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Old August 20th, 2001, 08:55 PM
Jane Hillman
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Default NCL Dream/Cairo

My mother, my sister, her husband, their two children (6-9) and I are on
the NCL Dream from Athens to Istanbul sailing Oct. 27. We have the
lowest grade outside unobstructed (porthole) view grade cabins (3). I
am interested in advice.

It is not exactly true to say it is my first cruise. 25+ years ago I
was on a ship called the Regina Magna on a Norway Cruise. Can anyone
remember that far back, to tell me how this might compare shipwise? I
have been browsing here and elsewhere on the Internet and I am beginning
to wonder if NCL can be as bad as all that.

Also, I could use advice about booking our own excursion to overnight in
Cairo. I read somewhere the cruise excursion includes armed guards.
I understand the Middle East has inherant dangers but is it generallly
unsafe to travel the highway between Port Said-Cairo-Alexandria?

Any other helpful insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Jane
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Old August 25th, 2001, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: NCL Dream/Cairo

I just returned from the 8/11/2001 sailing of the Millennium (Celebrity Cruises) which stopped in Alexandria for tours to Cairo.

I would play it safe and do the ships tours. We had a bi-lingual bus driver and armed guard along with a tour guide. The guard was very observant and looked out for our well being. The busses also had armed escorts as well as a helicopter keeping an eye out.

Also, even though it may be more costly to do it thru the ships excursions, remember, that if you go on your own, they won't wait for you, whereas on the ships tours, they will.

Streets are very congested and some of those who did their own tours in Egypt were very worried as time for the ship to depart approached and they were still enroute.
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Old August 29th, 2001, 09:55 AM
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Default Re: NCL Dream/Cairo

Hi, Jane ...

You are in for a big surprise, ship-wise. Today's ships are nothing like they were "in the day."

We sailed Dream a couple of years ago in Scandanavia, just after she was stretched.

For a port-intensive cruise, the cabin doesn't matter very much.

I agree with CruiseAholic that in some places taking the ship's trips is the better idea. That said, with a group the size of yours, you might do better $$$-wise hiring a van, driver and guide.

Try to get your dinner seating in The Terraces and make sure to try LeBistro at least once. The surcharge is minimal ($5 last I checked) and the service and food are excellent.

pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor
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