Written on: 10/05/2013 by Meg345 (1 review written)
My sister and I have just returned from a Nile cruise on the MS Monica. We had a fantastic holiday and one made memorable by the superb service we received throughout our trip. The ship was very clean, the food was excellent and the staff were exceptionally attentive and helpful. The boat manager was outstanding and provided information and assistance at every opportunity. His crew members from the waiters to the engineers were fantastic. We booked with Orbital travel and their tour guides were… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/04/2013 by iwanknott (1 review written)
We have just returned from a cruise on the MS MONICA and it was absolutely wonderful. The staff were both courteous and friendly and went out of their way to make your stay an enjoyable and special one. Even the cleaning staff were incredible with their 'towel' sculptures. The tour guides were excellent - our tour guide George was unbelievably knowledgeable. This rates as one of our best holidays ever!! We took our 2 adult sons with us and they both had a great time. The Knott family… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/03/2013 by mortonan (1 review written)
A party of 4 of us have just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Monica and had a really good holiday. We were met at Luxor airport and cheerfully and quickly supplied with entry visas by Orbital's staff just at the entrance and then moved on to passport control. We collected our cases and were swiftly on the 20 minutes coach journey to the riverside.Once onboard we were allocted our cabins and ushered to the dining room on the lower deck for dinner.The meals are self service with a variety… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/04/2012
The MS Monica and all the staff on there were lovely.The cabins were spotless, cleaned twice a day although bathroom could do with a bit of a refurb and the towel sculptures were that little extra touch .The food was plentiful and okay-a few in our party did have tut's trots but think it was brought onboard by my sister in law who started to feel a bit ill on flight over,rather than the food. Peter the Rep was really helpful and made sure everything ticked over like clockwork. The excursions… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/04/2012 by Clarewitco (1 review written)
Words alone can't really describe the week we had on the MS Monica. There were 7 of us, all family, and not too sure what was in store, we weren't disappointed. The boat looked a little dated when we saw it but is was beautiful inside and spotless. The cleaning staff never stopped and our rooms were very comfortable, always a surprise in store when we returned in the evenings to find a 'towel art' animal waiting for us on our bed! Nothing was too much trouble, the staff were attentive and… Read Full Review
Written on: 01/04/2012 by hatshepsut (1 review written)
We stayed on the MS Monica from the 7th-14th of March 2012. We had never done this type of holiday before and were not sure what to expect. What a surprise - it was the best holiday ever!! The staff were out of this world. Nothing was too much trouble, they were very friendly and always had a smile on their faces even after a long day and a lot of hard work. We would especially like to thank Mena our waiter who worked so hard - we loved him. We had the best tour guides ever. Waleed and Sam. Sam… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/03/2012
My wife & I have just returned from a weeks cruise down the nile. On the M.S.Monica Cannot fault the whole experience. Very well organised right from the start at Gatwick airport. The boat was first class as was all the crew & staff members. always very helpful nothing was to much for them to do.Food was very good with a large choice to select from.Entertainment also was enjoyable In the evenings. Marco our tour guide was very knowledgeable & gave us an insight into ancient Egypt Again nothing… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/03/2012 by Moles48 (1 review written)
We had a great Nile cruise on Ms Monica. The boat was very clean and the staff were friendly and efficient. We were particularly impressed by the orbital staff who escorted us from and too the airport. We also were very impressed by our tour guides, Walid and Sam, who were knowledgeable, approachable and always ready to help. The food was varied and had something for everyone. The entertainment was good especially the Nubian show done by some of the staff. Cabins are a little worn but they… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/02/2012 by elpond (1 review written)
Review of our cruise on MS Monica- January 2012 To celebrate my 60th birthday my sweetheart, Harry secretly organised a Nile Cruise on the MS Monica from Luxor to Aswan and back again. He could not have chosen a more wonderful holiday. I knew very little about Egypt (past and present) beforehand, but now I know so much about this beautiful country and its warm, friendly people. I can’t wait to return. This was far from a slow resort holiday. Everyday was full of new experiences. But the… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/03/2011 by marilyn hayes (1 review written)
a wonderful experience - everyone should have one !
m.s. monica/orbital travel operates so professionally in egypt from the minute you land until you come home. Sam (prince of thebes) was our tour guide - what he didn't know about egypt wasn't worth knowing. he has a degree in this field and spoke passionately - he was the best ! Peter Barnett is the orbital rep.on board who was also very helpful and couldn't do enough to make your trip a most memorable one - well done !
