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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cruising the Nile from Luxor to Aswan - Part 1

A few weeks back, we traveled down to Luxor to begin a cruise along the Nile. The section of the Nile between Luxor and Aswan is heavily traveled by cruise ships.

Linda had chosen the M. S. Royal Ruby for us based on previous good experience on board. Here it is in port. You will note that there are many many ships cruising together.

The cruise experience is much different from walking the streets of Cairo. Here is the interior of the ship. On the right is a shot of the dining room. It was decorated for the "Egyptian Dinner" so has lots of color.

The rooms are very nice and the staff both friendly and attentive. Each day brings a new surprise as they fold the towels into decorations and place them on the bed.

Be careful when you exit at any port. Here you will notice that only one door is open and it leads directly to the river, not to the gang plank! Of course the seated guard will keep you from falling in. And, I suppose the guard on shore will fish you out if you do fall.

The ships sometimes have no more separation when underway than the cars in the Cairo traffic.

There are a couple of other ways you could travel this stretch of the river. You might go by train.

Or by a smaller cruise boat. We understand that these are very expensive and don't go the full length of the Aswan-Luxor route. We will have to check into that.

I, of course, spent most of the cruise looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I'll share some of those pictures in the next two posts.

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