I joined the ship at Luxor where it was moored in a private dock just half an hour from the International airport. Immediately I felt welcomed despite arriving just after midnight. Snacks had been left in my suite and our guide Abdul had introduced himself and briefed us on our itinerary for later that day. I just knew that nothing was going to be too much trouble.
The ship is quiet as it glides upstream towards Aswan, in the same way the staff seem invisible in as much as everything you need is supplied and they are so quiet as they move around the ship…..but instantly there when you need them.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are mainly buffet style with a vast range of foods to try, many of them local. Our guide was only too happy to describe and explain what we were eating. We enjoyed a captain’s cocktail evening with an a la carte menu and short displays of a Nubian dance, belly dancing and a whirling dervish.
There are a couple of shops for souvenirs if you don’t want to barter your way round a local souk. There is a spa with a variety of treatments available and lots of quiet cool corners to sit and rest if all templed out. The top deck has comfortable sun beds and a small pool, also a shaded dining area for lunchtime BBQ’s or a drink.
These ships are quiet at the moment as Egypt continues to suffer a decline in tourism and with ships not full, the quietness is an added luxury.
I chose a ship with a balcony and it was from here I most enjoyed the views of river life slipping by. But the finest luxury that I experienced was the personal guide Abdul whose knowledge and enthusiasm about his country is overwhelming. He organised tickets, transport and well just about anything a luxury guest would desire. He escorted me around the temples and other landmarks with anecdotes, knowledge and patience. He is available for hire not just on the Nile but across Egypt, his details can be found here – https://dinkytravels.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/the-best-egyptologist-in-the-world and he can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
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