Egypt is not a war… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/03/2011 by janmasterson (1 review written)
Orbital Nile Cruise Luxor to Aswan.Everything we hoped for-The Egyptian people most welcoming, shouting "Thank you for coming". NO PROBLEMS ANYWHERE WE WENT. The Monica was just as in the photographs,our room was lovely and the balcony just made it perfect. Service with a smile at all times, Abraham our waiter was just wonderful, and our room was cleaned and serviced with clean towels to a high standard. Our Tour Guide, Mena, was the best we have ever encountered- so knowlegable, but explained… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/03/2011
Overall impression is good.Saying this the Ms Monica is by no meens a 5star ship,it could do with a refurb.The good points are that the staff are very good and helpful.The ships is kept to a good standard of cleanlyness is also good.Our guide George was extreemly good being informative but not boring.We were spoilt on our cruise was one of the first to go up the river after the revolution so we got to see all the temples and sights without the throng on hundreds of tourist.All in all a great… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/02/2011
We have returned from a week on the MS Monica, we did three nights in Cairo first then flew to Luxor to pick up the boat Monica from the 1 st January 2011 to the 8 th january 2011. The boat is lovely, very clean and a great hallway and staircase! The cabins are small and it can feel quite closed in when you are moored as there are boats either side of you, however once sailing it's fantastic to open the full length windows and watch the Nile go by! The sundeck is great as well, the only day it… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/02/2011
My wife and I cruised on the MS Monica from the 16th December 2010 to the 23rd December 2010. We booked on the Internet with Classic tours
The whole experience of seeing and exploring the sights and sounds of the Nile is totally awesome and the Monica is one of the best boats on the river
The MS Monica appears typical of its type. The public areas are smart and clean. The foyer on the boat is really beautiful with sweeping marble staircases, brass rails and chandeliers. The dining room on the… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/11/2010
Super holiday.Guides Very Knowlegable and Friendly :)
Food good..always something tasty, although initially concerned at the "Grilled Aborigine" which turned out to be Aubergine :)
Cabins..fine and plenty of power points for essential electical appliances like Ghd's!!
Nice Clean boat with superb friendly staff.Good value for money and would recommend to friends.
Thanks for a great holiday xx
One negative comment..water should be available 24/7 for all inclusive guests.Being expected to pay for… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/11/2010
We just returned from a 16-day trip to Egypt. We started our journey in Luxor, boarding the ms Monica Nile Cruiser for a 5 day trip from Luxor to Aswan. Two words -- simply remarkable.
The beauty and cleanliness of the ship was incredible, the service was so personal and genuine, the food was delicious and plentiful, and the excursions were very well organized and informative. Thank you to our fabulous guide who's passion about the Egyptian history and culture made it so delightful.
Every… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/11/2010
We definitely had value for money.The cabins were a little tired & the bedding & one mattress was not perfect, but everything else was superb. The Guides were !st class.Knowledgeable, friendly & helpful.The organisation of the trips was outstanding. The food was good &plentiful & the staff great.
The top deck enabled us to sunbathe or sit comfortably under a canopy with a table to hold our drinks.An all round super holiday… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/11/2010 by VinR (1 review written)
Just returned after a week on the MS Monica 10-17th November All Inclusive. Had a good holiday on this ship but maybe we had been spoiled in 2005 on the then 4star MS Liberty. Some honest comments below:
FOOD: plentiful but not over tasty, deserts very good but be beware of queue jumping Germans! But you won't go hungry. Best meal of the day is breakfast except no bacon of course.
ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS: Stella beer 'Egyptian version' OK, wine seriously watered down - lots complained and… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/11/2010
On arrival in Luxor airport we were greeted by our guide called Ayman. His friendly and warm welcome instantly made us relax. On arrival to the boat it was as impressive as it looks in the photos. Once we were given our rooms (which were exactly what we had requested), we showered and headed down to dinner. There is a great choice of food, suitable for everyone. All trips were well planned and although an early start, well worth it as you miss the midday sun and hundreds of tourists!!!
Ayman… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/10/2010
Recently we returned from a 14 night holiday in Egypt, 7 nights of which were spent, cruising the Nile, on the ms monica . This was the third time we had been on a Nile cruise and it was the best We had the most wonderful time and I felt quite emotional on our last night
The service at meal times was superb and the food was excellent the service was so good.
We felt welcomed from the time we arrived and spent a lovely week with a friendly and wonderful crew the ms monica crew made the holiday… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/10/2010
We have just returned from a cruise on MS monica organized by orbital travel. She is a lovely boat with a marvelous crew. The cabins were comfortable and the food was very varied and very tasty, nice touches like warm wet towels when arriving back on board and a drink waiting. Bedding and towels always being changed. The balance between cruising and shore tours was perfect. The trips were exciting and the guide was very knowledgeable. Everything was excellent. We will definitely recommend this… Read Full Review
Written on: 01/08/2010
ms monica is a very well run boat, food is good always hot and a good choice but a little repetative. staff are great very friendly and helpfull waiters bar and cleaning staff all do a great job with a smile,boat is kept very clean all areas,cabins cleaned 2 daily fresh towels 2 daily but look a little grey and tired but clean witch is the main thing.the pool area could do with a makeover nothing wrong with it just looks a bit tired. this was our 2nd nile cruise and and we had a great time,met… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/06/2010
What a fantastic holiday on the MS Stephanie.We have never experienced a holiday so well organised. Peter our tour manager and our guide Ayman were fantastic and couldn't have been more helpful. We enjoyed every minute of it, I can't imagine anybody complaining about anything and I certainly didn't hear any complaints. The rooms didn't feel like a cabin more like a hotel bedroom. The itinery was full and we saw the most interesting sights (did the hot air balloon - what an experience!) Buy… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/06/2010
boarded boat on wed.started to sail sunday morn.best part of boat is the staircase.this boat is nothing like a 5 star.we went as a party of four adults and each of us ended up being ill the last couple of days.the crockery and food is sub standard.please be aware this boat is nowhere near a 5 star.we have done the nile cruise in the past and really enjoyed it on the regency boat.dont be taken in by the grand staircase as the rest of the boat doesnt match up.be warned… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/05/2010
What An excellent holiday , everything was well organized . the tours and guide were excellent Alaa excellent all staff very friendly they work very hard there was lovely peaceful atmosphere and staff always ready to help , we have enjoyed every minute of every day we cannot fault anything we will be back ,would recommend to friend and family.
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Written on: 18/05/2010
The staff was nice and friendly.
Both the breakfast, lunch and dinner was packed with superb dishes.
The price of coffee, beer and etc. was fair.
One VERY bad thing was that the cleaning staff had stolen a towel of mine and a t-shirt. It's not exactly possible to lock all your clothes into the 12 times 15 centimeters deposit box which was not working either.
A friend i was travelling with had his luggage diggen through and 180 Euro was stolen from it. Yes they write that valuables should be… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/05/2010 by maryomi (1 review written)
Wonderful holiday. Monica and staff fantastic!! Our lovely guide, Mina(Horus)brought the history of the temples and tombs alive for us. Met some really great people. Wish we could go back tomorrow. From the Temples of Devon.
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Written on: 03/05/2010
MS Monica was great, better than I had hoped given all the reviews prior to our departure. I Booked 7days A/I Nile Cruse/2nts H/B Cairo/5nts.A/I Hughada.
On arrival at Luxor Airport an Red Sea Tours representative their All we had to do was get our suitcases and head for designated coach. Fabulous! I have been to Egypt before and all that can be a nightmare after a long flight.
First of all M/S Monica.... was awaiting for our arrival just a few miles from Luxor, a blessing… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/05/2010
MS Monica....Just great
Very well organised and most enjoyable holiday on M/S Monica is a spacious well equipped boat with a beautiful interior and very friendly, helpful staff.
