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Viking Ra

Viking Ra Review and Specifications

Specifications of Viking Ra

Year built2018  /  Age : 1
BuilderNeptun Werft GmbH (Rostock, Germany)
ClassNile River cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsLuxor-Aswan
OwnerViking River Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking River Cruises Egypt
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)187 m / 614 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage3600 gt
Passengers52
Crew38
Decks5
Cabins24
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsViking Osiris

Current itinerary of Viking Ra

Viking Ra current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids. The itinerary starts on 02 Dec, 2019 and ends on 09 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
02 Dec    Departing from Luxor, Egypt hotels
03 Dec    Luxor, Egypt
04 Dec    Dendera, Qena, Egypt
05 Dec    Esna, Egypt
06 Dec    Aswan, Egypt
07 Dec    Kom Ombo, Egypt
07 Dec    Aswan, Egypt
08 Dec    Luxor, Egypt
08 Dec    Edfu, Egypt
09 Dec    Arriving in Luxor, Egypt hotels

Review of Viking Ra

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 fleetmate in Egypt is Viking Osiris (2020-built). Like the Osiris ship, Viking Ra is not a newbuild, but an existing vessel brought up by Viking Cruises and drydock refitted (totally reconstructed) to meet company's highest standards of amenities and services. The ship's new design (deck plans) reveal some Scandinavian features of the Viking Ocean liners. 

MS Viking Ra cruise ship (Nile River, Egypt)

Viking Ra also 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

Cabins

The riverboat features only 24 suites, all boasting premium amenities, and max capacity 52 passengers (double occupancy staterooms). The ship has 3 types of suites, measuring 27 m2 (290 ft2) each. The most common suite type (accounting for 20 of all cabins) 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)
  • hotel-style double bed, 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 low table, comfortable sofa, comfortable club chairs, mirrored vanity / writing desk with chair), wardrobe
  • en-suite bathroom (with glass-enclosed shower cubicle, double-sink vanity, LED mirror, WC-toilet, undersink storage), premium brand bath toiletries, luxury bathrobes, slippers (provided upon request)
  • HDTV (infotainment system, satellite reception), refrigerator / mini-bar, electronic safe box (in the closet), phone, hairdryer, 110 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) and Viking Osiris (2020), 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 Nile River cruise 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".

Viking Ra Itineraries

The below listed Viking Ra cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Nile River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2019 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2019 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2019 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2019 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2019 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 May 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 May 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 May 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6000
2020 May 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6000
2020 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2020 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2021 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor
2021 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6025
2021 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6025
2021 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6025
2021 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6025
2021 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5885
2021 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5885
2021 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5885
2021 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5805
2021 May 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5805
2021 May 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 May 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 May 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 May 31 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5365
2021 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $5585
2021 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6105
2021 Nov 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175
2021 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs & Pyramids Luxor $6175

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