Exciting news today for anyone who’s had a river cruise along Egypt’s Nile River on their bucket list. Viking River Cruises announced today that it intends to resume Nile river cruising, and that it has acquired an existing vessel and stripped it completely down to the steel in order to undergo a renovation that will bring it in-line with Viking’s trendsetting Viking Longships.

Rebuilt from the ground up, the all-new, all-suite Viking Ra will enter service on the Nile River for Viking River Cruises in early 2018. Rendering courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

Known as Viking Ra, the all-suite, 48-guest ship will feature Scandinavian décor enriched with classical Egyptian motifs for a vessel that is uniquely Viking, but which still reflects the rich history of the area in which she will sail. Guests will be able to sail aboard her for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River as part of Viking’s 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise tour that begins in Cairo.

Viking Ra’s interiors will blend the line’s Scandinavian sensibilities with traditional Egyptian motifs. Rendering courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

Here, guests can visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the new Grand Egyptian Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Guests will then fly to Luxor, where they will visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding Viking Ra for a stunning trip along the Nile. Guests will be treated to Privileged 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 colorful Nubian village where guests can experience a traditional elementary school. Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the historic city.

A rendering of Viking Ra’s Sun Deck. Rendering courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

“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.”

Viking Ra will kick off Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids crusietours beginning in March of 2018.


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