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Review of Nile River

Nile River
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Nile River Dinner Cruise with Egyptian Show
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Private Guided Day Tour: Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Nile Dinner Cruise
Ranked #39 of 745 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.
Cairo, Egypt
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24 reviews
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We spent 4 fantastic days cruising fom Luxor to Aswan on the Sonesta Moon Goddess in early May. The boat was the only one we saw in the entire trip which had balconies, several boats had sliding doors but the only thing outside the door was a rail. They could get fresh air but not go out. Each cabin has a private balcony with room for 2 chairs and a small table, it was lovely in the afternoons sat there with a cold drink watching the nile go by.

Food on board was brilliant we had a 4 course dinner every night and the food and service were first class. Lunch and breakfast was just as good. Afternoon tea was on the upper deck, tea coffee biscuits and cake or fruit every day was a nice way to wind down and watch the sunset.

Site visits along the way were organised by Sonesta and were first class too. The guides were very knowledgeable and very helpful, transport was good and we had plenty of time at all the sites.

Visited May 2013
8 Thank AhmedMahran
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Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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“Not the Nile Legacy we expected”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Thomson and their parent TUI have reinvented Egyptology as a Nile booze cruise. I travelled on the Nile Legacy – which is exclusive to Thomson – with my wife in June 2013. The Steigenberger Hotel Group operate the Nile Legacy boat for Thomson/TUI and it is difficult to fault the accommodation, food and attentive and helpful Egyptian staff, including the excellent Egyptologists. But, unfortunately Thomson’s heavy hand came close to ruining the cruise for us.

Thomson are marketing the Nile Legacy as an ‘adults only’ holiday and it may well appeal to a certain sector of the market. Drinks were lined up on the bar by the all-inclusive passengers to beat the midnight free drink curfew and decorous ladies floated in the miniscule swimming pool clutching G & T’s in glasses – yes glasses, not plastic beakers. There were conga lines round the boat, Jemma sang Andrew Lloyd Webber to a pre-recorded backing after dinner, and if you didn’t want to pose for the fancy dress photos with the official Thomson photographer he was very rude to you indeed. The Nile Legacy is not a big boat, so if you don’t want to join in the after-dinner “fun” the choice is the insect infested upper deck or your cabin.

This Butlins on the Nile was presided over by a Thomson courier who had an attitude that stretched from Aswan to Luxor. If you joined the party – and many did and posted nice comments about him – everything was swell. But if you didn’t it was a different matter, and the courier was not averse to referring openly to some passengers as, and I quote, “winging windbags”; language, incidentally, which Thomson’s head office is not fazed by.

Yes, this style of “holiday experience”, as the Thomson buzz word spew terms it, will suit some. This is reflected in positive reviews elsewhere and I respect those views. But Thomson has missed the point that not everyone wants this kind of holiday entertainment on a relatively small cruise boat, and they have no interest at all in the minority that do not. We came away from the Nile Legacy impressed by the boat and disappointed with Thomson. We attempted to communicate our concerns - including some relating to passenger safety - in a friendly and constructive way to Thomson’s head office and were horrified by their unhelpful, arrogant and frankly uncaring attitude. Emails remained unanswered for more than a month, and, when they were answered, all the “customer care” team could do was trot out the results of customer questionnaires which proved everything was wonderful on the Nile Legacy. If your view differs, you are politely and after much delay, told to jump in the Nile.

It may seem unfair to mark down the basically excellent core offering of the Steigenberger Hotel Group and their excellent Egyptian staff. But you can’t have the Nile Legacy without Thomson/TUI, which means the whole Nile Legacy package receives a grudging two star rating from me.

Visited June 2013
31 Thank Max S
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Nour El Nil”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Hello TA community, I feel obligated to write a review after reading the others and seeing that no one mentioned Nour el Nil. Ever since I came back I've caught myself day dreaming about being back on the Nile on our Dahabieh with it's red and white stripe sails. Nour El Nil was the experience of a lifetime. This cruise is strictly for anti-cruisers; for people who care about aesthetics and eating well, for people with open minds. The dahabieh we went on was unbelievable and you could just see people watch our boat as we passed theirs. Nour el Nil was started by a couple from Paris who fell in love with the Nile. Their passion really shows and I cannot recommend it enough! If you'd like to check out some photos and a more in depth description, I wrote a little snippit about it here:


Warm Regards,

Visited April 2013
12 Thank katewoodbury
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Oeiras, Portugal
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“Millennial and fascinating”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The sunsets are magical. For those who enjoy History and literary adventures of Agatha Christie, for example (Old Cataract Hotel)

Visited October 2012
3 Thank mcristinag66
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Doha, Qatar
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“Good trip to go”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

See the old egypt and the modern egypt through the Nile is really good experience to do . Avoid not booking this trip trough ur hotel or travel agency u trust .

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Egyptiandiver
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