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Emperor Echo - new to our Red Sea liveaboards

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Emperor Echo, Red Sea

 

She's already proving popular in the Red Sea. Beautifully decorated and welcoming 20 guests in 10 roomy cabins.

Emperor Echo is new to the Emperor fleet. New Saturday sailings and value for money makes her a wise choice, especially for groups where 8 pay and 2 go free.

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Emperor Serenity 'incredible' | Diving 'another world'

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Thanks to recent guest, Juan, on Emperor Serenity in the Maldives, who shared this feeeback.
 
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"Incredible boat, awesome crew, amazing diving sites!" 
I have no words to describe how good this trip on the Emperor Serenity was! THe crew was awesome, the boat impeccable and spotless and the diving was from another world. I cannot wait to do it again.
A huge thank you to Nuria, who is an extremely well-prepared diving instructor and guide. I did my AOW with her and I couldn't be happier.
And Yaqui, the boat manage, is an awesome diving guide with super GoPro rescue skills! 
Juan Cabral, Brazil

"Back home from your liveaboard on Asmaa, 18-25 August, we would like to let you know how pleased we are with it.

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Although smaller than Emperor Superior (we knew from previous liveaboards) Emperor Asmaa was a very good surprise on every aspect! Comfort, cleanness and a very kind and professional crew led by his captain Hamada. I'm so thankful he made possible my most anticipated dive, Salem Express, even under a bit rough conditions!! I know this is an emotional dive spot for the crews and, therefore, I double my thankfulness!

Food was delicious and always creative! Congrats to kitchen staff as well!

Saloon man, Waleed (?), was tireless; cabin and saloon were spotless! He was always very kind and good mood!

Simone was always kind, funny and very professional.

Last words go to my dear Amr. A lovely human being, always attentive and kind to everyone, even to my husband who is a non-diver; Amr gave him the most wonderful experience by proposing snorkelling on Salem Express! We won't forget it!

Congratulations to Emperor! Please, let know everyone how pleased we are! We'll be back!" 

Maria José Resende and Jorge Esteves

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Hi and Hola
 
We are Gabriel and Maria, the new dive guides for Emperor Maldives.

We are from Argentina, started our dive careers 17 years ago and soon became PADI Instructors, opening a dive centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina; however, our aim was always to work on liveaboards.
 
Having been managers in large corporations, I (Maria) have a Bachelor of Marketing and I (Gabriel) am a Systems Engineer. When we started our diving courses we discovered our passion for scuba diving and decided to leave everything behind to follow our dream.
 
We have dived in Argentina, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Thailand, Sipadan, Egypt, Sudan and Maldives. We moved to Egypt in 2006 and have been working on the Egyptian and Sudanese Red Sea for eight years.
 
With a huge experience on liveaboards, we have done more than 300 trips with more than 5000 dives logged and worked on well-known Red Sea fleet companies such as Emperor Divers, Sea Serpent, Blu Sudan and Blue o Two Maldives. We are PADI, SDI and TDI Technical Instructors and I (Gabriel) love to dive with my Kiss rebreather whilst surrounded by sharks.
 
We love our job, taking care of the marine life and sharing our knowledge with guests. We use every dive to clean a bit the reef, if it is possible, to help the environment.
 
Whilst working in Sudan, we promoted laws against shark fishing and reef awareness. As a result, the Sudanese government opened new marine protected parks and created a law against shark finning.
 
We love guiding and spotting the small and big stuff. Dive guiding is not our job, it's our passion. We are happy to come back to the Emperor family and to meet our friends in the Maldives again whilst looking forward to making new ones with our guests.
 
Come an discover the delights of civing the Maldives with us just as soon as you can.
 
 
 

Emperor Indonesia - off to a flying start

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Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

Her first sailings are this September and she's already
proving popular! MY Emperor Raja Laut

Emperor Raja Laut, a beautiful traditional Dutch Schooner-style sailing yacht, has spent much of the last 12 years sailing around Southeast Asia. Now she's in the Emperor Divers' family and we have some tingly diving to share with you.

AT A GLANCE (and in brief)

·         Extremely eye-catching 'schooner-style' yacht for only 12 guests

·         Sailing the Indonesian seas including Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda

·         All cabins are ensuite and with air-con

·         Spacious teak deck for relaxing and eating alfresco

·         Exciting mix of itineraries varying from between 7 and 12 nights

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Diving in Indonesia

 

 

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Thanks to a recent guest for this rave review (yes, another one) for the team and crew at Emperor Marsa Alam. 

SERVICE Excellent
"Emperor Divers are the best dive company in the Red Sea. They are a safe, professional outfit whose boat crews are unsurpassed. We have returned multiple times to dive with Emperor Divers in Marsa Alam and haven't yet found anyone who compares.

The dive guides will do their utmost to find whatever rocks your boat whether it's Dyson the Dugong, Dolphins, Turtles or the Macro Photographers favourites like Shrimps and Nudibranch.

You'll come, you'll dive and you'll leave with fantastic memories and some new friends for life. Don't dive with anyone else until you've tried them.

We've been visiting for 7 years and have just had the best trip yet."

