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Viking Osiris Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Excellent Trip

Review for Viking Osiris to the Middle East
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gjoest
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2022
Cabin: Suite with Veranda

We have always wanted to see Egypt by way of a Nile river cruise. This cruise did not disappoint. The limited size of the travel group and that it was a new ship was a plus. The ship was wonderful with many areas to relax and appreciate the countryside as it passed by. On board, it was nice to sample local fair as well as have the ability to have more familiar meals if so desired. The staff catered to dietary restrictions with attention and care, supplying most anything such a diet required. The program director was knowledgeable and passionate about Egypt and gave us many helpful insights not only as to the sites, but also as to the customs of the local population. All of the sites that we visited, the museums the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Karnak, Luxor, and many other temples and holy sites, the Aswan dam, were well chosen, and security guards were provided which allayed any fears we may have had of our personal safety. Although no such physical acts were ever seen or threatened, the security guards could also be called upon to interpret and/or mediate any misunderstandings that may arise. When returning hot and tired to the ship from an excursion we were greeted by smiling, helpful staff with cool, moist towels and and a refreshing beverage. The hotels were top notch, and the meals there were very good as were the meals in the chosen local restaurants. Loved going on the felucca boat, seeing local wildlife and even visiting a small, remote, Nubian village where the young school children surprised us by being seemingly interchangeable in their words, expressions, and acts, to those children at home. We also went to Jordan which was unexpectedly wonderful in it's breathtaking scenery, Jerash's Greco /Roman ruins and of course, the awe-inspiring Petra treasury building. The chosen Movenpick Dead Sea Resort and Spa on the Dead Sea provided a welcome respite toward the end of the trip and we wished we could have stayed an extra day here. It had fabulous stand-alone single, adobe looking rooms, with built-in, enclosed, patios opening on a semi-private pool, numerous pools, restaurants, shops and the Dead Sea to float in with tubs of mud to slather on, showers and lounge chairs. The program director for Jordan was also very knowledgeable, helpful and personable, and the bus drivers along the way in both countries were very adapt at getting us safely to destinations and making sure we stayed hydrated. We just wish we would have brought more small bills for tipping. Best trip ever.

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Suite with Veranda

The room on the ship was incredibly spacious and well sound proofed. It enjoyed fabulous views from both the sitting room veranda and while lying in bed. You could interact somewhat with people on the Nile from the veranda. We liked that you could close the door between the bedroom and sitting area. The diverse library in the sitting room included interesting books especially those on Egypt. The bathroom was large and had a nice closet/changing area. Worth the extra $, AA Veranda Suite. It was kept immaculate and was replenish with fruit and drinks by the staff.

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