Written on: 07/01/2013 by LauraWollongong
Initially we were going to book another cruise boat but the MS Royal Viking was recommended by our tour company as being a better option. The boat is beautiful and cabins are excellent BUT with the current situation in Egypt there is a huge shortage of travellers, I think 31 passengers on our cruise. This caused our boat to sit at a dock way out of Luxor for most of our cruise, waiting for more passengers to join the cruise. We boarded the boat Monday morning and it didn't leave Luxor until Wednesday night, dreadful, thankfully our wonderful Memphis Tours guide suggested some extra tours for us at a good price or it would have been a lot worse. I understand the economics of this but I believe passengers should be notified beforehand and given the choice of making other arrangements but we were just told it was a "change of itinerary". Once our day tours were done we were left sitting around the boat waiting for it to cruise, also nothing was open, such as the pool bar, we were told it only opens once the boat sails. On day 3 we were told we could have asked reception and they would get anything we needed, perhaps being told that on day one may have been helpful. I did try to complain to the person in charge who just dismissed my complaint, again saying "change of itinerary". We were looking forward to seeing things like cruising through Esna lock, that was done overnight while we were sleeping. We had already stayed 2 nights in a Luxor hotel and if we had wanted to stay another 3 days we would have chosen one of the lovely hotels in the middle of town, with full service, not sitting on this boat. There was four in our group in two cabins which cost over $2,000, we don't think this was money well spent and unless the situation changes would not recommend this cruise to anyone.