What is a Nile River Cruise Really Like?

Know straight off that a Nile “Cruise” is nothing like a traditional cruise; think Mississippi-style riverboat and forget all your “Love Boat” conceptions. There are: no casinos, zip lines, movie theaters, or lavish entertainment; perhaps a belly dancer will perform and ships always have a Galabeya night when cruisers dress in Galabeyas (caftans) suckered into buying which will never be won again. I still have a Galabeya hanging in my closet from our first cruise 25 years ago.

Cruise ships slowly putt-putt down the Nile River covering perhaps 300 kilometers/200 miles in four days on the longest river in the world that stretches 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean. Should you take one?

sunset along the Nile River, Egypt

riverbank sellers entreating Nile Cruisers to buy


I just published a new travel guide available on Amazon Kindle: A Nile Cruise is Not “The Love Boat.” (Just click on Sheila’s Guides to Budget Travel located on the side bar for an easy path to Amazon.)

This Guide gives information, options, what to expect and what to miss ( not everything is perfect). You’ll read about iconic sights typically seen on shore, Sheila’s favorites, omit in depth facts easily found on the Internet and related by Egyptologist guides, hear about different options, learn how to navigate the Cairo airport and facts for visiting Egypt.

the gigantic Colossi of Memnon, Egypt


Let Travels With Sheila teach you how to Travel the World on a Budget, and most importantly, ease your fears about languages, currencies, personal safety and staying healthy. Follow her advice to avoid making mistakes she learned the hard way which included food poisoning on a Greek cruise. (Don’t EVER eat buffet food that has been sitting on deck, in the sun! Duh…)

Learn about and gawk at the fabulous temples off a Nile Cruise; an easy way of traveling from place to place while shopping your head off and eating wonderful food. The turmoil in Egypt which never affected tourists has settled down and now is the time to go!

hot air ballooning over Luxor, Egypt

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