Viking Ra

Current itinerary of Viking Ra

Viking Ra current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids. Prices start from USD 7345 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 May, 2024 and ends on 27 May, 2024.

Date / TimePort
20 May - 21 May    Departing from Luxor, Egypt hotels
22 May    Dendera-Qena, Egypt
23 May    Esna, Egypt
24 May - 25 May    Aswan, Egypt
25 May    Kom Ombo, Egypt
26 May    Edfu, Egypt
26 May - 27 May    Arriving in Luxor, Egypt hotels

Specifications of Viking Ra

Year of build2018  /  Age: 6
BuilderMaasara Shipyard (Cairo, Egypt)
ClassNile River cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsLuxor-Aswan
Speed20 kn / 37 km/h / 23 mph
Length (LOA)187 m / 614 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage3600 gt
Passengers52
Crew38
Decks5
Cabins24
Decks with cabins3
OwnerViking River Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking River Cruises Egypt

Viking Ra Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 May 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 May 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7195
2024 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7845
2024 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2025 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9895
2025 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9895
2025 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9895
2025 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9895
2025 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $10295
2025 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9895
2025 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 May 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 May 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 May 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 May 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9895
2025 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2026 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395

Viking Ra Review

Review of Viking Ra

The 2018-built MS Viking Ra is a Nile River cruise ship bought by Viking Cruises for cruisetours in Egypt. The boat's itinerary program started in March 2018. This top-luxury Nile cruiser is named after the ancient Egyptian Sun god Ra. It also pays homage to Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) and his papyrus-reed boats Ra and Ra II.

Viking Ra's fleetmates in Egypt are the sisterships Viking Osiris (2022), Viking Aton (2023), Viking Hathor (2024) and Viking Sobek (2025).

Unlike the riverboats Osiris and Aton, Viking Ra is not a newbuild, but an existing vessel acquired by Viking Cruises and drydock refitted (totally reconstructed) to meet the company's highest standards of amenities and services.

MS Viking Ra cruise ship (Nile River, Egypt)

Viking Ra features spacious public areas, a stylish outdoor deck with an infinity swimming pool, 2 large Jacuzzies (whirlpool tubs), sunbathing area (with premium garden furniture - loungers and low tables) and a shaded seating area (covered with sail-like awnings) with deckchairs and 4-seat tables.

Viking's cruise ship Ra has an indoor Bar Lounge, Restaurant, wellness complex (spa, massage rooms, beauty salon with hairdresser-barber services).

Viking Ra cruise ship sun deck

Like most Egypt-based/Nile cruisers, Viking Ra was constructed at Cairo's Maasara Shipyard, which is owned by The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co).

Cabins

The riverboat Viking Ra staterooms (24 total) are in 3 types (suites) and equally sized (27 m2 / 290 ft2). The most common cabin type (accounting for 20 of all staterooms) are with full-size, step-out balcony (off the living room) plus French Balcony (in the bedroom).

As standard amenities provided complimentary, all Viking Ra staterooms offer:

  • riverview (large windows, most of which are floor-ceiling and opening to a French Balcony)
  • dedicated cabin steward, housekeeping service (twice daily), daily-replenished bottled water
  • hotel-style double bed (79x63 inches / 200x160 cm, with under bed storage for suitcases), luxury Egyptian bedding sets (linens, sheets, duvets), deluxe pillows, bedside tables/cabinets, wall-mounted reading lamps. Optional twin-beds (2 separate lower beds) configurations (plus 1 sofabed) are also available.
  • large lounge area (furnished with a low table, comfortable sofa/not sofabed, comfortable club chairs, mirrored vanity (writing desk) with a chair, wardrobe (wooden hangers)
  • en-suite bathroom (with glass-enclosed shower cubicle, double-sink vanity, anti-fog LED mirror, WC-toilet, undersink storage, premium brand bath toiletries (Freyja), luxury bathrobes. Slippers are provided complimentary upon request.
  • 40-inch smart HDTV (infotainment system, satellite reception, on-demand movies), multiple USB ports, refrigerator / mini-bar, electronic safe box (in the closet), phone, hairdryer, 110/220 V power outlets, individual air-conditioning.

Viking Ra cruise ship pool deck

Viking Nile River cruise itineraries in Egypt

Previously, Viking Cruises Egypt operated Nile River and Lake Nasser cruisetour itineraries with two chartered ships (Steigenberger Omar El Khayam and Mayfair). These riverboats were later replaced with the newbuilds (launched in 2018-2025) which only cruise on the Nile portion (roundtrip from Luxor) with fly-cruise packages inclusive of two flights (Cairo-Luxor-Cairo).

Viking's Nile River cruisetour is themed "Pharaohs and Pyramids".

