Upmarket Abercrombie & Kent has pulled up all the stops with a bespoke Nile riverboat which will take travellers to a new golden age of river cruising in Egypt next year.

Cruisers onboard the 32 elegant cabins will have access to two exquisite restaurants – indoor and outdoor – dining on world-class cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients.

The boutique riverboat will have a spa, gym, swimming pool, and a sundeck where guests can relax with a chilled cocktail while admiring the sunset over the horizon.

The Luxor Temple in Egypt

Drawing on four decades of Nile cruising expertise, this will be A&K’s fifth riverboat “with all the facilities and services of a high-end floating hotel,” the company said.

When Nile riverboat will launch

To be launched in late 2025, the company said that the Nile riverboat will give travellers behind-the-scenes access and insider perspectives in this ancient land.

“It will be Abercrombie & Kent’s most immersive Nile cruise experience yet,” the company said.

“With a hand-picked crew including renowned Egyptologists, the boutique riverboat aims to feel like a private floating basecamp from which intimate and exclusive encounters with the living history along the Nile are launched daily.

“Much more than just a cruise, the new boat experience will be a privileged doorway into the enduring mysteries and secrets of ancient Egypt.”

Philae Temple in Egypt

Inside the new riverboat

Each suite will have floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet balconies, marble bathrooms and beds draped with 400-thread Egyptian cotton sheets.

There will be two presidential suites, each with an outdoor hot tub perched on their private decks.

The new riverboat will be available for private charter. Abercrombie & Kent already operates four boutique river boats on the Nile: the Nile Adventurer, Sun Boat III, Sun Boat IV, and Zein Nile Chateau.

“Nobody knows Egypt better than Abercrombie & Kent,” said Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group.

“We pioneered luxury Nile cruises more than four decades ago and every year we continue to further elevate this enchanting voyage with extraordinary experiences at every stage of the journey, accompanied by Egyptologists and storytellers to bring Egypt’s luminous history to life.”

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From the movie Death on the Nile

A&K’s long association with the Nile dates back to 1977 when founder Geoffrey Kent met the late British actor, David Niven on the set of the Hollywood movie set Death on the Nile. He subsequently launched A&K’s first Nile river cruise. This has given the company exceptional access to private, after-hours inside the Pyramids of Giza as well as intimate dinners inside ancient temples.

Construction of the Nile riverboat has already started at Massara Shipyard in Egypt and is expected to be completed in Autumn 2025.

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