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<font color='#000080'>Just incase anyone is interested.  Received this today.

Dear Divers

I am delighted to offer you exclusive Red Sea liveaboard offers, only
available through DIVEChannel.co.uk. These are the best prices we have
ever negotiated. They are based on a minimum of eight people booking per
departure. All 'CLUB LIVEABOARD' boats are of a guaranteed standard -
which includes air-conditioning, a spacious saloon and dive platform, and
full safety equipment. (further details below).


HURGHADA (Friday departures)
Seven night departures between 27 June until 28 November 2003 are just
GBP529.
Example liveaboard: Conquest 1

Itinerary: Strait of Gubal and the wrecks
This price includes your flights from London Gatwick, transfers, seven
nights full-board accommodation, and six days diving with tanks and
weights.

OR

SHARM EL SHEIKH (Sunday departures)
Seven night departures between 29 June until 30 November 2003 are just
GBP629.
Example liveaboard: Ghazala I

Itinerary: Strait of Gubal and the wrecks, plus Thomas Reef, Jackson Reef
and Strait of Tiran
This price includes your flights from London Gatwick, transfers, seven
nights full-board accommodation, and six days diving with tanks and
weights. Nitrox facilities available.

THERE IS LIMITED AVAILABILITY SO PLEASE BOOK SOON TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.



HOLIDAY DETAILS:

The Boat:
All boats are fully air-conditioned, with twin or quad berth cabins. They
have spacious dive decks for 10 to 16 divers. All boats carry life rafts,
oxygen and first aid kits, and are staffed by an experienced captain, crew
and a European dive master. Three meals a day are prepared by the chef and
soft drinks and snacks are available all day.  Tea, cofffee and water are
inclusive, while soft drinks and alcohol are paid for locally.

The Diving:
Itinerary: Strait of Gubal & the wrecks

Both itineraries combine the most famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea
with stunning wall and hard coral-garden reef diving.
Dive the famous four wrecks of Abu Nuhas, the ships' graveyard; Giannis D,
Carnatic, Sea Star, Chrisoula K. This reef lies close to the shipping lane
towards the Suez Canal, and has claimed more ships than any other area in
the Red Sea. They are very scenic, fantastic for photography, and covered
in corals, especially the Carnatic, that sank in 1869.
The famous SS Thistlegorm and the recently discovered Rosalie Moller are
Second World War wrecks, and are one of the highlights of this itinerary.
The SS Thistlegorm sunk in 1941; bombed by the Germans, while on a mission
to deliver a cargo of ammunition and war material to the British troops in
North Africa. The Rosalie Moller, a British coal cargo, suffered the same
destiny only two days later.
Close to the Port of Safaga lies the wreck of the ferry Salem Express that
tragically hit a reef 10 years ago when coming back from Saudi Arabia,
claiming more than a thousand lives. Many fish and corals have now made it
their home.
This cruise will also take you to Ras Mohammed National Park, at the tip
of Sinai, famous for its breath-taking walls rich in soft and fan corals
and populated with huge shoals of fish. Nutrient-rich sediments from the
Gulf of Aqaba attract many fish species and also feed the coral polyps,
creating a paradise for divers.
In between wrecks you will also visit the local reefs which are very rich
and wide-ranging. The variety of colourful walls and hard coral gardens
with plenty of colourful fish make them well worth a visit.

(Sharm El Sheikh departures also visit Thomas Reef, Jackson Reef and
Strait of Tiran)


To book or for more info please email [email protected] or call us on
0870 880 2848.

For further details on the Club Liveaboards or other offers go to:
http://www.divechannel.co.uk or call 0870 880 2848.

Kind regards

Ruth
DIVEChannel.co.uk
(These holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority - ATOL 5821)
 

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The going last-minute rate on first-class liveaboards (e.g. the MV Excel) just now seems to be between 500 and 600 pounds. These are trips that normally cost upwards of £1000 and are curently being adverised at £850-900 on the Internet owing to few bookings. The last-minute price is for trips starting within the next 2-3 days. There seem to be plenty of vacancies if you are sufficiently flexible. Contact the tour operator (e.g. Tony Backhurst) and ask what's on offer.
 
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