Viking River Cruises has indicated a commitment to Egypt by revealing plans for a new Nile River vessel.

The recently acquired vessel is to be stripped down and completely renovated before re-emerging under the name Viking Ra.

The 48-passenger all-suite ship is to be deployed on the Nile on a 12-day ‘Pharaohs & Pyramids’ itinerary including a sailing between Luxor and Aswan from March 2018.

Viking Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen said: “Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries in the world, and it remains a top destination for many of our guests.

“For two decades, we have led the industry in river cruising with our innovative ship design and itineraries that bring our guests closer to the cultures of the world.

“We are committed to Egypt, and with the introduction of Viking Ra, we look forward to providing our award-winning service to our guests on the Nile – and to their experiencing this culturally rich region in the Viking way.”

Viking Ra will feature three categories of suites, including 20 with balconies; a swimming pool and two whirlpool baths and a spa.