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Viking’s fifth Nile River ship floats out in Egypt ahead of August 2024 debut

Viking Hathor marked a major final construction milestone with its recent float-out ceremony at the Massara shipyard in Cairo, Egypt and the first time this state-of-the-art river ship has touched water ahead of her maiden Nile River journey in August 2024.

Viking Hathor marked a major final construction milestone with its recent float-out ceremony at the Massara shipyard in Cairo, Egypt and the first time this state-of-the-art river ship has touched water ahead of her maiden Nile River journey in August 2024.

Viking’s newest luxury river vessel will now move to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

The fifth addition to Viking’s ever-expanding Egypt fleet, the 82-passenger Viking Hathor is an identical sister ship to the award-winning Viking Osiris and Viking Aton with a distinctive square bow and an indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace on board.

She will sail the 12-day Pharoahs & Pyramids itinerary, hosting guests in 41 staterooms with the cruise line’s signature Scandinavian design.

Viking Hathor float out Nile River
Hathor on the Nile River during her float-out ceremony in Egypt.

Viking will have six ships sailing the Nile by 2025 with the addition of another sister ship, the Viking Sobek, which is already under construction and will be delivered next year. Additional ships in the Egypt fleet currently include Viking Ra and MS Antares.

The Scandinavian cruise company plans to introduce 13 river ships by the end of 2026, including the two new Nile vessels.

Viking Hathor float out Egypt
At the Massara shipyard in Cairo, Egypt.

Viking Chair Torstein Hagen said of the newest ship’s traditional float-out ceremony: “Egypt is a phenomenal destination and we are pleased with the continued interest in our Nile River voyages.”

“Our guests are thinking people who are curious about the world and Egypt, with its cultural treasures and ancient antiquities, remains at the top of the travel list.”

For more info, visit vikingcruises.com.au