Written on: 01/05/2013
Our trip involved three nights in Cairo based at a hotel near the Pyramids and then seven on the Royal Viking boat from Luxor to Aswan and back. The organisation was through Discover Egypt. This was very satisfactory with smooth transfers and arrangements at all times. Our previous experience on cruises has all been on ocean-going larger vessels so this was an interesting contrast. Our mid-deck cabin on the Royal Viking was spacious in traditional wood-pannelled style and had a good sized... (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2013 by Cathiedaviesfry
The boat and everything to do with the trip cannot be faulted.It was a fantastic trip. The company need to monitor the service of videoing the experience. I bought the DVD package for £20. It was three discs. One of our experience of the trip, the other two of various areas of Egypt. The one of our trip worked. The other disc was only music and the third was completely blank. Nothing had been burnt onto it. I am glad the one of our trip worked but feel put out by paying money for... (read more)
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... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2012
We have just returned from a fantastic Nile cruise on the Royal Viking, it turned out to be one of our best holidays. From the moment we arrived at the airport to our final departure every little detail was well organised. The boat itself was superb, lovely and clean inside, the decorations were very tasteful and in keeping with the rest of the boat. The restaurant was excellent, the food was varied, of great quality, and there was plenty of it. Hygiene was very good with compulsory hand... (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2012
Just back from 7 nights on the Royal Viking boat. All crew outstanding for service and friendliness, food excellent boat lovely and clean throughout, cabins fabulas. example every time you went into the restaurant for food you had to sanitize your hand, and if you went in by mistake without cleaning your hand the restaurant manager would call you back. That's the kind of stand this boat had. However some issues not the control of the boat. The holiday was fabulous but you don't spend enough... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2012 by Wenda
I have just returned from a Nile cruise on the MS Royal Viking. This was a return visit as I enjoyed it so much last year. Chances are if I can save enough money, i'll be returning next year as well... It is exactly what i needed as a hloiday. I am not a lay on the beach type person, and this holiday gives you just the right mix of culture and relaxation. I went with a friend who normally takes foreign walking holidays, and was at first sceptical about whether she would enjoy the 'down... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2012
Watch out for the bloke who puts your luggage on coach on arrival - he is not the coach driver - trying to make a fast buck. Food terribly average - not five star at all - but they try hard and make the most of turning over food not used to the fullest for the next day. My husband didnt fare well here and actually had a cheese roll for his anniversary - however most people would manage with most of the food. Bear in mind that there is a bit of a food shortage for the majority of... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2012 by jabbathehutte (1 review written)
Great holiday, but biggest complaint was the quality and choice of food on the boat. Fish fingers as a main course for dinner is not acceptable on a 5 star+ boat. Excursions were superb, Abu Simbel worth every penny of the £85 fee. Egyptologist, Amira, extremely knowledgeable. Quality of cabins is good, with a different 'animal' made of towels every night. vendors VERY aggressive in all locations, but good deals to be had if you can weather the storm! 3 days in Cairo followed the cruise,... (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2012 by Nirs3 (1 review written)
We were upgraded to the Royal Viking from the Viking Princess We were a party of 6 and everything was done to accommodate us. The service and food was excellent. Although the entertainment was a bit hit and miss it really depended on whether you were prepared to take part. The galabeya party was great fun with about 75% taking part. The whirling dervish was fantastic although I have seen better belly dancers. All the trips were well organised. There were some early starts but this was... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2011
Booked a Nile Cruise with Discover Egypt but through the travel agency EXTRA MILE and saved over £100 pp. on the 2 week holiday. First week on the 5 Star deluxe boat the Royal Viking and a second week in the Nile Palace Hotel. However with the problems over in Egypt the holiday was cancelled. Through out the whole booking procedure and then the uncertainty regarding the possible cancellation of our holiday, Martin at Extra Mile was fantastic, keeping in touch on an almost daily basis. ... (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2010
we had never been on a cruise before and as fit and active peple were uneasy.No need to be. On this cruise you are active most of the time - up at unearthly times for the trips, tramping over uneven surfaces but all so worthwhile as the tombs and temples will not disappoint.
Royal Viking is a lovely boat. We paid for top deck - def worthwhile. Cabins smart and clean with sitting area. Disappointing that you sometimes moor in the middle of a line of boats so you can't open your curtains but... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2010
We have just returned from a Nile cruise on the Royal Viking. Like previous reviewers I was not sure that I would like a cruise but it turned out to be one of our best holidays. I can only re-iterate the opinions of other passengers - the food was very varied, of excellent quality, and there was plenty of it. We didn't have stomach upsets and I didn't hear of any other passengers being ill. Hygiene on the boat was very good with compulsory handwashing before going into the restaurant and... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2010
Beautiful ship,wonderful staff, meals were excellent, extremely high standards of hygeine that truly surpassed expectations. Staff were friendly, helpful and diligent in their duties. Excursions were fabulous. The guides (Egyptologists)were exceptional.
Cabins were spotlessly clean and attended to with towel changes twice a day.
Special thanks to our guide Ahmed and a very special thank you to Kairy the towel 'artist'- his creations were the best I've ever seen.
