We took a 3-night Aswan to Luxor cruise on MS Concerto. Finding & booking the cruise was the most difficult part of our Egypt trip as there is a lot of information online which is no longer applicable or is even contradictory. It is hard to find out the days when the cruises start, sailing & sightseeing schedules etc. Also many cruise companies don't have their own websites so you have to go through travel agents. Our private tour guide Haisam Salama was most helpful in this regard & we were not disappointed. As our cruise started on a Wednesday & most others start on Saturdays, the sites we visited were not overcrowded.
MS Concerto is a fairly new vessel, well maintained & clean. The cabin was more spacious than expected on a river cruise & sensibly appointed. We arrived around 8:30 AM & though check-in time is 12 noon we were offered our cabin within an hour. The restaurant staff are attentive to detail & once when we failed to show up for a meal at the appointed time they called our cabin to make sure we did not miss it. The buffet spread was quite elaborate & food was tasty, though there was not too much variety in the preparations. It is best to buy large bottles of water before boarding as providing complimentary water in rooms/restaurants is not a common practice in Egypt. Best to get your tour guide to buy these for you, as tourists are charged exorbitantly. Wi-fi is available on board but not free-of-charge. Gratuity for the cruise staff is to be paid at the end of the stay in one lot, which was a good practice.
The sun-deck was spacious & spread out, though they did not provide any umbrellas by the pool which was very small in any case. The cruise schedule was a little off (but this applied to all of them as we were sort of moving in a cavalcade); we seemed to be docked or refueling often & arrived at the tour destinations late. This meant that our tour guides were rushed off their feet trying to get us in & out of the monuments & back on board in time for sailing. This was a bit disappointing at Edfu & Luxor temples as we could easily have spent at least another hour at each place taking them in.
Overall we had a very satisfactory cruise within our budget & it was well worth the time we spent in it.