Review: MS Fleurette
Cruise - River Cruise
Wonders of the River Nile
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In 2008 Ii took my 18 year old daughter to Egypt for a well-earned break as she had been studying hard for her A Levels. This was a last minute booking which I booked on the Friday night and we flew out to Luxor on the Monday. On arrival in Luxor we were greeted by the boat's representative who whisked us through the airport and getting our visas. We then got on to a coach which took us to our boat which was called The Fleurette. Once on board we were taken to the lounge area and given a welcome drink and some details of our cruise, after settling into our cabin, which was beautifully decorated with ensuite shower room and toilet and views across the River Nile.
We had seven wonderful days and nights aboard The Fleurette. The cuisine was delicious and menu varied with lots of local dishes and all the staff excellent and really went out of their way to make all the guest feel welcome. We were concerned we may have stomach upsets with the different food, but i can happily say we had no problems at all. The entertainment on board was good, with a wonderful Egyptian evening where all the guest dressed up in Egyptian costume. This was a brilliant night and we all had so much fun. The boat had a small gift shop and a jewellery shop and the staff who worked in both shops was exceptional and have become good friends of mine which we still keep in touch through Facebook and email. Om the top deck is a small pool, just big enough really to cool off, a sun deck and bar and all round stunning views of The River Nile. Many of the guest stayed on an extra week this was organised by the guide on the boat who rearranged flights and everything for the guests. Some opted to stay in one of the hotels , I wish we didn’t have to get back home as we would have loved to stay another week.
Some of the highlights included the free ten excursions included in the price of the holiday. We visited The Valley of The Kings, Valley of The Queens, numerous Temples and markets. We journey along The Nile was amazing, with such contrasting views, from dessert to, greenery, Temples, too seeing villagers washing themselves along the river banks.
Egypt is a beautiful country and one of my favourite days was spent going out on a small boat where our guide took us to a safe part of the Nile so we could swim in the river. My daughter wasn’t brave enough to swim but i did and my daughter recorded me whilst i swam in the River Nile, an experience i will never forget. That same day we also walked out into the dessert and went to a small island on the Nile and were taken into some of the villagers homes. These people were very poor they made us all feel so welcome, it was a humbling experience. They also showed us a large pit at the side of one of the houses where they keep the crocodiles they capture from the Nile. This is too keeping the part where the children play, wash etc. safe for them to do so.
Another highlight was flying over to Cairo to see The Pyramids, well simply sensational, you can’t imagine how big each stone is until you are standing next to them. The Sphinx is a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head. Seeing the Sphinx up close was simply stunning. Cairo is an amazing city with lots to see including the Museum which I wish I had more time to spend it. One word of advice, close your eyes whilst travelling in a car, lol. Driving through the traffic is actually very scary (there doesn’t seem to be any rules) but if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes opened you will see the vast contrasts of Cairo’s city. When out and about in Egypt take plenty of bottled water with you as you can get very dehydrated. On all out trips the coach driver carried bottle d water on the coach for guest to purchase.
I would highly recommend a cruise on the River Nile, our boat was on a full board basis but I recommend going all-inclusive because drinks are expensive in Egypt. If you love visiting places of history and seeing a very different way of life you will not be disappointed with this holiday. Personally I can’t wait to go back to Egypt and have promised my husband that next time I will take him for a cruise down the River Nile and stay an extra week to go snorkelling in the Red Sea.
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