We went on an 7 day tour on the Amarante leaving Luxor for Aswan and then back again. It was a trip that we'll never forget. The history and beauty of Egypt is astonishing and its a real pity that due to the political nature of the Middle East, it's not getting the tourism it should. When sailing, there were a few times we'd go past ships that had now been decommissioned due to not enough business coming through. Never have I seen 5000 year old history so well preserved. This country deserved an audience!
Anyhow, the cruise. Okay, the entertainment wasn't fantastic. There were cheesy discos, along with nights of wearing optional Egyptian dress which was fun. However, friends who we made on the ship said that they had problems sleeping as their rooms were situated directly below the disco bar and the music wouldn't stop til around 1 (thank you Spaniards :p) when we'd have to be up at 7am the next morning for our next tour. The Dervish dancer was amazing, but the belly dancer wasn't a huge amount to shout about.
The food, as tasty as it was, didn't offer a huge range. Each day, there would a rice option, a beef option and a chicken option. We were hoping for a few more fish choices being on water, but unfortunately not, and the chocolate desserts were very disappointing. However, the salads were tasty and, thank God, safe to eat. That didn't stop us jumping for joy when we finally found a McDonalds at Aswan - how very sad.
We had two kids try and robs our wallets in Aswan by trying to sell us newspapers and sneak their hands into our pockets, so do be wary when you hit the streets. However, don't be scared to go out and explore. Our tour guide scared us silly with descriptions, and the main streets really aren't that bad - the ship's crew just don't want you buying things elsewhere maybe?
Our tour guide Romeo was hugely informative and really easy to talk to. He even lent us his laptop to use the internet to forego the humongous wi-fi charge (it wasn't working on the ship at the time, but would have been 5 Euros an hour!) However, it would have been nice to have been informed that we could have done some of the expeditions on the return journey as we had a day on the way back where we were completely free, having rushed everything in beforehand.
We would have towel decorations in all different shapes and sizes of animals. If you plan to go, I won't spoil the surprises for you, but they really made our nights after coming back from our meals.
There's not a huge amount of TV choice, but really - this trip is all about the history and the tours. And there, the ship scored the best marks.