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Nile Cruise on RAII

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Nile Cruise on RAII

Has anyone been on RA II boat for a Nile cruise? Not too late for me to change it if it's a complete rust bucket - as I've heard that some of these Nile cruise boats are!

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1. Re: Nile Cruise on RAII

do not change I have been on this boat very good, enjoy the food and entertainment

colin

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2. Re: Nile Cruise on RAII

We went May 05 and had the most fantastic time. We came back feeling healthier than we had in years! Lovely food, great staff, comfy beds. The tours are fantastic but can be tiring if you go everyday.

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Eekmouse - thanks for the response but you've replied to a post that was nearly a year old, we went on it before you in April 05!

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Oops!!! My first ever post and I screwed up already! Anyway, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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5. Re: Nile Cruise on RAII

We too are going on the RAII - next Jan/Feb. What did you think JeannetteSD?

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Shannon - It was fine. Cabins (& boat)a bit on the shabby (tired) side but clean and tidy which is the main thing. Once you've got over the shock of it being a cabin as opposed to a big hotel room, it's spacious enough really - you get used to it. Bathroom miniscule. Food excellent and plenty of it - eat as much as you like (or can). Staff can't do enough for you - friendly. Small shop on board and a gift/jewellery shop.

Not that much going on in the evenings, fairly small boat, 75 cabins or so. Belly dancer one night (terrible, poor girl - she needs to get our more). Galibayer (spelling?) evening (it's a thing you wear). You can get them at all the 'boat stops' but don't pay more than LE50 each for them. You can go dressed as a belly dancer but you'll get dragged up to do a demonstration for everyone so you've been warned!

You'll be assigned a dining table and you sit there for all your meals, hopefully your companions will be friendly because you're stuck with them. Ours were great.

Sun loungers and tables on deck. Plunge pool - ghastly, spa - oily. Didn't feel inclined to use either.

No tea/coffee facilities in cabin but bar open all day and served both. You do have a fridge though. Can get hairdryer from reception apparently.

All drinks etc are 'signed for', no money changes hands until the end of the cruise when you settle up. There was no 'cheating' and our bill was completely accurate (& massive - we drink a lot). Tipping egyptologist and crew is done at the end (envelopes for the purpose are supplied), guide to amount is displayed in the lobby but it's up to you really.

No shorts in the bar/restaurant in the evening, casual/smart but no need to overdo it, leave the tiara at home. Can wear whatever you like the rest of the time.

Trips were interesting, Abu Simbel was great, hot air balloon - unimpressive (our flight anyway). Be prepared to get up with the lark, everything starts early.

Enough for you to be getting on with I think. We had a brilliant time and would definitely do this again - loved it. Might pick a bigger boat though, with a bit more socialising in the evening. Think our lot must have been with SAGA - seemed to go back to cabins right after dinner........! That'll be different with each sailing though so you may get a more energetic crowd.