Typhoon | Red Sea Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Typhoon | Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 5 main deck & 4 upper deck, twin cabins. 1 main deck suite
  • Restaurants Dining area on lower deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesSpacious dive deck, camera table with air guns, 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, although we cannot guarantee availability and coverage depends on boat location

About Typhoon

Designed and built by the Award-Winning Tornado Marine Fleet, the steel hulled M/V Typhoon will join her sister ships in December 2019. Typhoon is set to become the flagship of the fleet boasting a stylish modern interior and exterior plus steel hull.

Throughout the tones are neutral and style modern with 'L' shaped hotel style restaurant on the lower deck equipped with a sound system and large HD screen.

Guests are accommodated in 9 en-suite twin cabins and a suite located on the main and upper decks. The suite situated at the very front of the main deck offers clients spectacular views across the sea and coast.

The bright and sunny upper deck is given an open plan feeling by the large glass dividing wall which maximises the views and natural light in the day and by night the stars.

Twin cabin

Typhoon has five main deck twin cabins, and 4 upper deck twins

Suite

Typhoon has one main deck suite

Spacious dive deck

Dining area

Is lower deck

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Covid Information for Typhoon

Information provided by Tornado Marine - following the Egyptian Ministry Regulations



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 Foreign & Commonwealth Office 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

  • 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 Foreign & Commonwealth Office 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 has a card machine.

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

    Extras

    Whirlwind 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

    7 nights accommodation on full board basis

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

    12l tanks and weights and all diving

    Airport transfers,

    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.

    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.



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    Navigation Equipment

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