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This from Rebecca Cooley:
"I just love dealing with Emperor! From the guys in reservations to the team on board its always a real pleasure dealing with their staff. The quality of the food, boat and diving is always excellent. And the level of communication from start to final transfers makes organising for a group much easier. This year we went with the Emperor Superior for their 'Get Wrecked' trip and I couldn't have faulted a single thing.
The staff were all brilliant at both their own jobs and at keeping the holiday makers happy; which can't be as easy as they make it look. The crew were faultless in their duties, the food was excellent and the dive guides (MoMo & Roberto) were patient, funny, very knowledgeable and a real pleasure to dive with. They really helped all the divers with tips and information and all the crew and guides always had a smile and a story.
It was a brilliant week and you have another 15 guests who will have no hesitation to recommend Emperor for any trips. We look forward to our next Emperor adventure soon."
 
And this from Aoife Hughes:
"Without a doubt I would return to them again. I thought their service was outstanding. They were all so kind and friendly the second we came on board... By the end of the week, I had felt so close to them that it felt like they were friends rather than staff. It was an unreal experience and I am definitely returning to them again."
 
And Owen Hughes:
"Great diving, food, staff and experience. The best vacation I have ever had. I was spoiled rotten for a week and had great diving experiences."
 
And last but not least, Pierce Lynch
(this was so lovingly long, we had to cut it a bit):
"Where do I start, everything was beyond my expectations.This is my 5th safari to the Red Sea and my first with the Emperor fleet.The wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Mo-Mo is an asset to any safari,a  true gent and his smile is worth seeing...Roberto, a fantastic diver, yoga instructor and a spirit of life is what people need on a safari...
The food, the food, oh the food.Wonderful, mouth watering...My highest commendations to the chefs.
The dive area is a dream to walk into for people who are not used to a safari like this.The lads are always on hand and close by for anything required. This trip to my partner, myself and every diver there will never be forgotten. All of the crew of the Emperor Superior will always share a place in our hearts. To us a very special, professional and loving group of people that I am happy I spent time to get to know them. I'll be back and so will Abi,that's a promise."
 
 
 
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Amanda Cullen joined Emperor Raja Laut for our Raja Ampat, 14-21 March 2018, trip and this is what she said...
 
"I had an amazing week on the boat. Being a girl traveling on my own I could not have felt more comfortable. Everyone working on the boat was absolutely amazing and could not do enough for us. They really went above and beyond. 
 
The boat was immaculate and the food was delicious. Being a vegetarian the chef made sure to make me such delicious alternatives to meat. The rooms were cleaned every morning.
 
I had an absolutely wonderful experience and everyone working on the boat really contributed to that!
 
Really looking forward to doing my next liveaboard. Also divebooker were brilliant to book from. They were very prompt and helpful."
 
 
 

Read why Julie's first liveaboard was 'EPIC'!

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Don't just take our word about the delights of Emperor Echo. 

Over to Julie Despaties and her 5 Star Service Feefo feedback

 

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“Epic first liveaboard experience. This was our first time ever doing a liveaboard! We are over the moon with the experience, the crew was terrific, really we couldn’t have had better service...the food was great!

And our instructor, Hany, truly helped us become better divers throughout our Advance open water certification! We had amazing dives (and lots of work!) but we are so very grateful.

And the boat was wonderful! The company was also amazing; we connected with so many fabulous divers...it was truly epic! We had no expectation coming in but Emperor Echo has now set the bar very high for our next liveaboard! Thank you."

Sail away on Emperor Echo here

 

Beth D wrote this glowing review via Feefo...
 
5 Star Service on Emperor Superior, Red Sea
 
"I spent a week on liveaboard Emperor Superior out of Hurghada on the Red Sea, and had the best vacation ever! Both the crew and my fellow divers were excellent. I hadn’t been diving in over 20 years, with the exception of a recent refresher course in a 10 foot pool. However, the dive guides, Omar and Terak were both extremely helpful and patient with me and after the first day I was diving just fine. 
 
Guests can either dive with the guides or on their own. Of our group, most dove on their own, but I always went with the guides. There’s a briefing before each dive where they go over that dive’s plan. There’s typically 4 dives per day. I have multiple food allergies and another dive boat company was unable to accommodate my dietary needs but the cooks on Emperor did a great job cooking for me; the food was great and the only problem was that they cooked far too much for me - I was afraid that soon I wouldn’t have needed my weight belt any more! They also provided free wine with dinner. 
 
The boat was a good size, very comfortable with really nice decks; it was perfect for lounging around and getting to know my new-found friends from all over the world.
 
Emperor Superior was a great value for money, the crew was very personable, knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend this liveaboard experience!"
 
and come and enjoy a 'Beth' experience.
 
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Meet Emperor Atoll in the Maldives

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Emperor Atoll

It's little wonder that divers love this Maldives liveaboard - with a maximum of 12 guests, our two guides make sure you get the absolute best from your trip.

With only one deck, she is more stable with less 'roll'. And did you know? Dive centres and small groups can charter the boat exclusively. Plus there's FREE Nitrox!

» Discover Emperor Atoll right here

 

 


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Feefo, the global ratings and reviews provider of genuine guest feedback, has awarded the Red Sea, Maldives and Indonesia diving company the top-rated ‘Gold Trusted Service Award 2018’ once more.

“The accreditation is awarded based on the feedback received directly from guests, making this an award our whole team can be proud of,” explains General Manager, Luke Atkinson.

