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Emperor Serenity, Maldives

  • Rating 9.3 out of 10 9.3 Superb
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    • Free Nitrox
  • from $ 240 / day
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“Manta showcase night dive and tuna sashimi was the best ever!!”

Kurt P, Flag of United States United States

Highlights

  • Free nitrox for certified divers
  • Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
  • 2 for 1 Happy Hour most evenings before dinner
  • All port, fuel, and park fees are included

Join the MV Emperor Serenity for world-class diving in the Maldives. The stylish and contemporary liveaboard easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 cabins. On the lower deck are 8 double-bed cabins. The main and upper decks each have 2 suites with a king-size bed, a single bed, and stunning ocean views. Each stateroom has individually controlled AC, private en-suite bathrooms, storage space, and charging ports.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Diving Package, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (6 EUR per day), Travel Insurance, Gratuities (150 USD), Alcoholic Beverages (5 USD), Soft drinks (3 USD), Nitrox Course (284 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (101-466 USD), WiFi internet (31 USD).

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Emperor Serenity Reviews

  • Rating 9.3 out of 10
  • 9.3 Superb
  1. Vessel
    9.3
  2. Crew
    9.2
  3. Food
    9.7
  4. Diving
    9.3
  5. Value
    8.9
  • Rating 8.0 out of 10
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kurt P
  • Flag of United States United States

Very nice dive holiday

Manta showcase night dive and tuna sashimi was the best ever!!

Recommended for
New friends, good food, competent dive guides
  • Rating 6.8 out of 10
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Arisa K
  • Flag of United States United States

Cons outweighed the Pros

The diving was good, but not as great as I was hoping/expecting. I'm glad to check the Maldives off my wishlist, but Palau is better. We did see manta rays, which was a highlight. The first day of diving was also more challenging than I had expected. Aside from the first check-out dive, they started the trip with 100-ft dives with currents. One dive specifically STARTED with a strenuous swim into a challenging current. Fortunately, the second half of the trip consisted of more shallow (and interesting, IMO) reef dives. As a nonsmoker, I probably would not opt to go on a live aboard again unless I can find one that is completely smoke free. Even though smoking was restricted to one section of the boat, smoke travels! It wafted up to the hallway in front of our cabin, and there was a strong odor of cigarette smoke IN our cabin for the first 3-4 days. Also, the designated smoking area was a prime seating area just outside the main dining/lounge room. Since most of the smokers were staff/dive guides, this basically became a staff lounge. It was an area I could not enjoy 80% of the time because of cigarette smoke. The smoke also drifted into the dining room every time someone opened the door. Our second major issue was our assigned dive guide. She was a very skillful diver, and she was great at spotting macro-life like tiny nudibranchs. However, there were times when I or my dive buddy had gear issues or ear-clearing issues, and she seemed annoyed and impatient when anything came up. She was very quick to descend (I need to descend slowly), and she is a fast swimmer. And there was often current. So yes, I found it challenging to keep up with her. I did communicate this to her, and asked if it would be OK if my buddy and I ended up joining another group if we couldn't keep up with her in the middle of a dive (because there were other groups going at a pace that would have been more comfortable for us). Her response was that my buddy and I "didn't have to stay with the group" -- and we could do what we wanted. This was our first time diving in the Maldives, so no, we didn't want to go off on our own; we were hoping for a guide who would actually look out for us and not leave us in the dust. We also felt like we were in an awkward position because it was apparent that our assigned dive guide was the significant other of the trip manager. We tried to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation, but it definitely soured the experience for us. We did have a little bit of interaction with another dive guide, who was really lovely. The rest of the staff was great as well, especially the barman and waiter. And the food was great -- at least 3 salad options, 2 meat options, and sides for every meal! I ate well.

Recommended for
The boat is spacious and generally comfortable. The meals were excellent, exceeded expectations. The waitstaff and chefs were outstanding. The boat crew was also great.
  • Rating 8.8 out of 10
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Megan P
  • Flag of United States United States

The diving was awesome and well organized.

Diving with the Mantas and beach barbecue.

Recommended for
Close access to dive sites. Well organized dive boat. Crew was great!

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