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Viking announces float out of newest Egypt ship

On 14 May 2024 Viking announced its newest ship for the Nile River, the 82-guest Viking Sobek, was ‘floated out’, marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water.

Set to sail in autumn 2024, Viking Sobek will join the company’s growing fleet of ships for the Nile River and will sail Viking’s 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.

“Egypt has always captivated curious travellers with its rich culture and history, and it continues to be a destination of interest for our guests,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman and CEO of Viking. “We believe Viking Sobek and her sister ships are by far the most elegant vessels on the Nile, and we look forward to welcoming even more guests to explore this fantastic region.”

The traditional float out ceremony of the Viking Sobek took place at Massara shipyard in Cairo and is significant because it marks the ship moving into its final stage of construction. She will now be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Sobek is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean ships, with the Scandinavian design for which Viking is known.

An identical sistership to Viking Osiris, Viking Aton and the new Viking Hathor, which is scheduled to debut this summer, Viking Sobek features several aspects familiar to Viking guests, such as a distinctive square bow and an indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace.

With the addition of both Viking Hathor and Viking Sobek, the company will have six ships sailing the Nile by the end of 2024. Additional ships in the Egypt fleet include Viking Ra and Antares.

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