We didn't go on this particular cruise boat but they all seem to be much the same. You shouldn't be sea sick as you are on a river and it was flat calm the whole time!! the food on our boat (Viking iii) was excellent alot of casserole type dishes which were very tasty. I personally would avoid salads or uncooked food to avoid any risk of tummy upsets. Also avoid ice in drinks and only use bottled water for everything including cleaning your teeth. Wash your hands at every opportunity especially after handling money and hand rails. I also took some antiseptic wipes to wipe the remote control and telephone, etc. we managed a week with no hint of a tummy upset. Not sure of the Abu Simbel trip we chose not to do it as we were very tired...but those on our boat did the organised excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience but felt quite tired in the heat (February)! We'd like to do it again as there is so much to take in. Hope you enjoy it as well!
Once again the "Morris's" are spot on. We found the same that there was so much to take in that a second visit was a joy. Abu Simbel was worth the extra trouble as far as we were concerned and we loved Aswan with the fresher air and the sites there. We even went to the Agatha Christie style Cataract Hotel for a G & T. We loved the various unusual bird, Ospreys, Harriers, Hoopoos, Golden Orials, Indian Rollers, Bea-eaters and plovers that we find so rarely if ever over here, and the house palnts that we cherish indoors here are just everywhere there. If you add that to the way of life and the antiquities you can't fail but love it and go back for more....regards, ...Nei.
Morris has covered the main points. The river is very wwide, but it IS just a river and smooth sailing. Your cabin should be better than you get on many cruise ships. The staff on Nile ships in general are excellent. Food is generally good. Although great care is taken to avoid stomach upsets in the land which produced the name 'gyppy tummy' follow the excellent advice from Morris. You will find the daily excursions tiring; even more so if you are in a group expected to attend a lecture every evening. Many people do not go to Abu Simbel to have a day off. If you do go, I advice group travel for this. It is a long way from base and you need to arrive at the right time to catch the sunrise. This was one of my most enjoyable cruises, but I spent five years in Egypt 1948 - 1953 and loved the country and its people.