9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was truly an incredible journey and it turned out to be everything the write-ups said it would be and more. Viking's Egyptian personnel were wonderful, they were on duty 24/7 and made it seem as if they were having the time of ... Read More
This was truly an incredible journey and it turned out to be everything the write-ups said it would be and more. Viking's Egyptian personnel were wonderful, they were on duty 24/7 and made it seem as if they were having the time of their lives just being there for you. Amr Shaheen, the Viking Egyptologist and tour leader was possibly the most knowledgeable, outgoing and personable guides we have ever had the pleasure to travel with. By the end of the second day of the trip, which began at the Sofitel El Ghizarah in Cairo, he established a bond with our group that stayed solid throughout the trip. Friends told us not to go because of the unrest in the Middle East, however due to Viking's security personnel, and Egypt's heightened military presence, we felt safe during the entire journey. We traveled on non-Viking ships, the Mayfair and the Omar Khayham, both ships have recently been refurbished and were clean and comfortable. There are no words to explain the many once in a lifetime moments we experienced, hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Kings, riding a camel into the desert, touring the archeological museum, a trip through the streets of the bazaar in Cairo, staring into the face of the Sphinx, wandering through the temples, learning about cartouches, and on and on until the brain reeled. This is a trip not to be missed. There was one thing that drove me crazy and that was the lack of local cuisine and a fine dining option. The meals were all buffet and although the quality of the food was good, it was pseudo-European/American style, three starches, meats drowned in gravy and heavy on desserts. The cost of the cruise shouldn't have had us dining cafeteria style, with no other options. Middle Eastern grilled meats, appetizers and, soups are excellent and much more suited to the climate than well cooked pot roast in gravy with mashed potatoes. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
One has to feel sorry for the tourist industry in Egypt, continuing fighting and bombing, has turned tourists away. Bad news never turns us away, we flew down to Luxor and after visiting temples, we boarded the MS Tosca, a Uniworld ship. ... Read More
One has to feel sorry for the tourist industry in Egypt, continuing fighting and bombing, has turned tourists away. Bad news never turns us away, we flew down to Luxor and after visiting temples, we boarded the MS Tosca, a Uniworld ship. We were immediately offered antiseptic, hand washing, towels and a cool drink. The lobby was simple but elegant. We were offered a choice of deck two, better for my legs or deck three with twin beds, one with an extension. The room is quietly decorated and serene. Large windows with bars to make it balcony type. The bathroom has separate shower, which takes some thought how to turn it on, open doors and stand under without getting floor wet! Good storage and cases fit under bed, lighting also took a while for some to work out that if you press long enough they diminish to off. Laundry service out in morning back at night. Breakfast was usual fare, with options for eggs and fresh bread and pastries. Fresh fruit, yoghurt cereals. We were on for five days and lunch and dinner menus kept changing. Egyptian fare to try, very tasty. We had beef one day, but was done the American way, chewy and difficult to cut, management made sure food was not same. The service on Tosca was incomparable, the staff were humorous and plate empty it was gone! They brought food to table from buffet for you and so helpful and caring to more mature people. Abdo the magician entertained us at table, had us all wondering how to move an egg from bottle. The spa centre masseuse was the best I had for a long time! Mohammed of course, he was strong, but felt where your problem was going through every area expertly and I had lots! Told the others and soon he was booked out, all extremely happy, but I had three and shoulders and back muscles all fixed. The ship organises all the tours for you and going into the major sites, we had a guide so didn't need it. Will report on each one on attractions area of TA. Top deck area has small pool and lots of comfy lounges and some out in sun, rest under cover and tables and chairs, most just sat reading books or sleeping after early touring. Staff always attentive. Night time we had an Egyptian night with dancing and Nubian entertainment. We did have one area of huge challenge, 6'8" tall and ceilings lower. Bathroom door less, 16 head bangs is not good! Bent neck is not a good look either. Still, we had fun about it. Other ships we went through at port, were lower still! Egyptians are smaller race! So taller people be aware! I have no hesitation in recommending this ship with its fantastic crew. If you want luxury, style with quiet elegance, this ship is for you   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
We are expats based in Shanghai and took our first river cruise with AMA Waterways on the Ama Dolce in August 2014 on the Rivers Moselle/Rhine. We had a room on the Cello Deck with a French balcony and a nice room configuration. All staff ... Read More
We are expats based in Shanghai and took our first river cruise with AMA Waterways on the Ama Dolce in August 2014 on the Rivers Moselle/Rhine. We had a room on the Cello Deck with a French balcony and a nice room configuration. All staff we encountered in HouseKeeping and the service waiters were warm, friendly and eager to ensure everyone is well looked after. The availability of good wi fi was a nice bonus. The food choices were excellent and the chef was very accommodating for my wife who had dietary restrictions. Alcohol was provided during meal times which was another bonus. The on shore excursions were very well co ordinated and all programs run on schedule. With an excellent Cruise Manager, Darinka, who seemed to orchestrate every process seamlessly. Overall, despite a few wet days, we had the best vacation. We have shared with friends our happy snapshots of the beautiful sceneries of castles on the Rhine and many are keen to book this same program. We look forward to another cruise with AMA Waterways. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2011
I likely hold the title for the most trips down the Nile aboard Grand Circle's River Anuket cruise ship, having done so on four separate occasions, I feel I know the ship intimately and highly recommend it. The personnel, and the ... Read More
I likely hold the title for the most trips down the Nile aboard Grand Circle's River Anuket cruise ship, having done so on four separate occasions, I feel I know the ship intimately and highly recommend it. The personnel, and the Egyptian people in general, are always friendly and willing to do whatever it takes to make your trip as pleasant as possible, The cabins are larger than you find on most cruise ships, and are very comfortable, each having two queen sized beds,a TV, phone and small refrigerator. All the cabins are outboard with large sliding glass doors affording unobstructed views as you cruise down the Nile. Breakfast is buffet style with the chefs ready to cook eggs or omelets to order and you can help yourself to cereals, toast, pastries, potatoes, sausage, cheeses, lunch meats, etc. Almost anything you want with the exception of bacon. Lunch is buffet style as well and offers a good variety including some local dishes that should should please most everyone. There is an American style lunch day on each cruise where hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries are the main fare. Dinners are more formal and multi-course, offering the choice of at least two main courses. My wife particularly enjoyed the fresh fish, and though it wasn't on the menu the following night, they prepared it specially just for her. This is just one example of how the ship's crew go out of their way to please. The entire ship is very well maintained. There are no elevators, however the ship is only 3 decks so it's relatively easy to get around. The dining room is located on the lowest deck, and the sun-deck is just above deck 3 with a shade canopy, tables and chairs, and also a bar and swimming pool for those so inclined. There is an large indoor lounge on deck 3 in which teatime is held each afternoon, likely a throwback from the British colonial era. The lounge is where the entertainment takes place in the evenings and passenger participation is part of the fun. One night of the cruise there is a galabeya party where passengers wear local garb. There is a small bar in the lounge as well where you can get a drink or perhaps buy a bottle of wine to take to your room or up on the sun deck. The included tours to the temples and sites along the Nile are like nothing that you will find anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately Grand Circle has temporarily suspended their Egypt tours. Read Less

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