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Nile Cruises

Nile Cruises

Although this is not a well-known fact, the Nile River is actually separated into two separate sections.  These are known as the White Nile and the Blue Nile.  It is the longest river in the world; stretching from Tanzania to Egypt.  Boasting a total distance of approximately 6,853 kilometres, there are certainly a number of sights to be seen.  This river is also considered to be the cradle of modern civilisation. It has been used as a means of transport and irrigation for thousands of years and this continues into our present times.  The Nile is also an extremely popular excursion for those who are looking for an exciting cruise holiday.  What can you expect when embarking upon such an adventure?

Numerous Local Carriers

Due to the sheer size of the Nile, there are a number of cruise lines which service this region.  Some of the largest include:

  • Sonesta
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Steamship Sudan

However, the fact of the matter is that the size and depth of this river generally dictate that local tours are much more of a reality.  You should therefore be prepared for slightly less luxurious accommodations than those that would be offered on major carriers such as Carnival Cruises or the Princess line of ships.

Things to See

The sheer length of the Nile signifies that you should plan your trip and the route well in advance.  If you desire to see the popular sights, it is wise to book a holiday which encompasses the lower Nile (the “lower Nile” is actually where it flows out to the Mediterranean Sea.  Never confuse this, as it tends to confound some).  Upper Nile cruises are best for those who are looking to witness nature, the jungles and a milieu of local indigenous communities. 

There are still some must-see locations that you should always research to appreciate the sheer variety of attractions that the Nile River has in store.  Some of these include:

  • Cairo
  • The Aswan Dam
  • Lake Tana
  • Meroe Royal City (Sudan)
  • Luxor
  • The Blue Nile Falls (Ethiopia)

Many local cruises provide you with the ability to disembark and see the local sights.  Of course, locations such as the pyramids of Giza, the ruins at Luxor and the Blue Nile Falls will undoubtedly leave lasting impressions.  Also, take into account who your companions will be.  Major tourist attractions tend to be much more family-friendly options while excursions into the Upper Nile River Valley are more suited for adults.

Things to Keep in Mind

Unlike some other cruise holidays, Nile cruises can be enjoyed during any time of the year and there is no proverbial “off season”.  As always, book your reservations in advance.  AS you will likely be travelling to various different countries, it is prudent to bring travellers cheques as opposed to cash.  Not only is this more secure, but the exchange rates tend to be very favourable.