The cabin I stayed in had twin beds, large wardrobe with safe, large dressing table, TV, fridge, round coffee table and two comfortable chairs. Both cabin and bathroom were kept spotlessly clean at least twice a day. The hairdryer supplied was powerful and hot. My own hair appliances (1000W) worked perfectly on board… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/04/2010
The staff were fantastic and the food was good. Anyone who moans about the food is being 'picky'! The cabin was adequate and it was good to have a bath in the bathroom and a small balcony with opening doors. Our guide. Ayman, was first class and brought the history of Egypt to life. It was worth upgrading to the All Inclusive option as it was very hot at times and soft drinks and water were a blessing. The cruise was more than we expected it to be. Two musts are the extra visits to Abu… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/01/2010 by pharaohs (1 review written)
The the staff on board were fantastic, especially the team from
Orbital travel they took care of us from the moment we started the cruise
Untill the time we left,they were fantastic and we can't wait to go back… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/11/2009 by Lyndylou69 (1 review written)
What a fantastic experience!!! Didn't know what to expect from this cruise, but it was fabulous. Our guide, George, was excellent, informative and entertaining - get in his group if he's one of the guides on your trip. Thought we might get a bit templed out, but each one is different and tells a different story.
On arrival we were given our cabins which are smaller that appear in any photos you see online, but okay. Our cabin was on the port side at the front, on the middle level. Didn't… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/07/2009 by sarah2114 (1 review written)
We have just returned from a Nile cruise on the MS Monica- what can I say BRILLANT
Having been on a Nile cruise once before I knew what to expect. The MS monica was wonderful, you see other boats when you are moored together and I am glad that we booked the Monica.
Cabins are clean, comfortable and service was excellent, nothing is too much trouble for the waiting staff, always friendly and courteous.
cruising down the Nile is wonderful, the sights, everything, it is a trip of a lifetime… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/07/2009 by Sadoldgit (1 review written)
We had been planning to do a Nile cruise for years but never got round to it. This year we finnaly achieved our aim on the MS Monica with Orbital Travel
It is definitely the best "culture" holiday we have been on. The organised visits were excellent and although tired at the end of each day, we felt it was well worth it. The tour guides were excellent very friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions. Seeing Karnak definitely being the highlight along with a boat trip to see… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/07/2009 by jmarlow (1 review written)
My husband and I travelled on board the Ms Monica in June of this year, we booked with Future Travel who were very helpful and attentive from the first contact, even putting up with my endless questions concerning the Nile cruise program. The Cruise itself was booked via Orbital Travel by Future Travel.
The flight was comfortable, although the seat pitch on Thompson could have been a little better, but for a four odd hour flight it was not too bad. Upon arrival into Luxor airport, we quickly… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/06/2009 by frank alderson (2 reviews written)
My wife and I are experienced cruisers and were looking to find a Nile cruise ship compatible with the one we had been on two years previously, named the Crown Prince. The Crown Prince was classified as 4-star. It was beautiful, well maintained with good food and excellent service. It was also moored outside the New Winter Palace, unlike the MS Monica, which was moored at the end of a dirt track some 3 km from Luxor.
Unable to book the Crown Prince this time we checked on-line for a similar… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/06/2009 by frank alderson (2 reviews written)
From the first my wife and I were lied to by Future Travel, a subsidiary company of Co-operative Travel. My wife and I are experienced cruisers and were looking to find a Nile cruise ship compatible with the one we had been on two years previously, named the Crown Prince. The Crown Prince was classified as 4-star. It was beautiful, well maintained with good food and excellent service. It was also moored outside the New Winter Palace, unlike the MS Monica, which was moored at the end of a… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/06/2009 by shobia1983 (1 review written)
I returned from a week on the MS Monica Nile Cruise at the beginning of June and want to go back - it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life - made even more special by the fantastic staff aboard the ship.
Our cabin was lovely - bright and spacious and with a nice french window. Air conditoning was a lifesaver!! Clean and tidy bathroom with great daily maid service.
We went All Inclusive and wow am I glad we did - drinks were expensive on board, but apparently this is normal in… Read Full Review
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