The Nile flows through Egypt from south to north. Lower Egypt is thus the north and Upper Egypt is the south. That's because the country slopes downhill toward the Mediterranean. Going upriver means heading south to Luxor and Aswan and going down the Nile means heading north towards Cairo and Alexandria. The cruise ships vary in size and category, but all have the same high standards of comfort and service. Depending upon your preference, there are 5 star deluxe ships with many facilities and smaller ships with many facilities and smaller ships with a cozy, friendly atmosphere. Whichever you choose, you will carry home wonderful memories of sitting on the deck of your cruise ship.