Viking Ra Review

Viking Ra (Photo: Viking River Cruises)
Viking Ra (Photo: Viking River Cruises)
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Jayne Clark
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Viking Ra Overview

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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About Viking Ra

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. 

Viking is an adults-only cruise line. Passengers must be 18 to sail 

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Viking Ra Member Reviews

Sail Date: May 2019
Karnack, followed by a film at a library (yes, I fell asleep during part of it) and then to the Viking Ra. The cabins are constrained by the size of the locks, something all river boats have to deal...Read More
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Hotel)then on to Cairo for 3 nights ( Ritz Carlton Cairo ) then a short flight to Luxor to catch the Viking Ra which was lovely. We had cabin 105 and it was near crew/stairs/elevator but very quiet and a beautiful...Read More
Queen of the Nils
Sail Date: Sep 2019
This was our first Viking cruise and it was amazing. We started our adventure with the optional Israel pre-cruise land tour. The tour guide, Jo, was amazing. We visited all the biblical sites and more. The Dead Sea...Read More
Sail Date: May 2019
Very comfortable well run ship with an excellent crew. All but four of the cabins on the Ra are suites, with a separate living room and bedroom, and a balcony. The décor is clean Scandinavian, similar to the...Read More

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