FAQs

Travel Planning

All guests disembark after breakfast or no later than 10:00am on Mondays.

We have a list of hotels that we can recommend in Cairo, Hurghada, The Great Pyramid of Giza and Marsa Alam. To view, click here. We also offer land-based and river cruises. To learn more, click here.

In the U.S., it is best to check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) when arranging your travel plans. Information can be found here. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the appropriate government health agency.

It is required that all divers purchase diving accident insurance. Travel protection insurance is also recommended to help protect you and your trip investment. For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the provider below: 
 
  • Diveassure:  For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance. Included cancellation due to Covid.

Local ground transfers will be provided in Hurghada and Marsa Alam from/to airport/hotel and vessel.

No, prices are the same for divers and non-divers alike.

Payment can be made in cash (USD$ dollar, GBP£ pound sterling , EUR€ Euro, or EGP£ Egyptian pound) or by credit or debit card, if the amount is greater than $25 USD. Credit cards will have a 3 percent surcharge added; debit cards have no surcharge. Sorry, American Express is not accepted.

To view sample itineraries, click here.

The best time is anytime!

Month Hurghada Water Temperature (F/C) Hurghada Air Temperature Day (F/C) Hurghada Air Temperature Night (F/C)
January 73 / 23 70 / 21 50 / 10
February 72 / 22 72 / 22 52 / 11
March 72 / 22 77 / 25 57 / 14
April 73 / 23 82 / 28 63 / 17
May 75 / 24 88 / 31 70 / 21
June 79 / 26 91 / 33 75 / 24
July 81 / 27 93 / 34 77 / 25
August 82 / 28 93 / 34 79 / 26
September 81 / 27 90 / 32 75 / 24
October 81 / 27 86 / 30 68 / 20
November 79 / 26 81 / 27 61 / 16
December 75 / 24 73 / 23 54 / 12
Month Marsa Alam Water Temperature (F/C) Marsa Alam Air Temperature Day (F/C) Marsa Alam Air Temperature Night (F/C)
January 73 / 23 73 / 23 55 / 13
February 72 / 22 75 / 24 57 / 14
March 73 / 23 81 / 27 61 / 16
April 73 / 23 86 / 30 68 / 20
May 77 / 25 90 / 32 73 / 23
June 81 / 27 93 / 34 77 / 25
July 82 / 28 95 / 35 77 / 25
August 84 / 29 93 / 35 79 / 26
September 82 / 28 93 / 34 77 / 25
October 81 / 27 90 / 32 72 / 22
November 79 / 26 81 / 27 64 / 18
December 75 / 24 77 / 25 59 / 15

The atmosphere on board the All Star Red Sea is always relaxed and casual. You’ll spend your days in bathing suits and casual wear. Bring shorts or pants, T-shirts and a windbreaker. Also bring a pair of sandals, hat, sunscreen (reef-safe) and sunglasses. In winter, a sweatshirt or sweater is advisable. Click here for a checklist.

The liveaboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crew member’s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. A gratuity of 15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the cruise director of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Egypt implemented a 14% VAT (Value Added Tax) which went into effect on February 1, 2022. The amount of $160 USD is collected on board.

Payments can be made on board, payable in cash (USD$ dollar, GBP£ pound sterling , EUR€ Euro, or EGP£ Egyptian pound) or by credit/debit card, if the amount is greater than $25 USD. Credit cards will have a 3 percent surcharge added; debit cards have no surcharge. American Express is not accepted.

If a guest arrives later than 5:00pm there is a very good chance the boat will have already departed. We highly recommend arriving a day early and purchasing trip insurance in the event there are issues with your travel plans or you have to cancel.

In the event you have delays in your travels, or missed the boat, please contact us as soon as possible to find out if there are any ways to connect with the vessel. The U.S. Reservations Office can take your calls Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST at (U.S. and Canada) 800.327.9600 or (Worldwide) 954.734.7111.

For travel planning, boarding begins at 5:00pm departure. Please plan your flights accordingly so that you may board as close to this time as possible.

