Luxury line Seabourn took no chances with the safety of their passengers and organised armed guards and police escorts while guests visited hot spots in Egypt.
So while passengers were taking in the sites of Luxor and Karnak which have seen four years of military unrest, guests could feel at ease with protection by their side.
An armed guard was aboard all tour buses leaving the lavish Seabourne Odyssey en route for the port of Hurghada to the Red Sea.
And passengers who were keen for a snorkel in the Red Sea were escorted by the police for the five-minute walk to the bus to the ship.
But the political unrest since the removal of President Mohamed Morsi in have resulted in many travellers and cruisers cancelling their trips to Egypt.
The country’s tourism is battling to recover in what industry officials say is ‘the worst year in modern history’.
According to The Guardian, there were some days where only a handful of tourists visited The Valley of the Kings, when in 2010, there were once thousands queuing for hours.
According to tourism minister Hisham Zaazou, the number of tourists have fallen from 14.7 million to 9.5 million.
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