AmaWaterways launches newbuild Nile riverboat

AmaDahlia makes her grand debut in Egypt

AmaWaterways has launched its newest ship – AmaDahlia – on the Nile this month, with the 36-berth ship sailing the Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary.

Co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst surprised the ship’s first guests by joining them for a cocktail hour at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At The First Residence where all guests enjoyed their four-day pre-cruise land packages. Guests then boarded AmaDahlia in Luxor where they were greeted by local musicians and an Egyptian whirling dervish performance before exploring the stunning vessel and embarking on the 7-night river cruise experience.

AmaDahlia on the Nile River

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“I am absolutely delighted to have our wonderful new AmaDahlia sailing the Nile River,” said Kristin Karst, Executive VP 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.”

Featuring 36 staterooms including 16 suites, the luxurious 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 colours and patterns, along with inviting public spaces to take in the stunning views of the Nile River. The ship features a swimming pool and bar on the Sun Deck, the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Al Fresco Restaurant located on an open deck.

AmaDahlia‘s 11-night Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary invites guests to explore ancient civilisation with authentic, small group-guided shore excursions led by Egyptologists. The river cruise operates seasonally from September through June each year, sailing round trip from Luxor to Aswan. Days are spent discovering landmarks like the Temple of Luxor and Valley of Kings and Queens, and the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. 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 and land itinerary includes three nights in Cairo pre-cruise and one-night in Cairo post-cruise, where guests stay in the Four Seasons Hotel

Guests of AmaWaterways must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

AmaWaterways is also expanding its reach beyond Europe and Egypt to Colombia in South America. In partnership with Ecuador’s Metropolitan Touring, AmaMagdalena is slated to enter service on the Magdalena River from December 2023.

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