Sunday, July 21, 2024

All Star Liveaboards Add New Boat in Red Sea and Re-Launch to Cuba


All Star Liveaboards, now in their 43rd year, are expanding their fleet, with itineraries in the Red Sea as well as Cuba.

The Red Sea has a brand-new 159ft (48.5m) vessel that splashes in March 2023. It will be a luxurious liveaboard with great amenities like a swimming pool and jacuzzi. Every cabin is main deck and above with large ocean view windows.

The colorful corals, sharks, shipwrecks and abundant marine life offer great diving for recreational and tec divers.The Cruise Directors have over 50 years combined knowledge of the area. Dr. Elke Bojanowski, founder of the Red Sea Shark Trust, brings her expertise on sharks, and divers can learn and help in the research by taking photos. Ahmed Fadel is a tec expert and wrote a dive guide to the area.

The trips are 8 days/7 nights and include 18+ dives. They run Monday to Monday to stagger diving with other dive operators to provide an opportunity for better animal interactions. Prices range from US$1,500-$2,000 (~€1,506-~€2,008). All food and nonalcoholic drinks are included.

Cuba is up and running again with a specially crafted program that combines educational and conservation efforts. Guests will have meaningful interactions with the Cuban people, learn from marine biologists and participate in conservation projects.

Divers will get to explore the preserved area of Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) marine park to see six species of sharks, goliath groupers, crocodiles and healthy corals. CEO Kevin Purdy shares that the “biomass is unreal how healthy the reefs are.”

This is open to US divers. The 8-days/7-nights excursion offers up to 22 dives. This experience costs $3,500 to $4,200 (~€3,514 to ~€4,216) depending on the season.

To find more about these newly added dive destinations as well as some of the classics like Blackbeard’s Cruises and the Aqua Cat in the Bahamas, visit or call the Reservations Office at +800.327.9600 (USA) or +954.734.7111 (Worldwide).

Nola Schoder
Nola Schoder
Nola is a journalist, visual storyteller and award-winning underwater photographer specializing in marine life, conservation and dive travel. A dive pro for 10+ years and an avid freediver, she started diving in San Diego, CA, and traversed the globe until landing in Miami. She holds a master's in Marine Conservation and works extensively documenting research, mostly with sharks and rays, and even has an individual manta ray named after her. Above water, she is generally on a gastronomic adventure or hiking for a view of our blue planet.