A&K to launch a bespoke ultra-lux riverboat on the Nile

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Edited by Travel Weekly

    Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has announced that it is building a brand-new bespoke Nile riverboat, its fifth in Egypt, which will launch in late 2025.

    Drawing on four decades of Nile cruising expertise, A&K has designed the boat to an extremely high spec, with all the facilities and services of a high-end floating hotel. It will feature two restaurants – indoor and outdoor – serving cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, along with a spa, a gym, elegant social spaces, a swimming pool and a sundeck for relaxation between excursions.

    The name of the new Nile riverboat will be revealed in the coming months.

    A&K said the new boat will promise to offer the company’s most immersive Nile cruise experience yet.

    With a hand-picked crew including 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.

    Each of its 32 cabins will have floor-to-ceiling windows and Juliet balconies above the water, marble bathrooms and 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets; while two presidential suites will be unprecedented in size and luxury, each with an outdoor hot tub on their own private decks.

    The new boat will also be available for private charters. A&K already operates four boutique river boats on the Nile: the Nile Adventurer, Sun Boat III, Sun Boat IV, and Zein Nile Chateau; and this fifth launch further cements Abercrombie & Kent’s reputation as the leading travel specialist in Egypt.

    “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.”

    A&K has a longstanding relationship with the Nile, which dates back to 1977 when founder Geoffrey Kent, inspired by an encounter with David Niven on the set of Death on the Nile, launched the company’s first Nile river cruise.

    Construction has already begun at Massara Shipyard in Egypt and is expected to be completed in Autumn 2025, with the contract being signed by A&K’s Amr Badr, managing director of Arabia and Egypt.

    Egypt’s intrigue endures; and in 2024 there’s a new reason to visit: the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to open, finally, showcasing an extraordinary collection of Ancient Egyptian treasures.

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