This is the second cruise on this boat, 12 months apart. With all the visits included ( there are optional extra ones ) It makes it good value for money. The visits are usually in the morning, this gives you the afternoon free to relax on the sundeck. The food is very good with a wide variety. We found a large bowl of fruit in our cabin one day, with a note saying thanks for coming back. We would recommend this cruise to any one. Thats a good idea, we will book again for next year!
October 12, 2012
An excellent way to see the fantastic Egyptian history and relax in friendly surroundings
My husband and I chose the Nile Cruise to celebrate his 60th birthday. Its a long time since we went on a package holiday as we usually choose self catering and make travel and accommodation arrangements independently. However we were very pleased with all aspects of the holiday - boat, cabin, food entertainment and the quality of the daily excursions were all good and we don't think we paid over the odds for what we got.
October 11, 2012
Excellent holiday for couples!
The MS Sunrise Semiramis I is the oldest one of 3 identical semiramis boats. It was abit worn around the edges, but other than that it was extremely well maintained, kept incredibly clean and we didnt have any problems with the boat itself. The food was varied and well labelled, with buffet self services for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Waiter service for drinks only at meals. The all inclusive option is better, but we upgraded for £17pppn when we got there and it turned out cheaper than qouted through thomas cook. All the trips are absolutely amazing, some early get ups, for example the optional to Abu simbel (£75 each) was a 2:30am get up. Most mornings you had a 6am wake up call, to be up, dressed, eat breakfast and on the coach for 7:15am. The staff were friendly, most spoke very good english, and the room cleaners were delightful, cleaning the room at least twice a day. The soft drinks cost about £1.20 each however they are in tiny glasses, so upgrage or go all inclusive to begin with else a hefty drinks bill will await you at the end!! We did however become sick with a stomach bug on the final day and couldnt attend our final trip, but all in all, a really good holiday and we'd reccommend it to anyone!!
August 10, 2012
great holiday for all ages
Went on this holiday in aug 2011 on my own age 33 loved every minute of it thomas cook rep suze was on hand all the time evein on her day off. The staff were just as good from cleaners to the captain. The rooms our a lot better then the pictiure shows. Trips to the temples our by coach with lovely air con WOT U LOOK FORWARD 2. Edd the shop keeper on the boat is friendly. light show is good in luxor. Only down side was not much going on at night time but u do have early starts. As for the up riseing never see anythink
WILL BE GOING BACK IN 2013
July 29, 2012
Wish I had left Egypt as wonderful memoirs
Having had many wondeful trips to Egypt with various companies changing to Thomas Cook was a mistake. Flight out acceptable having paid for seats with extra legroom 11D and E, these seat were by the entry doors so you have loads of space but can be a little bit cooler as by door. But on flight back same seats I froze, once you moved forward or backward of these seats the tempreture on the plane was OK so I asked if they had a blanket as even the staff accepted it was very cold but no blankets available so by the time I got home I had the start of a chill which took over a week to get over.
One wonders if you are taken ill would they suddenly find pillows and blankets?
Now as to the Nile cruise as we had done this my times my wife and I just wanted to do our own thing and chose All Inclusive so as not to worry about what we had to drink during the day as we didnt intend to go off on all the included excusions, this caused a slight problem as being non drinkers they didnt have any proper fruit juices just diluted drink and the local Hibiscus drink which luckerly I liked and as to their coffee it was rubbish. Food was also a great let down having had such wonderful meals on other Nile cruise boats this chef I feel must have been a vegetarian and pasta lover or they were trying to save money as these dishes are cheap, all in all nothing about the food was good.
I booked a suite on this boat and it was OK but tired, the staff kept it clean and tidy but the whirlpool bath when used stunk either because lack of use or poor cleaning. We had a loverly TV in the cabin which could only be used with a very poor picture if we were moored up, they didnt even pump DVD films out even though it was there to use as last day of cruise they showed adverts. I felt sorry for passengers confined to cabins owing to illness.
Now as to location of moorings as I have said I have been many times to Egypt and this was the first time that I had been moored so far from main places of interest. In Luxor you are approx 2 miles from the centre of town moored down by the Luxor Bridge where there is nothing to see or do likewise in Aswan we were at least 1.5 miles from the centre of the town. We were lboth ooking forward to going to explore on our own and walk around the town and markets and meet the people but in both locations you needed to take cab rides there and then back.
The only pleasing point was to see that the Egyptions still had their wondeful sense of hospitality and the staff on the boat made up for some of its shortcoming.
If I was to rate this as an holiday experience sorry 2 out of 10, value for money seeing it was listed as 5 star only 1 out of 10.
Thomas Cook you were a let down dont feel I would use you again.
Please dont let this put you of EGYPT it a wondeful place.
November 30, 2011
fantastic holiday on a Nile Cruise
Excellent holiday. Accomodation looked a little tired - but food fantastic - people fantastic - staff and guides fanstastic - so couldn't really fault it.
Excellent value for money and would certainly like to go again soon.
November 9, 2011
A return to Egypt
I have had holidays in Cairo, Luxor, Sharm & El Gouna before. This time I went on the "Jewels of the Nile", Nile Cruise for a week. The boat was a nice size, and our room was on the 4th deck. We'd already upgraded to AI for drinks and I think it was worth the £100+ which included water meaning we stayed very hydrated! I think the sundeck could do with some parasols - there was a covered section with plenty of comfy chairs , but most of the sunbeds were in the sun.
The room was very nice, twin beds and a big shower - just a bit limited on the storage space. There's also a safe in the room, very handy. The rooms are clean but the carpets & bathroom are a bit worn - it's not a concern though.
The food was excellent. No junk food just lots of dishes of meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, rice, breads & soups which varied from Egyptian to the more Mediterranean. Breakfast had cereal, continental, cooked, breads, cakes, fruit, tea & coffee.
The sailing down the Nile was beautiful, you get to see rural Egypt. The trips meant a 5:30-6:00am start, but you're back by lunchtime, plenty of time for tanning later on...and it's not everyday. Our Egyptologist Amro "Zuzu" was brilliant - he knew his stuff and made it a bit fun too. He also talked a bit about life in Egypt which was really interesting.
Yes, there was some hassle at the sites - just put your sunglasses on, say 'no thanks' and keep walking, you don't have to be rude.
Our rep was very good, both her and the guide resided on the boat so always available for queries. The staff are attentive and will do anything to help. I even used the laundry service for the first time ever on a holiday - really quick & cheap...you'll get a bit dusty & sweaty on the trips.
Thomas Cook boats don't dock directly in Luxor, so there's only a couple of little shops there. You get the chance to visit some shops during the trips.
A visa is $15 each and Thomas Cook arranged these at airport Arrivals. It was a very quick but they charged us an additional $3 each for this service. We didn't know about this so the $30 we'd taken specifically for the visas wasn't enough. So we paid £13 each instead. Not impressed with this hidden little service (probably written somewhere in the brochure, in a very small font).
I would definitely do this holiday again...loved it!!
October 17, 2011
Nile Cruise from Luxor
Enjoyable second trip to Egypt. Great location and the guide we had was excellent. The boat is a little tired, however everything was very clean and the food was good. The boat was only a third full which meant it was a little too quiet on occasions. The staff were ok, but not exactly friendly. We were on all inclusive however on the day of departure this stopped at lunch-time after which and until we left for the airport we had to pay for our drinks, which was a little petty.
August 6, 2011