Mistral liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Mistral liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 20 (22 on request)
  • Rooms 11 Cabins - 4 main deck double & 7 lower deck twin
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesSpacious dive deck, camera room and sun deck
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day, Open deck on Red Sea Relaxed
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, capacity is depending on boat location

About Mistral

Mistral is the latest liveaboard in a long line of award winning vessels from Tornado Marine Fleet She has been thoughtfully laid out to optimise space on board. Her steel hull complements her speed and she's incredibly stable in the water... ideal if you have not found you sea legs! In 2019 Mistral is available on request for group charters in the Northern Red Sea. If you are a dive club or centre looking for a larger vessel to run as your own, talk to us today!

Mistral has 4 double cabins located on the upper deck and 8 twin cabins on the lower deck. Each generously sized cabin has an en-suite bathroom, individual controlled A/C and safety deposit. The upper cabins have one large double bed and the lower cabins have four large twin cabins and four with a large double lower bunk with an additional single upper bunk bed. All cabins have ample storage space and vanity unit. If you have a cabin preference, just remember to ask at the time of booking. Please note: there are no ladders to the bunks.

The spacious feel onboard extends to the communal areas. The saloon leads out onto the outdoor decks. The lower sun deck has seating and a bar area. The upper deck is vast and has plenty of space for everyone to lounge out. Recreational nitrox is available on board. Photographers will love the dedicated camera room on the dive deck with rinse tanks and air gun. Technical diving can be accommodated on board, but do chat to your consultant to prebook guiding, kit and gasses in advance.

Main deck cabin

Mistral has four main deck double cabins, located on the upper deck. These cabins have lovely big rectangular windows facing the ocean. All cabins onboard Mistral have en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Lower deck twin

Mistral has four lower deck twin cabins. With port hole style windows, two beds, en suite, air con and safe.

Lower Deck Bunk

Mistral has four lower deck bunk cabins. The lower bed is 3/4 size and top bunk is standard size, en suite, air con and safe.

Camera room

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Covid Information for Mistral

Information provided by Tornado Marine - following the Egyptian Ministry Regulations

Mistral is due to resume departures in September 2020

Before Travelling & Boarding:

  • Clients travelling to Egypt will have to complete a declaration found New Health declaration form click here before boarding.

  • If you have been unwell with suspected or confirmed COVID, get a medical professional to confirm you are fit to dive and bring this with you.
  • Make sure you have enough of your own PPE such as face masks for the journey and sailing. We also advise bringing your own towels, reusable water bottle and cutlery. While we will have all these items available on the boat, having unique and easily identifiable items per traveller will make it safer for everyone.
  • Follow all guidance given travelling to, at the airport, handling luggage, on the plane and upon arrival. If there is a difference in guidance between departure and arrival destinations, use the most conservative guidance given where possible.
  • We reserve the right to make administration procedures before boarding the boat. As a minimum there will be a basic health questionnaire and temperature check before boarding.
  • We will be asking you to sign an updated self-declaration medical including COVID. Self declaration form click here Pens will be provided to you to keep, not shared.
  • Our liability release will be updated regularly, should you wish for a copy one can be sent to you a week before sailing.
  • Rental equipment will be sanitised after use and will be delivered to you with oral components sealed in a plastic bag.
  • New mouthpieces will be available to purchase for regulators should you prefer. Or we recommend you bring your own

  • Luggage will be collected and sanitised before coming onboard.

    Onboard:

    Tornado Marine Fleet Liveaboards have been officially certified by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Health and the Chamber of Diving and Watersports as licensed and confirming to the new regulations of operation during the Coronavirus pandemic. These certificates are available for inspection on request.

  • The safety briefing will be updated to include passenger and crew responsibilities and guidelines regarding COVID, which may also include updated pre-dive and diving procedures.
  • Approved antimicrobial soap, sanitiser and tissue paper will be available throughout the boat in many areas along with instructions of use to allow you to wash hands regularly and sanitise regularly used common surfaces such as door handles before use. We will install hands free solutions where practical.
  • We are limited in our capacity which at present is 50% of licensed guests, which will allow guests to very easily socially distance during briefings, meals, diving activities and relaxation.
  • Our diving staff and crew will complete all daily paperwork to prevent use of shared pens. Where signatures are required, we will ask you to use your own pen from check in at a convenient time.
  • Daily health checks will be required, recorded and actions taken in case of unwell passengers or crew. There is an isolation room onboard in case anyone should display COVID like symptoms and a clear Emergency Action Plan in place.
  • Meals will be served direct to plate from a set menu. Drinks will be available self-service and in individual containers.
  • Housekeeping of cabins will be reduced and can be declined if wanted.
  • Regular sanitation of communal areas, plates, cutlery, kitchen tools, railings will take place using approved chlorinated and/or alcohol-based chemicals. Disposable items will be available if needed.

    General:

  • The ship will be entirely disinfected between trips.
  • Our staff will be monitored for their health for 14 days before the trip starts and will have strict rules regarding their allowed movements and interactions between trips. They will work for 60-day blocks if their home is not in the Red Sea governorate. They will be offered full sick pay in case of illness.
  • Our catering and supplies will be stored untouched for 1 week at least where possible before being brought to the boat
  • Payments for onboard purchases will be only once, at the end of the week. Cashless/contactless options will be available for those who prefer to settle in that way.

