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Launched in August 2018, Viking's all-suite river vessel for Egypt -- the first that it will own instead of charter -- is a complete rebuild of an existing ship. The design reflects Viking's Scandinavian aesthetic, with added Arabic accents. Its 24 staterooms are 291 square feet, and come in three categories. Twenty have full-size verandas in the living room, plus French balconies in the bedroom.

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The ship embarks on a new 11-night "Pharaohs & Pyramids" Egypt cruisetour that begins with a three-night hotel stay in Cairo, followed by a flight to Luxor. There, passengers board the ship for a seven-night sailing on the Nile to Aswan, with a return flight to Cairo for an additional hotel night.

The ship features two whirlpool tubs, one on the Pool Deck and another on the uppermost Sun Deck. There's also a swimming pool. These outside decks are partially protected by soaring "sail shades" inspired by the dhow vessels that ply the waters of the region. Three daily meals are served in The Restaurant. The Lounge and bar sport panoramic views and lead to an open-air terrace.

Other perks include free shipwide Wi-Fi; two flat-panel TVs in each suite; an onboard spa and lectures on local culture, history and architecture conducted by Egyptologists, who also lead shore excursions. 

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Viking Ra Cruiser Reviews

Amazing sites, beautiful ship, wonderful memories!

The ship and staff of the Viking Ra have set a high standard for the next two cruises we’ve already booked.... Read More
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Kirklulu

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Great visit to Egypt

The price for the same gin on the Viking RA was the same as the Ritz, so we purchased a beverage package on the ship, which turned out to be a steal. We flew to Luxor to catch the ship.... Read More
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Retired1811

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

A Wonderful Cruise on the Viking RA

The Ra is a beautiful ship. The food was very good -- both middle eastern and international. Also -- there was always home-made ice cream.... Read More
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umbrellagirl

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Wonderful Experience, but not quite perfect

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