

The saloon and dining area are communal spaces, decorated in light airy shades. There are TV, DVD and audio equipment at your disposal and as long as there is a telephone signal, also free wi-fi. There is a large covered sun deck with bar area upstairs and the fly deck is open for sun worshippers. As with all Emperor boats, nitrox is available - it is free of charge but is subject to availability on board. Rebreathers can be accommodated when prebooked (gas and kit hire charges will apply). The dive deck is well spaced, with plenty of room for everyone to kit up.

Upper deck twin

These cabins have lovely big rectangular windows facing the ocean. All cabins onboard Emperor Asmaa have twin beds, en suite and air con.

Lower deck twin

All cabins onboard Emperor Asmaa have twin beds, en suite and air con.

Large communal saloon and dining area

Boat layout

Jason & Lana

2015-04-20 10:26:29

Another fab trips guys, Thanks.

Malika

2014-07-02 14:08:03

Recently back from my trip on the Emperor Asma, must say I had a fantastic trip! The dive itself great an the crew very attentive.The guide Khalid and Ahmed were by far the best guide I have been with,knowing the sites,very patient and fun as well! The boat itself spacious and clean and food fine. Will definitely be back. Thank you guys for great company and relaxing time!!

Jose

2014-05-20 12:11:57

Just an email follow-up to my recent call regarding this fantastic recent dive trip. As I mentioned, not only did I do some bucketlist dives but the whole week, the dive group, the boat and crew and everything was simply great, making this one of the best value diving trips I've ever been on. The boat Emperor Aasma may not have a camera room or hot-tub but is in no way shabby. It is very comfortable with nice cabins and facilities and the dive deck and prep area was very good. What makes this boat special is the crew who are always ready to help with whatever was needed (no snorkel? No problem!) and the guides Khalil and Ahmed were both great and always good humoured. The food was mostly excellent, the breakfasts (my favourite) provided a great start to the day and lunch, dinner and snacks were also really good. Nobody had an upset stomach which was my biggest worry (my last trip we all had tummy problems). Oh! And we had Free NITROX all week!!

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 to 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 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

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).

Phone coverage

Itinerary dependent. Most of Emperor Asmaas 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

Emperor Asmaa offer a very wide range of rental equipment onboard, we recommend you to prebook all rental equipment before departure.

Extras

Emperor Asmaa 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

Free

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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