Emperor Divers Egyptian Liveaboards and Dive Centres Reopen for Business
Emperor Divers, one of the most well-established dive operations in the Egyptian Red Sea, is to open the doors of its dive centres and begin liveaboard sailings for the first time since the worldwide coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
The Egyptian government has implemented strict regulations for tourist operations, with inspection and government certification required before activities can resume. The Emperor Divers Red Sea fleet and dive centres have passed the stringent requirements and, with the airports having reopened on 1 July, are ready to resume business.
'We’re pleased to have met all the requirements needed to operate and 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.'
Emperor's operations in the Maldives are expected to resume in the next month, following the reopening of Malé International airport on 15 July and the gradual lifting of travel restrictions between the islands.
'With flights returning to the Maldives and foreign offices easing restrictions, we’re able to announce that we will run a trip on 9 August and ramp up after that,' said Alex Bryant, Emperor's Area Manager for the Maldives. 'Our guests can be confident our teams have been working hard to ensure best practice is being adhered to when they dive with Emperor.'
Like most tour operators, Emperor is keen to return to business as quickly as it is safely possible to do so, but cautions that 'some compromise may be required' while trips are combined to ensure that as many bookings as possible can be fulfilled. '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,' said Emperor’s Commercial Manager, Clare Armstrong.
'The four-month pause has given the reef a good break and means divers can expect to experience some wonderful diving in the coming months,' said Atkinson. 'Our "Fish out of Water" social media posts have been popular, but now our guides can’t wait to welcome their guests back into the water again for the real thing.'