Lake Nasser
Lake Nasser
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This artificial lake, which was created after the construction of the Aswan Dam, is more than 500 kilometers long of which 150 belong to the Sudan.
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carol c
Dothan, AL3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Do not sail on the MS Abbas... Take a day trip to the lake and Abbu Simbul instead. The ship has peeling paint, paper lamp shades in your rooms, and antiquated furniture. The food was ALL buffet every meal...and bland. my morning coffee was served in paper cups. Ripped carpet on ramps to get on and off the ship...If you are American this compares to Hotel 6. I understand the economics in the country but this is not a 5 star ship.
Written December 4, 2021
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Mohamed Elwaseef
Cairo, Egypt79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
we took a cruise in lake nasser from Aswan to Abu Simbel, weather was just perfect , clear, warm and fresh air
while being there don't miss the watch the stars at night while listening to classical music......
Written December 31, 2017
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AC1JC1
South Yorkshire, UK199 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
Lake Nasser, Another poor opinion of “The Nubian Sea,” and Thomas Cook.

We travelled with Thomas Cook, to Luxor. It was not until we arrived in Luxor that we were advised that we would not be travelling on “The African Dreams,” but had been booked on to another boat.
We were transferred to Aswan by car and then flew to Abel Simbel. The transfer to the boat was a fiasco with no organisation. We were deposited in a car park and pointed in the direct of the exit overlooking the lake and two boats we were advised that we were on “The Nubian Sea.” This is at best a three star boat. We had booked and paid for a five star, “The African dreams.”

The descent from the car park was down initially a concrete stairpath, of approximately eighty steps them on to a rock strewn path in places no more than 18 inches wide with NO guard rails and a drop of fifty feet or more into the water.
The reception area on the boat is dowdy and so was the surly male receptionist. We were asked for our passports and given keys to a cabin and left to find our own way there. The cabins were tired as is the whole boat which is in dire need of refurbishment. The food was adequate but not five star, the staff in the restaurant tried hard to please and were possibly the stars of the staff on board.
The excursions ashore were good as was the guide, although it was pretty obvious he was not happy having such a small group. (Lack of potential tips at the end of the cruise.)

On arrival back at Aswan we were disappointed to see “The African Dreams,” berthed opposite. A very impressive boat compared to what we travelled on.

On departure day we were instructed to wait in the bar until called. We were then told to go to reception, the surly male receptionist informed us that our bags were at the top of the stairs on the dock. On the dock our bags were not there, neither were there any of the boats crew. We asked an Egyptian security guard where we should go and was directed to one of the terminal buildings. We then had to ask no less than five Terminal staff where we should go. Eventually arriving outside and having to walk around three hundred yard to the entrance of the docks. It was here we spotted our luggage with two of the boats crew sat on our cases. The trip back to Luxor was by car and was driven by a charming young man.

On arrival at our transit hotel in Luxor we made our complaints known to the Thomas Cook representative, and duly filled in a complaints report.
On arriving home on the 14th of May we wrote to Thomas Cooks Customer Services Department, at the beginning of September we wrote to The Interim CEO of Thomas Cook , Still complaining that we had been put on an inferior boat to which we had paid for. Thomas Cook will to date not accept that they have not fulfilled there contractual obligations to us.
So beware DO NOT BOOK The Lake Nasser cruise with THOMAS COOK., and if you travel with Thomas Cook and need to contact their customer service department do not expect , any redress or satisfaction.
We are regular travellers to Egypt and have been for the last twelve years, we love the country and the Egyptian people.

