Sun Boat IV (Abercrombie & Kent) Review

Cruising The Nile With Abercrombie & Kent and the Sunboat IV

Review for Africa Cruise on Sun Boat IV (Abercrombie & Kent)
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2017
At sun rise the Nile is beautiful.
Sunrise on the balcony is one of our favorite memories.
Scenes like this drift past you all day.
Scenes like this drift past you all day.
The Temple at Dendera is so big it boggles the mind.
The Temple of Luxor at night is an excursion.
The Temple of Horus at Edfu is one of the premier stops.
On Egyptian Night you get to pick out, wear and keep your very own Egyptian
You see so many of these!
Felucca sailing is a shore excursion that is relaxing.
A day flight from the Aswan is the Temple of Ramses II at Abu Sibmel
The outdoor dining area on the deck.
The restaurant on the deck.
The ship's bar.
The ships bar.
An Egyptian cooking lesson.
This the Sunboat IV

We started planning in 2006, and we knew we didn’t want to brave Egypt on our own, so we set our sites on finding the best tour company. My wife, being the five star gal she is, did her homework and determined that Abercrombie & Kent was the best. By 2015 Egypt looked settled, and we finally booked A&K’s Egypt & The Nile River Tour. Yea!

Here are is the synopsis. Please check out my blog and review of the cabin below for more details.

The Sunboat (5/5) - We decided at the last minute to upgrade to the Royal Suite on the Sun Boat IV, as it wasn’t that much more expensive. It was fantastic having that deck up on the top of the boat to enjoy the sunrise. We had cabin 408 on the port side. 407 on the starboard side was facing the Nile when we were in port so we would have booked that side had we understood which way the ship faced in port. The ship was kept in immaculate shape and the service was great, but it is an old ship. I still give it a 5 all things considered.

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Cabin Suite

This was one of two Royal Suites, the largest cabin on the top deck with a balcony. The Cabin was immaculately clean and spacious. The boat is old though, but that was expected. As you don't spend much time in your cabin other than mornings, the best thing about the cabin is the deck. Mornings and evenings watching the sun rise and set over the Nile are magnificent. The time my wife and I spent up there watching the Nile go by was some of the best time I had on the cruise. Typically A&K reserves these cabins for their private journey's, but if they don't book them, they will release them for group journey's to book, so check with them periodically.

Tip: 408 is on the port side and the ship dock port side to, so the starboard cabin, 407 looks over the Nile in port. Most mornings we were underway but the first morning we were not, so there is a bit of an advantage to being in 407. Had we do do it over again, that is where we would book.

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