Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards

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If you are looking to compare Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards, this article includes the following tables to help you with this comparison:

  1. Basic booking details.
  2. Diving benefits.
  3. Boat benefits.
  4. Onboard food.
  5. Onboard drink.
  6. Cabin luxury.
  7. Onboard non-diving sports.
  8. Tech diver features.

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If you want to see all the information comparing Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards, this is contained in the following table. But if you prefer to see this broken down into separate tables, please scroll.

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
Customer Review (Max 10)9.698.6
Scale ratingis rated 'Superb'is rated 'Superb'is rated 'Fabulous'
SDE Lux Rating %63%52%77%
Flexible BookingYESYESYES
Dietary RequirementsYESYESYES
Welcome cocktailsNONOYES
NitroxYESYESYES
Gear RentalYESYESYES
Dive CoursesYESYESYES
Dive deckNONOYES
Shaded dive areaNONOYES
DIN AdaptersYESYESYES
Rinse hosesNONOYES
Length42m/138f35m/115f34m/112f
Max Guests/Cabins/Baths26/13/1324/12/1220/10/10
Tenders for divingYESYESYES
Airconditioned saloonYESYESYES
Audio & entertainmentYESYESYES
InternetYESYESYES
Vegan OptionsYESNONO
Vegetarian OptionsYESNOYES
Meal OptionsFull-board OptionFull-board OptionFull-board Option, Set Menu Dinner
Buffet styleYESYESYES
Fine cuisineNONOYES
Local foodYESYESYES
Western style foodYESYESYES
SnacksNOYESYES
BarYESNOYES
Beer availableYESYESYES
Wine availableYESYESNO
Fine winesNOYESYES
Free wine with dinnerYESYESNO
Free soft drinksNONONO
Aircon CabinsYESYESYES
Ensuite CabinsYESYESYES
Cabin BalconiesNONOYES
Daily housekeepingNOYESYES
TV in cabinNONONO
Family cabinsNONONO
FishingNONONO
Jet skiingNONONO
KayaksNONONO
Snorkel equipmentNONONO
Stand-up paddle boardsNONONO
WakeboardingNONONO
Water skiingNONONO
Rebreather supportNOYESYES
Sidemount divingNONOYES
Tech divingNONONO

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – basic booking details

The following table compares the basic booking details of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
Customer Review (Max 10)9.698.6
Scale ratingis rated 'Superb'is rated 'Superb'is rated 'Fabulous'
SDE Lux Rating %63%52%77%
Flexible BookingYESYESYES
Dietary RequirementsYESYESYES
Welcome cocktailsNONOYES

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – diving benefits

The following table compares the diving benefits of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
NitroxYESYESYES
Gear RentalYESYESYES
Dive CoursesYESYESYES
Dive deckNONOYES
Shaded dive areaNONOYES
DIN AdaptersYESYESYES
Rinse hosesNONOYES
Private dive guide (DB)YESNOYES

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – boat benefits

The following table compares the boat benefits of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
Length42m/138f35m/115f34m/112f
Max Guests/Cabins/Baths26/13/1324/12/1220/10/10
Tenders for divingYESYESYES
Airconditioned saloonYESYESYES
Audio & entertainmentYESYESYES
InternetYESYESYES

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – onboard food

The following table compares the onboard food of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
Vegan OptionsYESNONO
Vegetarian OptionsYESNOYES
Meal OptionsFull-board OptionFull-board OptionFull-board Option, Set Menu Dinner
Buffet styleYESYESYES
Fine cuisineNONOYES
Local foodYESYESYES
Western style foodYESYESYES
SnacksNOYESYES

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – onboard drink

The following table compares the onboard drink of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
BarYESNOYES
Beer availableYESYESYES
Wine availableYESYESNO
Fine winesNOYESYES
Free wine with dinnerYESYESNO
Free soft drinksNONONO

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – cabin luxury

The following table compares the cabin luxury of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
Aircon CabinsYESYESYES
Ensuite CabinsYESYESYES
Cabin BalconiesNONOYES
Daily housekeepingNOYESYES
TV in cabinNONONO
Family cabinsNONONO

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – onboard non-diving sports

The following table compares the onboard non-diving sports of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
FishingNONONO
Jet skiingNONONO
KayaksNONONO
Snorkel equipmentNONONO
Stand-up paddle boardsNONONO
WakeboardingNONONO
Water skiingNONONO

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards – tech diver features

The following table compares the onboard tech diver features of Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards:

Discover LiveaboardReview Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor ExplorerReview Link: MV Emperor Leo; Booking Link: MV Emperor LeoReview Link: MV Amba; Booking Link: MV Amba
Rebreather supportNOYESYES
Sidemount divingNONOYES
Tech divingNONONO

What is SDE Lux Rating %

The column headed “SDE Lux Rating %” is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating which I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. To discover how the rating is calculated for your chosen liveaboard dive boat, click the liveaboard name link in the “Discover Liveaboard” column above (also this is explained in more detail below).

To help you to choose the right diving liveaboard for you, the “Scuba Diving Earth Liveaboard Luxury Rating” (SDE Lux Rating) means you can compare each liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis. This makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.

The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the 6 features listed below:

  1. Diver benefits: A higher ‘diver benefits‘ score means there are more features specifically for scuba divers. These include onboard nitrox, dive courses, gear rental etc.
  2. Liveaboard design features: The higher the ‘liveaboard design features‘ score, the more the dive boat has been designed with scuba divers in mind. This includes whether the dive boat was custom built for divers, if it has charging stations, outside showers etc.
  3. Cabin luxury: A high score in ‘cabin luxury‘ means the cabins on the liveaboard offer better features. These might include ensuite cabins, air-conditioning, daily housekeeping, seaviews, TVs etc.
  4. Onboard comfort: A high score in ‘onboard comfort‘ means there are more onboard features to make your dive trip feel more luxurious. These include what towels are provided on the liveaboard (always important for travelling light), complimentary toiletries, crew ratios etc.
  5. Food luxury: If you are a foodie then ‘food luxury‘ will be important to you, as a high score on this rating will mean there’s more on offer. These might include the type of food served onboard, the dietary requirements catered for, vegan food, vegetarian food, buffet style, fine dining etc.
  6. Drink luxury: If you like a drink in the evenings you may look for a higher score in ‘drink luxury‘ score, but this score also includes drinking water and soft drinks too.

The “SDE Luxury Rating Total” is calculated by adding the totals from each of the above features and benefits. The higher the SDE Luxury Rating, the more features and benefits the liveaboard has, which leads on nicely to how to use the SDE Luxury Rating.

How to use the SDE Luxury Rating score

When choosing the liveaboard dive boat for you, your decision is helped by customer scores, which is how the liveaboards in the above table are sorted in descending order.

If you are stuck choosing between two or three of these liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10 and that have itineraries you like, use the SDE Luxury Rating score to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel to stay at. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10.

But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 9 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is secondary to the score out of 10.

In the case of liveaboards, the SDE Lux Rating system can also be used as a secondary tool in the same way to help you determine which liveaboard offers the best features to suit you.

Each of the liveaboards linked-to from the above table will be individually scored. Which means that if cabin luxury is important to you, focus on this score to help you choose your liveaboard. But if diver benefits are your top priority, use this score first, and so on.

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If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about comparison of Maldives Carpe Novo vs Moonima vs Amba Liveaboards), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Maldives Emperor Explorer vs Emperor Leo vs Amba Liveaboards

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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