Which vaccinations might be necessary?
Since recommended immunizations and other health precautions often change, we suggest that you contact your physician, the local public health department, or the Centre for Disease Control in time before departure.
What time do I board the ship on embarkation day and in ports of call?
Check-in (Arrival Day): Afternoon or as per availability with coordination with the boat management.
Checkout (Departure Day): 08:00 am or as per availability with coordination with the boat management.
What is prohibited onboard in the Afternoon?
Guests are not allowed to bring onboard any intoxicating liquors/beverages, travel irons, firearms, weapons of any kind, ammunition, explosive substances, or any goods of a dangerous nature, nor animals of any kind.
How many suitcases can I bring?
Each guest is allowed up to two pieces of checked luggage, with a 22 kg maximum each. If traveling by air, remember that airlines have special checking baggage and hand luggage restrictions, so please check these.
Airlines and Historia Cruise Line have limited liability losses. So, make sure all baggage and personal belongings are well insured.
Suitcases should be tagged. Add medicines to their original containers. Carry your Jewelry, fragile items, valuables, and your important documents in your hand luggage.
If you are bringing your wheelchair, check with your airline for any restrictions they may have.
What about special dietary needs?
If you have any food allergy or a dietary requirement that requires Kosher meals or gluten-free food products, please advise Historia Reservations Agent or your Travel Agent at the time of booking.
Obtaining the product for many of these requests requires 30-days’ notice before sailing; we want to ensure that we can fulfill your request.
What are the things I can't bring onboard?
• Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages of any kind: including water, soda, and juices*
For more information, read our FAQ about: "Can I bring water or soda on board?".
• Unsealed food items will not be allowed on board.
• Firearms, weapons of any kind, ammunition, explosive substances, or any goods of a dangerous nature.
• Irons / Ironing Boards and Steamers.
Guests are not allowed to bring and use their irons or steamers onboard.
• Animals of any kind.
• Large Batteries, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), ham radios, satellite phones, transformers, lasers, and laser pointers are not allowed onboard.
How can I cancel my reservation?
Refer to the confirmation email, and you will find an edit button where you can cancel your reservation. Please note: the cancellation policy and fees will be applied.
You may also contact us at our email.
Is there a doctor on board?
A doctor will be on call. If the cruise is docked, it may take up to 1 hour for the doctor to arrive on board. However, first responders are available onboard in case of emergencies.
Are there special rates for infants and children?
Most of the tourist establishments, hotels, and souvenir shops accept US dollars. It is beneficial to have local currency for tipping or for shopping in smaller souks or local restaurants.
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers' cheques entering the country.
However, passengers entering Egypt with Egyptian currency exceeding the equivalent of USD 1,000 must declare this on arrival.
The following credit cards are accepted on board: Amex, Visa, and MasterCard.
All charges on board are in Egyptian pounds. Guests can pay in US Dollars, Euros, or Sterling. But please note: any change will be compensated in Egyptian pounds as there is no currency stock available.
The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE), which is divided into 100 piasters.
Notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 pounds. Coins are issued in denominations of LE1, and 25, and 50 piasters.
The national language in Egypt is Arabic. However, tourists will rarely find it a problem communicating as English is widely spoken in hotels and shops, with French a close second. Many staff in tourist areas also speak German or Italian.
Egypt has year-round sun and almost no rain except in Alexandria, which has a more Mediterranean climate than the rest of the country. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be significantly cold.
As in all foreign countries with styles different from your own, it is courteous to respect local customs. In addition, you ought to regard when a religious service is in progress.
Women should not wear strappy dresses, miniskirts, shorts, or low-necked dresses in public places. Modest dress is necessary when visiting mosques, synagogues, and churches.
Ladies should wear loose-fitting non-see-through clothes, and shoulders should be covered.
Men should wear shorts or long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.
Shoes are not allowed inside. Therefore, a thick pair of socks would protect you from sun-baked floors.
Cloth shoe coverings are often available for which a small tip is payable. Shorts and beachwear should be worn only at the beach or hotel pool area.
Please, contact your doctor for up-to-date information on the latest health and vaccination recommendations.