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Latest news from the Maldives: 23/06/2020

The Maldives is opening its border and lifting the travel restrictions starting from July 15, 2020 Check this link for more information
There are companies operating flights to reach the country.

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Latest news from Egypt: 27/06/2020

Egypt has announced it will reopen its borders for tourism to seaside resorts starting on July 1st.

The areas opening up are southern Sinai, where the resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab are located, Red Sea province, home to the Hurghada and Marsa Alam resorts.

Egypt Air has recently announced that it will start operating on July 4. Please, visit this link for more information.

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Latest news from Sudan: 02/06/2020

Access to the country for non-exceptional reasons remains closed. There are companies operating flights to reach the country.

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Given the uncertainty for world tourism and diving trips, we would like to offer you a trustworthy product and very flexible conditions for when travel is possible.

For this, we propose special contracting and cancellation conditions for those passengers who may be affected by COVID-19 for Blue Force cruises in the Maldives and Egypt in 2020.


  • You only need to pay 200€ to make new reservations for any Blue Force cruise.
  • Final payment: 45 days before departure.
  • If you cannot travel or cannot make the cruise through the COVID-19, there are no cancellation fees. The 200€ delivered can be used for any Blue Force cruise whenever you want.

OFFER: Cruises in 2020

  • INDIVIDUAL CABIN (August and September): If you want a double cabin for individual use, you will only pay your space and an extra fee of 500$ in Maldives or 300€ in Egypt for the exclusive double cabin occupancy for you.
  • INDIVIDUAL CABIN ( until year-end): If you want a double cabin for individual use, you will only pay your space and the 50% of the second one (30% less of the regular cost) to get the exclusive double cabin occupancy for you.
    • SECOND WEEK OF CRUISE: If you want to extend your cruise one more week, we offer you a 50% discount at the price of the second week on board.

From Blue Force we are following the news minute by minute and applying the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organization) and local health authorities regarding the evolution of the coronavirus. The authorities of each country in the world began by establishing recommendations, then restrictions and finally prohibitions. They try to stop the spread of the pandemic, closing its borders, establishing quarantines, alert states, or the like, which has forced us to stop our ships and wait for the situation to normalize.

From Blue Force we would like to convey our gratitude for your trust, for your support and now, for your effort and solidarity, staying at home.

When this situation happens, from Blue Force we will continue to contribute to making dreams come true and that is why we hope to continue counting on you, asking you, please, don’t stop dreaming, together we will make it.

We hope to write to you soon announcing that we are back to normal.

We wish you the best, you, your family and friends and we invite you to stay informed by visiting this page, following our social networks or subscribing to our mailing list for this purpose:

Thank you

The Blue Force Team

Red Sea Wrecks, the Kingston

Red Sea Wrecks, the Kingston

by David Fernandez

The Kingston, a reef in a wreck


Story of the Kingston

For years, dive boats operating in southern Sinai took their divers to the Danabaa reef, also called Shag Rock, located a short distance from where the SS Thistlegorm lies. The plan was to visit the remains of another wreck, the labeled “Sara H”, which was later simply reduced to “Sarah”.

It was not until 1996 when Peter Collings, the well-known British wreck diver, obtained enough information to correctly identify her and return her real name, “KINGSTON”.

The Kingston was built in 1971 on the banks of the Wear River, in the Oswald shipyards, Sunderland. She was commissioned by the Commercial Steamship Company. Like the Carnatic, Ulysses, and other ships of the time, the Kingston was a hybrid of sailing and steam, measured  262 feet long, and weighed 1,449 tons. The engine, whose model only ten units were manufactured, endowed her with a cruising speed of 10 knots.

Like other contemporary ships, she was prepared to transport both cargo and passengers, although in this case, her main task was the transport of coal.


The Final voyage

The Kingston left Cardiff on the 28th of January 1881 bound for Aden with a crew of 25 and 1,740 tons of coal. On the 16th of February, she crossed the Suez Canal at 9 in the morning, and a few hours later, at 11:50 p.m. in calm sea conditions, she struck Shag Rock Reef at 9 knots speed.

On the 18th the ship “Columbian” attempted rescue after more than 70 tons of coal had been jettisoned but was unable to help the Kingston. That same afternoon, the ship begins to make water and on the 19th the captain gives the order to abandon her. 16 of the crew were then picked up by the ship “Almora” and 8 others and the captain remained on board, making unsuccessful attempts to save the ship. Finally, on the 20th the Kingston sinks, and the survivors are picked up 4 days later by the “Strathmore”  on the island of Gubal, to where they had arrived in one of the auxiliary boats and were transferred to Suez.

Currently, the Kingston is one of the favorite dives for underwater photographers in the South Sinai area. When the conditions are favorable and the current is not strong, the impressive coral garden she is sitting in, the number of corals that have colonized her, the maximum depth of the place (17 meters), and the amount of sea life around the wreck, make of this site a dive into history not easy to forget …

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