Viking Ra

Specifications of Viking Ra

Year of build2018  /  Age: 5
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
Decks with cabins3
OwnerViking River Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking River Cruises Egypt

Viking Ra Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2023 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor
2024 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $5945
2024 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $5945
2024 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6845
2024 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6845

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-built) and Viking Aton (2023). 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, stylish outdoor deck with an infinity swimming pool, 2 large Jacuzzis (whirlpool tubs), sunbathing area (with premium garden furniture - loungers and low tables) and shaded seating area (covered with sail-like awnings) with deckchairs and 4-seat tables. Viking's premium Nile 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


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

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 Viking Ra (2018), Viking Osiris (2020) and Viking Aton (2022), which cruise only 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 - lead by a local professional guide, with headsets for guests being provided
  • Complimentary onboard Internet
  • Complimentary onboard drinks (beers, wines, soft beverages) during lunches and dinners)
  • ll Government taxes and fees in ports of call
  • domestic Egypt flights 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 Ra 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 Heritage Sites in Egypt, also Dendera Temple complex.
  • Onboard Culture Curriculum (enrichment program) with expert Egyptologist (also leading all shore excursions). Lectures onboard are also themed on women's roles in Egypt and on current political events in the country.
  • Passengers also visit a private home in an authentic Nubian village (from Aswan).
  • Meals (onboard and ashore) dining that is cruise price inclusive includes 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners.
  • Onboard meals feature Egyptian specialities. American classic dishes are always available.
  • Signature onboard (formal) events are the Welcome Cocktail Reception and the Farewell Dinner.

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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".

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