Expedition for the pleasure seeker, the curious and for old salts!

Let us look a bit further South in Sudan… they say it is worth your while! So, we have decided to cruise around for a couple of weeks. The 5* Andromeda’s first Deep South diving safari in the Sudanese Red Sea will be in June this year.

We will map out the whole Deep South area for you beforehand, so when you arrive, we will be able to show you only the best sites in the region! Read more about our expedition in the Sudanese Red Sea…

To read more about Sudan scuba diving holidays click here…

The story of Cassiopeia

The end of this year is approaching and we all looked at each other thinking that it is time again. It is time again to send our boats to the dry dock for the necessary maintenance and renovation works and to pretty up the ladies for their next season.

So, of course all the old stories came to life again about the construction of the boats and so did the photos hiding on disks that forever will keep the memories of dreams coming true. The photos tell a story of boat construction, about the birth of these majestic ladies and about their colourful career, spiced with some challenges on the way. This time we would like to share with you some photos that bring back some nice and interesting memories.

Here is for example one of the interesting stories – the story of Cassiopeia’s birth. Naturally the whole process was documented as she was our first-born and we wanted to remember and to see every step of her coming to life. And of course, because she –as her sister, Andromeda- was born in the land of the Pharaohs.

But how did exactly Cassiopeia become this 5-star motor yacht that so many of you know and love already, sailing the Red Sea for nearly 5 years now? Well, these photos will tell the story…

1. The name…
Cassiopeia got her name after a small Palm PC. Then actually finding out that this installation is made up of 5 stars, we were especially happy since we wanted to build a five-star boat.

2. Cassiopeia from the front
We used several coatings on the wood before painting it. By coatings we mean several layers of putty under which lies the fiberglass coating because the front of the boat is often drenched by tall waves and it needed to be protected from the water. The small sun deck in the front was made comfortable with the cozy and soft mattresses and cushions. The ropes also found their home here in the front.

3. The Captain’ bridge from the front
The windows were installed, the teak wood was laid, the seats for the front sun deck were constructed from wood and then all of it was painted. This is a place for comfortable relaxation and to breathe in the salty sea air while the skin turns into a nice shade of golden brown by the end of the week.

4. The Captain’s bridge from the inside
The cabinets were designed, the carpet was cut to size and installed, the electronics and the wheel were installed and finally the navigation and safety equipment were also installed. The wheel and the other navigation and safety equipment on the bridge are directly connected to the engine room.

5. Upper sun deck
While the bridge was being constructed, the upper sun deck was also in a fury of hammering. Under the paint a fiberglass coating protects the wood of the deck from the constant humidity and sea water. The place for the radar and the GPS was also finished. When designing the unique wave-shaped seats and tables, we kept in kind the needs of sun lovers. There is a place for the lonely wolf and for those who enjoy having a good time in groups.

6. Dive deck
When designing the dive deck, we mainly focused on comfort, safety and for the placement of photography equipment as we must handle 26 divers’ dives 4 times a day. So, the benches were placed in an H shape for optimal space utilisation.

7. Diving platform
The main concern here was the size as it is important for example with drift dives how many divers can gear up and jump into the water at the same time. There are 2 types of ladders on the 2 ends of the platform. One for climbing out of the water with fins on and one for climbing out in booties.

We also chose Cassiopeia’s future colour as well. We decided it to be a claret colour like one of the Azimut’s super yachts that came out in 2006. The surfaces under water were painted with an algae repellent.

8. Hallways
No need to turn sideways when walking in the hallways on the boat. All traffic areas were covered with teak wood of course. The bollards were also put in their places and their weight capacity was tested when the boat was water-born.

9. Charging/storage station
The units have 220v charges for lights, cameras, batteries and mobile phones. There is also place for smaller items such as sunglasses, logbooks or other items.

10. Stairs
When designing the stairs leading to the lower-deck cabins, our main concern was safety. So the steps were designed to be wide enough and were covered with carpet.

11. Dining area
We decided not to follow the traditional safari boat dining room design and created a dining area with a real “restaurant” look with round and separate tables and chairs. Good food deserves the appropriate setting and the tables are also great for poker parties!

12. Double-bed cabins
We wanted to cater to couples travelling with us as well, so we designed 5 cabins with queen-size beds to fit their needs. There is plenty of space for packing and the cabins are equipped with private bathrooms including shower, sink and toilet.

13. Salon
Behind the substantial bar counter 6-8 guests can make their morning coffee at the same time, not to mention the late-night cocktail parties. The salon also provides ample place for lying back to watch DVDs, for holding briefings and for nice conversation.

14. The salon and the bar in their shining glory
This is a European style room with comfortable cushioned seats, pleasant air-conditioning and an LCD TV, video, Hi-Fi, CD and DVD players to make time more pleasant during the day and at night.

15. Arabian café – for the gourmands…
The style, design, waterpipes, coffee and tea specialties all provide the essential Egyptian mood and feeling in the room.

16. The heart of the boat
The unique mashrabeya (wooden motifs), carpets and furniture all bring to life the well-known Arabian cafes’ atmosphere. The mashrabeya was carved by hand by a local artisan. Glue was boiling in the middle of the room during construction which he used to glue the paper-thin designs together and finally he painted them with varnish.

17. Twin-bed cabins
These cabins, just like the double-bed cabins, have lots of storage space, private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet and ample room for moving around in the spacious cabins.

18. Lower-deck hallway and cabin furniture

19. Dining
The weekly menu is assembled by the chef every week and it includes a variety of salads, fish specialties, chicken, beef, side dishes, pizza and other delicious meals along with sweet treats for the ones with a sweet tooth. For breakfast eggs are prepared in every possible way, toast, Fench toast, sausages, cold cuts, jams, joghurt and fresh vegetables are served.

20. Shisha room – the final touches
The hand-woven camel-hair carpets found their place on the walls, the traditional Egyptian seats were also put in their places and all missing were the belly dancers.

21. The bows
The bows were made for the wave lovers. All is needed is to exchange agreeing glances with the Captain to navigate the boat towards bigger waves when travelling from reef to reef. The winch helps the crew to bring up the anchor into the bows.

Haven’t you been onboard Cassiopeia yet?
Would you like to try? Get in touch with your diving instructor or contact us directly!