Luxury on the Nile
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It is lunchtime and we are shown to our cabin on the Sheherazade boat. We have a huge double bed, a lounge area and two bathrooms, one each! Up to the dining room and we are given a glass of hibiscus tea (the Jamaicans call this drink sorrel) and welcomed by the master of the ship. In the dining room we are served a 4 course meal. Caesar salad, consomme soup, fish or beef and a dessert pudding, Om Ali. A couple of our group have the beginnings of tummy troubles and we are rather concerned about those on the felluca. Free time until 4.30pm when we walk along the river about 200 meters to board a felluca for a one hour sail to experience that style of boat the others are going to sleep and sail on for two days.
Instead I dangle my ankles in the cool water until we sail back to the cruise ship. Luckily there are no longer crocodiles in the Nile! Dinner is a wonderful buffet of cold cuts, hot dishes, salads and ornate desserts. Our travel companions are fun and there is a little bit of 'Cath & Kim' in a couple of them which keeps us highly entertained.
Wednesday. We sleep soundly getting up at 9am for breakfast only to find that it finished at 8.30am and we are now steaming along the Nile. Head up to the top open deck where the pool is and one of the waiters takes pity on us and brings us a free cup of coffee. I dunk in the cold plunge pool then relax on a lounge with a book, loads of sunscreen, dark glasses and keep one eye on the passing scenery.
Lunch is chilled cucumber soup, salads with lamb & baby okra. Dessert is ice cream with raspberry syrup served in a wafer basket. By now we have reached the Kom Ombo Temple and the boat ties up. We disembark and check it out with Rasha. Our secondary guide, Remon is with the felluca party. She guides us through the temple then we re-board, relax and get ready for dinner and the Nubian Nights party which is a dress up party with costumes available for hire. I asked one of the other girls in our party if they have two bathrooms in their cabin and they don't so a whole group of them come to view our state cabin then show us their modest ones! We are so lucky but the Chinese couple also have one next to us.
We decide to hire a fez for Andrew and make do with what we have in our bags for the party. My tummy is now in full flight and I start taking the Imodium we have brought. I still want to eat all the foods and do, but pay for it later. The party is fun and the Master of the boat introduces the crew to us and they form a singing, drumming band and are very good for waiters and cabin crew! Games have to be played and the two Colombian friends do very well winning prizes. The boat continues to motor on up the Nile and we tie up at about 11pm near the Edfu Temple. Through the night as I make many trips to my own personal toilet I notice more and more boats like us mooring alongside.
After an early breakfast we get off the boat and pile into horse drawn carriages to go to the Edfu Temple.