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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
hi, going to egypt this summer and have decided to go on a nile cruise :)
there are soo many boats to choose from! has anyone been on a nile cruise here and if so which boat, what prices were the drinks (heard they are expensive!) would you go again etc
thanks for any help
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Don't book anything here. My friends and i acquired bed and board on a three night Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor for $10US each by giving direct to the captain. We couldn't converse with the other passangers and had to have our meals really early or late but it was a total bargain.

Plenty of Egyptian "tourist guides" will help you get lots of discounts for a bit of "Baksheesh" I spent over a month in Egypt and it cost me less than a couple hundred pounds and I travelled from Rafa to Aswan (and Abu Simble) to Dahab and the Sinai and visited all the sites in both Cairo and Luxor.

Getting back to the boats. What is 5 star in Nile Cruises might not meet your expectations. We were on a 4 star boat and while the accommodation and food were fine it wasn't what you might expect. We basically just slept on the boat between stops. No reason to spend any time or expense on them.
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Have an amazing time :thumbsup:
#3
thanks guys!! :D
there's just too many options at the mo, having a hard time deciding which one to book!
#4
missp27
thanks guys!! :D
there's just too many options at the mo, having a hard time deciding which one to book!


Don't book. Pick something up cheap when you are there. Plenty of options and always good to see first hand
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stevieglesga
Don't book. Pick something up cheap when you are there. Plenty of options and always good to see first hand

eek! don't know if i fancy flying to egypt without anywhere to stay when me and my mum get there!! think i'm going to play it safe and book somewhere before hand (after reading lots of reviews that is!)
#6
We went with Thompson (TUI) in early March 2007 - we were on the Crown Prince - lovely boat and lovely crew. The guides were great. Food and accomodation really good (not cruise liner style but a reasonable 3 star). The passenger mix was around 75 UK and 35 Germans. Food was all inclusive and quite varied drinks were quite reasonably priced - actually half the price of the hotel we went on to.

We had one week cruising and a second week in a hotel at Luxor - we booked a balloon trip through Thompson (more expensive - but you know who to sue if there's an accident or trouble and it was only about £60 each for the most wonderful experience). Other excursions we arranged ourselves - e.g. Thompson wanted £19 each for Karnak sound and light - we were taken by taxi - entrance fees were £3 adults and £1.50 students and the taxi driver took us to the entrance picked us up took us to a restaurant waited while we ate took us to an Egyptian tea house and treated us to teas and hot chocolates and charged £10 for the evening!
[Honestly £10 to to this guy was a lot of money - so I can understand what stevieglesga is saying - not sure I could be so brave though...]

Would definitely recommend the Crown Prince - no one in our week was ill on the boat (they claimed they'd had no sickness for several years) - but at the 4 star hotel loads of people (including me) were ill...
#7
wombat6025
We went with Thompson (TUI) in early March 2007 - we were on the Crown Prince - lovely boat and lovely crew. The guides were great. Food and accomodation really good (not cruise liner style but a reasonable 3 star). The passenger mix was around 75 UK and 35 Germans. Food was all inclusive and quite varied drinks were quite reasonably priced - actually half the price of the hotel we went on to.

We had one week cruising and a second week in a hotel at Luxor - we booked a balloon trip through Thompson (more expensive - but you know who to sue if there's an accident or trouble and it was only about £60 each for the most wonderful experience). Other excursions we arranged ourselves - e.g. Thompson wanted £19 each for Karnak sound and light - we were taken by taxi - entrance fees were £3 adults and £1.50 students and the taxi driver took us to the entrance picked us up took us to a restaurant waited while we ate took us to an Egyptian tea house and treated us to teas and hot chocolates and charged £10 for the evening!
[Honestly £10 to to this guy was a lot of money - so I can understand what stevieglesga is saying - not sure I could be so brave though...]

Would definitely recommend the Crown Prince - no one in our week was ill on the boat (they claimed they'd had no sickness for several years) - but at the 4 star hotel loads of people (including me) were ill...

thanks so much for your reply :)
do all the excursions cost extra with the cruise you took? from what i've seen online it's either all inclusive food and drink but no excursions or full board with excursions included but drinks are expensive. it's hard to know which is best. i found a good deal on the ms da vinci which i was going to book until i saw a video of it on you tube, lol, was sposed to be 5 star but looked about a 3 star at very most and quite shabby, not what i expected at all
def need a nice boat as i'm going with my mum and she goes on luxury caribbean cruises once a year so she's used to 5 star and quite partucular with accomodation whilst on her hols.
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missp27
thanks so much for your reply :)
do all the excursions cost extra with the cruise you took? from what i've seen online it's either all inclusive food and drink but no excursions or full board with excursions included but drinks are expensive. it's hard to know which is best. i found a good deal on the ms da vinci which i was going to book until i saw a video of it on you tube, lol, was sposed to be 5 star but looked about a 3 star at very most and quite shabby, not what i expected at all
def need a nice boat as i'm going with my mum and she goes on luxury caribbean cruises once a year so she's used to 5 star and quite partucular with accomodation whilst on her hols.


We had the excursions included. I can't remember the exact itinerary it was sommat like Arrive in evening - sleep on boat at Luxor; Day1 Luxor - Collossii of memnon, Valley of Kings (don't bother with TuTs tomb - it's extra and very boring), Queen Hot-Chicken_soup temple, Day 2 Luxor - Esna (overnight) Edfu, Kom Ombo - Aswan - Day 3 Aswan: free day (visit to Abu Simbel if you've paid the £200 extra), cataracts boat trip; Day 4: Aswan dam, temple of Phillae, cruise to Luxor; Day 5: Karnak, Luxor temple; Day 6: cruise to ?sorry brain died? temple; Day 7: back to Luxor - flights home / transfers to hotels.
Our guide was very good - they split you into groups of about 10-14 first day and you stay with that group & guide - at some places things were very rushed; but generally you had time on your own and you could always skip if you wanted - however the guide was so good and our group great fun so we stayed with them. The other groups were very happy too - but of course ours was the best ;-)
I wouldn't recomend the extra excursion to Cairo - you miss out on a lot of the cruise! Abu Simbel is expensive - but those who went enjoyed it (we enjoyed lazing round Aswan).
I do recommend the Ballon Trip.

The Nile cruise boats are nothing like the standard of caribbean cruises - they are really a decent 3* even if 5 is claimed; but we hadn't been spoilt by "proper" cruises and loved the trip.

We only spent about £100 of bar tab (between 4 of us); but that was only a couple of drinks each each day; there was afternoon tea / coffe and cakes every day (free) and quite often a free drink when you came back on board from trips. You tip the whole boat at the end of the cruise (and NOT any individuals - very fair as that means they guys who stay up all night moving the boat get an equal share with everyone else).
The crew is very friendly and courteous - rooms are cleaned / tidied 2-3 times a day - given that the crew was all male the girls found it a bit unnerving to get back and find even everything in their knicker drawer had been folded . There was no inappropriate behaviour from the crew at all; however females (and males) should dress appropriately when ashore or expect unwanted attention and rudeness.

Hope all that helps ;-)
#9
thanks again for all your help.
just found an excellent deal on a 5 star thomson cruise :) so will run it by mum and most likely book that :-D

yeah i think i'll give cairo a miss i went on an excursion there last time i was in egypt, really excited!!! :D
#10
missp27
thanks again for all your help.
just found an excellent deal on a 5 star thomson cruise :) so will run it by mum and most likely book that :-D

yeah i think i'll give cairo a miss i went on an excursion there last time i was in egypt, really excited!!! :D


Hope you have a great time - as you can tell we really enjoyed it :p

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