My travel partner and I have always wanted to travel to Egypt and when we learned in October, 2021 that Uniworld was setting sail in a new ship, the Sphinx, we decided to go! We were a little nervous about traveling during Covid, but knowing that vaccination was required of all passengers and staff, we decided it was safe. We are so glad we made the trip! The ship was exquisite - from beautiful floor to ceiling windows and the many amenities in the cabin to the beautiful facilities and decor throughout the ship. The rooftop of the ship was well designed with ample lounge and table seating and offered fantastic views of the Egyptian countryside during our sailing periods. The dining room was also beautifully designed with many windows and the cuisine and dining staff were outstanding! What made the trip most rewarding was our Egyptologist, Sameh, who was our tour guide throughout the entire trip. He shared not only his his vast knowledge but also his passion for Egyptian history and made the world of antiquities come alive in a meaningful way. The itinerary is excellent and a busy one, and well worth it. I was impressed with the way Uniworld modified the schedule when in country flights were delayed without missing any of the scheduled activities.
We chose Uniworld because we knew they have an excellent reputation for customer service. We were not disappointed. When our baggage was lost by the airlines en route to Cairo, Uniworld staff stepped up and provided personal assistance to us in locating and delivering the baggage while on the Nile, accompanying us to a pharmacy to purchase needed items and providing complimentary cleaning of the few clothes we had in our carry on bags. Uniworld staff met us at the airport at 1:30 am to ensure we got to the hotel following a delayed flight. Uniworld was exceptional in assisting all of the travelers us in the changing world of covid. Uniworld provided passengers the option of getting our required PCR tests in the hotel in the 24 hour time frame set by the US for reentry and then personally assisted us at the airport to ensure we made it through all of the security checks.
This was truly the trip of a lifetime!