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Monday,  May 27, 2024 12:27 AM 

Viking floats out newest Nile River ship

  • Cruises
  •   05-15-2024  6:31 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Viking floats out newest Nile River ship
Sister ship Viking Osiris on the Nile River. (Viking)
Pax Global Media

Viking has announced its newest ship for the Nile River, the 82-guest Viking Sobek, has been floated out, marking the first time the ship has touched water.

Set to sail in the fall of 2024, the Viking Sobek will join the company’s growing fleet of state-of-the-art ships for the Nile River and will sail Viking’s popular 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.

Egypt has always captivated curious travellers with its rich culture and history, and it continues to be a destination of interest for our guests,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman and CEO of Viking. “We believe the Viking Sobek and her sister ships are by far the most elegant vessels on the Nile, and we look forward to welcoming even more guests to explore this fantastic region.”

The traditional float out ceremony of the Viking Sobek took place at Massara shipyard in Cairo, a significant event as it marks the ship moving into its final stage of construction.

It will now be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, the Viking Sobek is inspired by Viking’s river and ocean ships, with the Scandinavian design for which Viking is known.

An identical sister ship to the Viking Osiris, the Viking Aton and the new Viking Hathor, which is scheduled to debut this summer, the Viking Sobek features several aspects familiar to Viking guests, such as a distinctive square bow and an indoor/outdoor Aquavit terrace.

With the addition of both the Viking Hathor and the Viking Sobek, the company will have six ships sailing the Nile by the end of 2024.

Additional ships in the Egypt fleet include the Viking Ra and the MS Antares.

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