Universal Time Coordinate (UTC) +02:00. UTC was formerly known at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

A passport and a visa are needed to enter Egypt. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry into Egypt. A visa can be purchased at the airport for $25 USD. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the appropriate consulate regarding passports and visas.

Currency can be exchanged at most major hotels. ATMs can also be found at the airport or marinas. Some restaurants and retailers will accept USD$ dollar or EU€ Euro, just double-check the exchange rate first.

Divers will need money or a credit/debit card for rental equipment, dive courses, alcoholic beverages, gratuities – including the dive boat crew gratuity, and Egypt VAT (Value Added Tax) which went into effect on February 1, 2022.

Payments can be made on board, payable in cash (USD$ dollar, GBP£ pound sterling , EUR€ Euro, or EGP£ Egyptian pound) or by credit/debit card, if the amount is greater than $25 USD. Credit cards will have a 3 percent surcharge added; debit cards have no surcharge. American Express is not accepted.

Policies

More than 9 months from departure, a refund less 5% cancellation fee. Within 9 months of departure, payment is forfeited unless the vessel departs full, then a full refund will be issued less a 5% service fee.

COVID cancellations:  If borders are closed at the time of travel, then a rebooking will be allowed. If a guest tests positive prior to arrival and is not permitted to travel, a rebook will be allowed. A positive test result within 5 days of trip date must be provided. All rebooked trips will be reinvoiced and any difference in fare and fees will be assessed.

We require a deposit of $500.00 to confirm your reservation within seven (7) days. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, personal check, money order and wire transfers.

In the U.S., it is best to check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) when arranging your travel plans. Information can be found here. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the appropriate government health agency.

No, prices are the same for divers and non-divers alike.

There is a 10% of trip price fee for Egypt ‘s VAT (Value Added Tax) which went into effect on February 1, 2022.   This will be collected onboard.

Diving

Depending on the itinerary, divers can see hammerheads, silkys, silvertips, grey reef, oceanic whitetips, threshers and whale sharks. As with nature, sightings cannot be guaranteed. For more information on itineraries, click here.

Yes, with prior arrangements, you can rent dive gear. For rental rates, click here. Please request these items on your Trip Application. Payment is made while on board. All rentals must be arranged prior to departure.

There are two dive guides onboard. The instructors/divemasters on board give a good in-depth briefing before each dive, describing the topography, conditions, the current (if any), depth and include a visual aid. If you would like a guided dive, please advise the instructor that you would like to follow him/her prior to the dive.

By all means, yes. There will always be a diving buddy for you. Many of our passengers come aboard as singles and it’s a great way to meet other likeminded adventure travelers who love to dive!

Side mount diving is possible. Bring your BCD with you to accommodate this setup. We can provide an 80 CF (12L) tanks. For more information on rental equipment, click here.

Yes, rebreather diving is permitted. All Star Red Sea does not have any available for rent, but we can provide the lime scrubbers and an oxygen tank. Cost may vary depending on product needed.

Yes, you can complete your Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification on board. For dive instruction details, click here. 

All Star Red Sea divers must be Advanced Open Water (AOW) (or equivalent) and/or Deep Diver Speciality (or equivalent) certified to fully enjoy the dive trips.

The Northern Red Sea and the Straits of Tiran are suitable for a wide range of divers. However, the Central, South and Deep South Red Sea require AOW and Deep Diver Speciality skills.

If you are a certified diver, yes you can. Be sure to bring your certification card (c-card) with you; we’ll need to see it prior to your diving.

All Star Red Sea divers must be Advanced Open Water (AOW) (or equivalent) and/or Deep Diver Speciality certified (or equivalent).  If you are not AOW, you can complete your certification on board. For dive instruction details, click here. 

In the Northern Region, a diver’s skill level can range from beginner to experienced Advanced Open Water certified (or equivalent). However, Scuba Scene requires at minimum AOW certification for divers to fully enjoy the majority of Red Sea dives. 

