Uniworld SS Sphinx

Specifications of Uniworld SS Sphinx

Year built2021 new ship
BuilderMaasara Shipyard (Cairo, Egypt)
ClassNile River hotel ship
OwnerThe Travel Corporation (TTC)
OperatorUniworld River Cruises Egypt
Speed9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph
Length (LOA)72 m / 236 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Passengers84
Crew58
Beds84
Decks5
Cabins42
Decks with cabins3

Uniworld SS Sphinx Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $8299
2021 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $6299
2021 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor
2021 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $6299
2021 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $6599
2021 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $6599
2021 Nov 08 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $6599
2021 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $8599
2021 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $7799
2021 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $8299
2021 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $7499
2021 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $7299
2021 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Luxor $6099
2022 Jan 10 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 Jan 17 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5719
2022 Jan 24 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 Jan 31 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5719
2022 Feb 07 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Feb 14 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Feb 28 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7743
2022 Mar 07 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7743
2022 Mar 14 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7743
2022 Mar 21 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7743
2022 Mar 28 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7743
2022 Apr 04 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7655
2022 Apr 11 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Apr 18 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 Apr 25 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 May 02 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 May 09 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 May 16 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 May 23 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5015
2022 Sep 26 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7127
2022 Oct 03 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $6775
2022 Oct 10 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Oct 17 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Oct 24 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Oct 31 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5895
2022 Nov 07 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $7303
2022 Nov 14 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5543
2022 Nov 21 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5543
2022 Nov 28 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5543
2022 Dec 05 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 Dec 12 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 Dec 19 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367
2022 Dec 26 11 days, round-trip Splendors of Egypt the Nile Cairo $5367

Uniworld SS Sphinx Review

Review of Uniworld SS Sphinx

The 2020-built/2021-inaugurated Uniworld SS Sphinx ship cruises on Nile River (in Egypt) starting in January 2021. Among the world's largest river cruise companies, Uniworld with SS Sphinx offers three 12-day cruisetour itineraries roundtrip from Cairo (flight transfer-inclusive deals Cairo-Luxor) and river cruising between Luxor and Aswan.

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).

Also in 2021, Uniworld introduces two more 2020-launched newbuild riverboats - the fleetmates SS Sao Gabriel (on Douro River in Portugal) and RV Mekong Jewel (on Mekong River in Vietnam-Cambodia).

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-to-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).

7-day "Splendors of Egypt the Nile" itinerary

Date / TimePort
Day 1Departing from Luxor
Day 2Dendera-Qena
Day 3Luxor
Day 4Kom Ombo
Days 5-6Aswan
Day 7Esna
Day 8Arriving in Luxor

Prices started from USD 6100 per person (double-occupancy cabin rates).

Note: Uniworld's Sphinx boat had scheduled an inaugural cruise on October 26, 2020. The maiden voyage (7-day "Splendors of Egypt and The Nile" itinerary) was priced from USD 6100 per person (with double occupancy). However, due to the ongoing Coronavirus-related international travel restrictions, the ship's inauguration was rescheduled for January 2, 2021, with prices from USD 5000 pp.

Cabins

Uniworld Sphinx cruise ship has 5 decks and features unique interior designs and a top-luxury ambiance. The riverboat has 42 staterooms (for 84 passengers). All cabins are double occupancy and with balconettes (sliding glass doors open to a French Balcony/fake balcony).

Cabin categories (in brackets are the number of accommodations) include FB-French Balcony (16), DF-Deluxe French Balcony (2), S-Suite (2), GS-Grand Suite (20), RS-Royal Suite (4).

Cabin designs feature custom-made (all hand-made) furniture and contemporary facilities. The cabin's 5-star hotel amenities include a Queen-size double bed, bedside tables with reading lamps, mirrored dressing table with chair, wall-mounted HDTV (satellite reception), hairdryer, spacious wardrobes, direct-dial phone, electronic safe box (in the closet), en suite bathroom (LED-light mirror, single-sink vanity, WC-toilet, glass shower cubicle, bathrobes, slippers), individually-controlled air-conditioning.

Shipboard facilities

The riverboat has a Dining Room Restaurant (full seating capacity) and spacious Sundeck with an Outdoor Bar Lounge (canopy-shaded, with alfresco dining and beverage service) and sunbathing deck (with a swimming pool, showers, padded sun loungers). The ship's all three gourmet dining venues also include a private Dining Room and alfresco dining (on Sun Deck). Modern navigation technologies, highest cruise industry standards and experienced crew-staff ensure passengers' safety and premium travel experiences.

Breakfasts and Lunches are served set menu or buffet-style, while Dinners are either buffet or set menu. The onboard cuisine is a combination of Western and Egyptian traditional dishes plus vegetarian offers. Meals consist of mostly locally-sourced ingredients and products like organic vegetables, exotic fruits, fish, prawns. Room Service for Breakfast (served on the cabin's balcony) is complimentary and via previous day ordering (gusts have to fill up a menu form the day before).

Shipboard Internet is free and available in all public areas. SS Sphinx is equipped with modern wellness facilities - Fitness Center (Gym Room with floor-ceiling windows) and Spa (treatment room for massages). The boat's fore-located indoor Bar Lounge is with panoramic views and comfortable seating. Other facilities include a 3-deck-high Atrium (Lobby Reception on the lower level), Sundeck with a swimming pool and shaded seating (Lounge with its own Bar), Bow Terrace (without seating). The boat's interior is marked by Egyptian artworks, hand-carved furnishings, hand-made fabrics.

The riverboat has a Laundry Room (self-service Laundromat). One Elevator (passenger Lift) connects all decks except Sundeck. All decks are interconnected via midship and aft staircases.

All the crew (including the hotel staff and officers) are Egyptian.

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