This adults-only cruise teams stylish décor with big-league sightseeing. There’s an onboard pool and restaurant, too.
This luxury ship will take you to the Nile’s iconic sights in style. It’s made up of five decks, so it’s really spacious. Plus, it’s adults-only, so you can expect plenty of peace and quiet
There’s a pool on the sundeck, with a bar for drinks. Talking of bars, there’s another one below deck. Meals come courtesy of a restaurant serving international buffet spreads. From May 2016, this hotel will become part of the Thomson Sensimar collection.
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- Floors: 4 plus sun deck
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Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with meals.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks until 24.00 and bottled water which can be taken on the excursions. Snacks at set times.
You can enjoy those all-important panoramic views here, while relaxing on the sundeck or taking a dip in the pool.
They serve a variety of international dishes, along side some Egyptian classics here.
These stylish, double cabins sleep two and have a luxurious air, with stylish furniture and soft furnishings to match. They come with large panoramic windows with views of the Nile, private bathroom, marine satellite TV and in-house video channels
These stylish suites, sleep two in a king-size bed and have a luxurious air, with stylish furniture and soft furnishings to match. They come with a separate lounge, large panoramic windows with views of the Nile, private bathroom, marine satellite TV and in-house video channels.
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the very best of Egypt from one place
last week, my husband and I celebrated our Silver Wedding on this wonderful cruise. The chef on board was a terrific cook and had got word about our anniversary and baked a special cake. In fact all the staff and crew on board were incredibly friendly and helpful. The cleaners put smiles on our faces every day by making funny little animals from the towels and pillows. This was a great talking point and broke the ice at lunchtimes, so all the guests got to know each other quite well. Most evenings there was entertainment in the ballroom, the such as traditional egytptian music and dancing to Bingo Night. The swimming pool on deck was really cold but since the daytime temperature went up to 40 degrees on two days it was well used. We were all picked up from the boat and taken on all-incusive trips to Karnak, Valley of the kings,Abu Sembel and on the final day my husband and I flew to Cairo to see the museum and the Pyramids at Giza. Our Guide for the week was Ehab, an Egyptologist with fluent English so we really got the most from the trips as he expained everything in a passionate and interesting manner. We would not go back to Egypt again, purely because we have now seen all there is to see, as the people are lovely and warm hearted, but watch your valuables at certain sights and be prepared to run the gauntlet to escape hassle from the street vendors.All in all, it was a brilliant holiday. Thanks Ehab and all aboard the Commodre!More
Tracey P, Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
THE ONLY LUXURY WAY TO GO ON THE NILE - Oberio Zahra River Cruise
This boat should have its own review site on tripadvisor. A trip on this vessel needs to have its own site - so people who want the absolute best available on the nile cruise - can find these reviews easily. And I need to apologize for the length of this review. First, I need to say that my husband and I only travel on 6 star cruise lines and onlyon ones that have unique destinations that are not easily available via land - Antarctic, Greenland, Shetland, South Pacific. We like to be on our own. I had looked at this vessel since it was new - back when it was booked fro 2 solid years in advance. I was not ready to tackle the "lines" at the temples. Well - IF YOU HAVE BEEN PUTTING OFF GOING TO EGYPT - YOU NEED TO GO NOW!!!!!! There are no tourists, no lines, no crowds. No security issues. The Egypt government - military - is ever present. On street corners, tourist sites, Everywhere. But they are not intrusive. They do not create delays in your schedule. Now onto the vessel. The vessel is absolutley PERFECT. It is highly and daily maintained. The staff does anything they can to fill your request - one server - Nassar - went totally out of his way to make us ice tea - a new thing for them - especially with no sugar - only lemon. The manager - Mamdouh Milad- is ALWAYS present - overlooking the entire operation and assuring he fills your every request. Always present for daily arrivals(with cold refreshing towels) and departures(with cold bottles water).The rooms have the best bathrooms - large showers, ample room, plenty of water pressure - nice big fluffy towels and plenty of L'Occitane products - not my favorite - but nothing to complain about. The housekeeping staff is very attentive - making you towel animals - nightly. The linens are excellent. Fresh fruit in the room daily. The pool deck - fantastic - water was heated or cooled as necessary. Fantastic area to sit and view the life along the nile - either in the pool, on a lounge or under the covered misted table area - which is great for lunch. Of course, there is always someone present to fill your every request. Now - the reason you go to Egypt - to see the sites. There is no better way to see the sights that from this vessel. We were a group of 4(2 couples) and we were assigned our own driver(Mohammed) and excellent English speaking guide - Ahmer Mostafa. The vessel arranged for the times in port - so there would be little of ANY other groups. Since there were 15 (out of 54)only on our vessel - we were virtually along at the sites. The most other tourists we saw - were at the Valley of the Kings - but we were the only ones in King Tuts tomb!!!. We were driven around in airconditioned Mercedes van - black - but really need to be white(again a fuss point). Our guide was the best we had in Egypt - he really knew his stuff and was very good at answering all of our questions. We had to make a change in schedule - due to rearrange of Abu Simbel flight(alot are cancelled due to lack of tourists) and Mamdouh arranged for us - with our guide and driver - to see the regular scheduled items on another day. Also - we requested a temple substitute - and they arranged that and even covered the charges. Again, I cannot stress - GO NOW. I do have to mention the laundry service - fantastic - my clothes looked better then new. This is a service i seldom use - prices were good. Spa - the BEST ever!!! My husband likes his massage, so he usually gets one on a cruise - but here he had 3 in 7 days. Katie(Sum PO) was the best masseur. She really knew what she was doing and was not in any rush to watch the time. The spa prices were the lowest we have EVER seen on a vessel. Treatments likes the ones offered, would be 3 times as much on the other 6 star cruise lines. Food - again - the best ever - I even took some pictures. Salads - in Egypt - usually a no-no - but these were excellent. Anything special request(I loved the fresh beets) - no problem - you can have them again and again. The beef was excellent - everything freshly prepared and of fantastic quaility. The service - again fantastic. All of the staff is very observant and immediately present when needed. We did request a tour of the engine room - which is no longer allowed on most vessels - and Mamdouh made it happen. Very interesting to see the operation and let the staff "show off" and area that is not normally visited(also very well organized and clean). The only thing we did not like about the vessel is the signing for the drinks and the tips - communal tip for the staff, then there is the driver, guide. We would prefer to pay one charge - all inclusive. This makes it alot easier on the traveler. Now that you care completely bored - I will tell you one more time - GO TO EGYPT NOW, TAKE THE 7 DAY(NOTHING SHORTER) OBERIO ZAHRA CRUISE. