2 independent reviews for Nile cruises, 19th century style

Reviews for Nile cruises, 19th century style

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review 15 Jan 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

1) The amazing sites of ancient Egyptian civilisation very well commented and made to come alive by our very good guides Joseph and Mohamed from the operator. 2) The trip on a dhabia boat along the Nile for the beauty of the scenery but also the quality of the service and facilities on board

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book through this operator; don't go from Cairo to Luxor on the overnight sleeper (our idea) as very uncomfortable, nor from Aswan to Abou Simbel by convoy: The convoy races through the desert, you're not allowed to stop at all you only get 2 hours at the site (for a total of 6 hours driving!) and if you are unlucky, like us you'll get a lousy driver to boot. So: fly everywhere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Difficult to say for such a short holiday. Re impact on the environment: we were led to believe that dhabias SAIL down the Nile but in fact we were tugged all the way by smelly tugboats - official explanation: not enough wind, but the sail of the dhabia did seem disproportinately small for the vessel and we did get the distinct impression picking up bits of conversation that they never really sail.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent, we were extremely well looked after by staff.

Read the operator's response here:

We always appreciate the views of our travelers and take all their points in consideration . As for the dahabias , through the past years all the dahabias we have used and had our travelers sail on have actually had tug boats as it is a requirement by the river police to have tug boats to secure continuos sailing and performing programs .

review 23 Feb 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The best part of the holiday was the Dahabia. A fantastic boat - the Royal Cleopatra - and a real privilege to be able to moor at such unspoilt places. It meant we could go to unusual sites, such as the sandstone quarry and a camel market, as well as walk on some islands in the Nile. All fascinating. All the sites that we visited were brought to life by our excellent guide, too. The food was all delicious - Egyptian dishes using local ingredients.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Try and go on an individual boat like this. It is more expensive, but it is a truly remarkable experience. The cruise boats looked so big and brash in comparison. And, if given the option, definitely have a guide on the boat with you, as it was a real bonus being able to ask about all sorts of aspects of Egyptian life.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It definitely seemed to benefit local people, and the boat especially seemed a locally-run concern, with Egyptian employees. Impact on the environment seemed minimal as the way of life on the boat was so simple, with very little water wastage and all local food.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Between 4 and 5 star - one of the best holidays we've ever had, and will definitely be back, especially to the sites of upper Egypt. My children, aged 13 and 11, and 72 year-old mother all loved it too, so it is very well suited to a wide age range. This operator organised every aspect very well. The only glitch concerned an internal flight, which was no-one's fault. Can thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

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