Viking Cruises Nile River itinerary map (Egypt)

The 12-day itinerary incorporates 7-day cruising on Nile River and starts with a 3-night hotel stay in Cairo and tours to iconic attractions like Grand Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramids of Giza, Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Cruise tourists then fly to Luxor to visit Karnak and the Temples of Luxor before boarding the Viking cruise ship for a 7-night Nile cruise to Aswan and back. The next table shows the 7-day roundtrip itinerary as a ports sequence.

Date / TimePort
13-14 May (overnight)Departing from Luxor, Egypt
15 MayDendera/Qena, Egypt
16 MayEsna, Egypt
17 MayAswan, Egypt
18 MayKom Ombo, Egypt
18 MayAswan, Egypt
19 MayLuxor, Egypt
19 MayEdfu, Egypt
20 MayArriving in Luxor, Egypt

Tours include a private visit to Nefertari's tomb (Valley of the Queens) and excursions to Khnum Temple (Esna) and Dendera Temple complex (Qena). A visit to a Nubian village is also included.

Most Nile River cruise boats (from a total of ~200 vessels) are marketed as 5-star - but most of them are definitely not premium. The onboard food is buffet-style and far away from gourmet. The major advantage of the Egyptian river cruises are that they are way cheaper in comparison to the European inland cruises. Viking's Nile tours surely bring the luxurious style (generally associated with the Viking brand) to Egypt, along with higher cruise fares.

 

Viking Ra ship cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 11 Egypt excursions (led by a local professional guide) with headsets for guests being provided
  • Complimentary onboard Internet and beverages (beers, wines, soft beverages) during lunches and dinners)
  • All Government taxes and fees in ports of call
  • Domestic flights (in Egypt) between Cairo and Luxor; and between Aswan and Cairo
  • Airport transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation dates) - only if flights are purchased through Viking Cruises' "Viking Air" flight program.

Viking's Nile cruisetour features:

  • 7-night Nile River cruising portion
  • 12-day itinerary visiting 1 country, 6 ports, 1 city (by land, 3-night hotel stay (Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, 1-night hotel stay (InterContinental Cairo Hotel).
  • The cruise tour visits 4 UNESCO sites in Egypt, as well as the Dendera Temple complex (Hathor).
  • Onboard Culture Curriculum (enrichment program) with an expert Egyptologist (also leading all shore excursions). Lectures onboard are also themed on women's roles in Egypt and on the country's current political events.
  • Passengers also visit a private home in an authentic Nubian village (from Aswan).
  • Onboard and ashore dining/meals that are cruise price inclusive include 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners. Onboard meals include Egyptian specialties. but American classic dishes are always available.

Signature onboard (formal) events are the Welcome Cocktail Reception and the Farewell Dinner.

Viking Cruises Egypt tour packages (optional hotel+land travel)

In 2023-2024, Viking Cruises Egypt introduced pre- and post-cruise packages as optional extensions of the brand's premium Nile River voyages.

The 3-night Pre-Istanbul Package (priced from US$1400 pp) is inclusive of 3 hotel nights in Istanbul (at Westin Istanbul Nisantasi Hotel or similar), 3 meals (breakfasts), 2 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Istanbul Old City Tour, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace), flight from Istanbul to Cairo, as well as all transfers.

The 4-night Pre-Jerusalem Israel Package (priced from US$2400 pp) is inclusive of 4 hotel nights in Orient Jerusalem Hotel (or similar), 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner), 3 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Bethlehem Walking Tour, Jerusalem City Tour, Israel Museum Tour), a flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo, as well as all transfers.

The 4-night Pre-British Collections of Ancient Egypt package (priced from US$3700 pp) is inclusive of 2 hotel nights in London (Rosewood Hotel), 2 hotel nights in Oxford (Old Bank Hotel), 6 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches), 4 Privileged Access visits (British Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Griffith Institute, Highclere Castle), 3 3 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Petrie Museum, Oxford Walking Tour, Ashmolean Museum), flight from London to Cairo, as well as all transfers.

The 4-night Post-Petra Jordan, Dead Sea and Amman Package (priced from US$2200 pp) is inclusive of 1 flight from Cairo to Amman, 4 nights (1x at Dead Sea, 2x in Petra, 1x in Amman), 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners), 4 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Ancient Town of Madaba; Dead Sea Museum, Petra, Amman, Jerash), as well as all transfers. The home flight (from Amman) costs extra.

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Viking Ra ship's interiors were designed by the company's Longships designers. The riverboat's interior blends the line's traditional Scandinavian design with traditional Egyptian elements, including Arabic geometric patterns and terrazzo flooring.

Viking Ra cruise ship

On March 14, 2017, US federal trademark registration was filed by the company Viking River Cruises Ltd (Bermuda), Hamilton HM11, trademarking/reserving the words "VIKING RA". The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) has given the VIKING RA trademark serial number of 87371138. The trademark "VIKING RA" is filed in the category "Transportation & Storage Services".