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NEW SHIP ALERT: Viking River Cruises' Viking Ra to Sail the Nile River

Viking River Cruises - Egypt

Viking River Cruises, the “thinking person’s cruise”, is back again with yet another intimate sailing experience on the Nile River aboard Viking Ra, the newest addition to its fleet. This recently acquired vessel undergoing complete renovation will provide a culturally rich experience with a 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary in one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, Egypt.
The all-suite Viking Ra follows a clean and elegant Scandinavian design, a staple of Viking River Cruises, with an infusion of traditional geometric Arabic patterns and terrazzo floors. Named in honor of the Egyptian sun god Ra, and the papyrus-reed boats (Ra and Ra II) of the great Norwegian explorer ,Thor Heyerdahl, Viking Ra is designed to sail beyond imagination into the world of the unknown.
Viking River Cruises - Egypt

This 48-passenger vessel features 20 Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom, two Jacuzzis and a pool, relaxing Spa haven, renowned onboard restaurant and lounge, and enriching entertainment highlighting Viking’s Culture Curriculum, including Nubian evening events and Egyptologist-led excursions through archaeological and historic sites.
Starting with a 3-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo, plan a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, new Grand Egyptian Museum and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Once you fly into Luxor, check out the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding Viking Ra for an 8-day roundtrip cruise. Highlights of this sailing will include:

  • Excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna
  • Dendera Temple complex in Qena
  • A visit to a colorful Nubian village

At the end of your cruise, you’ll head back to Cairo for a final night in the historic city.
Stay up-to-date with itinerary details as Viking River Cruises plans to launch Viking Ra in March 2018.
The Cruise Web, Inc.
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  1. I was just notified by Viking that the Viking Ra will not be ready for our May 28, 2018 sailing. We will be in the Amarco II instead. It is larger than the Ra, but no verandas and with the exception of the executive chef and the program director, the ship’s staff will not be Viking staff.

  2. Peter – thank you for contacting The Cruise Web regarding your concern about the change to your upcoming Viking River Cruise. Unfortunately, sometimes delays happen with any renovation – whether a house or a ship – and they can not be anticipated. We hope that you are able to enjoy your cruise aboard the Amarco II. If I can assist you with any future cruise plans – please reach out.
    Jennifer Crivelli
    Senior Cruise Consultant
    The Cruise Web, Inc.
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    Tel: (240) 487-0155, ext. 234
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