Lake Nasser
Lake Nasser
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This artificial lake, which was created after the construction of the Aswan Dam, is more than 500 kilometers long of which 150 belong to the Sudan.
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a fairly long and detailed review because I found very few for the cruise online. It was only when I tried to review it that I found that Lake Nasser seemed to have most of the reviews. We embarked on the Prince Abbas in Aswan (Mon) and disembarked in Abu Sibbel (Fri). Going upstream is 4 nights while the alternative trip downstream from Abu Simbel to Aswan is 3 nights. We flew back from Abu Simbel to Aswan at the end of our cruise. The Prince Abbas was built about 25 years ago but follows the general design of the original Prince Abbas steamer from the 1890s but with a few more decks and a lot of extra facilities. So the ship has a gracious old world air to it which I really appreciated.

I loved the look of the ship with its polished wood decks and stairways. Everything is kept spotlessly clean and polished by the crew. The ship has external walkways so there are no balconies. There are two three-person golden elevators from reception (floors 1 to 4). There are multiple stairways and a stair from reception to the restaurant. Viewing is best from the common areas on the upper (5th floor) and lower (4th floor) sun decks as well as the Oriental area on the 4th deck. Even if the boat was at full capacity I do not think it would feel crowded. There are inside common areas - the greenery room and the Royal Lounge Bar. Reception is on the main (1st deck) and restaurant is on the lower deck. There is also a gym and reasonably priced massage room which was quite popular. My husband tried it and was happy with it. There is an unheated plunge pool and a very warm jacuzzi with beach sized towels available on deck.

The Prince Abbas has 65 rooms. Housekeeping is twice a day. All staff we met were very friendly and helpful. Our room, midship, had one window (approx 60 cm W x 120 cm H) but you can upgrade to a room with bigger windows. The room is reasonably spacious with a comfortable king size bed and good luggage storage, a desk, a chair and a stool. It is well lit and has air conditioning. There is a fridge (check that it is turned on if you wish to use it) and a kettle with tea and instant coffee. The bathroom is a prefabricated cubicle (about 160 x 160 cm) including the curtained shower recess which may feel a bit cramped but we are used to boat life and were OK with it.

The only accessible power point in our entire cabin powered the fridge though we later found another hidden behind the desk. Our power point was just a single but another room said they had a double power point instead. To handle our usual assortment of electronic appliances we requested a power board from reception which we were given. Wifi is only available in the Royal Lounge Bar on the 4th deck but only in Aswan and just before or in Abu Simbel. Our Egyptian SIM card gave us a bit of extra coverage but not much more - for most of the cruise there was no signal on it either.

Breakfast is usually 7-8 am, lunch at 1 pm, tea-time (tea, coffee, biscuits, cake) at 5 pm with tour guide briefing in the Royal Lounge Bar and 7:30 pm dinner in the restaurant. No phone use is allowed in the restaurant and the dress code is smart casual (no shorts) and we had the same table throughout our trip. Two bottles of bottled water were delivered to room daily and juices are available when embarking or rejoining the boat. We were treated with free juices and cocktails on one night and falafels on another day. Drinks are available in the bar and the sun decks as well.

Breakfast was buffet style with hot croissants, pastries, various breads, cereals and omelet station. Lunches and dinners were a mixture with some set menus with table service and some buffet. The set menu was usually a choice of chicken or fish and sometimes beef main with a choice of three deserts supplemented by soup, bread and salad from the buffet. Buffet style meals offered chicken, beef, fish, made to order pasta, pizza, sometimes lasagna, salads, breads and deserts. Most foods are European style but there is Syrian bread and usually at least one Egyptian dishes such as a local spinach, eggplant casserole or fasollia. One dinner and one lunch also served primarily Egyptian food. Drinks are at an additional cost and can be ordered at the table and paid for at the end of the trip.

After the first day you will have one or two approximately two hour duration tours per day. If you have a tour group then you will have a guide for your group. We were travelling just as a couple so we were paired with another English speaking couple with our guide Medhat who was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was able to make our visits work seamlessly, assisted in some special requests and re-confirmed transfers. The Prince Abbas moors on or near the attraction and you are delivered by motor boat tender. You need to navigate a stair onto the boat and a gangplank onto land but we found them very easy and help is always at hand.

On Tuesday you depart Aswan around sunrise (I think) and get to Kalabsha Temples around breakfast time and then visit them followed by a one hour documentary movie at 12 noon. After your visit the rest of the day is spent on Lake Nasser. We had one other cruise ship on the water with us. The lake was very calm. The ship continues to sail through till about 9pm when it reaches Wadi Al-Sebua. The next morning you travel closer to the shore as the lake narrows and there were visits to Seboa Temple, Dakar Temple and Maharraqa temples. Then ship then set sail for Amada where we visited Amada Temple, Elderr Temple and Pennut Tomb. At Abu Simbel the boat docks and you can walk directly onto the land and take the path to the Abu Simbel temples by yourself, if you wish. Usually the boat arrives at Abu Simbel on the Friday lunch-time but we had a change to the normal schedule as Thursday was the 22nd March where the dawn light illuminates the inside of the temple. The cruise pushed on to moor at Abu Simbel on the 21st to offer this opportunity to its guests.

