Viking to launch ship for Nile

A rendering of the Viking Ra on the Nile River near the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris in Kom Ombo, Egypt.

Viking Cruises is to launch a ship on the Nile next Spring in what the company’s chairman has described as a commitment to the country.

The Viking Ra, a recently acquired 48-passenger vessel, will sail a Pharaohs and Pyramids tour starting in March 2018 after a complete refurbishment.

“Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries in the world, and it remains a top destination for many of our guests,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “For two decades, we have led the industry in river cruising with our innovative ship design and itineraries that bring our guests closer to the cultures of the world. We are committed to Egypt, and with the introduction of Viking Ra, we look forward to providing our award-winning service to our guests on the Nile – and to their experiencing this culturally rich region in the Viking way.”

The 12-day cruises will include a three-night stay in Cairo before being flown to Luxor for an eight-day roundtrip cruise to Aswan. The cruise will feature access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple complex in Qena, and a visit to a Nubian village.

Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries in the world

The Viking Ra will feature 24 all-suite staterooms across three cabin categories including veranda suites. There will also be a spa, two Jacuzzis and a pool on board.

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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