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Sail Date: January 2019
The good: - ship is in pretty good shape but is in need of refurbishment - food is excellent! (with the exception of the inedible tenderloin) - ship staff works hard to ensure a great experience - Shaima the massage therapist ... Read More
The good: - ship is in pretty good shape but is in need of refurbishment - food is excellent! (with the exception of the inedible tenderloin) - ship staff works hard to ensure a great experience - Shaima the massage therapist is wonderful The bad: - gym/spa is laughable - rooms are large but the bathrooms are microscopic - shower was so small I had to keep the door open to shower. Needs a spot to place soap etc. it was very poorly designed. The ugly: - Deck 1 smells like petroleum! I alerted the staff and manager (Ahmed) to the toxic petroleum smell in my cabin and all they could do was spray it with room freshener, they suggested i sleep with my cabin door open (unsafe!) or move to another deck. I was unable to move to another deck because of lack of availability of other rooms. Multiple guests were having migraines and breathing problems in Deck 1 rooms. These should be avoided until the environmental concern is addressed. - the tour director told us that soda, water and local wine and beer (to a preset limit) was included. However, this was only in the dining room. All beverages incurred an extra charge in the lounge. This was deceptive for an “all inclusive” as we spent much time in the lounge given this was the only spot with free WiFi. -WiFi was ridiculously poor even if you paid the up charge. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We started planning in 2006, and we knew we didn’t want to brave Egypt on our own, so we set our sites on finding the best tour company. My wife, being the five star gal she is, did her homework and determined that Abercrombie & Kent ... Read More
We started planning in 2006, and we knew we didn’t want to brave Egypt on our own, so we set our sites on finding the best tour company. My wife, being the five star gal she is, did her homework and determined that Abercrombie & Kent was the best. By 2015 Egypt looked settled, and we finally booked A&K’s Egypt & The Nile River Tour. Yea! Here are is the synopsis. Please check out my blog and review of the cabin below for more details. The Sunboat (5/5) - We decided at the last minute to upgrade to the Royal Suite on the Sun Boat IV, as it wasn’t that much more expensive. It was fantastic having that deck up on the top of the boat to enjoy the sunrise. We had cabin 408 on the port side. 407 on the starboard side was facing the Nile when we were in port so we would have booked that side had we understood which way the ship faced in port. The ship was kept in immaculate shape and the service was great, but it is an old ship. I still give it a 5 all things considered. Sites (4.75/5) - The itinerary was packed with highlights. The schedule was aggressive and sometimes grueling, but there is probably no other way to cover so much ground in 9 days of active touring. The Valley Of The Kings, Karnak, Abu Simbel, Dendera, and the Egyptian Museum were the show stoppers. I have two criticisms. First, you have a couple of very long days that make it hard to take everything in. Second, and most important, the carriage ride to Edfu Temple was disturbing. They need to put their foot down on the mistreatment of the horses. See details in Day 5 below. Tour Guide (5/5) - If you get Ibrahim as we did, count yourself lucky. Not only was he knowledgeable, he was enthusiastic and entertaining. His little jokes kept us smiling and he never ceased to supply details that really brought everything to life. "Father Abraham", our pet name for him, really took care of us and treated us like his family. I was amazed at the depth of his knowledge, even when he took us on an add-on tour of Coptic Christian sites! Hotels (4.75/5) - The Mena House is rich with history and the view can’t be beat. Also the complex is a small compound, which gives you a lot of safe space to soak up your first days in Egypt. You won't believe how close to the Great Pyramid it is either. That said, it’s old. On the back end, the Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza is, well, the Four Seasons. They were renovating however, mostly non-smoking floors (yes, they still smoke in that hotel). They initially booked us on the 7th floor - pretty low and near the noisy street. When we asked for higher floor away from the noise that was also non-smoking, it was a problem. A&K should guarantee a higher floor and non-smoking for their group. This snafu kind of put a damper on our first night there as we didn't get into our final room until about 9:30 pm and we were exhausted. More details below. Food (4.25/5) - Food was the weakest area of the cruise, but still very, very good. The restaurants at the Mena House were excellent (we ate at the Indian place twice!). The food on the boat was very good but not great as I was hoping. I’m comparing this to our suite dining experience on an Celebrity cruise in 2015; which was 5 out of 5 stars. Also the snacks and bag lunches you get on a couple of the long days were genuinely disappointing. Dry stale sandwiches mostly. Four Seasons dining was excellent but really expensive due to the 12% 'service charge' (that is not a tip), and a 14% VAT tax. Transportation (4.5/5) - The transportation was good and efficient. The bus we used had A/C and a bathroom, and they booked a full site bus just for a group of 18 so we had room to spread out. The in-country flights were economy and we just got preassigned seats, so some of the taller members in our group were squashed. But the flights were short so it wasn't so bad. Also, we had 3 hour layover in Aswan waiting to fly back to Cairo, despite there being an earlier flight we could have made. That said, things ran efficiently and in all cases they get you where you need to go on time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
This was the best adventure of my lifetime, and I'm 69 years old. Excellent accommodations, service and dining, nicely decorated. There was ample food and very tasty. The room was quite comfortable, with a private bathroom and ... Read More
This was the best adventure of my lifetime, and I'm 69 years old. Excellent accommodations, service and dining, nicely decorated. There was ample food and very tasty. The room was quite comfortable, with a private bathroom and shower. The window in the room gave an excellent view as we sailed. The staff was always available to answer questions and be of service. There is an outside deck where you can lounge and enjoy the fresh air. There is a gift shop with very nice jewelry and Egyptian articles, clothing and very nice souviners. Reasonably priced and very accommodating, t-shirts with a personalized name in Egyptian script. The entertainment was excellent, I had the most relaxing time onboard, would recommend this trip to anyone. Easy to embark and disembark as its a small ship and not overcrowded. If I ever get a chance to return, I certainly would take this Nile river cruise again. Read Less
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