Do not be put off by the current troubles, but choose carefully who you book your holiday with.
Written September 18, 2011
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Nefertari Anne
Glasgow, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We sailed in Sept/Oct 2009 from Aswan to Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. I thoroughly recommend it. If you like Egypt and history then this is a must after sailing the Nile. Our guide on the boat was very knowledgeable and has written books on Lake Nasser. The journey was wonderful the food excellent. Very few British travel to this part as little is advertised. We flew to Luxor, then travelled by private car to Aswan where we aboarded MS Nubian Sea. We flew back from Abu Simbel via Aswan to Luxor. We were met by a member of Kuoni travel who at each airport escorted us safely to our waiting car then on to the Sheraton in Luxor. A wonderful holiday and full marks to Kuoni and their guides.
Written April 5, 2010
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ronald c
Deal, UK551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
we flew to Aswan with ,GB airways soon to be part of easy jet.2 hours late departing Gatwick and on return yet another 1 hr delay,glad they are sold to easy jet.
joined the Movenpick owned ship MS Prince Abbas 5 star,first impressions very good.large cabin well looked after good basic bathroom very comfy single beds.
dining room smart and waiters very friendly,they spoke English,Italian,Spanish,Russian,German.a good mix of people aboard, food buffet style very good lots of choice.
drinks wine £140 egyptian,beer £27 water £11 1500mls.
as we where a stuck on a vessel visiting no towns then price was acceptable.
plenty of sunbeds usually hogged by the italians,and plenty of seating in the shade,good waiter service on deck,pool freezing cold.
as tipping is a way of life here we gave £30 sterling to the all crew collection,and £5 stering to our room boy and waiter.
their wages for their 5 weeks work was about £250 Egyptian,£12 to the £ sterling.limited money changing facilities on board use a c/c for end of voyage payments buy £ egyptian before arrival
a very relaxing way to go to Abu Simbel fabulous views on arrival no mooring in front overnight as they have a sound & light show,have to moor around the side.
we went in November 2007 temp 80-90 daily chilly at night whilst vessel underway but usually moored somewhere at about 1 hour after sunset.
the only complaint l have for this holiday is that VJV(voyages jules verne) insist on paying the tour manager £8 sterling p/p for tips at temples, 3 visited,meaning he pockets at least 75% for himself.
so my end of voyage tip was scaled down by a factor of 60%.
this is a cruise only needed to be done once and in hindsight would have done it as a 3 day part cruise.
Written November 13, 2007
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Maram
Cairo, Egypt25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
i went with my friends to movenpick prince abbas.. it was my first time we started our cruise from aswan and ended at abu simbel.. the ship was great and the quality of food was perfect.. staff was helpful and cheerful.. the ship is open so take care if you have your kids with you.. there are no hotel slippers inside the rooms aslo there are no (shattaf) inside the room toilets.. there are two swimming pools on the roof one for kids and it is heated.. you will spend two days without network and internet so be prepared.. i recommend you to start with abu simbel and end in aswan so you will have enough time to stay at aswan.
Written February 3, 2018
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JWN1942
Germany279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
Just returned from a 4night Lake Nasser cruise on the MS Prince Abbas with VJV.

The boat is a rated 5*, not perhapy as luxurious as the Nile boats but nevertheless extremely comfortable and well appointed. The cabins are of average size with small bathrooms, rather dark as there is only a small window that looks on to the walkways around the decks. Everywhere was kept very clean.
The food was excellent and the staff very helpfull. There are only a few boats on the Lake so none of the temple sites were crowded. We visited Abu Simbel in the late afternoon after the main groups of tourists had left so we were able to spend as much time as we liked wandering round before making our way back to the boat. The overwater approach to Abul Simbel was quite an experience especially for those who hadn't visited the temples before.
The boats do a 7night cruise as well as a 4 night one but I think the long one might be just a bit too long.
Great cruise boat, one that I would recommend.
Written December 15, 2011
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Le H
Chester, UK124 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Lake Nasser"s temples etc are normally visited by boat but you can travel by partially made roads. The lake is very tranquil with wonderful birdlife as well as interesting temples although not as good as you see on a cruise from Luxor to Aswan. The view as you approach Abu Simbel is especially good. All the sites are completely tourist free except from your own party which is a welcome change from those visited along the Nile. One word of warning take care of the boat you sail in as ours was rated 4star but 2 star was nearer the mark.
Written March 14, 2006
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fuzzbarb
Adelaide, Australia151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We did a four-night cruise on the Steigenberger Omar el Khayam.

We were originally booked on the Movenpick MS Prince Abbass but were notified prior to our departure that the ship had changed.

