By KarryOn @karryontravel10 May 2017What do you get when a brand new river ship is heavily influenced by Scandinavian culture, Ancient Egypt and the sun? You get something a little like Viking Ra, Viking Cruises’ new ship. Named after the Egyptian sun god, Ra, the new ship will set sail in March 2018 as the first and only vessel to be owned and operated on the Nile by a Western company. Onboard, guests will find 24 suits on board broken down into three categories. It caters to a maximum of 48 guests, which is a low enough number to not overcrowd the onboard spa, the two Jacuzzis or the outdoor pool. Interior design features a mix of elegant Scandinavian design with local design influences, including geometric Arabic patterns and terrazzo floors to fully immerse guests in the local surroundings. And the dining, bar and lounge will include both regional and international cuisine. During the 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, guests will experience Egypt’s cultural treasures across seven ports. The itinerary begins with a three-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo, where guests visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Citadel of Saladin and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Guests will then fly to Luxor, where they will board Viking Ra for a 7-day roundtrip sailing on the Nile River to Aswan, featuring excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple complex in Qena, and a visit to a colourful Nubian Village where guests can experience a traditional elementary school. Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in this historic city. Are you suddenly considering a cruise on Viking Ra? Other stories you may like Egypt tourism recovery gathers momentum The world’s first zero-emissions cruise ship is in the works The Vikings are coming to Australia!