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EMPEROR EXPLORER I NOV - DEC 2021 I BEST OF THE MALDIVES

EMPEROR EXPLORER I NOV - DEC 2021 I BEST OF THE MALDIVES
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The Emperor Explorer is a fabulous new, reasonably-priced Maldivian boat combining onboard spa and stunning relaxation areas with world-class dive itineraries. Free nitrox, complimentary wine with dinner, WIFI available.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 18 Dives
  • Languages spoken on board - English, others available on request
  • North & South Ari, South Male, Vaavu, North Male, Rasdhoo
  • Explore amazing reefs and soft corals, drift dive kandus, feel the current in thilas
  • Manta cleaning stations, whale sharks, hammerhead, reef & guitar sharks
  • Families welcome
  • Non divers get free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board. 
  • Free nitrox.
  • Rental equipment and dive courses available
  • BBQ on a deserted beach

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from dhoni
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox (Free)
  • Battery Charging Station 
  • Wi-Fi ($) Course ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Snorkelling. Land Excursions
  • Air Con. TV/Lounge area. UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets. Library. Board Games
  • En-Suite Bathroom. Toiletries. Massage Service/Spa facility ($)
  • Buffet. Vegetarian Food. Gluten Free Food.
  • Alcohol and soft drinks available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board - Visa. Mastercard. Cash 
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio. Nautilus Lifeline
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Dates available
Departure: 31/10/2021
Arrival: 07/11/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 24
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 07/11/2021
Arrival: 14/11/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 23
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 14/11/2021
Arrival: 21/11/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 25
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Departure: 21/11/2021
Arrival: 28/11/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 25
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 28/11/2021
Arrival: 05/12/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 26
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 05/12/2021
Arrival: 12/12/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 22
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 12/12/2021
Arrival: 19/12/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 23
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31/10/2021 07/11/2021 7 nights 24 Male - Male
07/11/2021 14/11/2021 7 nights 23 Male - Male
14/11/2021 21/11/2021 7 nights 25 Male - Male
21/11/2021 28/11/2021 7 nights 25 Male - Male
28/11/2021 05/12/2021 7 nights 26 Male - Male
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12/12/2021 19/12/2021 7 nights 23 Male - Male

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OUR BOAT

The newest addition to the Emperor fleet, the 42 metre Emperor Explorer is in a class of her own, she is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and a high standard of service is the norm and can be compared to a boutique hotel.

OUR CABINS

Emperor Explorer easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 luxurious well-appointed ensuite cabins all feature a private en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, individually controlled AC and fan, storage space and charging ports.

The upper deck has 4 cabins - 2 queen-sized double bed cabins and 2 twin bed (side-by-side), the main deck has 2 cabins with king sized beds and a single bed and on the lower deck are 5 cabins with king sized bed and a single bed and 2 cabins with queen sized bed.

Single Travellers Guarantee: We guarantee same sex cabin share on Emperor Explorer. If we can't 'room' you with someone of the same sex and a cabin is free then we will give you a cabin to yourself with no single supplement.

AMENITIES

Emperor Explorer Maldives has numerous social and relaxation areas around the boat. On the upper deck you will find a covered, open-sided area ideal for reviewing photos and video footage from your dives or just relaxing, star-gazing and soaking up the wonderful ambience  of the Maldives.

On the top deck is a large sundeck with loungers, ideal for soaking up the sun or having a well-earned nap in-between dives.You will also find a jacuzzi to relax in and watch the world float by. On the main deck is a spacious air-conditioned salon with sofas and TV, and delicious home-cooked meals with a complimentary glass of wine at dinner are served at the al-fresco dining area located at the stern. Vegetarian and gluten free food is also available on board this fantastic liveaboard.   

DIVING WITH US 

Emperor Explorer schedules year-round world class dive safaris in the Maldives. Choose from the 'Best of the Maldives' or 'Northern Hi-Lights' itineraries, to truly experience the magic of the Maldive Atolls. 