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. This might be the only time when you do not have to wait in lines to see the pyramids and avoid the lines at the valley of the kings. Do it this boat - the only one that is 7 nights. There used to be 400 cruise vessels on the Nile - as present less than 25. The counrty is in dire need of tourists. I was worried about the dress code - but it no longer exists. Everyone is soooo happy to see tourists and have them spend some money - you can dress - how ever you like - no one will bother you.More
twoscratchy, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Wonderful experience with a superb Dream Team
Our party of four has just returned from a wonderful week sailing up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, and back to Luxor on a traditional Dahabiya, appropriately named 'Dream'. The organisation on the UK side blended perfectly with the local side. Both teams worked very hard and well to make sure that every wish of the 12 passengers was catered for. One day in Aswan, the 12 of us had four different places we wanted to visit, but the Dream Team managed to give us all just what we asked for - and they made it look as if it had been no trouble at all. We had an excellent Egyptologist on board who guided us around all the historical sites, and also helped us at the markets and with the souvenir hawkers. Mohamed was patient as he answered our many questions, explaining the ancient stories and myths. The chief 'Fixer' on board, Mahmoud, was equally patient and capable. He managed to 'fix-up' any side trip or wish we had - before we knew we wanted it. The food was varied and excellent, cooked fresh every day in a tiny kitchen by a creative chef. All the crew members were friendly and very competent. Because we were on a boat, getting off only at ancient temples, it would have been a good idea to use the ATM at the Luxor airport on arrival because it was not easy for us to get the local currency. There were men at most of the tourist sites selling maps, postcards and small souvenirs for one or two pounds, but because the banks don't accept coins, they were also wanting to exchange the coins for notes, so taking some pound coins and several Â£10 or Â£20 notes is a good idea. All of us felt we saw more of the real Egypt on our small sailboat than we would have done on a larger cruise ship; it was quiet (even when there was no wind and we had to be towed by the tugboat) and we could land in places a larger boat could not. Anyone wanting a relaxing, educational, authentic Nile cruise should book with Explore Travel and Cruises.More
eepoots, London, United Kingdom
M/s Samiramis II, 4* with 5* service.
This is our second trip down the Nile on a cruiser, 10 years ago aboard the Nile Princess and now Samiramis 2, " I FORGOT HOW GOOD IT WAS THEN" As it is now. The route from Luxor to Aswan is like living back in time as not much has changed there for 3,000 years. Both times we had a 4 star cruiser, but with a 5 STAR SERVICE, very friendly and helpful staff. Sipping tea on the upper deck aboard a luxury boat, whilst others swam in the small pool, being served homemade cakes WHILE YOU WATCH THE WORLD GO BY.. A great relaxing feeling - you really do unwind. The stops are short, but that's all we needed - to see the sights, a bit of hassle & bustle then aboard our timeless boat (and more pampering) A boat trip down the Nile is re-liviing the past WITH ADDED LUXURY and you get the chance of seeing reak Egypt, living back in time. More
Soliman715, Poole, United Kingdom
MS Esadora Nile Cruise with Classic Holidays
We went on the Nile cruise to celebrate my father's 65th birthday (family of 10 consisting of 4 children and 6 adults). We booked through Classic Holidays and were on the boat MS Esadora for one week. After reading some of the reviews on here I was a little concerned and worried about what to expect when we arrived. However from the moment we landed in Luxor airport and met by George one of our tour guides the holiday went from strength to strength. Yes the boat is a little tired but it was clean and the staff so friendly. I had also read harrowing stories about having to walk through other boats to get to your own. Yes you do have to do this but it's not like you are walking the plank, you are actually walking through the different lobby areas ( it's also lovely to look inside the other boats). Our guides George and Amr were fantastic and could not do enough to make the holiday a memorable one. They were both so knowledgable and could answer all our questions. Yes there are early starts but the sights you see are really worth it. Two of us paid for the extra excursion to Abu Simbel definitely worth the 3.30am start! The afternoons are more relaxed and lying by the pool sailing down the Nile is an experience I will never forget. The pool on board is compact but big enough for the children to enjoy and cool down. There were always beds around the pool with clean pool towels for use. The food on board was good and was always hot (not what I had read on here before). The rooms were cleaned daily and each day the children couldn't wait to see what towel sculpture had been left on the bed. The only negative is the all inclusive option. We decided to take this option as travelling with 4 children however this did not start till 11.30 each morning and also diet cokes were not included until we complained about this. Also those on all inclusive are given small glasses for all drinks, soft drinks served from large bottles (not cans) and also lager taken from a can (not the whole can) in a small glass. At times this did make you feel like 2nd class passengers as the non all inclusive guests had full size glasses, cans and allowed the whole can! This was a great holiday one that we all enjoyed and would definitely love to return one day! Thank you classic holidays, our guides George and Amr and captain number 2 Foxy.More
shelley2367, Alcester, United Kingdom
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