Posts Tagged With: Boat

Red Sea Fun on El Prince Shady

8/5/11

Last full day in Egypt.

I woke up feeling much better. I guess I was just exhausted. I headed out to the lobby shop only to find out that it was closed. I went back to my room and got my belongings. I had to leave them with the front desk, which I was not happy about. I got my towel and ate my breakfast. I ran into the twins who said they weren’t coming on the boat. A part of me wished I wasn’t going either. I was worried I would be ill.

Sherif walked us to the boat and most people signed out equipment. The boat was called El Prince Shady. We sat on the top of the boat and it was beautiful. Sherif and the boat owner joked about pushing me into the water in Arabic. Somehow I understood them and told them to not even think about it. This made them laugh. I decided to change into my bathing suit and at least dangle my feet over the side of the boat. The water felt nice. Sherif made me hold onto the ladder and go into the water up to my chest. The schools of fish were really cool to look at. The boys jumped off of the roof of the boat. The staff on the boat cooked us lunch, though it looked appealing it didn’t smell that way when they were making it. I ate my animal crackers. Sherif had never heard of them. I put a cover up on and sat on the top as we sailed back. The water was perfect and we had a wonderful breeze.

We went back to the hotel and the girls all changed in one room. I realized I burnt my shoulders on the boat despite the sunscreen. The bed in the room we changed in had a canopy which was cool. I gave in my towel and the guy gave me a hard time about getting my card back. He didn’t believe I had the right room number. After that I went to the lobby shop, which was finally open. I bought some mirrors. The shop guy was really freaky. He read my name off of my cartouche and wanted me to sit with him. I didn’t. He wound up giving me a hair scrunchie. I used the bathroom and got on the bus.

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Sailing on the Nile

8/1/13
We get off the train and it is hot! We need to go down a long flight of stairs and then up a different flight of stairs. Thank goodness I didn’t have my suitcase at that moment. Surprisingly everyone managed to carry their suitcases up and down all those stairs. We got out of the train station and there was our bus. While on the bus, Sherif spoke to us about the day’s schedule and clothing.

We wound up on the MS Miriam and not the Madea or Carmen. We got upgraded!!! We were with Trafalgar and Insight Vacations. We boarded the ship and were told to wait in the lounge for our room assignments. I was room 314 on the third floor. To the right of me were the twins and to the left was Sonja and Lexi. Alli was across the hall. The room was big and beautiful!!!! I was so happy to be able to settle in. I washed the one and only outfit I actually owned (the one I wore on the plane). I had a mini fridge, so I put all my water bottles in there. I was excited to have cold water everyday. I skipped lunch and ate my snacks in the room. I watched the cruise info channel and started to explore the ship.

I ran into the twins who were going to get massages. I went to the basement level in search of the shops. There were two guys working in the jewelry shop helping Nicole. I walked in and picked out a gold cartouche with my name on it. I chose the 2nd smallest size. I looked around to see if I could find anything for my mom, but I couldn’t figure out what she would like. There was a 5% service fee for using my AMEX.

I then went to the other shop in search of clothes and gifts. I picked out a bunch of postcards for myself, a tut mummy, magnets, and key chains. Then I started to focus on clothes. I asked to see a Galabiya, but every one he showed me was either ripped or stained not to mention ugly. He finally pulled out a dark blue one with Nefertiti on it. It was clean and pretty! Now time for shoes or should I say sandals. There was a red pair that were my size that I decided to get. However, right when I went to purchase them I changed my mind. I tried them on again and started to walk around in them and realized they really hurt. I saw a black pair that were in my size and tried them on. They were thong style and were more comfy then the other pair. I charged everything and went back to the room. Lexi stopped by to discuss the price of her necklace. She got hers in silver and I started to wish I had as well. Then we stopped by the twins’ room and discussed it with them as well.

We left the ship and boarded our felucca. Janelle originally started to steer the boat, but then the real guy took over. It was so beautiful and calm! We passed a beautiful mosque. Sherif had the boat guy take a glass and dip it into the Nile so we could see how clear the water was. We passed the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island and I was so glad that we didn’t stop to see them. We started to approach the Mausoleum of Aga Khan. He was an imam and his wife would place a rose on his tomb everyday. It was considered very romantic. Then we stopped so we could walk on the sand dune. We boarded the felucca again and Sherif talked to us about the places he had been and his education. He got his BA in Roman and Greek Studies and his MA in Egyptology. He speaks several languages and has never been to Australia or the U.S. While on the felucca Sherif got a call about my bag. They predict it will arrive tomorrow. Somehow I doubt it. We passed the Temple of Khnum (the one in Aswan not the one is Esna). Next we passed the Old Cataract Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death on the Nile. We talked about archeology for a bit. We passed a man who was in the Nile all the way up to his head. However, he had a small head so it just looked like his hat was floating.

Kitchener’s Island

Mausoleum of Aga Khan

Old Cataract Hotel

Temple of Khnum

Old Cataract Hotel

We got off the felucca near where a bunch of boys were swimming and hanging out. I suddenly felt very uncomfortable in Megan’s short shorts. We went to a little street bodega. I bought water, chocolate, and postcards. Then we hopped into a van.

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