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MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

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MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Thought I would start a new forum so people who have been on the MS Monica could write reviews rather than them being hidden amongst other discussion forums.

The forum posts which I read before I went almost spoilt it for me before I even set off, so I wanted to reassure everyone before they go that they are going to have a brilliant holiday. We returned home yesterday from our Nile Cruise on board the Monica and have had a truly wonderful time.

Before I went, I was so wrapped up in whether or not the boat was 5* that I almost forgot what I was going for - to experience the wonders of The Nile and of Ancient Egypt. The tour guides on the Monica were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that it was a pleasure to listen to them go into raptures about their favourite subject! (Even if they did go on a bit too much at times!)

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 food, drinks, rooms and entertainment are totally acceptable and when you see the conditions the local people live in, I felt guilty for moaning on about the whole 5* thing. The people working on the boat must think they are providing us with paradise and must be really upset when they receive criticisms. The excursions are out of this world - you must savour every moment, because believe me, when you get home, you will wish you were back there!

A few hints and tips to ensure you have the best time ever:

1. All the boats are noisy - the engine noise can be really irritating at night, so be prepared and take some earplugs, or just stuff cotton wool in your ears like I did!

2. The food and drink are totally acceptable and varied, but some days you may have breakfast at 6.30am and not have lunch until 1.30pm, with no snacks in between, so take/buy a few crisps/biscuits/snacks to accompany your All Inclusive drinks between meals!

3. Take some binoculars to see the sights as the boat travels down the Nile.

4. Take a few extra coat hangers as there are only a few in the wardrobes and be prepared to live out of your suitcase as the wardrobes are quite dark inside and it's difficult to see your clothes!!

5. There are two shops on the boat, but one sells jewellery and the other sells traditional Egyptian clothing and scarves, so make sure you take all the essentials, as it's not easy to stock up on other things. Mosquito repellent and creams were essential at the time we were there, so if you are susceptible to mosquito bites, take the necessary treatments.

6. It was starting to turn cold in the evenings, particularly in Luxor when we were there, so if you prefer to sit on deck rather than in the Lounge Bar, take something warm to wear.

7. Beware the local Egyptian stallholders - shopping is not a particularly pleasurable experience as they are very full on and intimidating at times.

8. Talk to people, join in and make new friends - we met some lovely people and had such a laugh. All the ingredients of a "normal" holiday can easily be fitted in to the week if you want to -sunbathing, drinking and socialising as well as experiencing the Wonders of The Nile and Ancient Egypt.

We loved it, enjoy! :)

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1. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Thanks so much for your review, we are going on the Monica on the 18th Nov and like you having read some of the reviews, was having doubts over whether we have made a big mistake in choosing this boat. It is really refreshing to read something constructive and we will certainly take your tips on board.

Can you tell me if you did the balloon flight as it is something we are really keen to do but are aware there have been some problems, not sure what they relate to.

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2. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

pinks3,

The 'problems' with the balloon flights over the Westbank were brought about by an incident 7 months or so ago, where one of the balloons struck a phone mast and then crash landed, which resulted to most (if not all) of the passengers on board, being injured, some quite seriously.

Because of this, ALL balloon flights in the area were suspended, while investigations into the cause, etc, took place.

There then followed a period where all the equipment was inspected and all the balloon pilots tested and a 'new' take-off and landing procedure was decided upon and adopted.

New regulations and restrictions were argued about by the various authorities involved, eventually an agreement was reached and the balloons resumed flying as couple of weeks ago.

All the new regulations and extra expenditure involved has resulted in the price of a balloon trip being now treble that of what it was before the accident.

However, if your budget will stretch to it, then having done it in the past, in my view it, is something to be highly recommended.

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3. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Hi There

Orbital travel were charging £100 per head for the balloon flight. We didn't do it, but the people who did said it was brilliant. Very early start to get there, but they said it was well worth it and apparently there was a boat ride, breakfast and dancing thrown in!!!

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4. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

When i was there 28 oct all companys charge different prices.S if staying an extra week in Luxor i would shop around

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5. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Thanks for the excellent review & the tips.

My wife & I have booked through Orbital & we are on the Monica 9th December.

I too have been looking at the reviews & noted there was a few bad ones, but recently they have been very good. I think your point about the boat being noisy is good, it forewarns people that this will be the case & not to expect it quiet. This issue seems to be pointed out in a lot of the bad reviews.

A question, how long is the transfer from the airport to the boat.

Cheers

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6. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Thanks for the review - I found it really helpful. We are going on the Monica in January (6th) and, like others, had read the the more negative reviews and was dreading it - but are now looking forward to it. Many thanks for the tips as well. Anyone out there going to be on the Monica the week of 6 January?

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7. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

It's only about half an hour from the airport to the boat. If you are moored where we were, Luxor was not within walking distance as stated in some of the other reviews.

If you follow the same itinerary as us, the boat is moored up for the first two days in which you do the trips to the places around Luxor. (All very impressive). It is while the boats are moored that the noise from the engines is most noticeable, because sometimes the boat is sandwiched between other boats and even though the Monica's engine is pretty quite, some of the other boats are older and therefore noisier. While they are moored up, the view from your cabin window may be non existent, all the more reason to go up on deck!

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8. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Value_seeker.

Thank you for the information.

Cheers

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9. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Value -seeker

Thanks for the review I also was getting concerned about other reviews however now feel better :)

One more question if I may can you get a taxi into Luxor whilst there for the 2 days if so how much would it roughly be?

Thanks

johnandfran

neston lad we are also on the Monica from 9th december se you there :)

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10. Re: MS Monica Nile Cruise Boat Reviews

Further to my last, two questions:

1. Is there a laundry service? (Our second week is at the Dana Beach in Hurghada).

2. One of our party has some walking difficulties - do you have any "tips" regarding the trips - ie those which maybe are not as good as others; limited access etc?

Thanks