South Africans are aboard superyachts on the Red Sea

Posted by Ilhaam Bardien on 27 July 2020

Partaking in the luxury life of superyacht trips may seem like something only the ultra-rich can afford. It looks like South African’s are finding their way on board quite easily.

Superyachts are the epitome of luxe life and are often found roaming the seas in Cannes, Monte Carlo, and in Hurghada, Egypt on the Red Sea coast.

It has been found that among those who enjoy the cruising magic on the Red Sea coast, surprisingly, are many South Africans. The pricing for these trips are fairly reasonable, which has attracted many Saffers, according to The South African.

They report that for approximately R35 000, trans-continental return flights to Cairo, connecting flights to Hurghada, transfers, a luxury cabin on a superyacht for a 5-day trip, meals and refreshments, and multiple diving excursions are available.

Of course, the affordability of such a luxurious trip is an attraction on its own. But the Red Sea is known to draw tourists from across the world too.

With views of reefs, islands, and the famous desert, a sense of adventure and new experiences are promised on these trips. The Red Sea is known to be calm and quiet, and also draws attention due to the multiple shipwrecks that have succumbed to the reefs.

Shipwrecks, including the famous Thisltegorm, have been laid to rest here. Vessels dating back to the 1800s can be found along the voyage, making the trip not only relaxing, but also educational.

Like many others in the hospitality industry, superyachts have taken a hit during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A trip on one of these vessels may not be possible for South Africans in the near future, as leisure travel is still not safe.

However, according to the Superyacht Times there has been some forward movement in the industry recently. On July 17, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show shared how they would ensure health and safety at their event.

Later, on July 21, British yacht manufacturer, Oyster Yachts announced that they are recruiting over 100 people to join their workforce, despite the pressures of the pandemic. Finally, on July 22,  Westport Yachts, an American shipyard, confirmed that it has ‘no intentions of closing or moving any of our facilities’ and will ‘continue to operate in Florida and Washington state and appreciate the support from the communities.’

Boat International reported that Egypt has recently reopened its borders for international travellers, so the Red Sea is possibly seeing superyachts visit more frequently already.

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