Nitrox and Wreck Specialty certifications (or equivalent) aren’t mandatory but useful. The suggested minimum number of dives logged dives prior to arrival is 30. In the Southern Region, dive sites require an experienced diver skill level with an Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification (or equivalent). While a Deep Dive Specialty (or equivalent) is not mandatory, it is useful to reach depths over 130 feet (40m). The suggested logged dives before arriving is a minimum of 50 with 100 or more preferred.

A Medical Form is required. Instruction and certifications may be available on board. Please indicate the type of dive instruction desired on your Trip Application. For dive instruction details, click here.

Solo dive certification is required for those divers who wish to dive alone. You must have the requisite solo dive gear. Otherwise you will be buddied up with another diver.

Yes, we have 3 x 250 liter air compressors and one Nitrox 1 x 450 liter.

Yes. Please indicate the type of dive instruction desired on your Trip Application.

If you are not Advanced Open Water (AOW) certified (or equivalent) — required for All Star Red Sea dive trips — you can complete your certification on board. For dive instruction details, click here. Prior arrangements are recommended and a Medical Form is required for those taking a training course.

Wetsuit needs are very personal so we provide you with the water temperatures for the northern and southern regions. Wetsuits (5mm long) can be rented. For more information on rental equipment, click here. Please indicate the type of dive equipment desired on your Trip Application.

Month Hurghada Water Temperature (F/C) Hurghada Air Temperature Day (F/C) Hurghada Air Temperature Night (F/C)
January 73 / 23 70 / 21 50 / 10
February 72 / 22 72 / 22 52 / 11
March 72 / 22 77 / 25 57 / 14
April 73 / 23 82 / 28 63 / 17
May 75 / 24 88 / 31 70 / 21
June 79 / 26 91 / 33 75 / 24
July 81 / 27 93 / 34 77 / 25
August 82 / 28 93 / 34 79 / 26
September 81 / 27 90 / 32 75 / 24
October 81 / 27 86 / 30 68 / 20
November 79 / 26 81 / 27 61 / 16
December 75 / 24 73 / 23 54 / 12
Month Marsa Alam Water Temperature (F/C) Marsa Alam Air Temperature Day (F/C) Marsa Alam Air Temperature Night (F/C)
January 73 / 23 73 / 23 55 / 13
February 72 / 22 75 / 24 57 / 14
March 73 / 23 81 / 27 61 / 16
April 73 / 23 86 / 30 68 / 20
May 77 / 25 90 / 32 73 / 23
June 81 / 27 93 / 34 77 / 25
July 82 / 28 95 / 35 77 / 25
August 84 / 29 93 / 35 79 / 26
September 82 / 28 93 / 34 77 / 25
October 81 / 27 90 / 32 72 / 22
November 79 / 26 81 / 27 64 / 18
December 75 / 24 77 / 25 59 / 15

It is required that all divers purchase diving accident insurance. Travel protection insurance is also recommended to help protect you and your trip investment. For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the provider below: 
 
  • Diveassure:  For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance. Included cancellation due to Covid.

Diving is primarily done from tenders. Certain sites or conditions may allow for diving from All Star Red Sea.

Three dives are offered daily plus night dives when possible. Night dives are not offered from certain marine parks, primarily the offshore areas such as Brothers or Daedalus.

The number of night dives will vary depending on itinerary. There is typically at least one night dive offered per week with more being offered on select southern itineraries. Two light sources are required for night dives.You may rent a dive light (torch) on board by the week. For more information on rental equipment, click here.

A surface marker buoy (SMB) is required.

