The second Viking ship on the Nile after Viking Ra, Viking Osiris has the distinction of being the first purpose-built newbuild in Egypt constructed expressly for Viking River Cruises. (Viking Ra was merely refitted for the company.)
Because of that distinction, Viking Osiris will be the first to truly incorporate tenets of Viking's highly-successful Longships on Egypt's Nile River.
Passengers can expect to find plenty of Viking's trademark Scandinavian touches aboard Viking Osiris, along with a healthy dose of Egyptian influence, thanks to regionally-inspired cuisine and a program of on-shore cultural adventures. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every public space ensure that the views of the Nile are never far from sight.
Like Viking's European Longship river cruise vessels, breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered up in the relaxed atmosphere of the ship's main Restaurant. More casual fare, though, can be found on the Aquavit Terrace. Room service is generally not available.
Five different levels of accommodation are featured, all of which offer amenities and features that are now Viking-standard fleetwide.
Cabins onboard Viking Osiris are generously sized. Entry-level Standard Staterooms offer a fixed window view and measure 232 square feet apiece, while Category A Veranda Staterooms are 239 square feet and include their own private balconies.
Category AA Veranda Suites are larger at 409 square feet each, and they include separate living and sleeping areas, along with a full step-out balcony and an additional French balcony.
The largest accomodations onboard are the two 525-square-foot Explorer Suites. Situated all the way forward on Upper Deck, these forward-facing suites are among the largest on the Nile. Separate living and sleeping areas, walls of wraparound glass and full-sized balconies accent these superlative rooms, which also come with a host of other perks, such as airport transfer service and a complimentary Silver Spirits beverage package.
Common to each cabin are Freyja toiletries; a 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system; telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer and individual climate control; and bathrooms with enclosed showers and anti-fog mirrors.
Unlike Viking's European Longships, Viking Osiris has an aft-facing pool on the appropriately-named Pool Deck for cooling off from the Egyptian heat. An upper Sun Deck offers additional seating options and viewpoints.
The ship's main Lounge on Pool Deck serves as the social and entertainment hub of the ship, with lectures, briefings and nightly entertainment offered there. It's hardly busy by big-ship standards, but evenings typically host passengers engaged in conversation and cocktails, accompanied by a piano player.
Viking Osiris exclusively operates Viking's 12-day "Pharos and Pyramids" cruisetour through Egypt's Nile. The itinerary departs roundtrip from Cairo, and approximately one week is spent aboard ship.
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