Emperor Echo | Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 24
  • Rooms 6 x twin-berth, 2 x double bed cabins. 4 x twin-berth cabins on the upper deck.
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks International and local buffet meals
  • FacilitiesWooden hull, Free Nitrox,
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day,
  • Diving Extras Prepay for kit hire and PADI courses
  • Internet Access Limited Free WiFi signal depends on location

About Emperor Echo

Looking for a value Red Sea liveaboard from a boat operator you can trust? Then look no further than Emperor Echo. This is the latest addition to the Emperor Red Sea Fleet, built for those looking to 'eat, sleep, dive repeat'. Emperor Echo mixes up northern and southern Red Sea itineraries throughout the seasons to bring amazing value all year round. Wrecks, reefs, walls, sharks... this liveaboard does it all!

Emperor Echo sleeps 24 divers in total over 2 decks. The cabins have a simple design, with 6 x twin-berth and 2 x double bedded cabins on the lower deck and 4 x twin-berth cabins on the upper deck. All cabins are ensuite with individual air conditioning, two cabin towels, 1 deck towel and bathrobe per guest.

The communal areas on Emperor Echo are comfy and welcoming. Divers are a social bunch after all! Of course, fantastic food is served as standard, along with free red wine with dinner and a bar on the upper deck. She has limited free WiFi (for internet browsing and connecting with communication applications only when in signal). She's got a huge spacious dive deck easily accommodating 24 guests with free NITROX and at 2 professional guides.

Supplements: 35 pounds per person for an upper deck cabin. A single occupancy cabin carries a 50% boat space extra charge.

Twin/bunk berth cabins

6 x twin-berth lower deck and 4 x twin birth upper deck

Double Cabins

2 x double bedded cabins on the lower deck

Please note these prices are for the land only section of your holiday and do not include flights.

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.

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Included in your holiday

Shared cabin, 7 nights on board (last night either on board or in a hotel). 6 days diving (see route for number of dives), local transfers, guide, 12 litre tanks, weights, full board & soft drinks, red wine with dinner, environmental tax, Marine Park fees and port departure fees. Free Nitrox on all boats, subject to availability.

Excluded

Flight/visa, diving equipment, tanks other than 12 litres and alcohol.

Tipping

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 Echo's 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

SAVE when you pre-book and pay in advance for courses

Extras

Emperor Echo 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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