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Sail Date: November 2012
Took the shuttle into the city. Very easy and cheap to take a horse-drawn buggy to see the little historic sights that the city has to offer. The city is intriguing although full of litter but worth a visit.
Took the shuttle into the city. Very easy and cheap to take a horse-drawn buggy to see the little historic sights that the city has to offer. The city is intriguing although full of litter but worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
The city has some interesting sites to visit (the new library, catacombs, mosque, citadel), but the infrastructure is crumbling (no police, no garbage collection). We did not feel at all unsafe, but if the infrastructure and social order ... Read More
The city has some interesting sites to visit (the new library, catacombs, mosque, citadel), but the infrastructure is crumbling (no police, no garbage collection). We did not feel at all unsafe, but if the infrastructure and social order keep going down it could become an unsafe place in short order. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Dirty and dusty- cruise staff warned us not to go out at night, but honestly, we felt completely safe as a couple, even in in the darkest backstreets near the port. Unaccompanied young women are subject to endless hassle, and, it must be ... Read More
Dirty and dusty- cruise staff warned us not to go out at night, but honestly, we felt completely safe as a couple, even in in the darkest backstreets near the port. Unaccompanied young women are subject to endless hassle, and, it must be said, what would be construed in the UK as sexual assault. (e.g. Men pinching bottoms and fondling breasts.) Sadly, this is part of Arab male "culture"- if that is the correct word to use. Now, post fall of Mubarrak, police are less evident on the streets. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
We were here November 22 & 23, as riots were getting really heated (and deadly) in Tahrir Square. Excursions to the Museum were cancelled. Fortunately, we had booked a private excursion with the excellent Egypt Daily Tours, and owner ... Read More
We were here November 22 & 23, as riots were getting really heated (and deadly) in Tahrir Square. Excursions to the Museum were cancelled. Fortunately, we had booked a private excursion with the excellent Egypt Daily Tours, and owner Rasha El-Ashmawy was our guide. She sent a driver to us in Alexandria (it's 3 hours to the Pyramids) and the drive was eye-opening. No traffic lights, no stop signs. Just pandemonium. But if you want an education in an alien society, just make that drive. We visisted the Pyramids, Saqqara & Memphis. The pyramids & sphinx were great, of course. Be sure to spring for the extra money to go into the pyramid. (And frankly, spring for the money to take a camel ride...just do it at the Panoramic overlook of the 3 pyramids rather than at the Great Pyramid. It's less than half the cost.) But Saqqara was the biggest surprise. FABULOUS. I won't go into detail, but if you're interested in seeing true hieroglyphics and tomb paintings, this is the place. Memphis is a small site, took 30 minutes. If you have time, try to add Dashour...we saw the pyramids from a distance...and they looked like they would have been worthwhile. The 2nd day in Alex, we took NCL's half day excursion. It was only so-so. The museum has nice items...but some of the other stops we made, such as at the mosque, were fairly pointless. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2011
Very dirty, full of pollution and rubbish. Get your own guide to check out Cairo, as everyone I spoke to onboard felt disillusioned by the ncl excursions.