Month Hurghada Water Temperature (F/C) Hurghada Air Temperature Day (F/C) Hurghada Air Temperature Night (F/C)
January 73 / 23 70 / 21 50 / 10
February 72 / 22 72 / 22 52 / 11
March 72 / 22 77 / 25 57 / 14
April 73 / 23 82 / 28 63 / 17
May 75 / 24 88 / 31 70 / 21
June 79 / 26 91 / 33 75 / 24
July 81 / 27 93 / 34 77 / 25
August 82 / 28 93 / 34 79 / 26
September 81 / 27 90 / 32 75 / 24
October 81 / 27 86 / 30 68 / 20
November 79 / 26 81 / 27 61 / 16
December 75 / 24 73 / 23 54 / 12
Month Marsa Alam Water Temperature (F/C) Marsa Alam Air Temperature Day (F/C) Marsa Alam Air Temperature Night (F/C)
January 73 / 23 73 / 23 55 / 13
February 72 / 22 75 / 24 57 / 14
March 73 / 23 81 / 27 61 / 16
April 73 / 23 86 / 30 68 / 20
May 77 / 25 90 / 32 73 / 23
June 81 / 27 93 / 34 77 / 25
July 82 / 28 95 / 35 77 / 25
August 84 / 29 93 / 35 79 / 26
September 82 / 28 93 / 34 77 / 25
October 81 / 27 90 / 32 72 / 22
November 79 / 26 81 / 27 64 / 18
December 75 / 24 77 / 25 59 / 15

The tenders are customized with a tank rack down the center, a ladder for easier exit from the water and ample space for gearing up.

Yes, nitrox is available. For more information, click here. Nitrox is 32% and membrane blended. Other gas mixes available. Get nitrox certified while on board! For details on the course, click here. A Medical Form is required.

We provide tanks and weightbelts. If other gear is needed, it can be rented. Every diver is required to have a surface market buoy (SMB) and reel. For more information on rental equipment, click here. Please request rental items on your Trip Application.

Amazing. To fully enjoy the majority of Red Sea dives, All Star Red Sea divers must be Advanced Open Water (AOW) (or equivalent) and/or Deep Diver Speciality (or equivalent) certified.  If you are not AOW, you can complete your certification on board. For dive instruction details, click here.

For more information on dive experiences, click here.

In the Northern Region, a diver’s skill level can range from beginner to experienced Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification (or equivalent).

All Star Red Sea divers must be PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) certified (or equivalent). If you are not AOW, you can complete your certification on board. For dive instruction details, click here. 

Nitrox and Wreck Specialty certifications (or equivalent) aren’t mandatory but useful. The suggested minimum number of dives logged dives prior to arrival is 30. In the Southern Region to fully enjoy the dive sites, an experienced diver skill level – an Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification (or equivalent) is required. While a Deep Dive Specialty (or equivalent) is not mandatory, it is useful to reach depths over 130 feet (40m). The suggested logged dives before arriving is a minimum of 50 with 100 or more preferred.

We provide 80 CF (12L) dive tanks. Additional tanks over limit are $51.00 per week. Upgrade to 100 CF (15L) at $57.00 per week. Tec divers may also rent 100 CF (15L), 80 CF (12L) or 50 CF (6L) stage with rigging. For more information on rental equipment, click here.

The tanks are equipped with yoke and DIN valves and we have adaptors available.

On Board

A selection of complimentary beverages includes water, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on board.

Yes, each cabin and suite has its own adjustable temperature controlled air conditioning.

Fishing is not offered aboard All Star Red Sea.

Yes! The sun’s rays are very strong year-round so bring lotion, hats, sunglasses and UV clothing. We do offer a sun shade over the top deck when needed.

All Star Red Sea’s itineraries are dive or kitesurfing focused. Select itineraries may allow for snorkeling a couple times throughout the week.

Yes, we have a TV, music sound system and DVD player in the salon on the upper deck.

The All Star Red Sea liveaboard features four decks and is 159 feet (48.5m) long and 34.5 feet (10.5m) wide.

Electricity on All Star Red Sea is 220v with all international sockets. All of the outlets onboard are universal outlets. Items can be recharged in your cabin or in the common areas. Devices should not be left unattended while charging in your cabin. Furthermore, each cabin and suite are equipped with USB and USB-C sockets as well, for charging.

Up to 13-14 crew members ensure guests are well taken care of during your stay.

A maximum of 28 guests can be accommodated in 14 cabins. The two single cabins have two twin beds.

The liveaboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crew member’s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. A gratuity of 15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the cruise director of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Egypt implemented a 14% VAT (Value Added Tax) which went into effect on February 1, 2022. The amount of $160 USD is collected on board.

Payments can be made on board, payable in cash (USD$ dollar, GBP£ pound sterling , EUR€ Euro, or EGP£ Egyptian pound) or by credit/debit card, if the amount is greater than $25 USD. Credit cards will have a 3 percent surcharge added; debit cards have no surcharge. American Express is not accepted.

Smoking is only permitted on the top deck and outdoor salon where receptacles for butt disposal are located. Please do not throw them overboard into the sea.

We recommend that guests that wish to photo edit on board bring their own computer as software differs for each camera.

We provide a storage area for your dive gear on the dive deck and your luggage can be stored in your cabin or suite.

Yes, there is ample fresh water onboard. All Star Red Sea has a 45,300 liter (16 ton) tank and water making capacity of 56,600 liters (20 tons) per day.

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Yes. Connectivity on board is minimal thru our Wi-Fi system when not in port. Be sure to activate your international calling plan prior to arrival.

All Star Red Sea features 10 twin bed cabin* (#1-6 and #9-12) and 4 king-bed suites (#13-16) each feature, universal outlets (not UK) and a USB port, a private bathroom and adjustable temperature controlled air conditioning. Cabins #1-4, 9, 10, 13 and 14 can be converted to suites by pushing the twin beds together.

On All Star Red Sea, three (3) meals are served daily in our restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. Dinner offers a buffet-style salad, with a plated appetizer, dinner and dessert. Snacks are also offered.

The menu features world cuisine including local Egyptian dishes.

To view sample menus, click here. A selection of complimentary beverages includes water, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on board.

Payment can be made in cash (USD$ dollar, GBP£ pound sterling , EUR€ Euro, or EGP£ Egyptian pound) or by credit or debit card, if the amount is greater than $25 USD. Credit cards will have a 3 percent surcharge added; debit cards have no surcharge. Sorry, American Express is not accepted.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are pretty easy to work with as well as allergies so let us know upon booking if you require special meals.

Please remember that you are participating in an adventure travel vacation that is occurring in a remote part of the world. Many of the modern conveniences, brands and pre-packaged goods we use at home are not available in remote destinations. As such, many special requests that are very specific may be difficult to accommodate.

Finally, if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special life event, please let us know. Our crew stands ready to assist you in making your special day something to remember.

The boat is equipped with a satellite phone that is only to be used for emergencies. If someone needs to get in contact with you because of a true emergency, contact our U.S. Reservations Office and we will relay the message. The U.S. Reservations Office can take your calls Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST at (U.S. and Canada) 800.327.9600 or Worldwide 954.734.7111.

Dive liveaboard cruising is an appealing alternative to conventional land based dive vacations and larger cruise ships. We offer a richer travel experience – one that goes beyond the typical tourist sites. Aboard All Star Red Sea you’ll get to experience a week of luxury, delicious meals and great diving. With its size, diversity and expanse, this is the absolute best way to dive Red Sea!

The liveaboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crew member’s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. A gratuity of 15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the cruise director of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Payments can be made on board, payable in cash (USD$ dollar, GBP£ pound sterling , EUR€ Euro, or EGP£ Egyptian pound) or by credit/debit card, if the amount is greater than $25 USD. Credit cards will have a 3 percent surcharge added; debit cards have no surcharge. American Express is not accepted.

Our staff is multi-lingual including English, Arabic and German. With advance notice, we can accommodate Spanish, French and Russian.

Motion sickness medication should be brought along in the event that we encounter rough seas. We want you to be comfortable. The boat will spend the night in calm anchorages and normally scuba diving will be done from tenders. The best thing about a liveaboard diving vacation is that we can flex our schedule to go where the weather and conditions are best!

Miscellaneous

Drones are strictly prohibited in Egypt. If found, the drone will likely be confiscated.

We provide a storage area for your dive gear on the dive deck and your luggage can be stored in your cabin or suite.

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