Viking Announces New Ship: Viking Aton to Sail the Nile River in 2022
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Viking is expanding its Egypt fleet with Viking Aton, scheduled to debut in SEP 2022. Built specifically for the Nile River, the 82-guest river ship will sail the Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.
Artist rendering of Viking Aton, launching in 2022.
"Egypt remains a top destination for many of our guests who are inspired to discover the rich history and beauty of the region," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
"We will always maintain our commitment to creating meaningful experiences that are focused on the destination. The addition of Viking Aton is a reflection of our continued investment in Egypt.”
Viking Aton will host 82 guests in 41 staterooms. Onboard highlights include:
All outside staterooms with river views
A pool and sun deck with 360-degree views
A Viking Lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
Viking's Aquavit Terrace for al fresco dining and indoor/outdoor viewing along the Nile River.
Artist rendering of a Veranda Stateroom on Viking Aton.
The ship joins the company's other vessels on the Nile: Viking Osiris, which is set to launch in 2021, and Viking Ra, which launched in 2018. Viking says it is the only Western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile.
Artist rendering of the Pool Deck on Viking Aton.
Viking Aton to Sail Pharaohs & Pyramids Itinerary
During the 12-day, Pharaohs & Pyramids cruisetour itinerary, guests begin with a three-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo, where they can visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Sakkara and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.
Guests then fly to Luxor, where they visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding a Viking river ship for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River. The journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the ancient city.
For guests looking to extend their journey, Viking also offers pre- and post-cruise extensions.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.