Sail Date: June 2012
The port of Sukhna was where we stopped for those visiting the Egyptian sites. We chose to stay on board and were pleased that we did not venture out into the port at all as there was a sandstorm which obliterated everything beyond 50 ... Read More
The port of Sukhna was where we stopped for those visiting the Egyptian sites. We chose to stay on board and were pleased that we did not venture out into the port at all as there was a sandstorm which obliterated everything beyond 50 yards or so. This was delivered by a 40 knot wind which necessitated the Captain using his engines to keep the ship on station and for a while the gangways were not operable. This storm threatened to delay our Sueze Canal transit the next day as the holding port where ships congregate before entering the canal was closed. All was resolved and in time for our transit fortunately. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We went on the trip to the Pyramids from Port Said.Their is a choice of three trips all that end up at the Pyramids. We went on the "easier" of the three. WE went on a convoy of about 12 coaches all with guards on board and with ... Read More
We went on the trip to the Pyramids from Port Said.Their is a choice of three trips all that end up at the Pyramids. We went on the "easier" of the three. WE went on a convoy of about 12 coaches all with guards on board and with an escort. Don't be alarmed apparently its the norm. Its a three and a half hour trip to Cairo through loads of checkpoints which you just drive through. Cairo is one big traffic jam. We made our way to the Mosque of Mohamed Ali also the fort of Saladin. Its well worth a visit but ladies to have to cover their shoulders and tops of their arms or your not allowed in. We then had lunch on a Nile cruiser. Lunch was a hot buffet and very nice.We were treated to belly dancing and a cruise up and down the Nile for about an hour. Then we made our way to the Pyramids. They are awesome but are sadly ruined by the large army or rude locals who try to peddle their wares but won't take no for an answer. You say no thank you and they just keep going to the point that when you get to the next pyramid you don't want to get off the coach because you know whats coming up.This trip also included the Sphinx. You could pay an extra 6 pounds to go inside the smaller pyramid but the tunnel it is only about 3ft high and only wide enough for one to enter. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Port Said. Disgusting! Rubbish and dead animals everywhere. If you value your health, stay on board.
Port Said. Disgusting! Rubbish and dead animals everywhere. If you value your health, stay on board. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
The port here is Port Said - most passengers took a trip to Cairo and the Pyramids on this day. Having been there the year before we decided to venture out in to Port Said itself. Never again. Sadly it is dirty and did not have much to ... Read More
The port here is Port Said - most passengers took a trip to Cairo and the Pyramids on this day. Having been there the year before we decided to venture out in to Port Said itself. Never again. Sadly it is dirty and did not have much to recommend it. We went to the National Military Museum and were the only visitors to see a poorly designed museum, with explanations in terrible English and full of pictures of Egyptian generals in warrior-like poses. Not to be recommended (but then the entrance fee was very small!) If you have seen the pyramids and done Cairo and the museum then I would recommend a relaxing day on the Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
This stop is just a very different world. I would not stop here again, too bad the major sights here ....you have to deal with the beggars and dirty conditions, hustlers, thieves etc. We would like to see the ship spend only one day here, ... Read More
This stop is just a very different world. I would not stop here again, too bad the major sights here ....you have to deal with the beggars and dirty conditions, hustlers, thieves etc. We would like to see the ship spend only one day here, if that.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Dirty filthy disgusting place where I would never want to go again. Armed guards every where, garbage everywhere.
Dirty filthy disgusting place where I would never want to go again. Armed guards every where, garbage everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Port Sokhna for(Cairo)not allowed ashore if not booked on a bus tour ,A round trip to Cairo is 7 hours we declined this trip .
