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“Nile Cruise on MV Grand Rose”
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Nile River
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4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
Ranked #43 of 753 things to do in Egypt
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Stretching for 4,187 miles, the longest river in the world flows from its major source, Lake Victoria in east central Africa, through Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and northwards into Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
Reviewed April 24, 2012

I travelled with my partner on a weeks Nile Cruise on the MV Grand Rose booked
through Red Sea Holidays. We got back 2 weeks ago and we are still talking about
the wonderful time that we had. I would have no problem in recommending this boat
to anyone. We had not previously been on a cruise but many other guests that we met
had and all commented on the large size of the cabins.

5  Thank MeophamMelly
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and i spent a week aboard the Crown Prince with friends celebrating our joint 25th wedding anniveries and it was excellent from moment we stepped on board, crew fantastic and nothing too much trouble, all the little extras like hot towels awaiting you on return from trips to towel sculptures in rooms, especially on our aniversary when our room was covered in sculptures and toilet roll streamers, make it just that little bit more special. Waiters even took time to dance and sing round restaraunt and make cakes if anyone was celebrating anthing. Even if you never set foot off the boat for any trips just to sit watching the different aspects of life lived on the sides of this river makes for an eye opening memorable trip. Plenty of things to join in with and most people seem to want to although to pressure to. Would recommend this holiday and especially this boat to anyone.

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Reviewed April 21, 2012

My husband and I went on a one week, all inclusive cruise on the MS Grand Rose, with 10 inclusive trips to various temples and the Valley of the Kings, booked through Red Sea Holidays. The MS Grand Rose is billed as 5*+. Think 3-4*.

Value - as we booked this one week before departure and paid half price this was definitely value for money, whether we would have felt the same at over £1,200 per person full price is debatable.

Tours - we were fortunate to have an experienced guide for the tours who was knowledgeable. Two tours were changed at the last minute due to "security issues" which were not explained. You will be harassed at all turns by sellers of fake artefacts, cotton goods etc. who literally stand in front of you until you buy - beware! The sites you are taken to see are totally awesome.

Boat - the cabins were not large but comfortable (shame the windows were not clean for the odd photograph), but the bathroom had a mouldy smell due to no ventilation. DO NOT pay the extra £50 per person for the top floor as the view is no better on the two days you are cruising, and you will be woken up by the shouting of staff across the boats when cleaning at 5.30am (on a couple of days - as we were).

The top deck - sun deck with tiny pool - think large hot tub size. If you want a bed around this be prepared to get up before sunrise. Although there is a notice about not reserving sun beds in four languages the Germans guests are clearly illiterate or ignorant. Management will do absolutely nothing to resolve this! Although you are told that they don't like the Germans or their behaviours, they make up 75% of the passengers, and I'm sure they say the same to the British.

Food - plentiful, hot and boring. If anyone can tell the difference between an "Egyptian" dinner, and an "oriental dinner", they've done better than me. The starters are extremely monotonous salads, the soups bear no relation to their description, and the main courses - whilst having different descriptions....... We couldn't spot the difference. Oh, and if you want to get any same old, same old desserts - do what the Germans do and get them at the same time as your starter. Seven of the British "contingent" of sixteen experienced "pharoahs revenge".

TIPS - on arrival you are asked by the guide to provide £20 per person for sharing among all staff for tips (not including guide). At the departure meeting you are encouraged to tip extra to those staff you feel have given good service. DO NOT buy the DVDs 20euros, as they don't work.

WARNING - on arrival at the boat (transfers for luggage excellent) you will be asked to sign (every person - not just one per cabin) a disclaimer for theft. Unfortunately we had a theft of an iPhone on board. Can happen in any corner of the world - but ........ The guide was most unhelpful, as we knew it could have been only one of two people (staff on the boat). After insisting we reported it to the police two things stuck out, 1. We had to pay £40 for a return taxi to the police station (after much haggling this was reimbursed), and 2. We were put under enormous pressure to say that we didn't know where it was lost i.e. not implicating the boat as they didn't want an enquiry and interviews of staff on the boat. As we were due to return home next day we stuck to this line - but if it happened early in the holiday would have taken a different view. We believe that this is a common occurrence.

BEWARE - we were berthed in Aswan and saw lots of cars, hooting and police cars on shore.We were told by staff it was a 'wedding'. Next day we drove past the Ministry of Justice that had all its windows smashed. Don't believe everything you hear!

On reflection we had a great, value for money holiday - but people should be aware of the irritations above. If we had paid full price we would have been disappointed.

7  Thank Ek3
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

fantastic holiday from the moment we stepped on board, the staff were so helpfull and entertaining, the food was realy good and plenty of choice, would recommend you do the 7am trips with the ship guides like we did because temp reached 40c by 9am,but dont let that put you of the sites and tombs were fantastic .best holiday ever wont forget this one.

6  Thank yorkjoe
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

I have just returned from a weeks cruise on the Nile with my mum from 9th -16th April 2012. We had a fantastic time, I booked the holiday with Red Sea Holidays and we flew from Gatwick with Monarch. the flight was o.k with reduced legroom and next to no inflight entertainment.

The reps in resort were excellent, the ship was amazing, everything I had expected and more. Onboard we were a group of about 24 English, the rest were German or scandinavian, we had a few problems with Germans with regards to towels and sunbeds even though the ship had a no reserve policy, it wasn't abided by.

The food was excellent and they catered extremely well for special dietary requirements, we couldn't have asked for more and you certainly wouldn't have gone hungry! There was plenty of variety and would definitely opt for All Inclusive again.

The accommodation was lovely, we had a twin room, although most nights bar two we had no view as we were docked next to other ships so the curtains had to remained closed which was disappointing, it made the rooms quite dark, but we were never in there very long anyway.

The included trips we excellent, we certainly learned about the History of Egypt, we also did the optional extra of Abu Simbel and the Hot Air Balloon. The cost for the first was exrtremely high and I think Red Sea holidays need to look at this, although it wass a trip of a life time. The Hot Air Balloon was deifinitely worth it.

Overall we had a few gripes, the cleaners going through my stuff to find bits for the towel displays they do when they make up your rooms, the reservations of sunbeds and the ship staff not being bothered, the docking next to other ships and no room views. Overall I would definitely go again on the same ship, I loved every minute. I didn't feel threatened at all with the current situation in Egypt. All in all a fantastic holiday.

6  Thank Mishie32
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