The Northern Hi-Lights cruise is available from July - October and offers some of the best channel diving in the area, as well as a diverse mix of marine life, such as sharks, turtles, mantas and cool macro critters. The Best of the Maldives itinerary delivers 7-days of fantastic diving at the iconic sites of the North and South Male Atolls and Ari Atoll. 

Diving takes place from the accompanying dhoni, which has plenty of space for gear storage, kitting up and makes getting to and from the dive sites hassle-free. Complimentary nitrox is available for certified divers. Non-divers are also welcome and receive a free snorkelling kit and a $50 voucher to spend onboard.

LOWER DECK - QUEEN BED

Double Cabin with an ensuite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and a fan. Hairdryers are available on request.

  • Room size: —
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  No

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LOWER DECK - KING BED AND SINGLE BED

Double cabin with an en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and a fan. Hairdryers are available on board by request. If you are travelling alone, this cabin can be booked on a share basis with one guest using the double bed and the other the single. When the cabin is booked by a couple, the single bed can be used as a sofa.

  • Room size: —
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Beds: 1 King + 1 Single
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

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MAIN DECK - KING BED AND SINGLE BED

Double cabin with an en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and a fan. Hairdryers are available on board by request. If you are travelling alone, this cabin can be booked on a share basis with one guest using the double bed and the other the single. When the cabin is booked by a couple, the single bed can be used as a sofa.

  • Room size: —
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Beds: 1 King + 1 Single
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

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UPPER DECK -  KING BED AND SINGLE BED

Double cabin twin beds with an en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and a fan. Hairdryers are available on board by request. If you are travelling alone, this cabin can be booked on a share basis with one guest. 

  • Room size: —
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 2 twin beds
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

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UPPER DECK - QUEEN BED SUITE

Double Cabin Suite with an en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and a fan. Hairdryers are available on request.

  • Room size: —
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  No

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Male and ends in Male
  • The closest airport is Male Intl (MLE)
  • Pickup time at the airport is in the morning. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • A representative of the Liveaboard will be waiting for you and will arrange transfers from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 and are free of charge.

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Check in on the boat is according to your flights.
  • The boat departs Male in the morning on the same day
  • Towels are included, toiletries are not included
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash 

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Male in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 07:00 on the last day.
  • Airport drop-off time is around 07:00

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Emperor arrange transfers from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 and are free of charge.
  • Guests who use the 11:00 transfer accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready. A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch.
  • If you do not wish to wait for one of the above transfers or you arrive after the last transfer, taxis are available at the airport for around $15, our airport representative will be happy to help you, however please note that boarding may not be possible before 13:00.
  • Guests arriving at Male Airport on the check-in day will be met by a representative, wearing an Emperor Maldives T-shirt and holding an Emperor Maldives sign.
  • The meeting point is beside the Help Desk
  • If you are already in the Maldives, you should make your way to the airport for the 16:00 transfer.
  • After the trip - Transfer direct to the airport - guests can opt to use the airport lounge (more information can be found: Plaza Premium Lounge) or store their bags in a lockup at the airport and spend time in Male, independently and at their leisure.
  • Longer waiting times (i.e. PM flights), guests can request to their Cruise Director onboard, day use at a hotel in Hulhumale, payable directly to the hotel on arrival.
  • All equipment and tanks must be pre-ordered.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Aprox. 17 - 18 Dives
  • Level required: Open Water
  • You should be comfortable with drift dives.
  • Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.
  • Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.
  • Dive the best and most iconic dive sites of the Maldives in just 10 days, across the Male and Ari atolls
  • A good chance to see mantas, whale sharks and mesmerising marine life of so many varieties, with visits to several cleaning stations 
  • The visibility is excellent and the water is warm, allowing for extended bottom times, and magical night dives are also available on this trip
  • Stop off at a local island for a BBQ supper (weather permitting)

PROGRAM

DÍA 1

  • Safety Briefing,  Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. 
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DÍA 2 - 6

