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EGYPT TRAVELS: Stretch of Nile opened to cruise ships

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A part of the River Nile that used to be deemed unsafe has been opened to cruises.

A part of the River Nile that used to be deemed unsafe has been opened to cruises.

NILE CRUISES. A portion of the Nile River between Cairo and Luxor has been reopened by Egypt to allow cruises to sail all the way from Cairo to Aswan, Travel Week reports.

The route was closed to cruises due in part to security concerns along this stretch of the Nile Valley and in part to unpredictable water levels.

According to the paper, it is unclear when this 465-mile stretch of the river was last open to overnight passenger ships. Some operators say it has been 15 years, and the Egyptian Tourist Authority said it has been closed since sometime in the 1980s.

“We were, in fact, informed by our local partners in Egypt that this stretch of the river is being reopened,” Guy Young, president of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, wrote in an email to Travel Weekly.

Uniworld operates the 82-passenger River Tosca on the Nile.

“Now, after lengthy irrigation projects and a consensus that it is safe, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has reopened this route, offering access to an unprecedented array of Egypt’s ancient wonders,” a spokesperson for Abercrombie & Kent wrote in an email.

The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.