Dispatch, Nile cruise 3: You don't have to be a history buff


Travel Weekly's Michelle Baran is aboard Uniworld's River Tosca for its maiden Nile River cruise. Her third dispatch follows.

I am not a big history buff. Don’t get me wrong, I find it fascinating, but when you’re talking about thousands of years of it, it has the potential to be overwhelming.

When I told friends I was going to Egypt, most were excited but some questioned whether it would be too many ancient monuments, too many ruins, quite frankly too much history. Like the Louvre on crack.

I secretly worried about the Egyptian equivalent of cathedral fatigue in Europe. Is there such a thing as ancient Egyptian ruins fatigue?

But after one week experiencing the stories (better than soap opera dramas, really) and structures dedicated to a multitude of pharaohs and Egyptian gods, I can say I did not experience any such fatigue.

The beautifully intact and complex hieroglyphics that tell all these stories, as well as the sheer size and age of the sites we have visited, never ceased to humble and amaze.

The sites serve as a critical reminder of why Uniworld River Cruises, with all the challenges it has encountered, built the River Tosca to sail on the Nile.

It’s easy to get caught up in the food served onboard (which has, by the way, been one of the most consistently solid features on the Tosca), the quality of the services provided or whether the ship’s details could be finished better.

But standing in front of a soaring, 3,000-year-old temple puts into perspective whether the waiter at dinner served the men before the women (this is a predominantly Muslim country after all, and the waiters are working on it), or if some floor tiles are loose.

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