Very dirty, full of pollution and rubbish. Get your own guide to check out Cairo, as everyone I spoke to onboard felt disillusioned by the ncl excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Don't get off the ship or at least, don't go beyond the port gates.We didn't want to go on the long coach trip to Cairo because we had done this on a previous cruise. We decided to walk into Alexandria. Big mistake. We have ... Read More
Don't get off the ship or at least, don't go beyond the port gates.We didn't want to go on the long coach trip to Cairo because we had done this on a previous cruise. We decided to walk into Alexandria. Big mistake. We have never experienced such intimidating and scary taxi and horse and trap drivers all clamouring for our business even though we did not want it. No one gave up!And don't get me started on the filth and rubbish piled up the walls. And the state of the walk ways - we have walked on safer mountain paths!We were soon back on the ship and safety. Oh and we were there for 2 days, needless to say, we did not get off again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
We planned an overnight tour independently through Ramses Tours. We had requested Karim as our guide, 18 people in our group. Although I read about the filth and traffic of Cairo it is not to be believed until one sees it- it is shocking! ... Read More
We planned an overnight tour independently through Ramses Tours. We had requested Karim as our guide, 18 people in our group. Although I read about the filth and traffic of Cairo it is not to be believed until one sees it- it is shocking! Despite Egypt's very apparent lack of government, we had a great adventure in Cairo! We stayed overnight at the Oberoi Mena House. Beautiful oasis in the sea of craziness. Tip: Ramses tours wants payment in cash USD. Of the ports we visited, I would not personally revisit Alexandria or Cairo but I think it something people should see once in their lives especially if one is interested in the Pyramids and Egyptian history. This is something I will not forget! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
We thought it would be nice to have a walk into the town after two busy days on excursions, so we walked out of the port, but we were not really prepared for the barage of taxi drivers and horse and carriage owners who wanted to take us on ... Read More
We thought it would be nice to have a walk into the town after two busy days on excursions, so we walked out of the port, but we were not really prepared for the barage of taxi drivers and horse and carriage owners who wanted to take us on a sight seeing tour of Alexandria. We just wanted to have a walk around, but they would not take no for an answer, it was awful, the one man even followed us with his horse still trying to pursuade us to go for a tour. In the end we went back to the boat, it was not a pleasant experience at all. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
We really didn't see much of Alexandria as we had begun in Port Said, which is not on the pull-down list for some reason. Ramses tours provide a marvelous guid, Mahmoud Gouda, and an incredibly proficient driver, Ahmad, to get us ... Read More
We really didn't see much of Alexandria as we had begun in Port Said, which is not on the pull-down list for some reason. Ramses tours provide a marvelous guid, Mahmoud Gouda, and an incredibly proficient driver, Ahmad, to get us through the incredible Cairo traffic. Many highlights including all the usual sites -- Sakhara, Memphis, Giza, Citidel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque, the great museum on Tahrir Square, the wonderful Mena House Oberoi and lunch on a felluca sailing the Nile lagoon downtown. Worst Traffic Ever. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2011
For this port we used Memphis Tours and did an overnight in Cairo. Our guide was Tarek and we had the time of our lives. We felt very safe with Tarek as he was a former Egyptian bodybuilding champion. He is very knowledgeable and always ... Read More
For this port we used Memphis Tours and did an overnight in Cairo. Our guide was Tarek and we had the time of our lives. We felt very safe with Tarek as he was a former Egyptian bodybuilding champion. He is very knowledgeable and always protected us from being harassed by vendors. He introduced us to a trusted vendor where we negotiated a fair price for pictures with camels by the Pyramids ahead of time and did not worry about losing our camera or get overcharged to get off the camel. After this we went to the Sphynx and then to the step Pyramid. We also went to a small restaurant for lunch where the food was out of this world. He took us to trusted shops for souvenirs where we were not pressured at all and the prices were more than fair. The Nile dinner cruise was OK but not what I expected. We stayed at the LeMeridian Hotel in Cairo which was incredible. The next day we went to the museum and again we felt very safe and were not rushed at all. After an amazing lunch on the banks of the Nile river we wen back to the ship. Our driver was Ahmed and I can not thank him enough for the great driving. For those reading this that have never been in Egypt, a great driver is as important as a great guide trust me. Thank you again Tarek and Ahmed we will never forget you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2011
What a disgusting pit. There's been no trash collection since January's revolution. (10 months). Since you have to pay taxes when you finish your building, none of the buildings are finished. DUH! Civil unrest is still a ... Read More
What a disgusting pit. There's been no trash collection since January's revolution. (10 months). Since you have to pay taxes when you finish your building, none of the buildings are finished. DUH! Civil unrest is still a daily occurrence. I say skip Egypt and stay on the ship. It's dangerous. Really. I've been in combat and I don't ever want to go back here unless they get a non-corrupt government in place. Seriously. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
The Alexandria Museum trip wasn't all that good, the tour party was too large, you couldn't hear what the guide was saying as the museum was too small for the busload to circle around the various items of note. If you are next to ... Read More
The Alexandria Museum trip wasn't all that good, the tour party was too large, you couldn't hear what the guide was saying as the museum was too small for the busload to circle around the various items of note. If you are next to the guide- then great, if your older and struggle with stairs etc you'll be on the outskirts and missing out.You don't really get time to explore yourself its a school type expedition - as they all are really Read Less

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