The Silversea Silver Whisper cruise started on the Mediterranean at Port Said, Egypt, sailed through the Suez Canal, and enjoyed exciting shore excursions from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula and Aqaba, Jordan on the western side of the Red Sea before disembarking the Silver Whisper in Safaga, Egypt. We then went overland to Luxor and spent a day and a half exploring this Nile River city before flying back home.
It was a memorable itinerary, and a perfect way to see this ancient part of the world. I would not have tried to tour Egypt or Jordan on my own, but I never felt threatened or the least bit concerned on our entire trip. Silversea deserves an "A" for its cruise tour organization, guides, and accommodations ashore and on the ship.
Our tour began with an overnight flight to Frankfurt, followed by a non-stop flight to Cairo, arriving around noon. The flight into Cairo was very interesting, with a seemingly endless dry desert landscape laid out below us. The Cairo Airport was hot and in need of renovation. As expected for air travel today, some of our group lost their luggage. However, our Silversea guide whisked us through the checkpoints and arranged for the lost luggage to be delivered to the hotel. My first impression of Cairo was one of too many cars on not enough lanes. I have never seen such horrendous traffic.
Stepping into the Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza, we were immediately struck by the beauty of the hotel and its spectacular floral decorations. Our 30th floor room overlooking the west bank of the Nile could not have been nicer. We had an excellent dinner in one of the hotel's many fine restaurants and went to bed early.