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As we are not trained medical professionals, but a mixed assortments of travel agents and cruising enthusiasts, I would suggest that perhaps your local doctor would have more reliable information.
I have to agree with Aldrich. I am constantly amazed that anyone would take advice on health matters from anyone other than a qualified medical practitioner.
If you are prepred to (foolishly) take advice from another source, you do not need to take anti-malaria tablets for the trip you describe.
The majority of people visiting this area by cruise ship do not take anti-malaria tablets. Of the two towns (cities) you mention Alexandria is by far the most interesting and worth getting to see and know but it is a vastly different world to the one you are used to. Port Said is pretty grotty although I didn't feel threatened wandering around the squares there enjoying architecture that had been absolutely wonderful....in its time. You will have to run the gauntlet of peripatetic traders as you return to the ship though. .. Neil.
Thankyou for your comments, they are very useful. With regards.
You dont need malaria tablets for Eygpt...we have just been with a Thomson cruise... Malaria tablets only required for the tropics....
Thankyou for your answer to my question, I am really grateful. You say you have just been with a cruise to Egypt, we are stopping at Port Said and Alexandria, did you stop there ?. Have you any advice and tips regarding these places.? Thankyou again.
Yes , we were at both ports . just over two weeks ago ....absolutely fabulous....because we wanted to go to the Cairo Museum and then onto the pyramids we took one of the thomson tours, from Port Said...the tours are well worth the money because of the trouble years ago you get an armed escort...through the various checkpoints to cairo then on to Giza...although a long trip it was worth it (you cannot do this independently). The Museum is very busy ...remember if you are an avid fan on Egypt stay next to your guide (to hear)...as the musuem is very busy and noisy. Now Giza well what can I say ...fabulous ...I have waited since I was about 5 years old to see this...and boy did I see them ...we went into the 2nd pyramid ...please be aware not to do this if you do not like confined spaces , are elderly, smoke have asma etc...(not clever) no air ...but touching the stones where the ancient eypgtians had touched..cutt out etc ...was well worth it. The touts selling camel rides etc..horrible cheap souvenirs cannot go across a certain line push your way through ...I was rude to them ...nothing was going to get between me and my pyarimds and this worked returning back to the coach not one approached me...plus the security guard is always on hand...And what can I say the SPHINK was awesome...massive, hugh overwhelming......As to port Said well some people who did get off at the port did not rate it... Now Port Alexandria ...lovely port and town...lots of people felt free and safe enough to do their own thing and from what I saw from the coach i would agree... Because of the short time we had in the port we opted for the tour around the city and visit to the Roman Theatre and the Alexandriia Museum...this was very good...save you walking and wasting time to get to the places you wanted to go to... Aleaxandra musuem very small but not busy ...although not enough said about Cleopatra... We loved Egypt and we are going to book a hotel in Giza for a few days when the new National Museum is completed in 2011....I loved it and I am looking forward to spending at least 3-4 days at the new musuem when it opens .....ps watch out for how they transport their cattle 2-3 in a pick up truck ...the chaos of Cairo traffic and everything else...you will love it .
Thankyou so much for your comments, they are really helpful. We are so looking forward to those places now. With regards.