In late May we did a dive trip to the Red Sea. Yes, we did this last year. This time, instead of Sudan, we embarked from Egypt. We were meant to my on the MY Elite, run by Emperor Divers. However, that boat had an accident on a reef. So, we were juggled onto the MY Jessica, run by a different dive company. This review is partly for Emperor Divers and partly for the boat and its crew.
The boat itself was fine. It wasn’t amazing, but it was nice enough. I liked our room, which had a double bed plus a single, which we used for camera gear. I also liked that the bathroom was good size for a live aboard.
The dive deck felt a little tight, but then they always do. The platform for diving off the boat was spacious and had one rinse tank, which was meant to be only for cameras but various masks found their way in there. What I really liked were the little cubbies, each of which had an outlet for charging cameras, GoPros, etc.
The rest of the boat was pretty nice with comfortable outdoor decks, inside saloon, and dining area.
The crew was really good. They were helpful, but good at backing off you wanted some space. They were friendly and a lot of fun.
The dive masters from Emperor were fantastic. Musti and Saad were great leaders. They knew the sites well and managed the boat really well—when you consider that they had just met the crew, it’s really amazing how well it all worked.
Last but not least, the chef (from Emperor) was so wonderful. He cooked up the most delicious meals. Dive boats tend to have good food (or at least not bad food) but this was restaurant quality food. His cooking was the star of the boat!
Would I go on the MY Jessica again? Yeah, probably. Would I dive with Emperor again? Absolutely.