Wilba - Answered a Question by wilkinson (07 Dec 08 20:07)

We did the Pyramids from Alexandria which is similar distance, a 2 hour drive by 7 seater taxi, 5 of us at a cost that would embarrass the cruise tours. I'm sure someone has done similar from Port Said who can comment............Wilba.

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Lane - Answered a Question by wilkinson (08 Dec 08 10:24)

I think this depends on how brave you are. Our excursion to the pyramids (with Fred Olsen) included a visit to the Egyptian Museum, a fantastic lunch at the Cairo Hilton, an excellent tour guide, and all for about £80 each. The convoy of coaches was accompanied by a truck full of armed guards and didn't slow down once on the high-speed two hour drive to Cairo - every junction was guarded by an armed policeman and each coach had an armed Egyptian security officer. You can gather from this that the Egyptian authorities believe tourists are at risk! We had a truly amazing day and I'm very glad we went on an organised trip - it was worth every penny!

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Wilba - replied to Lane (08 Dec 08 11:43)

I honestly believe this security to the pyramids is over hyped. At no time did we feel threatened or uncomfortable, we were able to stop for food & drink when WE liked, & used the taxi to take us right up to the pyramids & then down to the Sphinx & in 50 years of cruising was one of the best days out we could remember. The comments we got from the 'coach crowd' was not good. 7 hours before being fed & no water stops, made the day arduous. Admittedly this was with a different cruise line to P&O ..Regards Wilba .

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Lane - replied to Wilba (08 Dec 08 13:29)

I'm sure you're right, and I would certainly recommend seeing the pyramids by whatever means possible. I would advise visitors to be careful though - there are stories about people being taken on camel rides into the desert and huge sums of money being demanded to take them back! We were taking photographs by a pyramid when a policeman with a machine gun took our camera from us, then took a few photos of us and tried to get us to pay for the privilege! We refused, and quickly headed back to the safety of our coach...

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Wilba - replied to Lane (08 Dec 08 17:20)

If you only had your camera taken once you did well. I think we lost count of the 'camera for cash' pictures we had taken & to be honest 1 Euro is all you need to make them happy. As for the policeman, he actually gave his machine gun to my 11 year old nephew to pose for a photo with him. Could you imagine the tabloids if a copper did that in this country!!......Regards Wilba.

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Macro - replied to Wilba (09 Dec 08 02:26)

What I find amazing is you allowing the boy to handle such a lethal weapon. They are not 'boys toys' , they are killing machines. In the UK if a 'copper' did that and you allowed it, you would eually be in trouble and quite right too.

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Wilba - replied to Macro (09 Dec 08 07:23)

My answer is simple. At a similar age of 11 or 12, I marched around the city centre every Sunday morning with a .303 Enfield Rifle on my shoulder, along with about 30 other Air Cadets, Square Bashing. Not only did we handle these 'killing machines', we also fired them on weekend RAF outings & week long summer camps, Bren Guns & Sten Guns included. Handled live Hand Grenades, how terrifying! No! We just didn’t live in the Namby Pamby, Molly Coddled, and Litigious society that we have now created for them.

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Sim - Answered a Question by wilkinson (08 Dec 08 11:06)

If the Port Said visit is at the end of Arcadia's World Cruise there will probably be no other way to visit the pyramids but to take the ship's cruise tour. Last year on Aurora's World Cruise only passengers on the ship's tours were disembarked by tender around 5 in the morning at the start of the Suez Canal and were then picked up at Port Said about 18 hours later. On arrival at Port Said passengers who had not taken the tour were only allowed off the ship on to the quayside to buy from stalls.

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