CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Voyages of Discovery M.V. Discovery by Pat Gildea Egypt & Jordan November 10, 2003

Just returned from Voyages of Discovery Cruise "Red Sea Explorer" which starts from Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, visits Aqaba in Jordan (for Petra) and then stops in Safaga, Suez and Alexandria in Egypt. From the brochure it seems ideal offering days out to St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, the Karnak/Luxor Temples, Cairo and Alexandria. Unfortunately the travel to reach these sights is a long and hard coach journey of several hours.

We found that the ship itself was very clean and the staff, mainly Philippinos, were very polite, charming and hard-working. We were disappointed with the quality of the food and the limited menus on offer - on two occasions our food was inedible - on another two occasions the inability to cut the meat drew attention to the absence of steak knives.

On the day we cruised throught the Suez Canal, when all were aboard, we found there were not enough chairs on the open decks to accommodate all the passengers. The two formal occasions - certainly for first sitting guests - were 'non-events'!

All in all, a disappointing trip and I felt not worthy of its claimed 4* status. Also the stringent Egyptian Immigration procedures wasted a lot of time and one couldn't really see that they could protect you if an attack occurred. On 2 coach trips, the security guard slept nearly all the time.

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