WARNING! This review is long.
After reserving this cruise almost two years ago, we (group of 8) were a bit concerned if our cruise down the Nile on the Viking Ra scheduled to begin on March 6, 2020, would be cancelled. With Viking’s new cancellation policy, at least we could make a decision closer to the scheduled date so that gave us some flexibility with the ever-changing situation. We ended up going as scheduled and were thrilled with the entire trip, itinerary and experience that Viking provided.
As soon as the trip began, we heard that Viking was shutting down all cruises for several weeks so this was the last cruise the Ra would take for awhile. We joked that we were shutting off the lights as we left each port. It was hard to think about the many tour agencies and other cruise lines that would be shuttering for awhile and how that would effect the many service people, vendors, guides and staff that we met along the way. Just like in all the countries around the world, their economy will take a hit and the poverty that we witnessed will only get worse.
The only complaint about this beautiful cabin is that you could hear the crew moving chairs on the pool deck (6-6:30) every morning.
Phillea Temple was beautiful and situated on an island. I thought the sound and light show was worth seeing but not a "must do". Our boat ride to a Nubian village and the trip to the Papyrus center were both interesting and information. We also stopped at the new Aswan dam. There's not much to see there but I was glad we were able to see it as it has had such an impact on Egypt.