AmaWaterways has celebrated the launch of its newest ship and beginning sailing on the Nile River in Egypt. The AmaDahlia departed on 06SEP on its first 'Secrets of Egypt & The Nile' 7-night river cruise.
Company co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst surprised the ship’s first guests by joining them for a cocktail hour at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At The First Residence where guests enjoyed their four-day pre-cruise land tour.
“I am absolutely delighted to have our wonderful new AmaDahlia sailing the Nile River,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways.
“It was truly such a joy to be with our guests as together we discovered the beautiful setting on board, reflecting the local culture and distinctive art of the region. Egypt has a very special place in my heart, and I am so excited to have many more guests experience the beauty of AmaDahlia and the unparalleled experiences that this itinerary offers.”
Boarding boarding the AmaDahlia in Luxor, guests were greeted by local musicians and an Egyptian whirling dervish performance.
New Ship and Itinerary Filled with Egyptian Culture, Regional Cuisine and Exclusive Experiences
Featuring 36 staterooms including 16 suites between 370 and 430 sq. ft., the 72-passenger AmaDahlia offers an intimate atmosphere with an abundance of space for guests to relax and unwind after a day of awe-inspiring discovery.
Designed to reflect the culture of the region, AmaDahlia welcomes guests aboard with vibrant colors and patterns, along with public spaces to take in the stunning views of the Nile River. Shipboard amenities include a swimming pool and bar on the Sun Deck, as well as locally sourced cuisine at the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Al Fresco Restaurant located on an open deck affording spectacular Nile river views.
The ship is staffed by welcoming Egyptian crew.
AmaDahlia’s immersive 11-night Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary invites guests to explore ancient civilization with authentic, small group-guided shore excursions led by Egyptologists.
The river cruise operates seasonally from SEP through JUN each year, sailing round trip from Luxor to Aswan with intra-Egypt flights between Cairo and Luxor. Days are spent discovering iconic landmarks like the Temple of Luxor and Valley of Kings and Queens and coming face-to-face with wonders like the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. When arriving back onboard, guests are treated to local entertainment and informative sessions led by expertly trained Egyptologists, who provide insider knowledge about the many mysteries and secrets that have shaped Egypt.
The 11-night cruise + land itinerary includes three nights in Cairo pre-cruise and one-night in Cairo post-cruise, where guests stay in the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoy an exclusive private tour and special farewell lunch at the Abdeen Presidential Palace.
To complement this immersive cruise and land adventure, Secrets of Egypt & the Nile is offered with optional extensions including pre-program, three nights in Dubai or four nights in Jordan (Amman and Petra) and post-program, four nights in Israel (Jerusalem).
Currently, AmaWaterways welcomes guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For entry into Egypt, travelers must present a printed negative PCR test and complete and carry with them a Egyptian Health Declaration Form (please refer to AmaWaterways Travel Entry Requirements and check specific airline requirements).
For more information about the AmaDahlia and Egypt sailings, please visit AmaWaterways' web site.