Looking for independent reviews of the Chateau Lafayette Nile cruiser? There are plenty of them online, for example on TripAdvisor. It appears to be quite luxurious, although perhaps a little dated, so they say.
This is NOT a review of the Chateau Lafayette Nile cruiser.
This is a warning to travellers, about the boat's on-board gift shop. In this shop, there is a very high probability that you will be deliberately over-charged, by which I mean robbed, by the operator. I know this, because they stole a lot of money from my wife.
The owner of the Chateau Lafayette, a Mr Hany Youssef, has told me that he will not do anything about the dishonest acts of the gift shop. Of course, he's perfectly happy taking rent from them. He accepts no responsibility for the actions of the shop. He even accused me of extortion, when I asked if he would compensate us for the loss. To clarify...
The person running the gift shop deliberately cheats unaccompanied women, and probably everyone else, overcharging them by huge amounts. He rushes his victims into making mistakes, charges in American dollars while pretending the amount is in the much smaller Egyptian currency, and it will be safer to stay out of his shop.
I strongly advise anyone travelling on the Chateau Laffayette Nile cruiser to avoid the gift shop, and to tell their fellow passengers about this shop.
I know, foreign countries have different concepts of how to do business, and what responsibilities a boat operator has to his customers. But frankly, I see no reason to keep quiet about people who deliberately steal, or people who shrug, and say it's not their problem, while continuing to take their share of the stolen money. The upset this has caused my wife has been very distressing to see. Morality varies from country to country. In our culture, it is regarded as decent to protect people from being robbed. Not in Egypt, though.
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I have also set up a Crowdfunder for this, but I am well aware other charities need money...