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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:31 pm

I cant say for sure how much i pay for my cruise as its always been part of a package but its roughly £80 a night considerably more than Brian's $70.

Like most things you get what you pay for i guess.



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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by A-Four » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:40 pm

Well, it's not for me to say here, but Brain's price seems a little on the high level, but then again, he perhaps goes through an agent.

I am wondering if this is the cabin price, or per person.

As for you Zooropa, that Thomson company have always be famous for taking the ****.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:43 pm

My price of £80 is for all inclusive with 12 excursions and transfer to and from the boat.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by My Middle Finger » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:45 pm

Last year I sailed on the Royal Viking, I paid $65.00 per night for 3 nights (booked through a local agent). It was the first cruise I had been on, I would do it again, very relaxing.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:46 pm

My Middle Finger wrote:Last year I sailed on the Royal Viking, I paid $65.00 per night for 3 nights (booked through a local agent). It was the first cruise I had been on, I would do it again, very relaxing.

Not been on the Viking but have heard good things about it.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by My Middle Finger » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:54 pm

Excellent boat IMO Zooropa, could do worse than check it out.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Bombay » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:19 pm

Zooropa wrote:I cant say for sure how much i pay for my cruise as its always been part of a package but its roughly £80 a night considerably more than Brian's $70.

Like most things you get what you pay for i guess.
Ha not sure that one applies here. :D :D

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:26 pm

Bombay wrote:
Zooropa wrote:I cant say for sure how much i pay for my cruise as its always been part of a package but its roughly £80 a night considerably more than Brian's $70.

Like most things you get what you pay for i guess.
Ha not sure that one applies here. :D :D
Oh I don't know, it sounds a lot, like I say, its an estimation because im guessing what portion of the whole package it is which includes 3 flights, 5 transfers, 3 nights in Cairo and 7 nights in Luxor, 15 excursions in total and the boats are always good quality.

The AI on the boat saves a lot considering its £4+ a beer £6+ for spirits and I know after spending hours getting quotes its about the best you can get from the UK.

Ive never got a quote just for the cruise since my early Thomson trip days.

Of course you get roasted on single occupancy when booking from the UK.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:31 pm

A-Four wrote:Well, it's not for me to say here, but Brain's price seems a little on the high level, but then again, he perhaps goes through an agent.

I am wondering if this is the cabin price, or per person.

As for you Zooropa, that Thomson company have always be famous for taking the ****.
Havent used them in years A-Four

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:37 pm

Brian Yare wrote:Looking the most recent GoogleEarth images of Aswan (July 2013) there are a few boats moored individually, but more moored in groups. There are not as many boats at Aswan as in 2010 when I last cruised. The images back in 2003 show a lot more boats than there are now.

The US$70 that I quoted was a December 2010 for a 4* cruise bought locally, and not including any site fees. We were moored 6 deep at Kom Ombo, but less than that at Edfu. In Luxor we were moored about 7 deep, down near the bridge.

We enjoyed the cruising, but there was only about 16 hours of that, some at night. In December it was a bit cool on deck at night - the poor barman who had to stay there to serve me was wrapped up in several layers and still complaining.

The buffet food was very repetitive. There were long queues and problems at checkout. Our 2 site visits were rushed, even though we skipped breakfast to get into Kom Ombo early.

I repeat, [imho] 2 nights was enough. I am hopeful that others have had better experiences.
Last year I cruised the last week of June, we were "stacked" in a 3 at Aswan and a 2 at Luxor, we were alone for the places in between.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:41 pm

A-Four wrote:I think the best thing for you to do at the moment Zooropa, is to pick up a guide book, look through the Asswan area, and let us know what you want to see there, then we can put it to the test as to how long you need. A cruise boat usually docks for a day and a half, but then again, for some this is not long enough.

P.S. - I am sure there is a library on the St Matthew's Estate. :wi .
Actually A-Four, on the subject of ST Matthews, I actually found a travel agents on the main Humberstone road called "Luxor Travel" supposedly specialising in holidays to Luxor/Egypt.

I have emailed them twice and got no reply.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by A-Four » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:09 pm

Yer, I remember that place on a corner, on the right hand side, going out of town, it was called something else then, but very good.

I know Bombay and I disagree on the idea of independent travel agents, he seems to believe that they are all gone these days, but Leicester is a really good place for such agents, Millington's spring to mind, and of course the co-op, all of which I used when I lived in your good city.

Although I don't think I ever will return up north, it would be difficult to decide which out of the two, Liverpool or Leicester. :wi .

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Brian Yare » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:26 pm

A-Four wrote:Well, it's not for me to say here, but Brain's price seems a little on the high level, but then again, he perhaps goes through an agent.

I am wondering if this is the cabin price, or per person.

