Emperor Elite, Egypt



  • Winner of Best Liveaboard 2020, voted by DIVE magazine
  • Choice of contemporary standard cabins and 2 suites
  • Free Nitrox, Free Wi-Fi and Free red wine with dinner

M/Y Emperor Elite, Egypt is a 38m custom-built liveaboard offering year-round diving to some of the best sites in the Red Sea. She can accommodate up to 26 guests with a crew of 10 on hand to ensure their satisfaction. With an emphasis on comfort, Emperor Elite has 13 cabins equipped with individual air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. 8 standard cabins are located on the lower deck, 3 premium twin cabins on various decks, then 1 Premium Executive suite and 1 double Junior suite located on the upper deck. Emperor Elite features two air-conditioned salons with a bar and TV/Video/DVD/CD, a large sundeck with Jacuzzi and a shaded sundeck for relaxing. Emperor Elite is part of the Emperor Fleet who operate dive liveaboards in Egypt, Maldives and Indonesia.

Your diving holiday aboard Emperor Elite Egypt includes a shared cabin, 7 nights onboard, buffet-style meals, soft drinks, red wine with dinner, 6 days of diving, local transfers, guide, tanks, weights, environmental tax, Marine Park fees, port departure fees and free Nitrox fills. Two dive guides are available to assist divers with a minimum of 2 dives per day on the Red Sea. MY Emperor Elite sails year-round from Hurghada and Marsa Ghalib Port and offers numerous itineraries including: Simply the Best, South and St John’s, Reefs and Wrecks and Red Sea sharks.

An Emperor Elite Egypt liveaboard diving holiday is a fantastic adventure. Book today.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Nitrox, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (5 EUR per day), Travel Insurance, Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities (40 EUR), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages (3.50 EUR), Nitrox Course (120 EUR), Private Dive Guide (500 EUR), Rental Gear (160 EUR).

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, and Italian.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2006
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 38 meters
  • Beam 8 meters
  • Engines 2 x 764HP Caterpiller
  • Max guests 26
  • Number of cabins 14
  • Number of bathrooms 14
  • Tenders 2 x Zodiacs
  • Water capacity 11000 L / Day & storage
  • Freshwater maker 2 x 11'000 liters per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Emperor Elite Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 39 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Allen Blake F
  • United States United States
Outstanding - as usual

The crew of the Emperor liveaboards are always the highlight of any and every trip!

Recommended for
Crew, dive sites, boat
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Danial N
  • United States United States
The Red Sea!!

Had a great time aboard the Emperor Elite. Carlos and Luka showed us a great time. Would recommend to friends!

Recommended for
Friendly staff, good food and great value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Bruce S
  • United States United States
Professional, knowledgable and safet crew and divemasters.

Consistently good food for all meals and excellent divemasters

Recommended for
Excellent food, great diving, swimming with wild dolphins
  • 7.2 Good
  • Aida K
  • United States United States
Unprofessional & unorganized

Trip was good, but organization was unprofessional and cheap. Instead of spending the last night on boat, we got kicked out the day before and placed in the cheapest hotels. Also, we did not get the notice until the day when they were kicking us out. Transportation was available but only by private car which was more expensive than taxi. Emperor is charging me 60euros from Hurghada to Port Ghalib. This was my 22nd liveaboard in Egypt, first time with Emperor, and all other liveaboards provided group transport for free or small fee. Also, it is unheard to spend the whole week with new friends and do not have last dinner and last drinks together. After the last dive, boat crew gave us plastic bags to put our wet diving gear in it. Half people were taken to 3 star hotel in Marsa Alam (according to booking it is the worst hotel in area) and the other ones were taken to not much better hotel in Hurghada. No personal touch and no carrying for clients whatsoever. It is all about money.

Recommended for
Could be better
  • 10 Exceptional
  • niels V
  • Denmark Denmark
simply the best

very good

Recommended for
sharks hospitality
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Petronella P
  • Sweden Sweden
My second liveboard on Elite

Very nice dives, well meet on board by crew and guides. Nice mix of nationalities among the guest. Sadly my cabinsealing was all wet and was leaking because of earlier wave. Didn't feel like the cabin lived up to standard feeling murky and damp for three days. The crew helped and did there best. Otherwise realy nice food very nice as always and guides very nice people . Sadly Internet was down even when there was reception witch is very sad and bad since that was one of my chooses for this boats specific . To be able to keep in touch. It not managed better by company the can't market it like that. The favour is very appreciated among Al guest if working

Recommended for
Fabulous crew, laughter, good service
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Simone M
  • Italy Italy

Tiger shark !!!!!!!!

