From the Fire a Sea Legend is Born!
Last month we reported the unfortunate fire that took hold and ultimately destroyed the luxury Red Sea liveaboard, Scuba Scene. Thankfully none of the crew and the 19 passengers were injured and were looked after with 5* hotel accommodation and a generous allowance to purchase some essentials and clothes.
Sadly Scuba Scene now lies off the coast of Hurghada…
The managers of Scuba Scene have been searching the Red Sea to find a suitable replacement. Thankfully less than a month since Scuba Scene sank they have taken on M/Y Sea Legend, a liveaboard that offers the same high quality experience.
They are also adding a few of their own touches that made a holiday on Scuba Scene so special: two high powered ribs with ladders and equipment racks; the chefs that serve up sensational restaurant quality food; washer/dryer and warm towels in the winter to name but a few. Of course, the trips wouldn’t be the same without their managers and guides Elke and Ahmed.
Elke Bojanowski aka ‘The Shark Lady’, and owner of the Red Sea Shark Trust will continue with her famous ‘Red Sea Shark Weeks’ and Ahmed Fadel continues to surprise people with his knowledge of the wrecks and reefs of the Red Sea (and dive maps), as well as his Tec Weeks and training.
Passengers who were previously booked on Scuba Scene have been transferred to Sea Legend on the same dates. The Scuba Scene Team is confident that they can maintain the same high standards and deliver holidays that will be as good, if not better than on Scuba Scene.
Oyster Diving Holidays have recommenced bookings on Scuba Scene’s ‘Sea Legend’ and anyone wanting more information can visit their website: www.oysterdiving.com/trip/scuba-scene-sea-legend-red-sea-egypt/
Emperor Divers to work in cooperation with Seven7Seas
Emperor Divers is delighted to have established a new working relationship with Seven7Seas.
The cooperation will see Emperor help to promote the Seven7Seas brand and assist in the running of this hugely-popular, Egypt-based boat.
A five-time winner of the ‘Best Liveaboard in the Red Sea’, Seven7Seas is 41 metres long and has 12 spacious cabins each with en-suite and separate shower room.
The boat’s 5-star service brings great food and facilities and is perfect for exploring the waters with its large dive deck which has individual storage space and dedicated rinse tanks.
One of the most popular aspects of Seven7Seas is the view from the barbecue lounge – where freshly-grilled food is produced – but it also has a large dining room, welcoming bar and beautiful sundeck.
Emperor Divers CEO Alex Bryant said: “We are so happy to have been able to create this cooperation with Seven7Seas.
“She is a beautiful boat and a real favourite with divers in the Red Sea.
“With the reputation and quality Seven7Seas has, coupled with the knowledge and experience possessed by Emperor Divers, we believe by working together we can continue to create special trips for the many divers who already love visiting her and, also, for those yet to find out what a superb liveaboard she is.
“We are really looking forward to developing this relationship and seeing Seven7Seas go from strength to strength.”
Anyone wanting more information on Seven7Seas can visit https://www.emperordivers.com/seven-seas-cooperation/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ross Kemp on… Blue O Two’s Blue Melody
Blue O Two were recently delighted to welcome Ross Kemp on board their award-winning Red Sea liveaboard, Blue Melody. He was filming for his latest documentary series, Ross Kemp: Deep Sea Treasure Hunter, which is now on Sky History on Mondays at 9pm (UK).
The series follows Ross as he explores remnants of some of the most significant moments in British history. During his stay on Blue Melody, he uncovered some of Britain’s Imperial past in the Red Sea.
Other episodes include a visit to the site of one of the most famous shipwrecks ever discovered, the Mary Rose, to mark the 40th anniversary of the ship being raised. Ross and his team also dived abandoned D-Day and Cornish wrecks. Among others in his team, Ross was joined in the Red Sea by marine archaeologist, Mallory Hass, legendary Dive Master, Neil Brock, as well as safety diver, Mark Culwick.
Aside from his many other exploits, Ross is a recognised figure in the UK diving industry. He delighted audiences at Go Diving Show 2023, as one of the speakers.
Mel Hicks, Blue O Two’s customer representative in the Red Sea resort, gave the low down of her experience with Ross.
“I spent the day with him and the crew on Saturday as we had a bus to go around Hurghada and do some filming on land. He got recognized by some Brits on holiday while we were out and was very down to earth and chilled out about it – not like his Eastenders character at all!
I asked him if he gets recognized a lot still and does he mind it. He said not at all. When he’s out drinking, people often like to buy him drinks and have a good knees up, like Grant would do in the Old Vic pub, and only the occasional drunk ones want to try and fight with him.
The crew were constantly joking with him while we were driving around and he took it really well. News got around Hurghada that he was here and he said he would be happy to sign autographs/photos to send to people as he couldn’t make a night out due to prepping for filming.
For his departure transfer me and Teresa did sing the theme tune to Eastenders for him, which if you have ever heard me singing karaoke, it’s not a pleasant experience!”
Poor Ross! And what a lovely chap he is.
Visit www.blueotwo.com to find out more about Blue Melody and the wonders of diving in the Red Sea.