MV Emperor Orion Liveaboard Review

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Expensive, and Luxury!

MV Emperor Orion dive boat review

Recently merged with the Emperor Fleet, the Orion is a 41 meters liveaboard sailing in the Maldives. Indeed, the luxury dive boat is taking some of the best Maldivian dive sites on it’s route. Built in 2009, the Emperor Orion was last upgraded in 2012.


Boat Cabins & Layout

The Orion can welcome a maximum of 24 divers in 12 luxurious cabins. There are seven standard cabins, among which 4 feature either a twin or double bed and 3 have one queen bed. Moreover, on the upper deck you will find the “mini-suites”, which are slightly bigger than a standard room, and have a double/twin bed possibility. Finally, there are two suites, the junior suite (pictured below) is located on the lower deck while the Executive suite is on the upper deck.

Every cabin comes with it’s own en-suite spacious bathroom plus a television, plenty of wardrobe space and individually controlled air-conditioning.

You can check the latest schedule & prices for this liveaboard here.

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Emperor Orion On-board Facilities

The spacious dining room and salon area is the perfect place to relax. Indeed, with a bar and full TV entertainment system, you can sit back in one of the cozy couches and take it easy after a long day diving.

Furthermore, take a step outside and head to the upper deck for a Jacuzzi. That’s also where you’ll find the main bar, a lounge area as well as the massage parlour. There is also an unncovered sundeck area on the fly bridge, perfect for sunbathing, star gazing and enjoying the Maldives sceneries!

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Vessel Layout

The Emperor Orion is one of the newest dive boat sailing the Maldives. Originally with the Constellation fleet, the Orion becomes an Emperor vessel as the fleets are merging.

The Orion can somewhat compare to it’s newer sistership, the Emperor Serenity. The Orion being 41 meters long, welcomes 24 divers while the Serenity is 40 meters long and welcomes 26 divers. The Serenity is newer but the Orion has been well maintained, ugraded and goes beyond the standards!

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Diving with the Emperor Orion

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The Emperor Orion is extremely spacious and quiet as the entire scuba diving operation is conducted from a dive tender. Indeed, from August to May, you’ll be welcomed on-board the Orion by a professional and passionate crew. The large tender features plenty of individual space to gear up and will take you right to the action!

Price starts at 1,774$US for 8 days / 7 nights – Best of Maldives
***More prices & itineraries available***

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

destination of the month


Great Drift Dives, amazing place for underwater photography. Good chance of spotting Manta Rays and Whale Sharks!

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2 liveaboard reviews for “MV Emperor Orion”

  1. Hi divers!
    I’m considering going back on the Orion, I was on a Manta madness with them years ago, when they were with the constellation fleet. So now I’m wondering if it changed a lot as they changed of fleet ? The Emperor doesn’t sound like a human sized company if you see what I mean. Anyways, I would love any recent updates on the Orion. My experience was fantastic so I’m very keen on booking it but thought I should double check when I noticed then changed hands.


  2. If you care about AC do not go on this boat. Only the diningroom/salon has reasonable AC. The cabins have swamp coolers that are not effective especially in upstairs cabin.

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