Port Sokhna for(Cairo)not allowed ashore if not booked on a bus tour ,A round trip to Cairo is 7 hours we declined this trip . Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Another dirty city but near Pyramids. Some stayed there overnight and were fine and found a nice hotel. Polution and Nile cruise not healthy. Museum was overrated. I didn't mind it but could have done without. Some chose museum and ... Read More
Another dirty city but near Pyramids. Some stayed there overnight and were fine and found a nice hotel. Polution and Nile cruise not healthy. Museum was overrated. I didn't mind it but could have done without. Some chose museum and others the Nile and combined with the pyramids. Glad we did. Best of the museum artifacts have been taken around the world so this is unnecessary. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
The trip to the pyramids was a very long day but worth it. We had an armed security guard on each coach (15 coaches in total) and a police escort. For the first few minutes of the journey coming out of the port, the roads had police road ... Read More
The trip to the pyramids was a very long day but worth it. We had an armed security guard on each coach (15 coaches in total) and a police escort. For the first few minutes of the journey coming out of the port, the roads had police road blocks so we could drive through quickly. You soon got used to this. We went inside one of the pyramids. Not recommended if you have breathing problems, mobility problems or are claustrophobic, however, I have mild asthma and still managed to go down into the pyramid, I did panic part way down but then made a determined effort to carry on. I was so glad I did (not that there is a lot to see) but I can always say I was inside a pyramid. We were hassled all the time by street sellers. They would not leave us alone. The best camera shots were at the Sphinx. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
In Cairo we did another tour with fellow CC'ers, this one with Memphis Tours. Our guide was good, but I do think in Cairo the guides are pressured to take groups to the Papyrus Institute, Cartouche Makers, and Rug shops, all who try ... Read More
In Cairo we did another tour with fellow CC'ers, this one with Memphis Tours. Our guide was good, but I do think in Cairo the guides are pressured to take groups to the Papyrus Institute, Cartouche Makers, and Rug shops, all who try to use high pressure sales tactics. Once our guide knew we were unhappy with this it went better. We did have 2 in our group who wanted Cartouche necklaces made, so this stop was worthwhile, although some in other groups were able to order and get their jewelry later, while we had to wait for it to be made. Standing in front of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx was almost surreal...we all grow up seeing these things in pictures, but to be there in front of it was incredible, and something we will always be grateful for having the opportunity to do. We also enjoyed seeing Sakhara. The Khan El Khalili Bazaar was a must see for us, and it didn't disappoint. I think there were some in the group who were a little frightened - or intimidated, though I never felt threatened in any way. Don't pay more than about 35% of the asking price! Bargaining is part of the fun! The Bazaar dates back to the 1300's and should be experienced. The Nile Dinner cruise was all right, but for me the best part was the "whirling dervish" - the rest was just OK, and we were all a little tired besides. Staying at the Oberoi Mena House was incredible, it is a beautiful and comfortable hotel with Pyramid views and a great breakfast buffet, unfortunately we had too little time to enjoy it. The second day we really enjoyed the Alabaster Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, especially for us the Tutankhamen exhibit, complete with Death Mask, among other great sights. It was amazing to see! The Cairo experience is something else...from the horrific traffic, with cars and trucks, horse carts, to motorbikes with 3 or 4 people on them weaving through traffic and sharing the road in a mix of the ancient and the modern. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
the port of call was cancelled by the ship 1 day after final payment was due - kind of underhanded. Took a private trip to Cairo after the cruise ended - it is a city to be experienced!
the port of call was cancelled by the ship 1 day after final payment was due - kind of underhanded. Took a private trip to Cairo after the cruise ended - it is a city to be experienced! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Interesting, good museum, however no cameras allowed anywhere in Egppt Antiquities Museum. King Tut's floor is a must see. At Pyramids beware of Camel Rides. They will get you up on a camel, then not let you down unless you pay ... Read More
Interesting, good museum, however no cameras allowed anywhere in Egppt Antiquities Museum. King Tut's floor is a must see. At Pyramids beware of Camel Rides. They will get you up on a camel, then not let you down unless you pay additional. Egyptian Hotels served very good food. Egyptian people were very friendly and loving to all tourists. They are really hurting economically since the reveloution due to less tourism. We tipped them well to help out !! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
The Cairo Museum is a must, there is so much to see that you could spend two days in there. you get a couple of hours in a packed inferno of commotion. You are supplied with 'whispers' radio headphones and the guide therefore has ... Read More