  • Enjoy your full board liveaboard cruise
  • During the week we will dive the best dive spots in the itinerary

DÍA 7

  • Last diving day. 2 dives in the morning
  • Dinner on board
  • Visit to Male city

DÍA 8

  • Breakfast on board
  • Check out 
  • Transfer to the airport

DIVE ROUTE

Rasdhoo Atoll

  • The small atoll of Rasdhoo lies off the northeastern corner of Ari Atoll proper. The atoll's main island, is the administrative capital of North Ari Atoll, despite not being within the natural atoll itself. Good chance to see mantas on various dive sites throughout the year.
  • Madivaru (Hukrueli Faru) is home to a very colorful coral reef. The site is named for the abundance of manta rays seen here during the northeast monsoon season. Depths range from 25 feet to almost 100 feet, making the dive particularly interesting and varied. Manta rays are attracted to Madivaru because of the strong currents that form a whirlpool effect in the deeper parts of the site, where the manta rays can hover over the currents. The mantas are also attracted to the several cleaning stations located around Madivaru.
  • Hammerhead Point is a popular dive site. Its proximity to deep waters lends the location the best chances of getting close to these magnificent creatures. Often considered to be the highlight of many Maldives liveaboard trips.

Ari Atoll 

  • Ari Atoll is one of natural atolls of the Maldives. It is one of the biggest atolls and is located in the west of the archipelago. 
  • Hafsa Thila is known for its grey reef shark cleaning station, this site is like fish soup. Pick the side with the current, drop in and swim through the fish until you see the pinnacle. If the sharks are already on top of the pinnacle then simply stay there mesmerised by the sharks in circle. Dog-tooth tuna, bonito and giant travelly shepherd the thousands of fusiliers, which creates quite a spectacle when the bonito finally decide to go for the kill and when the others follow suit you can feel the energy of thousands of fish accelerating in unison.
  • Maaya Thila is one of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives and is known as a great spot for both daytime and night-time scuba diving. The marine life depends largely on the currents, which vary greatly; when the currents are not strong, it is an easy dive site, suitable for less experienced divers, but when currents are strong Maaya Thila is recommended for only advanced divers and they will need to use a surface balloon.
  • Maaya Thila is most famous for the white tip reef sharks that can nearly always be seen here, both during the day and night. A night dive at Maaya Thila also allows divers to encounter moray eels, turtles, octopus and stonefish.
  • Gangehi Kandu is recommended only for advanced scuba divers. Currents here can also be an issue, and the site should only be dived when the currents are flowing into the site. Gangehi Kandu is known as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives for spotting sharks, including gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and the occasional leopard shark. Coral formations at this dive site are particularly colorful, and divers here can expect to see moray eels, nudibranch, mantis shrimp and trigger fish. Large pelagic species are also frequent visitors to the site.
  • Maalhos Thila is only suitable for experienced scuba divers because the best part of the dive site lies deeper than 25 metres. Several coral heads about 28 metres below the surface, all of which are covered with beautiful corals. Common visitors to the reef here include oriental sweetlips, white tip reef sharks and blue-lined snappers. Because of the strong currents at Maalhos Thila, a safety balloon must be deployed here to ensure the divers' safety.
  • Mushi Mas Mingili Thila (Fish Head) is one of the most popular dive sites in Maldives. Prior to the site being declared an official Protected Marine Area by the Maldivian Government it was a common shark feeding spot among scuba divers. Marine life typically seen includes gray reef sharks, white tips, napoleon wrasse, jacks and tuna.
  • Maamigili Beyru 11km of reef stretches along the south of Ari Atoll, which is home to whalesharks coming up for a feed. Thought to be a 'nursery' for whalesharks, the South of Ari Atoll is a place where you can find juvenile whalesharks all year round. Normally, if we find one, we snorkel with it but sometimes we get lucky and see them on the dive too!
  • Rangali Madivaru, Manta Point is one of the best manta cleaning stations in the Maldives during the north east monsoon (December - April). This long stretch of reef starts at 8m going down to a sandy bottom at 24m - 30m. Teeming with cleaner wrasse as well at moray eels, scorpion leaf fish and lionfish. mantas come in for a clean after having a feed, a great site for getting photos of mantas with good light.
  • Rahdhiga Thila is a beautiful pinnacle just 10 minutes from Rahdhiga Island and a popular stop for the 'BBQ on the Beach' under the stars. Rahdhiga Thila is impressive from the second you swim down to 30m to look at some grey reef sharks, then moving up to the overhangs with their beautiful dripping blue, yellow and orange soft coral between 8m and 18m. Then finish the dive at 3m to 6m with some impressive table-top coral for a pleasantly relaxing safety stop.
  • Broken Rock named for a large broken rock at the center of this dive site, is home to a beautiful array of soft and hard coral formations that attract a wide variety of reef. Where the rock is broken, there is a channel that divers can swim through, giving the dive an interesting dimension. Broken Rock varies in depth from 40 to 100 feet. Sometimes, there can be very strong currents, so divers should be cautious to avoid being thrown against the coral. Common sightings include the puffer fish, trigger fish, moray eels and napoleon wrasse.
  • Kudarah Thila declared a "Protected Marine Area" by the Maldivian government, is a popular dive site which enjoys many incoming currents. Coral reef formations are bright and colorful, including a variety of soft and hard corals. There are actually four pinnacles, which can be all visited in one dive. A swim-through at the south-east corner of the dive site makes this a particularly popular dive, as does the rich variety of marine life, which typically includes trumpet fish, snapper, gobies, dartfish, oriental sweetlips and groupers. A little further away from the reef, divers are likely to see gray reef sharks, napoleon fish and sea turtles.
  • Pannettone (Kalhahandi Kandu) has earned the nickname from the many Italian divers who believe it resembles the traditional Italian fruitcake. It is an attractive dive site, recommended mainly for advanced scuba divers, except for when the currents are not strong. There are some spectacular coral formations here, featuring a variety of soft and hard coral species, which attract a wide selection of fish including angelfish, basslets, butterfly fish, scorpion fish, trigger fish, puffer fish and . The corals here are in good condition and weather conditions at Pannettone mean the dive site can be explored year-round.