Recommended for
Weather , boat , egypt crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thomas R
  • Sweden Sweden

Meeting with the Ocean White! All the new friends a make!

Recommended for
Diving, Crew and food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Andrew J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A great week

Saw a turtle and baby dolphin for the firest time. Crew were amazing, all ways ready to help.

Recommended for
Crew, food, divind
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sabine Magdalene G
  • Germany Germany
Great Experience

The whole trip was just perfect!

Recommended for
Friendly and funny stuff, good food and really nice dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrei P
  • Sweden Sweden

We visited a lot of different dive site - great opportunity to discover new places and reefs. We traveled a lot.

Recommended for
Friendly and helpful crew; we visited a lot of different dive spots, We were allowed to change the itinerary a bit when we, the divers decided to go to Elphinstone the last day
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Annika A
  • Germany Germany
Great diving experience in the Red Sea

The food was exceptional and diving was quite nice. We couldn't go to St. John's because of the weather, but Deadalus and Elphinstone totally made up for it. The crew made the best decision under this circumstances, but also involved us in the decision. Saw hammerhead sharks, oceanic white tips, turtles and loads of colorful reef fishes. The crew is very nice and helpful all the time, so you can enjoy your diving holiday. Highly recommended if you plan a trip to the Red Sea.

Recommended for
food, diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Hiroaki U
  • Japan Japan
Excellent hospitarity Crew and Guides

There are 10 nationalities on board. I really enjoyed not only underwater but also boat life. There held BBQ dinner on the top deck, every one danced and laughed so much. We started the week as stranger and we ended the week as friends. クルーのホスピタリティ、オーガナイズされたシステム、エジプトとは思えません。お勧めです。

Recommended for
International friendship
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Masumi K
  • Japan Japan
It could swim with Dolphins!

I could meet Manta and some sharks.

Recommended for
Night diving. Walking an island. Finding Sharks.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Huseyin A
  • Turkey Turkey
wrecks of egypt

all the famous reefs visited around sinai peninsula; rather intense itenary

Recommended for
dives abundant; inexpensive; many dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing trip, really well organised and fantastic value for money

I was really impressed with the whole trip, from arriving at the airport, everything was taken care of and organised really well. The boat was very comfortable and well maintained and the crew went out of their way to make everything as good as possible. The diving was really good and showcased the best that the area has to offer. Will definitely be returning in the future.

Recommended for
Great crew, great atmosphere, great diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • China China
Excellent experience in Emperor Elite

This is a wonderful diving trip. The food is excellent. Such as Roasted Turkey, Sirlon steak, Calamaris and also. I will come back soon :)

Recommended for
Excellent food / Friendly crews / pro diving guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Eva W
  • Singapore Singapore
Wonderful week and amazing dives

The wreck diving were really amazing. We saw lovely dolphins in one of the dive. A bit cold to dive in dec but overall is great!

Recommended for
Dessert, staff and wrecks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daniel J
  • South Africa South Africa
The best way to dive! Possibly the best way to travel!

After having a rather disappointing experience in Egypt due to our baggage having been severely delayed, arriving at Hurgharda Airport to find an Emperor transfer bus (Who was collecting other guests, we had missed a connecting flight due to lost baggage) and a friendly well spoken driver who immediately began to put us at ease, offering us wifi to contact our worried family and calling the office to make other required arrangements. This was just the beginning, but most definitely characteristic of the amazing service we came to expect from the staff of the Emperor Elite and Emperor staff in general. Our cruise was amazing, the boat was clean and well kept and well stocked, we wanted for nothing. The chefs did a wonderful job, providing plenty well prepared delicious dishes throughout. The crew on board were friendly and helpful. Exceptionally so. The diving was extraordinary and will remain a cherished memory for as long as I live. The dive guides were impeccable and will remain friends for a long time to come. I would most definitely recommend a trip to the red sea with Emperor and if possible on the Elite.

Recommended for
Dolphins were the absolute highlight, the friendly service and the comfortable accommodations were a close second
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Paul A
  • Canada Canada
Great dives and friendly staff

The Thistlegorm and Ras Mohamed we’re my favourite sites.

