Having a private tour guide is a great idea due to schedule was quite flexible. However, the food on boat was too simple and almost duplicate everyday which lowers down the tour value quite a lot.
Raquel N USA
Price was great, ship great, room was outstanding, definitely a surprise. People are extremely nice and service was very good. Food was not perfect. What was really lousy were the excursions! We had only a few and very short. The guide was extremely nice and sweet but we did not get much information. We feel like we missed a lot and there were several sights that weren't on the schedule. It is worth for the price.
The ship Mirage 1 was really old. There was not much to do on board: tiny pool not very clean, one cafeteria-style restaurant with limited hours, only one English CNN TV channel, a closet sized really fitness room. The activities usually lasted half of a day. For the rest of the time, you are stuck on this little ship.
I met an Australian family while flying into Luxor and out of Aswan. The joined a land based tour with similar itinerary and had a much better time.
To illustrate the size of this ship, it can only hold less than 150 guests. That along with the age of the ship makes it undesirable for spending 4 or 5 days there.