I have never been on a Nile River cruise myself, however one of my friends did and loved it. She has some health concerns but didn't get sick from the food. Since she doesn't have children, though, I can't give you feedback in that area. I'll ask around to the other CruiseMates.com editors and see if any of them have been on a Nile Cruise. As for safety, it seems like it's been relatively quiet as far as any incidents relating to tourists in Egypt. However, you should check with the State Dept. in D.C. to make sure there aren't any travel advisories out for Americans traveling to Egypt.
I'll let you know if I get some feedback from others about the Nile Cruise.
I spoke with a fellow travel writer who has cruised the Nile (without children) and loved it. However, he did have some pointers to consider especially since you'll be traveling with your kids:
* Summer is extremely hot. Make sure your Nile boat/ship has a pool for the kids to splash in.
* There is a lot of traveling via transfers from the ship to see the antiquities which may get a bit cumbersome for the kids. The tours are generally geared towards adults.
*If you're looking for mummies, most are in the Cairo Museum rather than on a Nile cruise.
* Most ships are careful about food and water, but he did mention that it isn't hard to get tummy troubles.
I hope this helps make your decision. Keep me posted!
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor
I came across more info for you. Abercrombie & Kent is an upscale tour operator and they offer "Egypt Family Holiday" tours which are geared towards kids and include a Nile River cruise. Their departures for 2002 are in March, July and Dec. I wasn't sure of your schedule. If interested, they can send you a brochure. Call: 800-323-7308.
Keep me posted on your plans.