As a travel agent for more than 25 years I am still regularly amazed at how many persons still regard taking a Nile Cruise as getting one of their Major ten Travel Wishes. It’s as if the quite mention of the mighty River Nile conjures up images of the Ancients mixed with the allure of mysterious Egypt.
Of course, getting enjoyed cruising The Nile myself, I can only agree with them and can heartily advise fulfilling that “want”. From start out to finish a Nile Cruise is an remarkable expertise.
Typically your “adventure” starts at Luxor Airport exactly where you will be swiftly transferred to your Nile cruise ship. Ships such as the “Viking Princess”, “MS Monica”, “Royal Viking” and “MS Stephanie”, are superb vessels to cruise on and when you arrive to board your “dwelling” for the subsequent seven days you will not be disappointed.
Egypt Nile Cruises travelled lately on the Royal Viking Nile Cruise ship and was pretty impressed. On boarding you enter the air conditioned and wood panelled reception region exactly where you are greeted by members of the crew forming a welcoming committee to see you safely aboard. You will normally be provided a hot towel to freshen up and also a glass of pomegranate juice. Both go down pretty properly at that point as Luxor can be incredibly hot.
Following speedily checking in you will be escorted to your cabin or suite. Our own accommodation was a cabin on the middle deck that consisted of a enormous opening image window overlooking the Nile with a separate attractive ensuite bathroom. The feel of the cabin was warm and luxurious. A fantastic start off.
That evening we met some of our fellow Nile cruise passengers who shared our table for eight in the restaurant. This is a fantastic way to guarantee that you get to meet and mingle with other passengers who you will be enjoying the different trips and excursions with more than the coming days. The great point about the cruise was that you are by no means alone if you dont’ want to be as you have the chance to mix and mingle with your fellow travellers if and when you want to. This tends to make Nile cruising best for these who are travelling alone.
Next day was the get started of some of the most magical days I have seasoned as a traveller. We visited some of the most well-known archaeological web-sites, temples and tombs in a series of everyday excursions accompanied by our own, devoted “Egyptologist”.
These excursions and visits typically take place really early in the morning to keep away from the pretty hot temperatures later in the day.
Normally we were leaving the ship at 8.00am or from time to time earlier to assure that we were able to love the atmosphere and experiences of these wonderfully evocative internet sites with no it becoming unbearably hot.
Nevertheless, taking these excursions at that time of the days also ensures that you are back on aboard just in time to take pleasure in a leisurely lunch in the air-conditioned restaurant. Which, with a glass or two or local Egyptian wine, (remarkably very good), leads to a wonderful feeling of effectively-becoming. I dont’ know whether or not that is as a result of getting seasoned the wonders of such an ancient civilisation or the wine, but either way I can promise you will really feel pretty relaxed.
Afternoons are taken up cruising at a leisurely pace down the mighty River Nile. With an upper deck that is amply supplied with comfortable sun beds and recliners, a tiny splash pool and effectively-stocked bar, you will just about enjoy your afternoons as considerably as your morning excursions.
There is something about watching life go by as it has for thousands of years on the banks of The Nile while relaxing with a drink in hand that will give you an enormous feeling of tranquillity.
Over the seven days that we cruised we enjoyed 12 various excursions, (all part of the price we paid), to some of the most fascinating places I have ever visited and, with the support of our personal “Egyptologist” we were able to get a real understanding of what life need to have been like in ancient Egypt.
Every single evening we dined in the air-conditioned restaurant enjoying the service from the friendly and obliging staff. The food we enjoyed was varied and great and if a diner did not want anything from the comprehensive menu the chefs on duty were often prepared to develop some thing else for them. In fact I found all of the employees, each restaurant and otherwise, to be definitely friendly and valuable no matter what the time of day or night.
Following our evening meal, on many evenings, there was “standard” Egyptian entertainment in the kind of Nubian dancers, Egyptian Belly-Dancers and other classic entertainers. Plus, on the last but 1 evening, we all took part in an Egyptian fancy dress celebration. We bought, for pennies, some wonderful Egyptian robes and gowns and everybody had a wonderful time.
Maybe it was since the cruise was so unique than a “normal” week’s vacation, getting complete of experiences and activity, but all also quickly our Nile Cruise came to an finish.
After biding farewell each to our fellow travellers and the oh-so friendly crew, we have been transferred back to Luxor airport prepared to begin our journey house.
Our Nile Cruise was a wonderful expertise. It was everything and much more that we had hoped for. Exciting, diverse, mysterious, eventful and overall – fulfilling.