I have just come back from my second Nile cruise, this time on the Emilio. I chose this boat as it was of a similar standard as the Stephanie that I went on 2 years ago. I was not disappointed!! It was a lovely boat and the crew were great and our guide Safwat was so knowledgeable and passionate about Egypt and it's history. There was always a good choice of food at mealtimes and the waiters were friendly and helpful. We were on a table of 10, which included a group of 8 who travelled together, they made us feel very welcome and we had a good laugh. It was a holiday for my friend's birthday and a lady from the group of 8 also was celebrating. A cake was brought out for them at dinner and music and dancing took place. It is a tiring holiday getting up so early for the excursions but had to be done, not every temple was the same, they all had different stories and although I had done them before it was still worth going back. The boat was clean and tidy, our room was kept very clean and we had the usual things made out of towels left on the bed. The sun deck was nice with plenty of beds, chairs and shade!!! I went in the pool, which again was clean, but freezing - it is their winter after all!! We had our galabaya party the night of the day we went to Abu Simbel, which was really tiring, almost everyone dressed up and it was a fantastic night. Our guide did party games and we had so much fun, we also got the Italians and Germans up playing too, although there was a bit of rivalry, but done in a fun way!! I would certainly recommend this boat and Orbital Travel as we had to walk though other boats when disembarking and they were not as nice. I would also say if you had Safwat as you guide then you will have a great time. The only downside is they allow smoking in the bar/lounge area, which we are not used to anymore.
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