As for you Zooropa, that Thomson company have always be famous for taking the ****.
This was per person, before the 2011 revolution, so the boats were 1/2 full or thereabouts. I would expect to get a slightly better price in the current market.

Yes, there was an agent involved: Aswan Individual. They are quoting a slightly higher price now, and I am not allowed to post a link here.

"This offer is for "Last Minute Cruises". The Nile Cruise Boats sell rooms which had been reserved by international tour operators - but which have not ben booked by tourists. The boats publish availabilities and prices to travel agents in Aswan or Luxor 5 days prior departure.
Usually there is no problem at all to get a Nile Cruise and guests can choose which boat they prefer. Waleed knows all boats very well and he would meet you in Aswan, to give you advice which boat has the best recommendations or which one is cheaper, and - according to you wishes - would take you then to the boat he thinks best to let you see. If you dont like it, he would show you another one."

It seems reasonable to pay an agent for this service.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Bombay » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:23 pm

A-Four wrote:Yer, I remember that place on a corner, on the right hand side, going out of town, it was called something else then, but very good.

I know Bombay and I disagree on the idea of independent travel agents, he seems to believe that they are all gone these days, but Leicester is a really good place for such agents, Millington's spring to mind, and of course the co-op, all of which I used when I lived in your good city.

Although I don't think I ever will return up north, it would be difficult to decide which out of the two, Liverpool or Leicester. :wi .


Where have I said that. I have said that all the smaller agents that were selling Luxor a few years ago have been taken over or gone bust.
The Co-op is part of or works with Thomas Cook since 2012 and is therefore iirc part of the second largest travel company in the UK so not so independent.
I used lots of companies over the years especially in the days of Teletext page 273 iirc.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Bombay » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:27 pm

A-Four wrote:Well, it's not for me to say here, but Brain's price seems a little on the high level, but then again, he perhaps goes through an agent.

I am wondering if this is the cabin price, or per person.

As for you Zooropa, that Thomson company have always be famous for taking the ****.
If you are referring to Hayes and Jarvis I have before the take over traveled with them for less than £100 inc flights and single room but those days are long gone.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by A-Four » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:50 am

Bombay wrote:
A-Four wrote:Yer, I remember that place on a corner, on the right hand side, going out of town, it was called something else then, but very good.

I know Bombay and I disagree on the idea of independent travel agents, he seems to believe that they are all gone these days, but Leicester is a really good place for such agents, Millington's spring to mind, and of course the co-op, all of which I used when I lived in your good city.

Although I don't think I ever will return up north, it would be difficult to decide which out of the two, Liverpool or Leicester. :wi .


Where have I said that. I have said that all the smaller agents that were selling Luxor a few years ago have been taken over or gone bust.
The Co-op is part of or works with Thomas Cook since 2012 and is therefore iirc part of the second largest travel company in the UK so not so independent.
I used lots of companies over the years especially in the days of Teletext page 273 iirc.
Sorry Bombay, I think I over shot my reply here, I was writing with regards my past time when I lived in Leicester, though I did not know the Co-op is now part of Thomas Cook.

What I am not seeing here in London these days, are the travel shops that advertise holidays, not just Luxor but other places also, on those hand written cards in the windows, that offer last minute deals. There are a few I see when I travel through Britain, but even these become less each year.

With regards Teletext, yes that was the golden age of travel.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by A-Four » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:17 am

Bombay wrote:
A-Four wrote:Well, it's not for me to say here, but Brain's price seems a little on the high level, but then again, he perhaps goes through an agent.

I am wondering if this is the cabin price, or per person.

As for you Zooropa, that Thomson company have always be famous for taking the ****.
If you are referring to Hayes and Jarvis I have before the take over traveled with them for less than £100 inc flights and single room but those days are long gone.
When I first lived in Luxor, I arranged a cruise with an agent in that town, (not the one that gets mentioned on this site) I got totally ripped off, so after that I only ever booked direct with the owners. They would simply ring me and say, we have a boat leaving in two days, your name is on one of the cabins. It was as simple as that.

These days, as a month long tourist in autumn and winter, I still use the same system, but of course this method would be of little use to the average tourist to Luxor.

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Re: Cutting a cruise deal locally.

Post by Zooropa » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:57 am

Dusak wrote:
Zooropa wrote:Hi Ras,
Yes, id never do anything other than there and back again/

Although I quite like the idea of staying in Aswan for a while.
A few of us are taking a four night cruse from Luxor to Aswan, fully inclusive including all drinks plus trips for 2,000Le for the end of July. This is from the German cruse company here in Luxor. As stated, this country is, at the moment, your oyster where bargains are concerned. :up We have even received a lower cost than this one from another company. :up :up

Could you message me the details please? :D

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