The lock was closed when I went on the Emilio on the 12 Dec 2005 and was reopened on the 18th when we all went up on deck at 2:30 am just to see what happened. The lock closure is no big deal.. it just means you are coached around it on the way from the airport and get on the boat on the far side. You wont miss out on a thing because of it so please dont let that stop you from booking!
Karein Egypt.. thanks for all your good advice to the forum. I read what you say with great interest.