May 18, 2018
(1:05 p.m. EDT) -- Emerald Waterways will begin Nile River cruises in February 2019, offering two different itineraries.
The line has two cruise tour options planned, with seven sailings in 2019 and eight in 2020. The 10-night Egypt and Nile cruise tour spends five nights on MS Hamees, a chartered 142-passenger ship owned by Movenpick, as well as four nights in Cairo. The 15-night Egypt and Nile River cruise tour adds time in Jordan, with visits to Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea.
The tours encompass the major sights of Egypt, including the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor's Valley of the Kings and temples on the west bank, Abu Simbel and Aswan.
The ship, which has been newly refurbished, has a main restaurant with international and local options at meals, as well as a sun deck with a swimming pool. The ship also has its own private dock in Luxor.
After many years of dormancy, Nile River sailings have been making a comeback. Viking River Cruises has invested in the region with a new ship, Viking Ra, debuting this year. Other river lines that offer cruise tours on the Nile include Uniworld, Vantage and Emerald Waterways' sister company Scenic.
Meanwhile, Emerald Waterways continues to expand. The line debuted in 2014 and quickly grew to seven ships in Europe and one ship on the Mekong. Emerald Waterways recently announced that it will be offering yacht-style cruises on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast in 2019 on the 36-passenger Adriatic Princess II.
--By Chris Gray Faust, Managing Editor