    IMPORTANT: It must be stressed again that many of these are provisional procedures that we reserve the right to add to or relax depending on the best possible information and national regulations at the time of sailing.

    Country Covid Travel Information

    For British nationals the FCDO currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
    Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

    Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

    Updated 01SEP2020

  • Steve and Angela

    2018-06-27 09:53:58

    I had a great trip and will definitely be coming back next year, we hope to bring 22 other divers with us so may need a bigger boat? You have a very special sea and you must do everything you can to protect this, your staff are very friendly and helpful and respect this sea and for that reason I will be back with you many times again in the future and I will be doing my part to encourage as many divers as I can to experience the wonders that the red sea and the tornado fleet offer! Thank you for showing us this amazing under water world and see you again next year with 22 of my friends!

    Federica

    2018-05-01 13:23:58

    I had an amazing holiday and I am already planning my next liveaboard trip with you guys!

    Diver

    2018-02-03 17:23:11

    Great boat, very comfy. The cabins are well fitted and the rest of the boat is well maintained and very tidy.

    Happy Diver

    2018-02-03 11:52:30

    The Mistral was advertised as a top of the line liveboard craft, and I found that it matches up favorably with my previous experience on similar excursions. The hull is impressively large, with room to accomodate many guests comfortably and provide recreational space on multiple decks. The lodgings are cozy, perfectly proportioned for someone over six-feet tall (I've banged my head on many a shower nozzle). The craft seemed to lack for very little, which pleased all the guests.

    Diver

    2018-02-03 11:52:30

    Very comfortable, the steel hull made all the difference during those crossings!!

    Alison

    2017-07-24 17:23:11

    I recently went on a trip to the red sea from Hurghada with Dave Challiss group on the Mistral, 8th - 15th July.I just felt I wanted to tell you that I was really impressed with the service of the team who met me from the airport and then made sure that I was delivered back to the airport safe and sound and in plenty of time for my flight. The staff aboard the Mistral were excellent as always, making sure that we all had a great time.

    Yvonne

    2017-06-19 16:39:21

    Boat is very stable in rough seas. It is the best boat in the fleet for photography with the dedicated camera room. It is always kept very clean. Crew were fantastic from Abdel in the galley through to the engineer and all the boat men. They were always there to help us kitting up, dekitting, getting in the rib safely and up the ladders. It was Ramadan but they were all very helpful and did everything with a smile. Crew gave excellent briefings. My dietary requirements are difficult for the chef, but they did their best to feed me well. Thank you

    John Kent

    2017-06-19 11:32:29

    This was my first ever Liveaboard and I loved it. The crew were amazing,personable, caring and always helpful. I did my Deep dive here, made almost easy by a cool, calm instructor(Adel). Very impressed by the cheerful way all the crew went about their work.

    Happy customer

    2017-06-18 09:56:25

    First time on the Tornado Fleet, and it more than met my expectations. The boat is very well set up for diving, with good facilities for camera work. Comfortable cabins, kept very clean by the team. Nice and stable, even in rough seas.

    Happy Diver

    2017-06-17 12:19:47

    An excellent sea boat and a great platform for diving. In a rough passage across the gulf of Suez it was more stable than a wooden boat. The rooms were a good size for a live-aboard and the air con was effective if a little fierce at times. The boat is well provided with a camera room and air line.

    Gill

    2017-06-04 09:21:09

    Very well laid out and comfortable. Was very good for my sea sickness. Guides and Crew were very helpful and professional. Felt we were in very good hands. Mikes presentations and enthusiasm were a real bonus. Plus the best liveaboard food we have experienced

    Judy

    2017-06-01 10:03:07

    Lovely boat and still very well cared for by her crew as always, nothing is too much trouble. They all work so hard and are a real credit to Tornado Marine.

    David

    2017-05-31 09:47:52

    REALLY AWESOME Still top notch. Tornado boats are the best in the Red Sea. Boat is in good condition and well furnished. Crew and guides were a great set of lads as ever. Always helpful before and after each dive. Excellent! Hope to see you all again sooner rather than later!

    John and Laura

    2017-04-18 11:41:19

    Very nice boat, well equipped and well looked after. Both guides were very friendly and helpful and made our dives much more enjoyable. The crew were also very polite and courteous. There was a good selection and variety of food and always to a high standard.

    Emily

    2017-04-18 11:28:02

    Boat is lovely, cabin is a really nice size with good storage. Guides have been incredible, have made every dive interesting and have been really helpful before, during and after the dive. The food was absolutely wonderful, the soups were great and Thursday's cake was fabulous!

    Sophie, Rick and Kyle

    2017-04-18 09:57:22

    Absolutely wonderful boat, always clean and tidy. Cabins are a nice size, with lots of little extras like lovely soft dressing gowns. Couldn't fault the guides or crew, been excellent during the whole holiday fromstart to finish. Always going out of their way to help They are also nice and easy to get along with.

