If you’d like to take a scenic river cruise along the Nile River, AmaWaterways has some good news for you.
The river cruise company has a fleet of 26 ships sailing itineraries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. One of those ships, the AmaDahlia, recently finished its first season of sailing on the Nile River in Egypt.
AmaWaterways has now announced it will build a second ship, identical to the AmaDahlia, to meet growing demand. The new ship, to be named AmaLilia, will set sail following what is expected to be the same Nile River itinerary in 2024.
“It is incredibly exciting to be able to expand our river cruise offerings on the legendary Nile River with AmaLilia, which will be another stunning, intimate ship,” Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-owner, said, according to Insider Travel Report.
“Egypt is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world and we’ve seen such wonderful interest from both our loyal guests as well as new guests since we launched our first ship there in September 2021,” Karst continued. “We look forward to welcoming even more travelers to join us to experience the ancient wonders of Egypt.”
The AmaLilia And AmaDahlia
The AmaLilia, named after the sacred blue water lily flower of ancient Egypt, will be a duplicate of the AmaDahlia. Karst did note, however, that based on lessons learned from the AmaDahlia, some changes will be made to improve the guest experience on the AmaLilia.
For reference, the AmaDahlia is a 72-passenger ship with 36 staterooms, including 16 suites. It also features a heated sun-deck swimming pool and bar, The Chef’s Al Fresco Restaurant, a hair and nail salon, and two massage rooms, AmaWaterways explains.
Amazingly, each suite has marble bathrooms with both a bathtub and multi-jet shower. Furthermore, most accommodations feature both a French balcony and a full outside balcony. Together, they create what AmaWaterways calls “view-enhancing twin balconies” that offer passengers “the perfect vantage point to marvel at the scenery along the Nile River.”
The Ships’ Itinerary
From all indications, the AmaLilia will sail the same itinerary — Secrets of Egypt & The Nile — as the AmaDahlia. That 11-night cruise and land itinerary begins with three nights in Cairo and ends with another single night in Cairo.
The itinerary also allows passengers to “explore ancient wonders, such as the beguiling Temple of Luxor and the mystifying Valley of the Kings and Queens. Plus, come face-to-face with the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Sphinx and the three Pyramids of Giza,” AmaWaterways explains. “This unforgettable itinerary includes exclusive experiences, such as a private tour of the tomb of Queen Nefertari and a private lunch at the Abdeen Presidential Palace.”
You can learn more about the Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary here.