Is it wise to book when the first brochure is released ?: Black Watch Cruise Review by Harvo

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Is it wise to book when the first brochure is released ?

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Other
For this cruise to the Red Sea for Petra in Jordan ,we travelled to the NEC Cruise Show in October 2010.We were informed the ship was almost full and we were offered a total of 4 cabins to choose from.We thought we received a reasonable discount on brochure price until in February 2011 we were given an additional fuel charge ,this almost wiped out the discount from the cruise show.
Seemingly there were many cancellations for this cruise presumably because of the unsettled situation in the middle east,therefore there became available many late deals.Yes i am aware that shipping Co's must try and fill available cabins as they don't wish to sail with empty space,i also know that cabins were sold for half the price we paid .This is not my main gripe but the additional fuel charge still rancour's ,i know for a fact that the late Booker's despite the reduced price for the cruise did not pay this additional fuel charge,and those who did were subsidising these half price More travellers.

That off my chest,This Cruise was Fantastic and everything we had expected There was some doubt as to whether we would be able to stop at the planned ports in Egypt.The Captain gave us updates as we sailed towards Alexandria,as after we had left the UK there was the COPTIC MASSACRE.However we were assured that the tours planned would be undertaken.
Our tours were in ALEXANDRIA,CAIRO and GIZA,LUXOR and VALLEY of the KINGS,and from Sharm El Sheikh a Trip to ST CATHERINES MONASTERY.On all these coach tours we were accompanied by an Armed Plain Clothes Policeman,in Alexandria we had in addition Police Motorbike Outriders who preceded us and stopped traffic to let us pass.To Cairo [from PORT SAID]we went in convoy of 5 coaches with additional forces in jeeps interspersed between the coaches to the outskirts of the area ,however there were plenty of security present at Giza Pyramids and Cairo Museum,also at the Temples of Karnak ,Luxor and the Valley [FRom SAFAGA].
No we did not feel intimidated at all and felt that we were being taken care of under special circumstances existing [i have been to Egypt Twice Before].Lucky for us we managed to get to Petra in Jordan which was the main reason in booking this cruise and one to mark off "our to do list",and it was well worth our expectation. Less

Published 11/25/11
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Cabins are to sleep in are they not,store clothes and shower and change ADEQUET FOR PURPOSE. when will people learn not to BANG DOORS and have some thought for fellow travellers,it is not just ships it happens in hotels too

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The rubbish collectors we were told were on strike ,they do have a problem,as it spoils the ambiance of the place.Fort and Amphitheatre sites worth a visit

Early start to visit PETRA ,when all back on board we sailed back towards the Suez Canal not sure how much there would be to do if one stayed in Aqaba,others went to Wadi Rum.
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Went Dolphin watching on this occasion which was succesful ,no whales on this occasion .ito town for DUTY FREE BACCY

OUR trip to LUXOR and Valley of the KIng's[early start late back]
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