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Nile River Cruise Tips


Nile River Cruise Tips




Egypt is a great country that has a special position in Africa and in the Middle East. Egypt has a large, specific and different history all over the years. Egypt is the land of pharaohs, civilization of seven thousand years.


Egypt is an enormous destination with several attractions. Including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the wonder that still remaining of the ancient world until now, the most colorful bazaars, and the oldest temples in the world.


If you plan to visit Egypt the cruise Nile is a basic-item in your itinerary. There are more than 280 ships sailing between Luxor and Aswan. Nile cruises is the easiest way for visitors to involve the Nile and the famous attractions along the banks of the Nile River such as Luxor, Karnak, Komsomol, Dendera, the Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Kings, the high Dam, Abu Simbel and Philae Temple.



-Nile River Cruise Tips


 *Extending Your Trip


Cairo is not usually part of the cruise itinerary, but in general many tourism companies put it in pre-post cruise program. Cairo is an exciting city so you can visit it before your cruise to see The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. You can also add on a relaxing break on the Red Sea after your cruise. Most cruise lines offer an add- on excursion from Aswan or Luxor to Abu Simbel.


*What to Pack


 During your cruise you will stop to visit the temples &the monuments and the surface at the monuments can be hilly and sandy. you will walk large distance, so have comfortable shoes and clothes with you. You must dress that's right for the climate and culture. In general, you should pack shirts, dresses, scarves, skirts and shorts, a pair of trousers, sun block, sunglasses and a hat.


Don't forget also, tissues, a hand fan, hand cleanser, a small flashlight, and anti-diarrhea medicine. In addition to, travel documents, electronic copies of your passport, driver's license, cruise documents, travel insurance document and credit cards. Also, phone that works a board, Phrasebook and flashcards. As well as, camera gear, small U.S. bills & foreign currency.


*Code Dress


You should dressed-well no just for the heat and the condition of the climate, but for the culture. Egypt is an Islamic country with a conservative culture and you should respect their culture and traditions. For women, they should dress clothes that cover their legs, arms and chests, but they can dress what they want on shore excursions. In mosques, men and women should wear clothing that covers their legs and upper arms and women should wear scarves.


*Money Matters


The official Egyptian currency is the Egyptian pound or geneh (EGP).one Egyptian pound has 100 piasters. You should carry small denominations of the Egyptian pound to give a tip for the Egyptians workers in the hotel, restaurant etc. it is easy to change the main currencies into Egyptian currency in Egypt. so, do not think to change the Egyptian pounds in the US, you will lose! You will get a much better rate in Egypt than your native country.


In Egypt, U.S dollars and other "hard" currencies are generally accepted but only notes not coins. you can change money at the visa offices on the airport arrival hall.


*Shipboard Life


All cruises almost are full board or all -inclusive bases. On board they served the breakfast for free in buffet-style.


They are many ways of entertainment on the board of the ships. the shows normally represented during the dinner. The most amazing shows are Galabia party, belly dancer show, and Nubian show. You can also enjoy with a "dinner under the stars"


Ships have top deck where you can take a sunbath, read, take a dip and ponder the view. The ships also have lounges, or piano bar where you can relax while enjoying the panoramic view of the exotic scenery.  



*Health Issues


You shouldn't drink the water on board, even on luxury ships, but bottled water is provided. Also, avoid raw vegetables, peel fruits before eating them. don't swim in the Nile or its canals as you may infected with a bacterial infection or other infections.


*Bargaining rules


In Egypt everything is negotiable. The vendors especially use this way. Near the monuments sites there are many vendors who sell souvenirs. They talk loudly to have your attention. there is a good advice for you: offer half the asking price to start, and don't give them any money until your buying price has been settled and the item is in your hand. Also. Take care to study your change. Pound notes and the much smaller piaster notes look similar. There is a good and easy word to learn to refuse something is "la", which means no.



* Day tripping


I have a good information for you, as you can visit Luxor and Aswan in a day trip. Because, some ocean cruise lines, such as MSC & P&O Cruises offer day trips to Luxor and Aswan when their ships dock in Safaga on the coast of the Red Sea. It is alternative manner to visit some of the famous temples while seeing more than just the Nile.


-General Tips:


 . In the evening it is a nice time to go to the top deck to enjoy with the sunset over the dusty desert sand while drinking Arabic coffee or any other drink and watching your hair dance as the wind blows.


. After, visiting the temples and tombs during the days in the desert heat and the sun burning. The perfect thing for you is make your cruise ship facilities. there is nothing quite like enjoying a hot cup of tea watching the palm trees pass you by.


 . Remember to pack clothes for both hot and cold weather, as the nights can get chilly.


. You should add the word "baksheesh" to your vocabulary, which means "tip". You'll hear this word a lot and it will be expected for anything and everything.


. as Egypt is a desert country. the climate in Egypt is hot. so, no matter what time of your you visit. Bring with you a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and make sure you stay hydrated with bottled water.


. You can do a different thing during your cruise. You can take a sunrise balloon trip from Luxor. It is a magical experience as you will float silently above the temples and the wonders of the city.


. There are many cruises that sail along the Nile River the longest river in the world., whether you are looking for a luxurious travel experience or a cheap and cheerful adventure, we have many tours for you.