(8:25 a.m. EST) -- Discover Egypt has restarted its Nile River cruise operations this week following a nearly five-month break.
The tour operator announced it was resuming operations with a 7-night cruise that departed 2 December with over 50 passengers from the U.K. onboard.
Operations were suspended when Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office instituted a ban on all but essential travel to the region. And ongoing violence in Egypt has forced both river and ocean-going cruise lines to cancel itineraries and, in some cases, cease operations in the country altogether.
Sales Director Philip Breckner expressed positivity about the return of operations: "Although it will take time to rebuild consumer confidence, tour operators and holidaymakers have been impatiently waiting for the FCO advice to be lifted and we are all delighted that this moment has at last arrived."
According to a company spokeswoman, Discover Egypt offer cruises on three ships chartered exclusively for U.K. passengers: Viking Princess, Royal Viking and Alexander the Great.
--by Jamey Bergman, U.K. Production & River Section Editor