Review via Feefo -  a global ratings and reviews provider of genuine guest feedback. Unlike some reviews platforms that have made the news for allowing fake and malicious reviews to be published, Feefo has never allowed this to happen. 

Thanks to a recent guest for this uplifting Emperor Superior review via Feefo. 

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SERVICE Excellent

"I thought the service was better than outstanding. I can't find fault from the minute we started the holiday with Emperor Divers to the minute it all sadly came to an end.

My partner and I have never experienced first class service like we did on the immaculate Emperor Superior. The crew are passionate about what they do and was clearly seen throughout the trip.

My partner and I desperately needed the holiday after the recent death of my Father. As a result I am unemployed and suffering from minor depression. The crew, but the dive guide in particular, has inspired me to return back to work and find a company as good as Emperor Divers. The crew made me realise I am only 24 and life is too short to not be happy!

We will be using the service again and hope to book a trip to Maldives for 2018...with Emperor Divers of course!! 10/10!"

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NEW | Emperor Indonesia has arrived

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We are so excited to announce the birth of Emperor Indonesia and the launch of MY Emperor Raja Laut in September 2017.

Raja Laut, which means King of the Sea in Bahasa Indonesian, is a beautiful traditional Dutch Schooner-style sailing yacht built in south Sulawesi in 2005. She has spent much of the last 12 years sailing around Southeast Asia for private charter; Emperor Divers is honoured to have her as their introductory boat in the magical Indonesian archipelago.

With 12 berths, the attention to detail and the level of service expected from the seven crew and three dive guides will leave guests wanting to return time and time again.

MY Emperor Raja Laut will be sailing the world-renowned diving areas of Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea and Komodo National Park. Expect to play with mantas, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and pygmy seahorses as well as Komodo Dragons on land. Indonesia offers riches for all and is a truly magical place.

A strong team will see Emperor teaming up with Andrew Laughlin, who has spent the last 10 years building and managing Indonesian liveaboards and has over 30 years' experience in the diving and yachting industry. He is also a PADI Master Instructor and Yacht Master.

With an exciting mix of itineraries varying from between 7 and 12 nights, Emperor Indonesia brings unprecedented value and something for everyone to one of the world's top diving destinations.

We have been a major dive centre and liveaboard operator in the Red Sea since 1992 and in the Maldives since 2017.

Discover Emperor Indonesia
and the great-value Emperor Raja Laut here

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A little reminder of MORE flights to the south Red Sea this November:

Direct flights announced to Marsa Alam (RMF). From November 2017 you can fly to RMF from:

  • UK - Birmingham (Mondays with Thomas Cook) and Gatwick (Wednesdays with Thomson and Thursdays with Thomas Cook)
  • Netherlands - Amsterdam (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays with Neckermann) and Eindhoven (Thursdays with Neckermann). TUI will also have direct flights, yet to be confirmed.
  • Belgium - Brussels (Tuesdays/Sundays with TUI and Mondays/Fridays with Thomas Cook)

The Friday flights are ideal for joining up with Emperor Elite whilst the Thursday flights are perfect for Emperor Asmaa. So to celebrate, book any Emperor Asmaa sailing between 15 December 2017 to 19 April 2018 and enjoy a 5% discount from our online prices!

Also, every flight is great to get you landing just five minutes away from our award winning daily diving centre, Emperor Divers Marsa Alam. Take advantage of our early booking rate of just 40 Euros a day between 20 November 2017 and 25 March 2018. Both offers available for new bookings made by 31 August 2017.

Time to dive the Red Sea this winter!

Contact reservations@emperordivers.com

 

 


Fabulous Trip Advisor review for Marsa Alam team

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When the team gets bouquets that are as big and smiley as this one, we can't help but share. Well done all at Emperor Divers Marsa Alam. Just shows, even if diving isn't for you, the Red Sea most certainly is. 
 
“A wonderful and professional company”
Wendy, Belper, UK
 
I booked a diving trip for my husband as a surprise. I booked in the UK via email following recommendations from guests when we were in Egypt in December.
 
Emails were answered quickly and great advice was given. As a novice diver my husband did the online Open Water Course which was all organised by Emperor.
 
The first day of being in the water my husband realised that diving was not for him. This was no fault of the instructor or Emperor it was just one of those things. 
 
A refund was offered immediately by Emperor without any quibbles (I had paid in advance). We thought however it would be good to go out on a snorkelling trip with Emperor and I am so pleased we did. 
 
The staff were amazing organising it for us and gave advice on the best weather days to go.
 
We spent the day with Mohammed and his crew. Mohammed is not only a great Captain but a perfect gentleman. There were divers on the boat who went off leaving my husband and I with the crew on the boat, who simply could not do enough for us. It was real VIP treatment. We went in search, on the Zodiac, for the Seacow which I am happy to say we found, we watched it feed and then we were fortunate enough to have the sea cow swim along side us. After a fabulous lunch on the boat Mohammed took us in search of turtles. Nothing was too much trouble.
 
We loved the day so much, we spoke with the lovely and very talkative Tracy who is delightful and booked for the following day. 
 
The second day was equally good. Mohammed kindly took us on a guided reef swim. 
 
On our return to the UK a refund for the remaining monies had been made.
 
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. From start to finish they were amazing.

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