SS Sphinx

Specifications of SS Sphinx

Year built2020 new ship
BuilderMaasara Shipyard (Cairo, Egypt)
ClassNile River hotel ship
OwnerThe Travel Corporation (TTC)
OperatorUniworld River Cruises Egypt
Passengers42 - 84
Decks with cabins3
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Uniworld Sphinx ship cruises on Nile River (in Egypt) starting in January 2020. Among the world's largest river cruise companies, Uniworld with SS Sphinx offers three 12-day cruise tour itineraries roundtrip from Cairo (flight transfer-inclusive deals Cairo-Luxor).

SS Sphinx cruise ship (Uniworld Egypt)

The shipowner Uniworld (officially "Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection") is a major river cruise company and subsidiary of The Travel Corporation (TTC).

UNIWORLD Nile River cruise itineraries

Ship's inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) starts on January 6, 2020. SS Sphinx operates a 12-day cruise tour itinerary (themed "SPLENDORS OF EGYPT and THE NILE") between Aswan and Luxor (northbound and southbound), with ports of call (sequence on the northbound route) Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna, Luxor, Dendera (Qena), two cruise-inclusive flight transfers (between Cairo and Luxor) plus hotel stays in Cairo.

SS Sphinx Uniworld Nile River cruise itinerary map

Next is listed riverboat's day-2-day schedule as officially announced by UNIWORLD:

  • DAY 1: Arrival at Cairo Airport, optional group transfer (or private transfer), Uniworld representative meet-and-greet, escort to Four Seasons Hotel Cairo.
  • DAY 2: Cairo city tour (local expert guided), excursion visiting Salah al-Din Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, Museum
  • DAY 3: flight Cairo to Luxor, cruise ship embarkation, the Nile cruising to Dendera (Karnak Temple, local guide / certified Egyptologist)
  • DAY 4: Dendera, Nile cruising to Luxor (excursions - Hathor Temple, Luxor Temple)
  • DAY 5: Luxor, the Nile cruising to Kom Ombo (excursion - Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings)
  • DAY 6: Kom Ombo, Nile cruising to Aswan (excursions - Kom Ombo Temple, bird watching boat tour)
  • DAY 7: Aswan (excursions - Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, a felucca boat tour with afternoon tea service at Old Cataract Hotel Aswan), shipboard Nubian evening show with traditional belly-dance performers and live music
  • DAY 8: Aswan, Nile cruising to Kom Ombo and Edfu (excursion - Simbel temples)
  • DAY 9: Esna, Nile cruising to Luxor (guided excursion - Esna Temple)
  • DAY 10: Luxor (cruise ship debarkation), airport transfer, return flight Luxor to Cairo, check-in (Four Seasons Hotel Cairo), Giza Pyramids (Sound and Light Show)
  • DAY 11: Cairo (excursions - Memphis ruins, Giza Pyramids, Great Sphinx, Sakkara
  • DAY 12: Cairo (departure) - hotel check-out, airport transfer, home flight, or (optional) post-cruise tour package with extension in Israel (Jerusalem).


The Sphinx cruise ship features unique designs together with an authentic approach to expedition cruising and luxury ambience. SS Sphinx has 42 suites (of which 14 French Balcony, 2 Deluxe, 2 Suite, 20 Grand, and 4 Royal Suites), man-made furniture, and contemporary facilities. She creates unforgettable experiences for passengers as the finest luxurious 5-star floating hotel.

Shipboard facilities

The riverboat boasts with its deluxe Restaurant and comfortable Sundeck. Ship's three gourmet dining venues also include a private dining room and al fresco dining on the upper deck. Modern navigation technologies, highest cruise standards, and experienced crew ensure safety on the water and smooth travel.

Breakfast and lunch are served set menu or buffet-style, while for dinner guests have the option of either buffet or set menu. The cuisine features a wonderful combination of Western and Egyptian dishes. Vegetarian offers are also included. Meals consist of mostly locally purchased products like organic vegetables, exotic fruit, fish and prawns. Breakfasts may also be served on the balcony in case passengers fill-up their menu form the day before.

The Internet is available in all ship's public areas, free-of-charge. SS Sphinx is equipped with modern fitness facilities. Guests may enjoy the panoramic views while in the Lounge. Other facilities include a swimming pool, 3 Lobbies, and massage centre. Egyptian artwork, hand-carved furnishings, and fabrics bring the beauty of the region onboard.

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