The staff onboard the Lake Nasser boat were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were unfailingly polite and friendly. They also tried to make the trip fun. 

The internet was basically non-existent, but after initially being disappointed, it turned out to be a blessing, as people had to converse with each other instead of sitting looking at their devices over meals and on excursions.

We were invited by the general manager of the boat to inspect the kitchens to see how spotless they were.  They wash all of their fruit, vegetables etc in boiled spring water.  We also had a tour of the (bridge?) part of the boat where the captain sits / steers. The general manager told us - and I thought he was joking - that the captain and co-captain, who were brothers, couldn’t use the boat’s radar system, but that was OK, as they knew the waters like the backs of their hands.  A couple of hours later, when docking, the captain smacked the boat straight into the rocks (photo attached of where we docked), sending most of us scurrying to our balconies to see if we were re-enacting the sinking of the Titanic!  This must be why, when we first arrived, the first thing we saw when we entered our cabin were two life jackets on the bed. There was no damage done to the boat re: docking. It was just a jolt, nothing serious.

The boat was only at about 40 per cent capacity and we noticed a few ‘ghost ships’ in the harbour at Aswan.  Tourism numbers in Egypt are not good, so a number of boats just sit idle in the harbour.  There was only one other cruise ship operating on the lake when we were there, but we never saw it.

The only boat we saw on Lake Nasser was a ferry we saw coming from or heading to Sudan.

The shore excursions were extremely interesting and we had most of the amazing temples and other sites to ourselves. The scenery was spectacular.  We saw lots of falcons and a few eagles.  The only scorpions and crocodiles we saw were the ones with souvenir sellers - stuffed or live - for posing for photos with, which I avoided. 

The temples are wonderful inside. Outside, some of them they look quite plain, but inside they are mostly highly-decorated and still have a lot of their original colours as they are protected from the light.

What was unusual was that on each shore excursion, we were accompanied by a plain-clothes policeman with a machine gun.

At one of the site, some of us chose to be transported by donkey cart, and there was just one man with his two donkeys.  There used to be men with camels as well, but there are no longer enough tourists, so they sold their camels.

The approach by ship to Abu Simbel was spectacular! 

 Inside, Abu Simbel is just as awe-inspiring as the outside. It is right up there with the pyramids. Photos do not do it justice. There is an excellent black and white documentary on how they moved Abu Simbel. An amazing engineering feat.

We also saw Abu Simbel again that night, but this time with a light and music show.  They don’t need to jazz up’, Abu Simbel, as it is spectacular enough without razzmatazz. However, as I had skipped the last light and sound show at the Philadelphia Temple, I was was strongly ‘advised’ by our tour leader  to attend :-) .  It did not enjoy it at all, but I am not into that sort of thing. It was in Spanish and other languages were available through a battery-operated head set.

We had an interrupted night’s sleep on the last night on the ship, as we were parked near some rocks on the other side of Abu Simbel, and it was very rough in the early hours of the morning. It felt like we were been smashed against the rocks every few minutes (we weren’t, it was just very rough). The speedboat ride to shore to disembark the next morning was ‘interesting’, given the rough waters. It is a good job I only had a light breakfast!
Written June 14, 2019
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Camaderry
belgium62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
After a Nile cruise a few years ago my wife has always wanted to do a Lake Nasser cruise. I was not so enthusiastic but having just returned I must say it was a fantastic experience. We travelled on the MS Kasr Ibrim, a sister boat to the Eugenie. A beautiful boat built to imitate 1920s splendour. There were only about 15 passengers on a boat that could probably take 130. It was like a private charter. Nevertheless there was not the slightest sign that they were cutting back on the services to their customers. The food was top class and loads of choice. There was even a doctor on board. Staff were extremely pleasant. I was told that out of the seven boats on Lake Nasser only 3 are operating. The sad thing is that there is not even enough tourists to fill one boat. We visited all the temples on our way to Abu Simbal and had a lovely evening arrival at this most wonderful monument. I hope tourism picks up soon in Egypt. Its a fabulous country
Written February 9, 2013
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