Boat is actually called MS Nile Style & if you go to nubiannilecruises website you can work your way to some inside piccies. I was just curious, as I have no knowledge of this line but it certainly looks impressive & all the sites rate it 5 star..Wilba.
Thank you for you comments, was there any sort of dress code/ Even at meal times?
We cruised the Nile a couple of years ago on a boat called MS Magic 2 which we booked with Hayes & Jarvis.It was an unforgettable trip.Everything about it was fantastic.The boat was 5 star.Cabins were beautiful and the sights along the way were amazing.
It was quite a tiring holiday,lots of early starts.so I would recommend a week relaxing in a hotel in Luxor or on the beach.
We took a Nile cruise in July a few years ago. Its was very hot but the cruise was excellent. Food first class- no sickness- or upset tummy. The trips take a lot out of you very early starts to avoid the heat. We stopped an extra week in Luxor Hilton, very comfortable. Luxor itself like most of the places you stop along the Nile very dirty and smelly. I found the hassel of passing the market places on the way to the temples a bit too much, sellers just dont leave you alone. I put a scarf over my head and face(which helped keep off the heat) and stopped them pestering me. Have a good time.
First of all a Nile cruise is nothing like a sea cruise!! We went in February and it was quite hot enough in high seventies most of the time...like previous posters this is not a relaxing holiday so wise to have an extra week relaxing but I might suggest Taba Heights is a bit too far away (look at the map to see how far!!) Perhaps Hurghada area would be less travelling time and very nice coastal area with some lovely beach resorts. If you are scrupulous with hygeine ie continually washing hands no ice in drinks, no salad, don't hold hand rails unless absolutely necessary, take some alcohol gel to clean hands after handling money...hopefully you will remain healthy!!!
It was actually quite casual...I wore black trousers and glittery tops ...John wore Blazer and trousers....We all ate together at set meal times.
Travelled down the Nile in a river boat[note I don't say cruised 'cos it isn't a cruise[3 yrs ago. Had an amazing time but was the only one in a party of 8 not ill. That is because I was over cautious with hygiene. Took loads of individual antisceptic wipes and was handing them out to others after the first day. Husband took care of the money which he kept in a separate plastic bag as the coins and notes are filthy.Never ate anything off the boat even when lunch was included on a day trip and only drank bottled water I bought on the boat. Even holding handrails require a hand wipe. I also took a few drinking straws as you never know where cans have been stored and always wipe the tops of the can with a wipe first[again, I just had bottled water off the boat]
You will be tipping all the time,it's called 'baksheesh' and it is the lifeline of folks there. Each tip amounts to about 10/20 UK pence but you will need lots of currency in very small denominations. Specify this when you get your currency. We went in November and it was a very dry heat. That's why trips start so early and then the afternoon can be spent on deck under the shade with an Egyptian beer. Went to some fabulous places,met wonderful people and had an superb time. Just don't forget the health issues.If you can't cook it or peel it then don't eat it.
Of course, when staying in the hotel there should be no problem of hygiene but I would still be careful and steer clear of food that cannot be cooked or peeled or ice in drinks and as said below, use bottled water to clean teeth even in the hotel and on the boat.
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