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News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

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News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

Hope this news article is of interest to some.

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www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=4652

Egypt's tourism authority has announced that the river Nile will be opened up for the resumption of the "long Nile cruise," the full 14-day voyage all the way from Cairo to Aswan.

Egypt's new minister of tourism, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, said at a press conference in London yesterday that the cruises on the Lower Nile (confusingly, the northerly stretch of the river between Cairo and Luxor), would resume after a 16-year break. This is part of a plan by the Egyptian government to boost tourism numbers, which plummeted by 80 percent in February this year following the uprisings of the Arab Spring.

Currently, Nile cruises only operate between Luxor and the southerly city of Aswan; this stretch is known as the Upper Nile. There are virtually no licenses for operators to sail north of Luxor, so a typical visit to Egypt includes a few days in Cairo -- to visit the pyramids, the Museum of Antiquities and the Sphinx -- followed by a flight south to cruise the Upper Nile for up to a week.

The longer cruises, which take between 11 and 14 days, were stopped in 1994 for various reasons, including security concerns and the fact that the river was becoming severely silted up. Since then, docks have fallen into disrepair, so both dredging the riverbed and improvements to the infrastructure are all part of the new plan. When the government does start issuing sailing permits again, it will only be to boats with shallow drafts.

It could be argued that the big hits along the Nile are already accounted for in the short cruises, which take in the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple in Luxor, as well as Edfu, Edna and Kom Ombo on the way to Aswan, and the Temple of Philae once in Aswan. Apart from the Temple of Dendera, 37 miles north of Luxor, there isn't much of cultural note until the river reaches Memphis and Sakkara, just outside Cairo. But what this does mean is longer spells relaxing on deck, watching life on the river banks, a chance to see some lesser-known tombs at Beni Hasan and an opportunity for repeat visitors to Egypt to do something different; boarding a ship in the middle of Cairo and sailing all the way to Aswan is likely to have a certain romantic appeal.

Philip Breckner, commercial director of Discover Egypt, one of the U.K.'s leading Egypt specialists, told Cruise Critic: "This is great news. We haven't done these cruises for 16 years and it's really exciting that they are starting up again. We are planning to start these cruises in March 2012, subject to Egyptian government approval."

The announcement is so new that itineraries haven't even been planned yet, but watch this space for further details.

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Here's hoping these cruises finally re-start I would LOVE to do the Cairo to Luxor stretch by Dahabeya

Suzie

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1. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

Maybe I could come with you Suzie. You could write a book called:

'A 1000 miles up the Nile.' By Suzie Edward's (friend). lol.

(Just for the pedants out there, I know its not 1000 miles from Cairo to Luxor or Aswan, it's called 'Artistic Licence'!)

Best wishes,

Edward

Edited: 09 November 2011, 19:14
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2. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

That sounds great - a trip I've always wanted to do. Amarna would be a lovely stop on the way.

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Interesting. I think this has been in the pipelines for a long time (seem to have read odd articles over the last couple of years), so it's good to hear a more positive announcement.

' ...We are planning to start these cruises in March 2012, subject to Egyptian government approval.'

I think that Discover Egypt are being a tad optimistic in saying this, given that the article already states that there is much work to be done on dredging the river, repairing/renewing docks etc. Then there's the little matter of Egyptian government approval ...well to do that, surely they've got to have a (real and elected) 'government' in place for that to happen. (bFS has cynical head on tonight!)

I do hope this is a journey that can be undertaken again in the (not too distant) future. I for one would very much like to do it.

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Would be interesting, I wonder what the cost would be?

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5. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

I'm starting to save up now!

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6. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

That is excellent news, looking forward to hearing a lot more about these cruises. have always wanted to do Cairo to Aswan on the river

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7. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

I am starting to save the pennies too.

Taking into account "Egyptian time" by the time all the work has been completed / cruises able to sail the route again I should have saved enough money to be able to sail from Cairo to Aswan and then onto Lake Nasser.

Now that would be superb!!!!!

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I hope they hurry up - two weeks from today I'll be 72! For the last few visits I have said, "this is the last time" - but I keep going back! I look at other places but 'nothing compares'. Serious case of Luxoritis!

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9. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

I don't have the words to describe how delighted I am to hear about this. I'll be starting my travel fund for that dream cruise today!

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10. Re: News Article on Cairo to Aswan Cruises

lol at this

"Taking into account "Egyptian time" by the time all the work has been completed / cruises able to sail the route again I should have saved enough money to be able to sail from Cairo to Aswan and then onto Lake Nasser"

how is the boat going to get over the dam :)