Movenpick MS Darakum

Movenpick MS Darakum cruise ship

Cruise line
Nile River Cruises


Specifications of Movenpick MS Darakum

Year built2008  /  Age: 14
BuilderMaasara Shipyard (Cairo, Egypt)
ClassNile River hotel ship
Ferry route / homeportsCairo-Aswan-Luxor
Decks with cabins4
OwnerMovenpick Group
OperatorMovenpick Hotels and Resorts

Movenpick MS Darakum Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Oct 09 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo
2022 Nov 04 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo
2023 Feb 22 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo $3529
2023 Feb 22 14 days, one-way from Cairo to Aswan Cairo
2023 Mar 20 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo $3529
2023 Mar 20 14 days, one-way from Cairo to Aswan Cairo
2023 May 11 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo $3199
2023 May 11 14 days, one-way from Cairo to Aswan Cairo $3999
2023 Sep 13 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo $3729
2023 Sep 13 14 days, one-way from Cairo to Aswan Cairo $4539
2023 Nov 04 14 days, one-way from Cairo to Aswan Cairo $4749
2023 Nov 04 10 days, one-way from Cairo to Luxor Cairo $3939

Movenpick MS Darakum Review

Review of Movenpick MS Darakum

MS Movenpick Darakum ship was launched in 2008 and since then operates on Nile River cruises in Egypt. The premium riverboat features Moroccan interior design, top-quality service, 5-star hotel facilities and amenities.

MS Movenpick Darakum cruise ship (Nile River, Egypt)

The shipowner Movenpick Group (founded 1973, headquarters in Baar, Switzerland) is a joint venture hotel company owned by Movenpick Holding (66,7%) and Kingdom Holding Company (Saudi Arabia, 33,3%). Movenpick operates around 110 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruise ships.

MS Darakum's fleet mates (Movenpick-owned Nile cruisers) are SS Misr (steamship)Prince Abbas, Hamees, MS Sun Ray, MS Royal Lotus, MS Royal Lily, SB Feddya.


MS Darakum has a total of 44 cabins (categories Standard and Superior) and 8 Suites. All staterooms are designed and furnished to the highest standards. Standard cabin amenities include either King-size (double bed) or two twins (single beds), premium bedding (fine 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, pillow menu), large wardrobe, flat LCD TV (satellite reception, on-demand movies), minibar, refrigerator, electronic safe box and 2 life jackets (in the closet), phone (shipboard connections only), hairdryer, bottled water (replenished daily), tea-coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom (wood-paneled, fixed shower, bathtub, WC, single-sink vanity, bathrobes, slippers, premium toiletries), individually-controlled air-conditioning, evening turndown service.

The Suites additionally feature a separate lounge/seating area. Senior Suites have a second bathroom.

  • (Lower Deck) Main Restaurant, Standard and Superior cabins (size 20 m2 / 215 ft2) with smaller square windows that cannot be opened. These cabins are offered for sole occupancy with no single supplement but the availability is limited.
  • (Main Deck) Light and airy glass-panelled Reception. All Standard and Superior cabins from the Main Deck and above feature large picture-windows with a panel that can be opened.
  • (Upper Deck) Senior Suites (size 40 m2 / 430 ft2), forward-facing Panorama Suites (size 34 m2 / 365 ft2), Rear Sun Deck, Fitness Room (mini-gym), Onboard Shop
  • (Top Deck) 2x Senior Suites (size 34 m2 / 365 ft2), Main Bar, Lower Sun Deck
  • (Sun Deck) Open-Air Bar, Plunge Pool, sofas, armchairs, and loungers.

Shipboard facilities

MS Darakum offers various dining and entertainment options. Main Dining Room Restaurant (Lower Deck) offers buffet-style themed food (breakfast-lunch-dinner buffets) in addition to the waiter-served lunches and dinners. Cooking lessons and wine tastings are offered at extra cost. The Lounge Bar offers Afternoon Tea service, premium cocktails, board games, daily lectures, live evening entertainment (shows, dancing, themed parties). Sun Deck Bar serves the sunbathing area (furnished with loungers by the swimming pool) and the shaded seating area.

MS Movenpick Darakum cruise ship (Nile River, Egypt)

More active cruisers will appreciate the Gym (fitted with modern fitness equipment). Ship's Gift Shop sells mainly travel essentials, brand jewellery, hand-made Egyptian souvenirs. Onboard laundry service costs extra.

Movenpick Nile Cruise Itineraries

MS Darakum's Nile River itineraries are between homeports Luxor and Aswan, as well as between Luxor/Aswan and Cairo (included domestic flight transfers. Itinerary lengths vary between 4-day (Luxor to Aswan), 3-day (Aswan to Luxor), 7-day (roundtrip from Luxor), 9-day (Luxor to Cairo), 11-day (Cairo to Luxor), 12-day (Aswan to Cairo) and 14-day (Cairo to Aswan). Cruise departures are on Mondays (from Luxor) and on Fridays (from Aswan).

Next tables show boat's 10-day and 14-day cruise tour itineraries as call port sequences and prices per person (double occupancy rates).

10-day Cairo to Luxor (from USD 2550 pp)

Date / TimePort
09-10-11 Oct (overnight)Departing from Cairo, Egypt
13-14 Oct (overnight)Al-Minya, Egypt
15 OctAmarna, Egypt
17 OctDendera, Qena, Egypt
18-19 Oct (overnight)Arriving in Luxor, Egypt

14-day Cairo to Aswan (from USD 3200 pp)

Date / TimePort
09-10-11 Oct (overnight)Departing from Cairo, Egypt
12 OctBeni Suef, Egypt
13-14-15 Oct (overnight)Al-Minya, Egypt
17 OctAbydos, Egypt
18 OctLuxor, Egypt
19 OctAswan, Egypt
20 OctEdfu, Egypt
21-22-23 Oct (overnight)Arriving in Aswan, Egypt

Movenpick Nile cruise prices are inclusive of

  • airport bus transfers (to/from the cruise ship in Luxor/Aswan)
  • all bus transfers (by air-conditioned coaches)
  • meet-and-greet service (upon arrival/departure)
  • crew assistance (onboard and on tours), certified English-speaking tour guide (Egyptologist) on shore excursions
  • stateroom/accommodation
  • all excursions and entrance fees for sights listed in the cruise tour itinerary
  • taxes and all service charges

Not included in Movenpick cruise fares are all optional tours, personal expenses, gratuities.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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