the boat was the semmaramis 1and i would recommend 2 any 1 as this was a great holiday
for our second week we stopped at the sofitel karnak in luxor it was a nice hotel but it was very quiet with very little entertainment if you like this then this is the hotel for you. the food on the boat and the hotel was spot on and was very nice
October 15, 2012
Great holiday. Something for everyone.
Best of both worlds. Interesting, informative but also some time to relax. Very knowledgable and enthusiastic Egyptologist. Fantasic service form all staff. Nothing was too much trouble. I liked the informal atmosphere and the smaller boat made the trip more like a family/friends holiday as opposed to travelling with a group of strangers. Mix if you want but ok if you don't.The boat was beautiful despite being a little shabby in some parts.Part of the charm . cleaned twice a day so always spotless.Great entertainment some nights but a chance t chill on the deck others.Party nights a good laugh with great atmosephre. Food lovely and varied every night with plenty of choice. Would definitely do it again.
October 15, 2012
boat was a bit dated and tired looking. cabins were a bit on small/cramped size.
boat was moored too far outside of luxor . would prefer closer to luxor/ have been before and wes moored opposite winter palace hotel.
food on board was good,but if at full capacity dining room would be too congested.
excursions were excellent.
some of catering/bar staff were a bit too familiar.
would also like to see fellow passengers dress properly for dinner,not in shorts and vests.
travelling/flight all very good.
guides also good.
overall a very good holiday.
November 20, 2011
great holiday learnt lots lovely way to get flavor of egypt the guide was excellent the staff on board were very helpful and the rep marie was fab
November 3, 2011
smiles on the nile
Everything about this holiday was fantastic. the staff, the accomadation, the food, the drink, the guide, the tours, the reps, the scenery, the fellow passengers, and the history, (have i missed anything out)?ah yes the weather was terrific too!!.
Would recomend this to anyone, best holiday ever!!
June 16, 2011
Unforgettable and unmissable
MS Mahrousa is well equipped, well run and well staffed. There was always a good and varied selection of food and we (including my wife who is a vegetarian) always found something to please and sustain. The staff at all levels were always eager to please and our Guide, Ahmed, was superb in both knowledge and presentation, always seeking out the shade to keep us out of the sun.
The included trips were as much as you could reasonably and comfortably fit in one week with time to relax in the afternoons to recover from the (essential) early starts, and the option of travelling to the unmissable Abu Simbel temples by coach or air. The all-day cruise back to Luxor on the final full day was welcome, but also enjoyable, sat back watching the riverside world go by, especially the entertaining dock-side and boat-side sellers at and around Esna lock.
All in all an unforgettable, well planned and well executed holiday. It was just a shame that our pre-departure plans all had to be changed due to badly managed flight changes - our thanks go to Rachel in the pre-departure team for her help in resolving some appalling customer service issues in this respect.
May 20, 2011
If anyone is considering going on a Nile cruise then this is the boat. Very clean, good food, lovely staff, not fantastic evening entertainment but after a hectic day of excursions, entertainment is the last thing on your mind. Bed usually by 10pm. Every day is packed with allsorts. Mostly excursions. We can recommend the balloon ride to see the sunrise over the Nile. Ten excursions are included and are very good value as you're out early and back by lunchtime. Most mornings you get an early call. (3 mornings at 3am!!!) But well worth it. Rest in the afternoon. Cruise itself is very peaceful. We stayed in one of the two suites which gave us a little more room and looks out the front of the boat. Plugholes are 2 pin round. Hair drtyer supplied and shaving mirror, all very well equiped. Looking at all the other boats ours was by far the nicest. Enjoy.
April 29, 2011
Exhausting on The Nile
Boat spotlessly clean and pretty decor. Beds very hard. Staff and crew extremely friendly and helpful. . Do be careful when booking to ensure you get a cabin on a high deck to avoid the diesel fumes from the boats generaters For four out of the seven nights on board the only view was the boats our boat was sandwiched between and only when the boat moves do you get the view of the nile which is amazing and worth seeing. You have to walk through the other moored boats to get to your own. Be prepared for very early excursions, leaving the boat at 7 a.m. every morning. The trip was an experience and we met some lovely people. We were not too impressed with your rep but must say she was very helpful on our return to Luxor airport. Pleased we went and we did enjoy ourselves.
April 25, 2011