South Male

  • The atoll of South Male is separated from North Male by the Vaadhoo Kandu channel. Channel diving is a major feature of diving in South Male. These channels, whilst currents can be challenging, do bring an abundance of nutrients to feed and attract all types of marine life. 
  • Kandooma Thila is a magnificent long thin pinnacle in the middle of a channel between Cocoa Corner and Kandooma Island Resort, this is one of the few channels in the Maldives where it doesn't matter which way the current is going - it will be a spectacular dive! Grey reef sharks and eagle rays are likely companions here. Due to its position in the channel, this is a dive site for advanced divers who understand the current. Magnificent overhangs with draping colourful soft coral and shark cleaning stations await those who dive this challenging but rewarding dive site.
  • Kuda Giri Wreck is a beautiful 30m long wreck lies along the side of a small pinnacle in South Male Atoll, sloping from 18m down to 33m at the stern. A great dive for macro lovers with the wreck having leaf fish, false-cheeked pipefish and other interesting little creatures to entertain. Explore the wreck and then work your way over to the shallow pinnacle that has an interesting overhang and little swim-throughs as well as a good coral garden at 5m where you can finish your safety stop.
  • Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila) is a dive site that can be explored in several different ways and with the right current and conditions, it's is the best shark show around Male Atoll. With the right current, divers begin the dive from Cocoa Corner and while maintaining a depth of 25 to 29 metres, they swim across the current while parallel to the edge at 40 metres. This gives a natural reference that divers are maintaining the correct position while crossing to the Thila and divers are not taken too far inside the channel. The Thila lies in the middle of the channel about 15 metres from the channel edge. Here, divers will see heaps of Grey Reef Sharks from big mother sharks to newborn babies patrolling the edge of the channel together. Eagle Rays and schooling Jack Fish are also common at the beginning of the Thila. By the time divers reach the Thila, their bottom time should be running out and the best thing to do is to swim to the top of the Thila and continue diving in shallower waters. A safety balloon is a must at Cocoa Corner and divers should be prepared to make an open water safety stop.
  • Guraidhoo Kandu South have strong corrents, making this a dive site appropriate only for advanced, experienced scuba divers. Gray reef sharks are common visitors when the currents are incoming, along with several pelagic species and eagle rays.

