I had opted for the Royal Lotus as it fitted in with my time scale, being a 4 night, 5 day tour.
Best of all was the top deck, known as the Sun Deck. This was where we were to be found when not visiting the antiquities. This area had a plunge pool and a Jacuzzi. There were also three furnished areas; tables and chairs in the shade of a canopy, sun loungers around the pool and a choice of Bedouin style low seating and huge comfortable sofas, just great for reading all those books I had in my case. Due to my panic about getting to the boat, we were the first arrivals, and immediately made use of the Sun Deck facilities. It was about 11.00 when the rest of the guests started to come aboard and at 13.00 we had our first meal in the Restaurant, a delicious four course buffet. A real contrast to my normal life, where I am lucky if I manage to get a cheese sandwich any time between 12.00 and 16.00!
There were two large groups of Americans on board, most of the tables in the dining room were designated with name cards for ‘Viking Tours’ and ‘Pilgrim Tours’ there did not seen to be many people like Sazzle and myself, ungrouped? We were given a table for two by the window, not boats were moored along side us at that moment so we could see out. Immediately after lunch we were asked to attend a briefing in the Bar, here we met the rest of our small group and our guide Mohammed. He outlined the schedule for the rest of the trip, advising us to meet in the lobby at 16.00 for a Felucca on the Nile around Kitchener Island. So as instructed at 16.00 we assembled, the group was very international and so very interesting. Like Saz and me there was another Mother and Daughter this time from Lebanon, two Auzzies from Perth, two English sisters, and American couple from Chicago, an American couple from Massachusetts and four ladies from the Indian sub continent.
We enjoyed our Felucca trip, and once back on the boat did not have a lot of time before our ‘Welcome Reception Cocktail’ and Al a Cart Dinner.......I was still stuffed from lunch, in fact it was to be over 6 days before I felt hunger again!