It’s a first for Emperor Divers:
First post-lockdown liveaboard sets sail to coincide with flights returning to Egypt and the Maldives
Emperor Divers have been working hard to prepare for the arrival of guests on their liveaboards and dive centres.
Following the strict regulations laid down by the local authorities and WHO, Emperor Divers are delighted to say their boats and centres have now been certified to begin operations again.
“We’re pleased to have met all the requirements needed to operate and have passed the Egyptian Health Authorities’ thorough inspections,” said Luke Atkinson, Emperor’s General Manager in Egypt.“But to ensure we’ve got it right, we decided to go one step further and this week have run a trial trip for a few lucky guests who managed to fly in from Switzerland. It gave our crews the opportunity to train and learn best practice with a limited number of guests which we feel has been very useful.”
“With flights returning to the Maldives on 15 July and foreign offices easing restrictions, we’re able to announce that we will run a trip on 09 August and ramp up after that. Our guests can be confident our teams have been working hard to ensure best practice is being adhered to when they dive with Emperor,” said Alex Bryant, Area Manager for the Maldives.
Emperor are keen to work with their guests to try and provide the best diving experience possible but admit that, in the near to mid future, some compromise may be required while they combine trips to ensure as many people as possible can be catered for. As Clare Armstrong, Emperor’s Commercial Manager pointed out, “Flight arrival days may have changed so we may have to re-route some trips to pop back into port to pick up guests but our guides will make sure no dives are missed.“
The 4 month pause has given the reefs a good break and means divers can expect to experience some wonderful diving in the coming months. “Our ‘Fish out of Water’ social media posts have been popular,” said Luke, “but now our guides can’t wait to welcome their guests back into the water again for the real thing.”