Betrayal on the Nile

//Betrayal on the Nile

It can get hot and steamy on a Nile river cruise – but quite how high the temperatures rise I never realised until I saw a copy of this week’s Take A Break magazine.
Across two pages, and under the headline “Betrayal on the Nile: WHILE MY HUSBAND SLEPT,” one woman tells how she sailed close to the wind with a waiter young enough to be her son.
Poor old husband Gordon had booked the cruise to mark wife Glenda’s 60th birthday and their 40th wedding anniversary, and on excursions in Egypt he bought her a gold necklace, bracelet and earrings.
While his back was turned, Glenda was getting closer and closer to waiter Gamal, who professed his love for her as he served drinks at the pool bar.
“He was young enough to be my son. And there were lots of younger, single women on the boat. But I felt very flattered,” said Glenda, before recalling how they had smooched on the dance floor while Gordon was tucked up in bed.
A couple of days later, while Gordon was watching a belly-dancing show, she tried to sneak ashore with Gamal, but turned back when she discovered she would have to climb across four other boats to get to the river bank.
So much for passion in the heat of the moment !
The cruise came to an end before she was able to consummate the relationship, but back home in Ashford in Kent she ran up huge phone bills exchanging text messages and calls with Gamal. She eventually flew back to Egypt and they were “married” in a ceremony in the bedroom of his family’s house.
Inevitably, the story does not have a happy ending. Gordon divorced her, and Glenda found herself handing over cash from her settlement to her new husband only to discover he was having an affair with another English woman.
“I finally realised what an idiot I’d been,” she writes in Take A Break. “I’d given him more than £30,000. I’d blown my divorce settlement, taken out loans for him and run up debts on credit cards.
“I’d lost everything to a man who never loved me. I don’t want any pity. I just want my story to be a warning to other women.”

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:13+00:00 6 January 2011|Cruise Gossip|3 Comments

About the Author:

John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.


  1. Shirley Valentine 6 January 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Oh Captain Greybeard, I love you! Where do you manage to find these stories? I’m not surprised this sort of thing happens, we’ve all heard about holiday romances, but why would Glenda (is that her real name? Everyone’sname begins with G in this story)why would Glenda want to talk about it? If it was me I would hide away and want it to be a secret

  2. glenda brabon 8 January 2011 at 11:45 am - Reply

    my story is a warning and im feeling a whole load better now its in the open i want him to suffer like i have and my name is true

  3. glenda brabon 8 January 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    my story is true and my name why should i hide away its a warning ,

Leave A Comment