We took a 7 Day Nile cruise on the Royal Viking Nov 2012. The cruise was a present from our daughter . Although we are fairly well traveled this type of holiday was a new experience for us both.
We had an upper deck room which was brilliant both comfortable and quiet, the "towel art" each day was a nice touch. Food was good all week and the standard of hygiene can only be described as exceptional, kitchen and dining room were spotless and all passengers had to use an anti bacterial gel on their hands before entering the dining room for each meal.
The Guide assigned to our group (Ahmed) was superb helpful and extremely knowledgeable and really made the trip special..The entertainment most evenings was a nice addition and we were lucky to meet some great people. All the excursions were well planned and we will never forget the sunrise over the desert on our way to Abu Simbal (it was a long coach drive but worth it).
Couple of things which may help others:
Take some Egyptian change if you can get hold of it (tipping loo attendants on visits)
Good walking shoes and hat are a must have
There is no coffee/Tea in the room, small kettle and the "makings" would have been good for a morning cuppa in the room
The light show visit at Karnak was fabulous
Be prepared for the Hawkers on the visits they are very persistent, anyone who offers any and I mean any help (no matter how small) at the Temples expects a Tip
Would we do it again "you bet we would" it was great, not sure if the daughter will cough up again but it was the present of a lifetime.
Hope this helps.
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