Many thanks to all the guests who took the time to write such constructive reviews and to Team Emperor who consistently provides that 'Gold' service across the company’s liveaboards and dive resorts.

More information is available here on our website or email reservations@emperordivers.com

 

"We felt treated as a king by Emperor"

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Emperor Orion Maldives

 

Our hearty thanks to Gert van Gerner in Utrecht, Netherlands, for this glowing little review from his holiday on Emperor Orion in the Maldives.

"We felt treated as a king by Emperor. Great staff. Flexible and paying good attention to their customers both in the water and on the boats. Good knowledge and briefings; environmental awareness."

» You can read more reviews from guests from around the world here.

 

 


Join Duxy and us for North & South Red Sea trips

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Come and have a fabulous diving holiday with us and Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield for 2018. He will be bringing you relaxing trips and, of course, top tips on photographs and videos.

 

Red Sea trips with Duxy

 

Duxy has been at the forefront of underwater photography and travel for many years and brings with him a light-hearted take on the diving world and how it has changed the way we take underwater photographs and video.

North & Easy with Duxy
Emperor Superior
25 May - 1 June 2018
€1099 / £979

South for Winter with Duxy
Emperor Elite
30 November - 7 December 2018
€1119 / £999

Find out which dive sites, what 'open deck' is all about here.

 

 

Emperor Asmaa

 

5 star service! Recent guests on Emperor Asmaa sent us some wonderful feedback and we'd like to share it with you...

"Fabulous! Boat great, food THE BEST (and I've done 30 liveaboards in the last 17 years)...those desserts, to die for. Dive guide Mustafa excellent, diving very good - I even did some sites new to me. A GREAT, GREAT trip. Planning Asmaa for next October. I'll talk to you after New Year." (Anonymous)

"Fabulous crew. The most amazing crew that worked together as a team to look after everyone. Could not fault them and would go out of my way to dive with them again." (Sally Morgan)

» Click here to find out more about Emperor Asmaa.

Join Duxy and Emperor for 2018 Red Sea trips

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Emperor Divers has teamed up with Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield for 2018 to bring you some relaxing trips suited to divers who like flexibility and, of course, photographers and videographers.

Duxy has been at the forefront of underwater photography and travel for many years and brings with him a light-hearted take on the diving world and how it has changed the way we now take underwater photographs and video.

A regular speaker at dive shows and dive clubs, Duxy loves nothing more than to share his knowledge and enviable experience with divers of all abilities.

“Getting beginners started on the route to rewarding pictures and sharing advice with anyone who wants to learn is such a great feeling,” says Duxy.

He now combines his time helping people to choose and use cameras, housings, strobes and lenses, escorting trips and running workshops around the world.

His own pictures have illustrated blogs and advertising campaigns and he is currently contributing to Scuba Diver magazine with a regular monthly column.

With more than 40 escorted trips under his belt to the Red Sea and further afield, Duxy continues to develop new ways to pass on knowledge and share his love of diving and underwater photography to divers.

We have two trips planned on two of our magnificent Red Sea liveaboards with at least three ‘open deck’ days a week. Open deck diving means you are free to dive with your buddy between 6am to 6pm at times that suit you. Flexibility is the key so you can capture that killer shot or simply enjoy a lie in! On both itineraries there will be three guided ‘excursion dives’, even when open deck is in place, from either the two Emperor guides and/or with Duxy himself. Photo, video, processing and production advice will be delivered by Duxy.

Sample itineraries - if the weather plays ball – are below.

 

North & Easy with Duxy
Emperor Superior

25 May – 1 June 2018
€1099 / £979

Day 1  Sha’ab El Erg for check dive, Stingray Station 2nd dive and night dive.

Day 2  Shark and Yolanda dive 1 then either the Canyon inside Marsa Bareika or Ghozlani for dive 2. If the weather is calm then Gordon Reef in Tiran for our first 'open deck' opportunity. If the weather is windy we go to Temple instead for our 3rd and night dive.

Day 3  ‘Open deck'. Choose to dive from the boat at Gordon or, if preferred, take a rib to Thomas for a dive. Then we move to Jackson for either one or two dives, or Temple.

Day 4  Early dive 1 at Dunraven, dive 2 & 3 at the Thistlegorm. Leave for Gubal for a dusk or night dive.

Day 5  'Open deck' at the Barge. We also offer the chance to dive further along the Gubal Reef by rib or at Bluff Point allowing for currents and surface conditions.

Day 6  'Open deck' until 10am and then 3rd dive back at Shaab El Erg for our last dive of the week.

 

South for Winter with Duxy
Emperor Elite
30 November – 7 December 2018
€1119 / £999

Day 1  Sha’ab Abu Dabab 2 & 3 for check dive and then Abu Dabab 4 for afternoon dive and night dive.

Day 2  Sha’ab Hamam for dive 1 then Sha’ab Abu Galawa Soraya for the first ‘open deck’ of the week.

Day 3  Sha’ab Sataya full day and overnight for ‘open deck’.

Day 4  Sataya dawn then Hamada Wreck full day and night dive at Abu Ghusun for ‘open deck’.

Day 5  'Open deck' at Elphinstone daytime. Night dive and overnight at Marsa Shona.

Day 6  Marsa Shona open deck until 2pm then return to port.

 

BOOK TODAY! Email our friendly team at reservations@emperordivers.com

 

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