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Not a diver, not a problem! Emperor caters for all

You don’t have to be a diver to love a holiday on one of our liveaboards.

We know, it might seem a little strange to book a trip with a company called Emperor Divers and then not dive. However, there is so much to love about being out on the sea, the fact you can’t dive should not stop you joining us.

In fact, if gives you even more time to enjoy the famous Emperor Divers hospitality!

Take Ginnie as an example. She sent us this wonderful testimonial after her trip on board Emperor Elite.

She and her partner had differing ideas of what they should do with their precious remaining annual leave with him a diver and her not.

It might even have caused a little bit of relationship friction had their decision backfired!

Thankfully, it didn’t. We’ll let Ginnie take up the story…

“We were faced with the dilemma of limited holiday time left and my partner wanted to dive.

“But, having a very stressful job with long hours, I wanted to work on my tan and read.

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“He convinced me I could do that on a liveaboard dive boat in Egypt, so I decided to give a try – vowing that if I didn’t like it, next year’s holiday choice would be mine.

“Emperor Divers was the company we chose. To say I was sceptical about enjoying this is an understatement and I embarked on this trip with a sense of doom!

“We arrive at Hurghada airport and our transfer was well organised with our names on boards just outside the exit doors. We set off to the transport and, to be honest, I am not expecting much.

“I assumed we would be in a big coach stopping at various drop off points on the way. However, it was a small, air-conditioned minibus and just three of us going to the same place.

“On arrival at the boat in Port Ghalib, our luggage was taken to our cabin, and we all met for the introduction. Everyone was very friendly, people were from Italy, Germany, UK, Holland and Indonesia all speaking very good English.

“Dinner was also a pleasant surprise with all dietary needs catered for, special requests emailed to head office on booking. A large selection of dishes, with lots of salads and vegetables to choose from were available at each meal. The falafel were delicious and went very quickly!

“All meals were cooked fresh every single day, (eaten at) tables of eight with a free-or-all on picking where you sat for each meal. The service was great, empty plates were cleared very quickly by the lovely guys waiting tables.


“There were snacks on board in the afternoon after the dive and refreshing cold beers were consumed for those not doing the night dive.”

So Ginnie came as a non-diver – but was that how she finished her holiday?

“I accidentally sat in on the dive brief, thinking that it was more boat information! However, Lucy who was our Cruise Director for the week, made the briefing really interesting with names of dive sites and the history of them. Her talks were so interesting, I even considered for one rash moment taking a dive course when we got home.

“The weather was quite good with high temperatures, but the good thing is that I was never overly hot, because of the off-shore breeze, and spent most of my time up on the sheltered sun deck reading.

“We moved sites regularly and there was the possibility of snorkelling whilst the divers were in the water. The highlight of the trip for me was snorkelling with the dolphins, although a lot of boats were there and at times I lost my fellow boat members, but the rib kept an eye on everyone and picked us up when we had finished.

“This was a very positive experience for a non-diver. The cabins were very comfortable and cleaned daily with plenty of towels and the food plentiful. No regrets and YES, I would definitely do this again, maybe even doing a dive course before we embark on the next trip!

“I can honestly recommend Emperor Divers and their superb boats and staff.”

As a diver or not, we look forward to welcoming Ginnie back on board very soon and thank her wholeheartedly for her wonderful feedback.

If you are a non-diver and would like more information about joining an Emperor Divers liveaboard, get in touch with our fantastic team on [email protected] and they will answer any questions you might have.


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