Practical advice before a cruise
Clothing: we are in a Muslim country and during our visit to the lighthouse in Sanageb and our trips to the city we advise ladies to wear long trousers or skirts below the knee and avoid low-neck tops.
On our return from the cruise, please consider that even if we come from the sea we are entering a city, not a sea resort. For this reason men should also avoid going on shore in swimming trunks.
It is best to dress as advised. This way not only will you show your respect for local culture, but you will also be free to walk around undisturbed. Without attracting too much attention, it will be easier for you to mingle with the locals and take a few photographs.
Sudanese women are fully covered and wrapped in colorful tops. Only a few ethnic groups, such as the Adandaua, dress in black and keep their faces covered.
Normally, it is forbidden to photograph women. It is always best to ask before taking a picture of anyone. Some do not mind, but that doesn’t apply to all.
The air temperature is mild throughout the winter, only between November and FebruaryÂ is recommended a sweatshirt for the evening, especially after night dives.
The sun is always quite strong during summer and winter too, it is useful to have the sunscreen and consider exposing gradually.
The medicine chest is sufficiently equipped, but we recommend to bring specific personal medicines.
The 220v is provided 24 hours a day. There are electrical outlets in cabins, saloon and the stern (specific charging sockets for the lights).
Cucina: Kitchen: our chef is Egyptian, the cuisine is international. Abundance of meat, fish, pasta, vegetables, for all palates. Spices and hot meals on demand. It is important to note allergies, special diets like vegetarian diet.
The credit card does not work in Sudan, nor even in the bank and at the hotels. Better to bring cash in case you want to buy some memory.
Shop: On board there is a small shop where they are sold: the guide of diving “Blue Sudan” in English and Italian, t-shirts and ethnic jewelry packed on board with materials collected in the suk of Cairo and Khartoum.
Gifts or Sudanese memories: you can find knives with silver grip from Beja tribe, some handmade wooden, ceramic coffee pots, old photographs. The handicraft is not very developed, there are hawkers along the wharf and there is only one store dedicated, downtown.
Visa and taxes: it is recommended to pay cash (EURO) the visa and local taxes reported in detail by the agency.
Included: breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon tea and coffee, dinner. Water, tea and coffee are included all day. The use and recharge of oxygen tanks is included and so is the use of leads.
Documents: A passport, which is valid for at least 6 months, and a visa from the country of departure are obligatory. The passport must have no visas from Israel.
The offices of the Blu Sudan Team in Sudan can also apply for visas from at least one week before the date of departure.
Mosquitoes: there are no mosquitoes on board, the boats are moored away from the dock. In recent years it has been made reclamation especially in the center of the city. Malaria cases have greatly decreased. In the event of an evening walk, there is no danger, but we recommend to wear long pants and, as a precaution, a mosquito repellent as “Autan”.
Vaccination: no vaccination is required.
Recommendation: Sudan prohibits the use of alcohol: you do not find it anywhere and it can not be transported. Please do not put alcoholic beverage in your suitcase. At the airport the luggage is inspected and if found alcohol it will be sequestered by local security with some discomfort and long waits at customs to exit the airport. On board there is beer, wine and alcoholic beverage, local authorities do not interfere in the use only if done on board.
Telephone: GSM mobile phones work only in P.Sudan round an area of 15 miles from the Port (at the Umbria wreck and on top of the lighthouse at Sanganeb).
On board you can place calls through the Thuraja satellite phone (this service is charged).
Security: There are no a decompression chamber at P. Sudan. Complete caution and prudence must be observed because an emergency transfer to Europe is complicated and not particularly fast.
Diving is done with 12 litre oxygen tanks. These allow lengthy and satisfying dives. There are also 15l tanks for rent.
On board there is a 50-litre oxygen tank for possible emergencies.
We will try to make your cruise an unforgettable holiday
Extras: rental equipment, the dives with Nitrox, beer, wine, alcoholic drinks, soft and Italian expresso, telephone calls with Thuraja satellite telephone, must be paid cash at the end of the cruise
Extras: “boat service tax” – This item includes a tip for the crew.
If the customer is very satisfied, may decide to leave an extra tip, if deemed appropriate, for guides or crew.
Personal equipment: mask, fins, jacket, computer, dispensers, diving suit, bathrobe or bath towel.
Recommended diving suit:
5 mm from November to March;
3 mm from April to June
1 mm or Lycra during summer
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