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Dive Review of Emperor Fleet/Emperor Elite in
Red Sea/Hurghada - Marsa Ghalib

Emperor Fleet/Emperor Elite, Jul, 2014,

by George Constantino, AK, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7683.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, California, Alaska, Caymans, Philippines, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within certification/insurance limits with a 70 minute bottom time max. You could dive with the guide or with a partner with the permission of the dive master
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Two fresh water tanks on dive deck for cameras but no mask rule was not enforced. Lounge area had a number of outlets for charging. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Safety and Security We enrolled in the U.S. State Departments Travel Information and Alert System called Smart Traveler https://step.state.gov/step/ . It was comforting to know that what was happening in the country before we arrived and that someone in the State Department knew our travel itinerary. The Emperor Fleet Company does a professional job of meeting you at the Hurghda airport and transporting you from the airport to hotel to the ship, etc. The hotel and port security appeared good. We not only felt safe wherever we traveled, but every Egyptian we met seemed generally happy to meet Americans and that we were spending our vacation in their country.

Emperor Elite Ship and Crew - The ship is well appointed and larger than other liveaboards weve sailed on. It was great that each room had its own toilet, sink, and shower. We liked our cabin, but it took several days for them to sort out why we didnt have hot w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Angela Richards Dona in HI, US at Jul 31, 2014 13:46 EST  
Hello George, we have been on that same trip and loved it. Sounds like you had a very similar experience to ours and we believe it is worth returning to the Emperor Elite for another Red Sea adventure. One thing I did not particularly like was the food. It seemed they were trying to cater to the British palate, which was a shame since Egyptian food is so wonderful. Any chance they are serving Egyptian food now? My husband, friend, and I are looking to book our next holiday and we are considering the Elite again but I am hoping for an improvement in the food. Thanks!
By George M Constantino in AK, US at Jul 31, 2014 15:40 EST  
Angela - While the diving is superb I have to report that the meals were as you described. Lots of chicken based dinners. While we enjoyed the food it was pretty basic stuff. They did have a few beef dishes and fish served was frozen not fresh.
By Stephen Tillinghast in CA, US at Oct 18, 2014 14:19 EST  
Thanks, George, for the EE review, My wife & I are booked for the July 10, 2015 trip to Daedalus & Elphinstone w/ a side trip to Luxor. Can't wait!
By George M Constantino in AK, US at Oct 19, 2014 11:28 EST  
You're welcome - we hope you enjoy the trip and diving as much as we did.
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