If you are considering an exotic African river cruise, then a trip down river Nile in is a luxurious, romantic and adventurous way of seeing the many treasures Egypt has to offer. Measuring 4,184 miles, the Nile river is the longest river on the planet, flowing north from the Lake Victoria in Uganda, through to Sudan and Egypt, and into the Mediterranean Sea. It passes though rain forests, desert landscapes, mountains, savannas, swamps, and culminates in the Nile Delta. Against its’ banks lies Egypt’s breadbasket; wheat, fields of corn, sesame, alfalfa, and sugar cane.
The slow paced river has played a very integral role in the Egyptian culture for many years, which makes it a must see destination for all river cruise enthusiasts. Cruising the Nile river will give you the best views of some of the most historic and iconic structures on the planet like the Pyramids. Moreover, a Nile river cruise highlights the day to day lives of the traditional Egyptian families which still live in the conventional mud brick houses along the banks of river Nile. You will also get to see the ancient landscapes which have changed very little since the pharaohs ruled Egypt.
Nile Cruise Ships
Also known as floating hotels by Egyptians, Nile river cruise ships is the best way of relaxing and immersing yourself in Egyptian history. That being so, you should note that the ships which cruise the Nile river are akin to the small cruisers, rather than the over the top mega ships. But since they’re navigating a river and not a large ocean or sea, these vessels are ideal for Nile river cruises.
Most of the Nile cruises sail between Luxor and Aswan, stopping off to check out the temples which are located at Kom Ombo, Esna and Edfu. Other itineraries on the cruises can include visits to the famous historical landmarks which are along river Nile such as; Valley of Queens, Karnak, Dendera, and Valley of Kings.
Here are some of more popular the Nile Cruise Ships:
- Viking Cruises Ship MS Mayfair – Viking River Nile Cruises was voted one of Best River Cruise Lines in the year 2012 by Cruise Report. They offer 12 day Pathways of Pharaohs cruises which sail around trip from Cairo, Egypt.
- M/S Presidential Nile Cruise Ship – The Presidential cruise ships are some of the larger boats which cruise between Luxor and Aswan, usually catering for the larger groups. They have very comfortable and spacious cabins which are well air conditioned with good sized windows. The boats also have a pretty sizeable sun deck and a pool area. In short, M/S Presidential Nile cruises are an affordable and great alternative for those who are looking to cruise the Nile without having to spend a lot of money.
- Sonesta Nile Cruise Ship – Sonesta cruising company also cruises the majestic river Nile between Luxor and Aswan. This ship offers great comfort, and all the modern luxuries. It offers elegant accommodations in the cabins and suites which have panoramic views of River Nile. Some of amenities available include; hairdryers, private direct dial telephones, discothèque, restaurant, room service, gym, bars, jogging track, WiFi, nightly entertainment, sun deck, pool, among others.
Best Time for a Nile River Cruise
The best time of the year to go on a Nile River cruise is between October and March. It isn’t too hot, which is quite important because you will spending your day checking out different Egyptian landmarks. That being so, it’s recommended you pack a light jacket or a sweater if you intend to get out on the sun deck after dinner.