Looking down at the pier from the small hill, our guide pointed out our cruise ship from amongst several other ones. The M.S.MEDEA was its name and would be our sleeping quarters for the next seven days. Anxiously, we proceeded to follow Akram in its direction by descending a series of steps that brought us directly to the wharf.
Now, in order to reach the M.S.Medea, we had to pass through two other ships which were tied up one next to the other one, sideways, going offshore. As we made our way to our ship, along the way security guards with guns over their shoulders were met and for every ship we boarded, we had to go through metal detectors. This wasn't a big deal because by now, we were accustomed to all of this.
Upon boarding the M.S.Medea, its interior looked quite exquisite and radiant having recently been renovated. A huge crystal chandelier hanged from its second floor ceiling over a lovely floral arrangement displayed on a round wooden table in the middle of a big comfortable lounge. In the corner, the reception desk and the ship's personnel stood with all smiles as they welcomed us on board with lemonade drinks. We were definitely in for a treat.
Having been given our room keys before hand, Michel and I, proceeded going up the circular marble staircase leading way up to the third deck. As promised, our luggage was already waiting for us in our room which was much bigger than I had anticipated plus it had all the necessary comforts required for a pleasant cruising down the Nile River.
As we explored the cruise ship, the lower deck was where the dining room was situated as well as the gift shop. On the first floor, the M.S.Medea had a comfortable lounge with leather sofas, huge patio glass doors, huge entertainment banquet room equipped with bar and dance floor, reception desk plus a few rooms. The second and third decks only had rooms. The fourth deck, being the sun deck, had a small swimming pool, comfortable lounging chairs, a snack bar for afternoon tea, plus a treadmill for open air exercise! In total, the comfortable cruise ship had 60 rooms which could accommodate up to 120 people. No woman worked here, only men.
After our little exploration of the cruise ship, Michel and I with the rest of the group headed down to the lower deck for our 1:00pm lunch. By that time, we were very much hungry. Upon entering the dining room, we were greeted by a pleasant bunch of servers and chefs. The buffet style lunch had a variety of selections ranging from cold salads to hot meals. Everything looked quite delicious and tempting. Being a vegetarian, I definitely didn’t have any trouble finding something to my liking plus the desserts, they were exquisite.
Michel and I settled in at a round table for eight where other people from our group eventually joined us. We all chatted on a variety of subjects and then each one of us went our separate ways having the entire afternoon to relax on the cruise ship. We headed up to our room for a quick change of clothes and then in a jiffy, were on the top deck relaxing on the comfortable lounging chairs under the warm rays of the sun and dreaming of our next excursion.
Around 4:00pm, we headed up to the banquet room for our afternoon's treat being a nice lemon tea with delicious cookies.
Thankful for wonderful cruising ships!