The Cairo Museum is a must, there is so much to see that you could spend two days in there. you get a couple of hours in a packed inferno of commotion. You are supplied with 'whispers' radio headphones and the guide therefore has your ear at least. Far too rushed and chaotic, you are told when you can pee and when you cannot - I'm not joking! You get 10 min to do your own thing- that includes the toilet and the optional mummy tours that cost an extra £16. These exhibitions are at opposite sides of the museum ( 2 displays). Well worth seeing- even if you are 5 min late to get back! Astonishing to see these preserved icons of Egyptian history. Giza pyramids follow on from the Cairo tour. Well worth a visit, I went inside one to have a look and feel of the internal atmosphere, cost an extra £7 but worth it to me. You need to be able to negotiate a steep ramp stairway while bent over, only takes 10min but you see internal chambers, and a segregated tomb section.surprisingly cool inside. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
The scale of it all, the awesomeness of the place. What can I say. It was incredible. We went with a private operator, Ramsees, who took us around in a small bus and kept us ahead of the crowds and minimized the heat. Our guide, Kareem, ... Read More
The scale of it all, the awesomeness of the place. What can I say. It was incredible. We went with a private operator, Ramsees, who took us around in a small bus and kept us ahead of the crowds and minimized the heat. Our guide, Kareem, was fantastic and flexible to the needs of our group. Don't expect things to be clean, though. Take lots have hand sanitizer and don't eat the fruit or drink the water. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
We did the museum and pyramids.Takes 3.5 hours from Ashood on the ships tour with an armed escort,but that's nothing to worry about.Cairo is a dump,with litter everywhere.The guide will charge you £16 pp to see the mummys,because ... Read More
We did the museum and pyramids.Takes 3.5 hours from Ashood on the ships tour with an armed escort,but that's nothing to worry about.Cairo is a dump,with litter everywhere.The guide will charge you £16 pp to see the mummys,because they say there will be a big queue to get tickets to see them.There wasn't any queue at all when we went in there,but you have to pay in Egyptian pounds equivalent to about £11. Pyramids are good but lots of hassle from traders.Lunch on this trip was superb,in fact the best that we have ever had on a trip on any cruise line.It's a long day(about 13 hours)but hey,if you are in Egypt you've got to see the Pyramids.They take you to a papyrus shop after the pyramids to try to get you to part with some money.It's quite interesting but wouldn't do it again.The tour guide on the ship told us before we started to remember that NOTHING IN EGYPT IS FREE.How right he was.Even as you leave the ship there is a queue of traders "giving"you a bag with Egypt on it,then a few yards on there's another chap asking you for money for it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Cairo - Loads of tours on offer - we took 'Classic Cairo' £120 a head. 2 and a half hour drive to Cairo in comfy air-con bus. Guide excellent. Got to Cairo museum - chaos ensued. No car park, - so dropped at the entrance with ... Read More
Cairo - Loads of tours on offer - we took 'Classic Cairo' £120 a head. 2 and a half hour drive to Cairo in comfy air-con bus. Guide excellent. Got to Cairo museum - chaos ensued. No car park, - so dropped at the entrance with 10million other people. Queued to get in (price included in tour), all the while trying to keep site of the rest of the group/tour guide. Given audio guide to hear the tour guide as she walked us throught the museum. Absolutely PACKED - could hardly see the tour guide never mind what exhibit she was talking about. No fun. After an hour in the very hot (no air con) museum, we were given 20 mins to ourselves to go in and see Tutenkamun's face mask and coffins. Absolutely amazing to see - made up for the previous hour. Then a mad dash to find out way back to the meeting point to then exit and wait for our bus to arrive for us all to jump on. Note - you must leave cameras and video equipment on the bus, as not allowed in museum - very strict (metal detectors, armed guards). Driver stays on bus while you are in the museum so your stuff is safe with him. Then drove to a 'posh' hotel for lunch - buffet style. Very nice, just don't eat anything raw like salad. Then drove to Giza Pyramids, 5 mins away. Highlight of the holiday for us - absolutely amazing. About 1 hour free time to wander about and take photos. All on the flat - no climbing. Local 'arabs' will offer to stand beside you for a photo - hunt them as they will expect a tip. Although busy, not too crowded. Bus then moved you (2 mins) to another side of the Pyramids for another hour of free time. Then a 5 min journey to the Sphynx. 1/2 hour there, then back on the bus. At some point, the bus will take you for a 45 min stop at a 'Papyrus' shop for a 'demonstration'. Extortinate. Note - the Cruise ship will strongly advise you to buy their bottled water before you go on the tour as you will die a horrific slow painful death if you buy the local bottled water. Costs $4.54 a litre bottle on board. Rip-off - the buses have a supply of chilled sealed bottled water and cans of coke (both free). Plenty to go round. Then 2 and a half hour drive back to ship. Although expensive, really glad we did it. No way could you do it on your own. Others took the Cairo trip that included a sail on the nile. They all thought it was rubbish. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We docked in Port Said. We arranged to have our own guide for the day. This allowed us to spend as much time as we wanted at the Pyramids. It also allowed us to visit the Solar Boat Museum. Since you're driving over three hours each ... Read More
We docked in Port Said. We arranged to have our own guide for the day. This allowed us to spend as much time as we wanted at the Pyramids. It also allowed us to visit the Solar Boat Museum. Since you're driving over three hours each way from the port, we only had a limited amount of time at the Egyptian Museum and no time for other sites. If I had to do it over again, I would still choose to do it this way versus on a bus tour where you're allowed a few quick minutes to see the Pyramids. Plus the price is about the same. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
