Royal Evolution

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Liveaboard

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Egypt,
Sudan

Total Rating

  5.3 out of 6
total of 6 Ratings
6 Stars
50%

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Statement from Royal Evolution relating to Hygiene Standards

We follow the general procedures and guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO):

We follow the general procedures and guidelines of Divers Alert Network (DAN):

All our staff members adhere to the latest guidelines and hygiene protocols.
They are well trained to deal with any situations that may arise and we have confidence in their abilities.:

Detailed Ratings

Beate und Klaus-Peter

Travelled in: May 2021, Rated on 05.07.2021, Booked with WiroDive
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I have known the R.E. for many years... Service and equipment for me optimal... unfortunately we had in Sudan hardly current and very warm water, which means little shark sighting and also otherwise "little going on"... that was a pity for the very long journey... organization of the trip was top

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Hans Wanek

Travelled in: October 2020, Rated on 20.10.2020, Booked with Aqua Active Agency
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After a trip to Sudan in 2012, this was the second time on the evolution. Good boat, very helpful crew, the current captain was a Zodiac rider and still recognized me :-)
One of the guides had an acute appendicitis after the check dive and had to leave the boat. With only one guide the tour was very professional, it was certainly helpful that all but one guest knew the spots. All in all it was a very good trip, even though the big fish sightings were moderate due to the high water temperatures (30-31 degrees), but still school of hammerhead sharks on Daedalus.

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Yves Bocherens

Travelled in: September 2020, Rated on 18.10.2020, Booked with SELEGER SportsTravel
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Travel, reception at Hrg airport, transfer worked smoothly. It was very nice to be on a only half occupied Life-on-board. The crew including the diving instructor was extremely dedicated and made every possible effort. The food was very good. I can recommend it!

With best regards,

Yves Bocherens

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Daniel, Georg, Michael und Manuel

Travelled in: September 2020, Rated on 18.10.2020, Booked with WeDive
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Positive
- Arrival & departure, transfer went without major problems.
- Sufficient space on board, since only 11 guests
- Spacious cabins
- Staff was very friendly and helpful
- Very good and sufficient food
- Good and flexible route (2nd day Daedalus) and trouble free rides.

Negative
- First and foremost the rental equipment:
o The pre-ordered rental material was not available. No jackets available in the size ordered.
o The received equipment (BCD & Regulator) was in miserable condition. The BCD/Regulator were mostly defective or in a catastrophic condition. The equipment leaked in several places (Inflator, Octopus, BCD quick release valves, etc.) and was patched up provisionally. It seems that the equipment was old, poorly maintained and not well cleaned. Some of the equipment was completely calcified, so that the inflator could not lock in place properly. When testing the regulator, you had your mouth full with some dirt.
o Furthermore there was no reserve material to have a backup in case of defective equipment. Neither for the unsuitable jackets nor for the unreliable regulator there was a replacement available. Not even spare lead belts were available. Even these were defective and had to be provisioned provisionally from other belts.
- No safety briefing on board at the beginning of the trip
- Only 1 dive guide for 11 divers
- Permanent repairs on the ship (WC flush/air conditioning)
- Payment was somewhat surprisingly possible with the credit card only in dollars or then in cash. All prices are in Euro.


Especially the rental equipment left a bad impression. Safe diving is different and it is worrying that the Royal Evolution compromises on equipment safety. From our point of view an absolutely unnecessary risk and irresponsible towards the guests.

Due to your preliminary information about the Royal Evolution, we expected certain deficiencies on the ship, but not the described experiences with the rental material.


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Mario Felsmann

Travelled in: April 2012, Rated on 25.07.2020, Booked with Aquaventure Tauchreisen
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You get the best dive sites in Egypt (e.g. St. Johns Caves) as well as the great dive sites in Sudan (shipwreck of the Umbria, Shaab Rumi with Cousteau's Precontinent II) on one tour. From the border to Sudan you are then alone at the sites. On 36 dives we had encounters with schools of hammerhead sharks on 13 dives!

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Edi

Travelled in: November 2019, Rated on 10.06.2020, Booked with fish & trips
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Has already been on the road 10 times with this ship, I can only recommend

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