Vaavu Atoll

  • Vaavu (or Felidhoo) Atoll is an undeveloped paradise comprised of 19 beautiful isles and the natural atolls of Felidhoo Atoll and the Vattaru Reef. It is the smallest and among the least commercialised atolls in the Maldives. The pristine, warm waters here are teeming with fish and larger marine life providing superb diving for both beginners and advanced divers.
  • Fotteyo Kandu is one of Maldives' best dive sites. This dive site is at its best between January to April, a time when the currents predominantly come into the atolls from the east and brings a copious diversity of fish life looking to feast. This narrow channel entrance is covered in colourful soft corals leading to an overhanging drop-off with more beautiful soft corals draping in the blue to finally reach the pinnacle in the middle of the channel. Like most channel dives in the Maldives, this formation allows for an extended dive time for you to explore the swim-throughs, small caves and gaze out into the blue for eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, tuna, barracuda and the occasional hammerhead.
  • Bodu Miyaru Kandu, or 'Big Shark Channel', is another top dive site and certainly lives up to its name. Dropping in at the south eastern corner you keep the reef on your left until you reach the drop off at the channel entrance which is approximately 30 metres deep. This site features small caves and numerous overhangs, and there is a sloping section on the left side of the channel covered in hard coral and some soft coral.

North Male Atoll 

  • North Male Atoll is one of the most developed atolls in terms of hotel and resort development. It is also home to some excellent diving spots.
  • Lankan Manta Point is a large block of coral home to hundreds of cleaner wrasse. During the south west monsoon (May to November) the current runs from west to east, so the mantas feed on the outside of the eastern side of the Atolls. After they have had a feed, they come into cleaning stations to get cleaned by the cleaner wrasse; a perfect chance for divers to get up close and personal with these majestic mantas.
  • Banana Reef was the first dive site to be discovered in the Maldives continues to be one of the most popular. The dive, which ranges in depth from 5 to 30 meters, has several interesting characteristics including a pinnacle and some overhangs. Coral formations here are prolific and colorful, attracting an extensive variety of fish, including squirrelfish, bannerfish and oriental sweetlips. Currents can be strong, with occasional turbulence occurring around the overhangs, the use of a surface balloon is recommended.
  • Kuda Haa is a dramatic pinnacle, or thila, considered one of the highlights of diving in the Maldives. Diving at Kuda Haa is at its best when the currents are not strong, when it is easy to navigate between the two parts of the pinnacle. Marine life to be expected at Kuda Haa is diverse and plentiful, including many macro species, including nudibranchs, flatworms, leaf fish and frogfish.

INCLUDED 

  • Full-Board Plan including: All meals, Snacks between dives, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, 1 glass of Wine with Dinner,
  • Beach BBQ 
  • Green fees
  • Service fees
  • Domestic flights
  • Dive guides
  • Weight belts 
  • Airport Transfers 
  • Nitrox (For certified divers only)
  • 50 USD voucher to spend on board (Only for Non Divers)

NOT INCLUDED

  • 12% Maldivian GST (on onboard purchases)
  • Full scuba set: EUR 276 (per week)
  • 15 liter tanks: EUR 83 (per week)
  • Flashlight (torch): EUR 83 (per week)
  • Scuba Diving Courses
  • Gratuities for the crew
  • Massage, Spa treatments.
  • Hotel Transfer, 
  • Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, 
  • Nitrox Course, 
  • Private Dive Guide, 
  • WiFi: 22 USD (per week)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies: 

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 working days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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