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Dive Review of Red Sea Aggressor/Luxor: Maritime Jolie Ville in
Red Sea/Marsa Alam

Red Sea Aggressor/Luxor: Maritime Jolie Ville: "Great times in Egypt", Jun, 2017,

by Harold L Fenner Jr, OH, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9649 has 5 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving great lakes, alaska & bc, kona, kauai, galapagos, fl keys, bonaire, cozumel, roatan, saba, philippines, red sea
Closest Airport Marsa Alam Getting There use travel agent!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco, not below 130 ft, buddy or follow guide
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments crew took excellent care of gear pre- and post-dive. only 11 of possible 20 divers on this charter; plenty of room. might be tight with full boat. ... 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 5 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 4 stars
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Comments I booked the Red Sea Aggressor (RSA) in January when I saw the $1300 price for two separate weeks in June. I chose 24 June to 1 July. I used Deep Blue Adventures, Kristi, to coordinate my add-on and boat. She worked through Aggressor travel. I left Cleveland Tuesday evening and arrived in Luxor Wednesday just before midnight (United to Dulles, Turkish to Cairo via Istanbul, and EgyptAir to Luxor). I had no problems making the three connections, having between two- and three-hour layovers. I stayed at the Maritime Jolie Ville which is very private, being on an island in the Nile. The first day ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By wunderhornin , at Feb 01, 2018 13:18 EST  
I'm booking the Red Sea and was curious about Daedalus Reef in particular (I've dived the northern wrecks and done the land tours you mentioned - yes, so worth it!). There are two itineraries to choose from, one that leaves out the Daedalus Reef. After reading your report, I will definitely book to see Daedalus as I would love to see the thresher and oceanic white tip sharks. (fingers crossed) Thank you.
By lyndad2in , at Feb 13, 2018 11:23 EST  
I've booked the RSA for back-to-back weeks Apr 14-28 after seeing your report (special rate of $1165/week). I'm wondering if I booked the add-on before or after (to Luxor) whether I'd have problems as a woman traveling alone.
By report author: Harold L Fenner Jr in OH, US at Feb 13, 2018 13:01 EST  
I would do the add-on before so you're fresh for the walking. I had a private guide from the agency the Aggressor uses. He was with me everywhere except when I went inside the Valley of Kings' tombs and Hatshepsut's temple. Inside there are tomb guards whose main purpose seems to be asking for tips so you can take pictures. You can say no and walk away, but it's easier to give them a few $ and get memorable pictures. I was alone in a couple tombs with the guard(s). Your guide is waiting right outside, so I would consider it safe for you. When on your own in Luxor, I would take a cab and have the driver wait for you. I met people in the hotel bar to go to dinner with. Have a great time! I'm going on the new boat's second trip in August.
By lyndad2in , at Feb 13, 2018 14:10 EST  
Thanks. It's nice to have first-hand advice. I plan to arrive in Luxor two days before the boat. Lisa is planning the side-trip.
By lyndad2in , at May 01, 2018 23:21 EST  
Hi Harold: took your advice and did the Luxor tour before the cruise weeks. Well worth having the guide, transportation and transfers planned and paid for ahead. New boat leaves from Hurghada. I stated at the Marriott there post-cruise. Nice beach, good rates.
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