Recommended for
dive sites, food, staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Markus H
  • Germany Germany
Outstanding Experience with an amazing crew and Co-Divers!

This was our first Dive Safari, and it was an amazing experience. The Emperor Elite is a spacious and comfortable ship and has all that you need on board for a great safari experience. The crew is extremely helpful in every aspect; The Diveguides, Momo and Saad look after each and everyone - you can be sure to have lots of great dives. The Emperor Elite is really well equipped - being provided with Nitrox is a great plus, and there is enough comfortable options in the lounge area to charge lamps, computers, cameras etc... This cruise was very special as it was a group of 26 guests, from 15! different Nations - ranging from 20 - 1000+ dives, not only it has been great fun to get to know many different people - but you could also learn something from each and everyone. Momo and Saad were our guides - and I never had such professional briefings prior diving in my previous 5+ years of diving - they are wonderful guides and extremely nice people. But that is true for all the crew on board. And the food the chefs create on board throughout the day, is nothing but stunning - super tasty and nicely presented - and with a variety that there is something for everybody. A big thank you to everyone there!!

Recommended for
International group of Divers, Fantanstic Guides and Crew - Amazing Food..
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anonymous
Gute Atmosphäre an Bord

Dugomgs,Turtles, Sharks,..the South Red Sea.

Recommended for
Gute Organisation bei 19 Tauchern an Bord , Ein Dank an Hony and Amy
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stuart A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Better than a 5 star hotel

There were highlights for each dive, but being on scuba with a pod of 14+ dolphins around us for almost 10 minutes was incredible. Diving the Thistlegorm has been a goal ever since I started diving 18 years ago, and being able to dive it 3 times, one after the other was truly a wonderful experience. Our guides and boat went to great efforts to ensure that the sites we visited were easy to dive without there being the need to swim too far or be overwhelmed by other diving tours - Most of the time we felt like we were the nylon divers there, and the Red Sea belonged to us. We will definitely be back!

Recommended for
The crew were always friendly, helpful and willing to assist with anything and everything to do with our stay on board as well the diving experience, whether it was gearing up, gearing down for diving, or waiting for you with a warm drink after a cool night dive. We always felt welcome on-board. The dive guides were incredibly knowledgeable about each site we visited, and always acted with our best interests in mind, ensuring both our enjoyment and safety. The meals on board are just out of this world.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Shadow L
  • China China

Sharks & Eagle Ray & Turtles

Recommended for
Cabin is spacious, food is delicious, and the whole trip is wonderful.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pol S
  • Spain Spain
Amazing Diving Safari in the Red Sea

The liveaboard experience was amazing. The boat itself was very spacious and provide the divers all the necessary services to be as relaxed as possible and only focused on diving. The itinerary was great, selecting the dive sites carefully and giving very detailed briefings of each site. The food was excellent, having a wide variety of dishes and desserts. Overall, a perfect place to do a liveaboard trip.

Recommended for
Diving, Comfort and Food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Casper M
  • Denmark Denmark
Amazing intensive dive experience

It was a super great experience. The emperor crew went to great lengts to accomodate the guest and give them the best dive experience possible.

Recommended for
Service level, atmosphere, dive sites
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mark W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
First liveaboard

Awesome diving, great crew and guides, nice boat and great food! What more could you ask for?!

Recommended for
Diving, people and organised
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Christa H
  • Finland Finland
Excellent diving in the red sea

First time diving red sea and I really enjoyed diving with Emperor elite. All the dive breefings where very detailed and the guides made sure everybody where comfortable underwater. Ss Thistlegorm and Shark&Yolanda where my favourite dive sites. The crew where highly professional and you were always helped before and after dive with your gear. Cabins where super clean and comfortable. Highly recommended! Will do it again for sure :)

Recommended for
Diving, food, guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yvo R
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing journey!

Diving The whole crew New friendships

Recommended for
Guides, stuff & food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Thierry T
  • France France
Nice boat, great food and nice team

diving in the beautiful south

Recommended for
Delicious meals, great dives and nice team
  • 7.6 Good
  • Andrea C
  • Italy Italy
Great boat and tour

Good experience, from the boarding all the way to the rooms, common areas, food and crew. Highly reccomended

Recommended for
Rooms, food, dive sites
Origin: US