dirty dirty dirty, but what great sites, the pyramids , memphis, shakara. I am glad we did a private tour as the bus loads seem to struggle to get in everything and i would not have wanted to be limited into staying longer at certain areas... Read More
dirty dirty dirty, but what great sites, the pyramids , memphis, shakara. I am glad we did a private tour as the bus loads seem to struggle to get in everything and i would not have wanted to be limited into staying longer at certain areas Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
I would rate this a 5+ except it is a disappointment as far as how they handle the monuments in Giza. It seems there is no care taken around the pyramids as far as traffic control, parking lots, etc. There is garbage everywhere and the ... Read More
I would rate this a 5+ except it is a disappointment as far as how they handle the monuments in Giza. It seems there is no care taken around the pyramids as far as traffic control, parking lots, etc. There is garbage everywhere and the aggressive sellers can be annoying. Once we realized the games some of them played, we easily and politely said "no." You can spot the ones selling things, so that's not a problem. It's the men who come up and shake your hand and ask you your name and then want to wrap a towel on your head (if you're a male) and have you take their picture with you. Then they want to use your camera to take a picture of all of you. NEVER give anyone your camera. We knew that ahead of time and didn't do that. But in order to get your camera back, you will need to fork over some money. A couple of US dollars works great, so don't be too alarmed. There are also children selling things which is hard to resist. Most of the things they sell are for one US dollar. We also learned that some of these sellers will ask to see your ticket. NEVER give anyone your ticket either. They will appear to be official people (police even), but no one should need your ticket once you are looking at the pyramids. We hired an Egyptologist named Rasha El-Ashmawy who briefed us on all of this before we got out of the van. That was very helpful. She was very knowledgeable in Egyptian history as well and we learned so much from her. Cost was 130 USD per person per day; but it was worth it, that's for sure. She would go and get us our tickets while we would wait and we would be on our way. She hired all the drivers and even made sure we got checked into the hotel as well. We stayed overnight in Cairo at the Le Meridien and it was great. Interestingly, hotels in Barcelona and Cairo (the only two hotels we used) had no rooms for more than two people. It seemed to be a recurring theme and I wonder if that's normal. We had two rooms in both cities for the three of us. They weren't super expensive so that wasn't an issue. Just a curious thing. Back to our tour: After the pyramids and sphinx (wall to wall people), we got back in the van and Rasha had purchased us a "fast food" Egyptian lunch. It was pasta, rice, and a tomato sauce that was wonderful. We ate out of plastic containers and it tasted great! We headed to Cairo and the Egyptian Museum. WOW. Here is were you see the real stuff, that's for sure. The best was, of course, the treasures of King Tut. To see the gold mask and the decorated coffins was a real highlight. Yes, the museum is old and dusty, but you forget about all that when you see all the ancient treasures. Having a guide walk you through and explain everything is priceless. We headed to our hotel back in Giza and Rasha made sure we were in our rooms. She met us later to escort us to the Sound and Light Show at the pyramids. This was the highlight of our trip...not the show itself, but getting there early and just sitting and watching the sunset behind the pyramids with no one trying to sell us anything. It was quiet and clean and we just sat there and enjoyed the view of the three pyramids and the sphinx. The show we attended was in German so we rented headsets in English. I would highly recommend you go early to the first show and just enjoy the view. It was magical and the one thing I remember most about the whole cruise. The next morning, Rasha picked us up early and we headed to Saqqara and the Step Pyramid. We were early enough to beat all the buses. Rasha was very excited about this and took us to a tomb where she explained the reliefs and hieroglyphs and we were the only people in the tomb! Just as we finished, the big groups came in. My mom and I took a few minutes and visited another tomb where we had to bend over to climb down into it. That was fun. After that we headed to the complex of the Step Pyramid of Djoser. That was very interesting. We then headed to Old Cairo and the Alabaster Mosque. Another interesting stop and we enjoyed our time there. We headed back to Giza and another fast food lunch (seasoned beef in a wrap) and that was very good too. We parted ways with Rasha and began our three-hour trip back to Alexandria. Another memorable port was now a beautiful memory. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Pyramids at Giza were awesome except for the persistent peddlers and camels, buffet lunch in Cairo was far better than anything on board ship, The National Museum in Cairo had the entire King Tut exhibit open, but some of the displays were ... Read More
Pyramids at Giza were awesome except for the persistent peddlers and camels, buffet lunch in Cairo was far better than anything on board ship, The National Museum in Cairo had the entire King Tut exhibit open, but some of the displays were poorly lit, poorly documented and less than professional with hand-written descriptions. Could have done without the obligatory stop at the papyrus store and the jewelry shop where our guide Muhamed probably got a little cut of the action. Read Less

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