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Nile Cruise with CroisiEurope

My family decided to reconnect this year with a cruise on the Nile. We had done a Mediterranean Cruise in the past, opting to avoid the very large cruise lines.

After some consideration, we went with CroisiEurope River Cruises', 8 day Nile Luxor-to-Luxor cruise on the DaVinci. I recommend the DaVinci for the following reasons:

  1. A Guardian review of Nile cruises described this cruise as being slightly slower paced as it is longer, traveling in both directions on the Nile. However, it was a packed schedule. We were busy every day, sometimes very early.
  2. You can book directly online without having to call an agent. While I enjoyed talking to an Avalon agent, I often felt that I didn't have the opportunity to consider the extras they were offering and would likely have spent a lot more on things we didn't need. CroisiEurope still had availability 1.5 months out from the departure date.
  3. It was significantly cheaper than the alternatives, although didn't feel like a budget trip. The accommodation, amenities, guides, food, and staff were excellent.
  4. You can manage Cairo on your own with the guides recommended by other Rick Steve's posters (including Mohammed Zaki, [email protected], a guide we had), at a significantly lower cost than Avalon and Viking.

Things to know:
CroisiEurope is a French-based company, so anticipate a boat full of Europeans.
While these cruises attract an elderly audience, our elderly parents struggled to keep up at times. Other than a couple of additional excursions, all outings are included in the price. This usually meant an outing in the morning and the afternoon, often visiting two or more places during each outing.
The archaeological sites are very large and require walking often on uneven ground. Walking/hiking sticks are helpful.
CroisiEurope was exceptional at arranging outings outside of high-crowd times.

It was an amazing experience!

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Croisi has a good reputation. Not sure what you booked, the 8 day tour I don't think is all cruise. There is an 11 day tour as well.

Most tours of Egypt that include cruises have a land trip for northern Egypt and river cruise for the south.

Abu Simbel is a must see, hope you do it.

We did a 14 day tour (actually 12 nights in Egypt) with Gate 1 in January. Price was about $3500 pp and included airfare from JFK to Cairo, Five Star hotels in Cairo and Aswan and two 3 day river cruises. It was fantastic. Egypt is special.

I check Viking and their price for same tour was almost double.
We had the opportunity to go inside the great pyramid of Giza, but we are in our mid-70s and based on the guidance, our guide didn't recommend that we go inside. If you can, I suggest doing so.

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14159 posts

Thank for your review Nicola and welcome to the forum!

I've seen the CroisiEurope river boats (maybe in Honfleur?) so I'm guessing this ship is similar to them. In addition to Rick Steves Europe, the other tour company I travel with, Road Scholar, has at least one program using this cruise line that I am considering - barging thru Alsace - so good to hear from an independent source that you thought they provided a good trip, even though a radically different destination.

How was the food?

Sounds like a fun way to have a family meet up.

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Hi Pam,

I don't qualify for Road Scholar trips yet ;) But I have my eye on them.

Food was great. Lots of variety for different tastes.

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14159 posts

Thanks for the extra information!

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We had a day trip to Alexandria organized by our guide in Cairo. This was completely separate from the cruise.

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Croisi is the second largest river cruise line, and with mid-range pricing. When cruising was reviving, I took a northern Europe river cruise with them, only one-third capacity. I was the only English-speaking passenger but the entire crew bent over backwards to ensure I understood everything. It was like having my own private staff. Most food, drinks and excursions were included in abundance, although each destination should be double-checked. Meals are taken as a group rather than with individual service. I can't speak to this particular itinerary but I did find that the US representatives were very helpful with the planning.