First quarter of Fred. Olsen World Cruise

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Cruise Line:
Fred. Olsen Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Balmoral
Destination:
Dubai

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Times cruised before:
6-10
Sailed:
January 2015
Age:
65+
Cabin:
Outside
Occasion:
Annual/regular holiday

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As usual excellent value for money and excellent service, as we have come to expect from Fred. Olsen. A hold up awaiting passage through the Suez Canal meant that we could not get to the Valley of the Kings, which was somewhat disappointing but not the fault of anyone at Fred. Olsen, it was the Egyptian Canal authorities. However we did get to the Pyramids and lunch on the Nile, then a crazy drive through Cairo, complete with a police escort. Full "Blues and Twos" no less. I found the razor wire all around the outside of the ship, and the machine guns on the lower aft decks and guards wandering around the ship a little disconcerting, but it did add a little spice to the trip I suppose. The trip to the Lost City of Petra was, whilst quite expensive, worth every penny. An awesome experience, but jolly hard work, especially the walk back. It was about 3+ miles long and fairly easy going out as it was downhill all the way. However coming back was a serious challenge as it was up hill, and quite uneven in places. There were various ways to get back like camel, donkey, pony and trap and electric buggies, but these we felt were very expensive. About half way back we thought we might take a pony and trap, but felt that $40 was a rip off. We stuck with the walk and were well pleased with ourselves when we got back to a very good lunch. My ONLY grouse would be that the WiFi service offered was inefficient and needs a serious upgrade, as if you were not extremely careful and not log off properly you would lose your time, and at £10.00 for 60 minutes proved to be very expensive for me. I believe that a problem was found and rectified, but by that time. and £40.00 for about 5 mins. in total, I had given up. I was not alone, almost everyone to whom I spoke were experiencing the same difficulties. Apart from this the holiday was perfect,
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