We were very happy with this cruise. It offered access to difficult to see attractions, views of the desert, good food and comfortable bedrooms. My biggest recommendation is not about the cruise itself but to say DON’T check into the cruise at 1 pm Monday unless you really just want to relax on board (and there is time for that on the rest of the trip). Prince Abbas stays at Aswan Harbour overnight Monday which isn’t very interesting and difficult to escape from. I suggest seeing Aswan sights on that day, especially those nearby, e.g. High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Nubia Museum with a local tour company (we used Memphis Tours) and get delivered to the cruise around 5pm (or even later) where Prince Abbas staff will escort you by tender to the ship. I realised this when we arrived on board but another couple we met had been more organised and that’s what they did. They let the ship know, missed lunch but were given sandwiches and fruit in their cabin to make up for it and had an extra day in Aswan.
Written 31 March 2024
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,749 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lake Nasser provides irrigation, water, and elctricity for all of Egypt. It is 300 miles long. It is very important to life in Egypt.
Written 2 October 2023
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carol c
Dothan, AL4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Do not sail on the MS Abbas... Take a day trip to the lake and Abbu Simbul instead. The ship has peeling paint, paper lamp shades in your rooms, and antiquated furniture. The food was ALL buffet every meal...and bland. my morning coffee was served in paper cups. Ripped carpet on ramps to get on and off the ship...If you are American this compares to Hotel 6. I understand the economics in the country but this is not a 5 star ship.
Written 4 December 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lake Nasser was formed by the construction of the Aswan High Dam that was completed in 1970. One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, the natural scenery is beautiful. It’s easy to forget that thousands of Nubians, including those in Sudan, were forced to relocate when the lake formed. We got our first glimpse of the lake from Aswan High Dam and then again when we visited Abu Simbel. If you fly to Abu Simbel, get a window seat for views of Lake Nasser that are out of this world!
Written 29 April 2020
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Paul J
Western Australia, Australia100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We joined this cruise in Aswan as part of a month-long tour from Cairo to Abu Simbel with an Australian archaeologist, who showed us many of the historical sights, including Kalabsha temple, Beit el-Wali, Wadi es-Sabua, Dakka, Amada, Derr, Qasr Ibrim (floodlit at night from the ship) and, of course, Abu Simbel both during the day and for the Sound and Light show. It's probably the only way to see some of these sights along Lake Nasser and a relaxing way to travel. The ship was only about half full.
The ship, itself, is good but not up to the standard of some other Nile cruise ships. The rooms were comfortable and adequately furnished with air-con, a safe and lake views. The crew were friendly and helpful and we had a mix of Australian, Belgian, Canadian and Spaniard tourists. The meals were all buffet style with a good selection and you could order omelettes, etc for breakfast. There was a bar-b-cue for one evening. Tenders were used to take us ashore at some of the sights but we docked for Abu Simbel. There was a bar serving reasonably priced drinks as well as tea/coffee, etc. The sun-deck was good for relaxing tho' it was plagued by midges, which did not bite but were extremely annoying - maybe just the time of year - but the parasols were covered in them.
The ruins of Qasr Ibrim were viewed from the ship at night as they cruised close and shone the floodlights. As we neared Abu Simbel they played music (Chariots of Fire) as notification so we could have cameras ready.
Written 6 April 2020
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Gail Goldman
Hartsdale, NY1,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We traveled on the Movenpick MS Prince Abbas with our Odyssey tour group. We had a wonderful tour director who led us through remarkable sites and Nubian temples. The Temples of Philae was our first visit in Aswan. The next day we visited the Kalabasha Temple which was moved and reconstructed on higher ground and impressive. We also saw the Dakka Tample, the Temple of Amada, the settlement of Karr Ibrim, other sites and the most spectacular, the Abu Simbel Temple Complex.
Great Trip!
Written 29 March 2020
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caabbani
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We used Odysseys unlimited for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. We have traveled a lot in the past with a much more expensive company and expected less, but got almost as much! The hotels were great, the itinerary perfect and our guide was top notch.
Written 21 March 2020
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AdriZaAst
Milan, Italy172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Going on a cruise on Lake Nasser is not only a trip through time, seeing the southernmost part of one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth, but also relaxing experience in some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. From splendid beaches to desolate deserts, I strongly suggest it.
Written 2 March 2020
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KJFulton1948
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
For the first time in many decades, I was able to enjoy the night time sky without light pollution from civilization.
Written 13 February 2020
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Martha4994
Saint Paul, MN12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
My husband and I spent two nights and three days fishing and staying on the houseboat.The crew and guide were wonderful, the scenery amazing, and the boats are kept spotless. I am gluten free and the cook did an amazing job of accommodating it, even making a special GF coconut cake that was fantastic. We caught several huge Nile perch and tigerish. Truly a unique and wonderful cultural fishing experience.
Written 25 December 2019
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