Specifications of AmaLilia

Year of build2024 new ship
BuilderMaasara Shipyard (Cairo, Egypt)
ClassNile River cruiser
Speed9 kn / 17 km/h / 10 mph
Length (LOA)72 m / 236 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Decks with cabins2
OperatorAMAwaterways Egypt

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The 2024-built AmaWaterways AmaLilia ship cruises on Nile River in Egypt, with departures out of homeport Luxor. The riverboat is Egypt-flagged and with max passenger capacity 68 (plus 62 staff-crew). The newbuild is currently under construction and planned for inauguration in 2024-H1.

AmaLilia is AmaWaterways 26th fleet member, having as sistership the 2021-built AmaDahlia. When the official announcement was made for AmaLilia (on June 15, 2022), AmaWaterways explained its decision to add a second riverboat in Egypt with the increasing demand for voyages on the Nile.

The vessel is unique for having a modern design, floor-ceiling windows throughout (in all public venues and most staterooms), spacious Sundeck (with a large swimming pool and two whirlpools), and the latest maritime technologies implemented. One Lift (passenger elevator) and midship-located staircase interconnect decks 1-4. The access to Sundeck is stairs-only.

AmaLilia cruise ship (AMAwaterways Egypt, Nile River)

Decks and Cabins

AmaLilia staterooms (34 total) include 24x full-balcony suites (a rare feature for a Nile cruise ship) each sized between 21-34-37-40 m2 (225-430 ft2). The number of all cabin categories is 7. Max capacity is 2 guests per cabin (all double-occupancy accommodations). Of all the 5 decks, 3 are with cabins.

Each passenger cabin offers as standard (complimentary) amenities en-suite bathroom (glass-door shower, rain showerhead, hairdryer, premium bath amenities), mirrored vanity table with chair, large wardrobe, wireless phone, electronic safe box (in the closet), two long-range portable Wi-Fi audio devices (used on tours/excursions), complimentary bottled water (supplied daily), thermostat-controlled air conditioning. Balcony Suites additionally have a lounge area with a full-size sofa, table with 2 armchairs, mini-bar (refrigerator), larger bathroom (with a full-size bathtub), step-out veranda.

Cabins Types/Categories (number, location), high to low

  • 2x Luxury Grand Suite (Lily Deck3, French Balcony and Outside Balcony) - size 430 ft2 / 40 m2
  • 2x master Suite (Lotus Deck2, French Balcony) - size 400 ft2 / 37 m2
  • 6x Category A Stateroom (Lily Deck3, French Balcony and Outside Balcony) - size 370 ft2 / 34 m2
  • 6x Category B Stateroom (Lotus Deck2, French Balcony and Outside Balcony) - size 370 ft2 / 34 m2
  • 8x Category C Stateroom (Lotus Deck2, French Balcony) - size 225 ft2 / 21 m2
  • 10x Categories D-E (Acacia Deck1, Fixed Window) - size 195 ft2 / 18 m2

Each AmaLilia cabin is equipped with a 42-inch smart HDTV (local/satellite reception) with an Infotainment system (complimentary Internet, on-demand movies, real-time bridge cam views, ship info channel).

Shipboard facilities

The ship's restaurants include Dining Room Restaurant (deck 3) and The Chef's Table (deck 4, a la carte restaurant with a 7-course menu). Complimentary wine by the glass is served at both dining venues. The 2-deck high Atrium (Lobby Hall) houses the boat's Reception Desk, Cruise Director's Office, Boutique Shop, ship entrances (portside and starboard). Sun Deck (deck 5) is teak-floored throughout and has a swimming pool (forward), two whirlpool hot tubs, sunbathing area (with premium padded loungers and garden daybeds), outdoor lounge (two roof-covered seating areas furnished with padded garden couches and tables) and is served by Sundeck Bar (aft).

AmaLilia cruise ship sundeck pool

Deck 4 is cabin-free and houses the Bar Lounge (fore-located) - the riverboat's main lounge with nightly live entertainment that includes Galabeya party (dressing in traditional Egyptian gowns), Darwish Dance show, Belly Dance show. Also on deck 4 are the Navigation Bridge (Wheelhouse, forward), Outdoor Lounge (canopy-covered aft terrace with seating), The Chef's Table Restaurant (aft-starboard) and the ship's wellness complex - consisting of Fitness (large Gym Room with latest Technogym equipment), Spa (two massage rooms) and Beauty Salon (hairdresser and nail studio).

AmaLilia cruise deals are inclusive of the Internet (and Wi-Fi), all tours/excursions (including on bikes), ground transfers, live evening entertainment (local performers), daily enrichment lectures, food and wine tastings, 24-hour coffee/tea, replenished daily bottled water.

AmaLilia Egypt cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative of AMA cruise rates. They might be different when you book your AmaWaterways voyages, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers, and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. On AmaLilia Nile cruises, AmaWaterways offers discount airfare travel deals on major airlines (without charging Flight Deviation fees).


AmaWaterways Nile cruisetour itineraries

AmaLilia cruises on Nile River in Egypt, beginning September 2021. The 11-night cruisetour includes 7-night cruising roundtrip from Luxor plus 3-nights pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stays in Cairo City - at the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Cairo FR (First Residence). The hotel package is included in the AmaWaterways Egypt cruise fares.

The 11-night/12-day itinerary (themed "Secrets of Egypt and the Nile") also includes (as cruise price-inclusive) domestic flights between Cairo and Luxor, which are operated seasonally (September through May) each year. As optional deals are offered two discount-priced tour extensions pre-Egypt - 3 nights in Dubai UAE or 4 nights in Jordan (Amman City, Petra) and post-Egypt - 4 nights in Israel (Jerusalem).

The new AmaWaterways Nile cruise itinerary provides travelers with an opportunity to travel through the heart of Egypt on a new, top-luxury ship and visit designated by UNESCO sites. Expert guided excursions are complimentary and include to the Karnak Temple complex (Great Hypostyle Hall), the Luxor Temple (the ancient Thebes city), the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens (Nefertari Tomb) and Aswan (Nubian Village).

From Cairo, cruise tourists can (optionally) visit the Egyptian Museum (Museum of Cairo), Abdeen Palace (workplace of Egypt's President), the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.

AmaLilia cruise ship (AMAwaterways Egypt, Nile River)

Next table lists the itinerary's ports of call.

DayPortCruise Price-Inclusive Activities
1Cairoflight (international), Four Seasons Cairo Hotel check-in
2CairoEgyptian Museum, lunch at Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant, Alabaster Mosque (Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha)
3Cairoguided tour to Ancient Memphis (Zoser Pyramids, Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx), Solar Boat Museum, lunch at Mena House Hotel
4Cairo-Luxorflight (domestic), tour to Luxor Temple, EMBARKATION on the cruise ship AmaLilia
5LuxorValley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, Queen Hatshepsut Temple (Deir el-Bahari), Memnon Colossi (stone statues of Amenhotep III), Nefertari Temple
6EdfuHorus Temple
7AswanFelucca boat tour to Hessa (Nubian Village)
8AswanUnfinished Obelisk, Aswan Dam, Philae Temple, Sobek Temple, Haroeri Temple
9LuxorKarnak Temple
10Luxor-QenaAbydos Temple (Qena), Hathor Temple (Dendera)
11Luxor-Cairoflight (domestic), Abdeen Palace (private tour and lunch), guided tour to Old Cairo, The Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue
12Cairohome flight (international), optional fly-cruise package

The departure date of AmaLilia's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage from Luxor) in 2024 is yet to be announced.

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