Viking River Cruises has announced the latest addition to its fleet of river ships. Viking Ra will begin sailing along Egypt’s River Nile from March 2018.
The already existing vessel will be stripped down to its steel frame, before being completely rebuilt.
“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.”
Named after the Egyptian sun god Ra, plus the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his papyrus-reed boats Ra and Ra II, the intimate 48-guest ship will offer a twelve-day “Pharaohs & Pyramids” cruisetour, which begins with three days in Cairo, and a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Guests will then fly to Luxor to board the ship for an eight-day river cruise to Aswan. The tour concludes with one final night in Cairo.
Onboard, guests can enjoy all-suite accommodations, treatments and massages in the onboard spa, plus a pool and two hot tubs. Viking Ra will also feature a restaurant, and lounge bar.