    Stephen

    2017-04-16 09:37:59

    Both guides were excellent. Extremely friendly, nice and funny people to be around and dive with. The crew were also very helpful and friendly such as helping with kitting up and generally helping out. The Mistral is a very nice boat and I have enjoyed my stay very much.

    Joe, Lorraine and James

    2017-04-15 14:51:19

    Great boat, kept to a good standard, comfortable accommodation. Very attentive guides, knowledgeable and accommodating, nothing ever seems too much trouble. Really helpful and personable. Make you feel very welcome, couldn’t ask for a better crew and captains. Food was excellent, plenty of it, always piping hot, good variety and an excellent standard. Could not fault it at all. Great chef and the dining area crew were fantastic too.

    Adrian Davies

    2016-11-22 12:02:16

    The Captain made sure we were the only boat on the Thistlegorm, the crew couldn’t be any more helpful and friendly. The dive guides briefings were extremely comprehensive and he had the enthusiasm of a new diver, always smiling!

    Fran

    2016-11-22 12:00:19

    An excellently run boat. Plenty of room and loads of seating in both sun and shade. All the crew were friendly and really helpful throughout. I will not hesitate to recommend this boat to all my friends.

    Ida and David

    2016-11-22 11:59:36

    The boat is really nice and clean, perfect for this trip. It has everything you could need for a nice and relaxed holiday.

    Mike and Martin

    2016-11-22 11:58:00

    Cant fault the guides or crew, excellent service at all points of the week. Very friendly and always most helpful

    Matthew

    2016-11-22 11:57:32

    My first liveaboard Surprised by the space. Impressive communal area. The boat in general was really well organised and made diving a pleasure.

    Dione and Kevin

    2016-11-22 11:56:33

    Clean and spacious boat. Well looked after. Easy access to the cabins and sun deck. Dive deck well laid out and not to crowded. Rooms are big enough, but the mattress is very hard

    Will Morris

    2016-11-22 11:55:19

    Spacious comfortable cabins. Nice food. Easy access to the dive deck from where the dive equipment was stored. Generally a very nice boat.

    Joanna Morris

    2016-11-22 11:54:38

    The dive guides were really knowledgeable, especially with fish recognition (Reda). They made the dives fun and really interesting. The crew were really helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Any problems were sorted out quickly, and they were really helpful when I was getting ready to dive. They are also friendly and a little mischevious.

    Ali wills

    2016-09-24 22:59:24

    Our first ever liveaboard. With the wonderful and very patient Duxy. Couldn't have asked for more. The crew were superb, other guests great company and a lovely very stable boat. So good we booked anothér trip within a month of our return. If yòu have ny concerns about a liveaboard forget them and book a Duxy one with Suba travel.

    Helen

    2016-07-19 10:08:05

    Stunning, very comfortable beautifully clean and very well looked after. The staff especially work so very hard to ensure that everything is perfect.

    Rich

    2016-06-21 11:43:12

    The crew were flawless. These guys work so hard and they are ALWAYS in good spirits. They get involved and enjoy a good bit of banter, which is always fun 10/10. The guides were excellent. Great knowledge of the sites, Great English and the Reda's briefings were above and beyond. Top marks. I felt in safe hands the whole trip

    Claire

    2016-06-21 11:42:20

    Mistral is the best boat I have been on and it is noticeably more stable in the water than the others. Great crew as always, and very willing to help.

    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.

    Covid Travel Information

    For British nationals the FCDO currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
    Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

    Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

    Updated 01SEP2020

    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. Or you can npw apply online by clicking here 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 out of 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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    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 does not always have a working card machine. Cash is preferred

    Phone coverage

    Mobile coverage is itinerary dependent. Most of iineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore. Internet in intermittent and cannot be guaranteed.

    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 including side mount and technical equipment. Hurricane is rebreather friendly and have tanks, softnolime, helium and oxygen upon request.

    Extras

    Mistral 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

    Over 180 days prior to departure a £250 deposit is required, within 180 days a £500 deposit is required, with full balance due 90 days before departure.

    Ways to pay

    We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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

    Discounts

    Repeat Guests

    Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
    Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

    And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

    5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
    10% off for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

    Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

    Included

    12l tanks and weights, Nitrox and all diving.

    Airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation on full board basis,

    Depending on your package, flights are usually included from London Gatwick

    At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel room (twin share as per your cabin arrangement) and buffet lunch while you wait for your flight home.

    Excluded

    Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, 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

    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.

    Egyptian entry visa (£25 pre paid service or $25 locally)

    Mistral Specifications

    35m

    2 x 1150 CAT

    2 x 85 Kw

    Construction - Steel



    Safety Equipment

    2 x 25 Man Life Rafts
    Life Jackets

    Full Fire Fighting and Alarm System
    Smoke Alarms and Extinguishers in cabins and at strategic points

    Oxygen Unit, O2 J tanks

    Fully stocked First Aid Kit

    Navigation Equipment

    GPS Plotter, Radar 48 miles, Echo Sounder, SSB, Sat Phone and EPIRB
    VHF Radio and MFHF DSC

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