Thank you to all management,... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2010
We have just returned from a cruise down the Nile. All four of us in the party were unwell with tummy problems during the trip - as were lots of other passengers. The cruise was not as per the itinerary we were given from Discover Egypt. This meant we repeated things on the return leg from Aswan to Luxor. Stopping for a second time in Edfu, Kom Ombo and having another Galabaya party. The food,whilst nice, was the more or less the same for lunch and dinner and this was repeated 7 times. ... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2010
Although the staff were friendly and the boat in good condition both my boyfriend and I were very poorly during and following the cruise. Many other people on the boat also reported upset tummys and several were forced to miss trips due to D&V. Since returning home I have been told that this is most likely Dysentery. Not really what you expect from an expensive 5* cruise.
The guide on the cruise boat was very knowledgeable but quite rude and surly on occasions. Another guest also... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2010
Have just returned from cruise on the Nile on Royal Viking booked with Discover Egypt - what a fantastic week. Our Guide Kalid was brilliant and extremely knowlegeable. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The 'towel animals' each night were best I have seen. Trips were fantastic, even though some very early mornings, it didn't matter. Abu- Simbel is a must along with the balloon flight. The extra trips available were reasonably priced which was a bonus. I travelled with my... (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2010
Fantastic and to be recommended. The Royal Viking ship is very clean (hand wash gels in all rooms and by entrance to dining room). Fluffy towels changed twice a day. Good choice of food although vegetables a little over-cooked. The Discover Egypt tour guides are excellent; very knowledgable. Evening entertainment might be a little limited for some but personally we went to see the historic sites so it was unimportant. Nobody was ill and we didn't see one mosquito - bliss! We will be... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2010 by juliejones21 (1 review written)
We were supposed to be travelling on the Viking Princess but on arrival were told we had been upgraded to the Royal Viking. What a lovely cruise boat, the cabins were fantastic, the staff were amazing as was the food. The pool on deck was really welcome after being out on tours in the morning, and the top deck facilities were really great. You could sit and chill on large sofa's and watch the world go by. The tour is quite hectic but you do have the afternoons to relax. The only... (read more)
Written on: 28/07/2010 by Jean Gaffney Christensen (1 review written)
My Husband and I have just returned from one of the cruises' we had a great time.That was our second cruise;although,I must say our first was the best.All the staff on the Royal Viking were totaly amazing, great manners,really very funny at times, well, all the time. !!.Victor our Tour (Egyptologist) guide, what can I say, he new his stuff,. Talkalot. ha ha.. Thanks for a great time.xx
Jean & Charlie Christensen. Returned 26/07/2010. (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2010 by dandb (1 review written)
Having just returned from Egypt and a Nile cruise on The Royal Viking I cannot recommend it highly enough. We were not quite sure what to expect but it was SUPERB.
Our cabin was very comfortable and the standard of food was generally very good, though some meat dishes were sometimes overcooked and a little chewy. Having heard so many tales about sickness on Nile cruises, we avoided salads - until, that is, we went on the tour of the kitchens. We couldn't believe how high the standards of... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2010
This is the second cruise we have taken with Viking Travel and will no doubt be returning. The quality of the accomodation is excellent, the staff are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble. And Egypt - well it's fantastic. Highly recommended! (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2009
Royal Viking - room/bed attended to twice daily.
all staff helpful and kind
our guide was excellent (the detail and his indepth
knowledge of ancient egypt made our holiday unforgettable).
whole trip very well organised from beginning to end.
'on boat' hygeine excellent.
wonderful trip. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2009 by gillnob
Excellent value with Discover Egypt.
Excellent excursions & guides.
We would go again tomorrow, but waitng for cooler weather.
Cabins were rather threadbare, but we didn't spend much time there.
Food was good & service cheerful & competent.
Highly recommended. (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2009
Just returned and had quite possibly the best holiday of my life.
The Royal Viking staff were friendly, the food was good, the rooms were clean and we enjoyed the excursions (even though they meant early starts).
From what I have heard it is worth having the extra cost of drinks in order to go for a 5*. (read more)
Written on: 08/07/2009
We have just returned from a week's cruise on the Royal Viking. The ship is 5 star rated and very comfortable. There is a large bar/lounge, restaurant, sundeck and plunge pool. All were scrupulously clean and tidy apart from the plunge pool which suiffered from guests' sun oil and other preparations. There is a shower available to wash that all off before one gets into the pool but when we were there, few people used it. The staff and crew are all charming and helpful and the tour guide... (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2009 by suebry (1 review written)
Our trip was from 8 June 2009 on Royal Viking. A lovely ship and helpful staff! We took the upgrade cabin (worth it) and it was very clean and smart. There were only 50 guests on board, instead of 150 which we were pleased about because otherwise it would have been too crowded and I doubt the dining facilities could have coped with more.
Trip certainly worth doing but have couple of days rest before traveling; you'll be getting up very early!!
Take loads of money c £200 each and Egyptian... (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2009 by susan55
There are over 300 cruise boats on the Nile, but only one Royal Viking. Discover Egypt have a few boats they use - Viking III and the Royal Viking (Viking Premier is currently being renovated), and a couple of more expensive boats. I can highly recommend the Royal Viking. My daughter and I spent a week in May on it, and the tour guides/egyptologists are brilliant. You're very much protected from a lot of the hassle, and if you ever have any problems with any of the traders, the tour... (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2009
The Discover Egypt Royal Viking is a new boat, very clean, good food, friendly staff. If you have decided that a Nile Cruise is for you then I can highly recommend this lovely new boat. There are 350 of Discover Egypt Royal Viking boats between Luxor and Aswan which means you can be moored 6 deep and the diesel fumes from the generators mean you will not be able to open your window or spend time on the top deck. On leaving Luxor there may well be many other boats leaving at the same... (read more)
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