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Hundreds of miles of the Nile River re-open to cruise ships after 15 years

Excerpt from USA Today

Aug 24, 2012 10:58 am

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Cruises along the Nile River that used to last only a few days due to safety concerns and unstable water levels will now last up to two weeks and bring tourists to previously unvisited ruins.

— Samantha Shankman

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A long-closed portion of Egypt’s Nile River reopened to cruise ships this week, paving the way for new, longer itineraries along the legendary waterway.

The 465-mile stretch between Cairo and Luxor has been closed for at least 15 years due to security concerns and unpredictable water levels. Its opening will allow cruise vessels to sail all the way from Cairo to Aswan — a 600-mile stretch that is chock full of ancient ruins.

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