A Nile river cruise and pre-cruise programmes are being added to the Viking schedules for 2020.
Viking Cruises has announced an expansion of its Egypt programme for the 2020 season, which will include the launch of a new ship.
Inspired by the design of the Viking longships and built specifically for the Nile River, Viking Osiris is currently under construction and will become the company’s second ship in Egypt when it debuts in September 2020.
Viking says this comes as its “guests continue to express strong interest in Egypt.”
It has been one year since the company launched Viking Ra, a completely renovated vessel and the first ship owned and operated by Viking on the Nile.
“Egypt has inspired explorers for generations, and it remains a top destination for many of our guests,” said Torstein Hagen, the Norwegian billionaire founder and chairman of Viking Cruises.
Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, Osiris will be a “state-of-the-art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known.” During a 12-day itinerary, guests will experience seven destinations in Egypt.
Also launching next year are two new extensions to the cruise designed to enhance guests’ knowledge of Egyptology prior to arriving in Cairo.
These five-day extensions to the itinerary in Egypt will take guests beforehand to archives and exhibits in London and Oxford that are not normally accessible to the public.
Viking Cruises says it is the first and only Western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile.