I’ve only been on two river cruises in my life, but they were biggies: the Nile (2007) and the Yangtze (2010). I love slowly drifting along the water, the sights constantly changing, the shore just close enough that if the thing sinks you can swim to land.
Never been on the Nile? Here are some of the things you might experience!
1. German Tourists in Speedos
For some reason (probably because we’re Western), my friend, our two British tourmates, and I are relegated to the German river cruise. Why those Germans felt the need to sunbathe mostly nude in a Muslim country, I will never know.
2. Marriage Proposals
Yes, if you are a Western woman touring Egypt you most likely will be approached with offers of marriage. My going rate for the 12-year-old suitor eyeing me in a crowded marketplace was something like 37 camels. Aww, yeah.
But things are a little weirder when the proposals come from someone you are stuck on a boat with for the next several days. And even more weird when you later catch the man in question videotaping you with a giant, 20-year-old camcorder. I know you’re trying to be inconspicuous, sir, but unfortunately your 40-pound recording device is not blending in with the deck chairs.
3. 1910s Accommodations
I mean that in a positive way–the rooms made me think of the Orient Express and old-world charm. Simply adorable.
4. Stunning Views
Have you been on a river cruise? What was your favorite part?