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M.S. Eugenie Cruise
A trip which takes you back in time.

Best season:   November through March
City:   Lake Nasser
Country / Region:   Egypt
Rooms:   52 cabins and two luxurious suites
Price Level:   Luxury

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The Eugenie was proudly named to evoke an historic event in Egypt's recent past: the grand opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, attended by the crown heads of Europe including the Empress Eugenie of France. The completion of the Suez Canal marked Egypt’s passage into modernity, and a new era of international trade and interaction.


Likewise the Eugenie, the first ship to sail Lake Nasser, launched a new era of tourism, offering travelers fresh vistas of Egypt’s natural beauty and archeological treasures. Lake Nasser extended the boundaries of Egypt’s touristic possibilities, while the Eugenie reminds us of this ancient country’s endless capacity for renewal.

The M.S. Eugenie was constructed in 1993 in the style of a turn-of-the-century Nile steamship. It is 74 meters long, with just 52 cabins for maximal comfort, and two luxurious suites. Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom with shower, washbasin, w.c. and hairdryer.


Each of the 52 cabins and two luxurious suites cabins are spread over the upper, lower & main decks & have ensuite bathrooms with shower, a washbasin, w.c. and hairdryer.

The Upper Deck has 22 twin-bedded cabins each with a private balcony. 12 of which are ‘executive cabins’ available at an additional surcharge per cabin and per night.

The Main Deck has 20 twin bedded cabins, also with private balcony and two single bedded cabins, also with private balconies.

The Lower Deck has 8 twin bedded cabins without balconies and these can also be used for triple occupancy.

The two suites aboard the M.S. Eugenie are the magnificent Imperatrice Suite which includes a large terrace, a large bed, ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi, shower, w.c., two washbasins and a hairdryer. The suite contains dining and sitting areas, all with authentic antique furnishings. The Imperatrice Suite is located at the very front of the Upper Deck; and, the Royal Suite "De Maria" which includes a large balcony, a large bed, ensuite facilities (bath, shower, w.c., washbasin, hairdryer) as well as a sitting area with antique furnishings. This suite is located at the Upper Deck, starboard side.


A trip aboard the Eugenie is an aesthetic experience; its interior decor the tasteful product of collaboration between internationally known designers. Enjoy the spacious main lounge reminiscent of Edwardian times, the earth-toned Safari Lounge and the ship’s peaceful and welcoming library.

The Eugenie reception features Nubian motif wall-paintings; the Cat Bar has a pharaonic flavor; the sun decks are outfitted with oriental sitting areas where one can relax and experience the landscapes of Lake Nasser.


Include Jacuzzi and health club facility with sauna, steam bath and massage, a swimming pool and exercise equipment; as well as a restaurant, gift shop, laundry & medical facilities. The ship is fully air-conditioned and has state-of-the-art water filtration systems.


Since prehistoric times, the Nile River provided the main trade route between the Mediterranean and Africa, with Nubia the point of contact between the two worlds. For Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Arab civilizations, Nubia was a valued province and the corridor to Africa, the home of diverse cultures and political powers over thousands of years.

In the last century this region has witnessed two of the greatest engineering feats in modern history; the construction of the Aswan High Dam with the consequent creation of Lake Nasser, and the UNESCO project which saved the historical sites of Nubia threatened with permanent submersion beneath the waters of the Lake.

The total volume of the dam itself has been calculated at 17 times that of the Great Pyramid, and to build it 30,000 men worked round the clock for 10 years. The resulting reservoir extends 500 kilometers, with an average width of 10 kilometers.

When the decision was made in 1954 to build the dam, the evacuation of the Nubian community of over 100,000 people became an imminent reality. Meanwhile, urgent attention was required to safe-guard the Nubian monuments. In 1960, UNESCO responded to appeals for assistance by launching the Nubian Campaign, an enterprise that involved the resources of some 54 nations over a 20-year period. The degree of ingenuity required to save the temples was a fitting tribute to the creative genius that accomplished their original construction. It was the first time in history that so many countries, individuals and disciplines united in an undertaking dedicated to the idea of a common cultural heritage and the universality of art.

Although the Nubian Campaign was officially completed in 1980, the Lake and its monuments remained isolated from tourism for over a decade. Thanks to the efforts of Mostafa and Tarek el-Gendy, the owners and operators of the Eugenie and Kasr Ibrim, the immense lake and the temples on its banks were made accessible to travelers as of 1993. Lake Nasser's coasts are currently uninhabited, but it is the el-Gendy brothers' dream that this wealth of fresh water and land will once more host thriving communities, as it has throughout the ages.


Beginning every Friday: 3 nights / 4 Days: Aswan to Abu Simbel.

Day 1:
Arrival in Aswan to board the Eugenie - Lunch served on board.
Visit to Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the kiosk of Kertassi.
Afternoon tea is served in the lounge. Dinner and overnight on board in the Aswan Harbour.

Day 2:
Sailing to Wadi El Seboua and cocktail while passing the Tropic of Cancer
Lunch served on board.
Visit to Wadi El Seboua temple, the temple of Dakka and temple of Meharakka.
Sail to Amada.
Dinner and overnight aboard.

Day 3:
Breakfast followed by morning visit to the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the tomb of Penout - Sail to Kasr Ibrim.
Visit the citadel of Kasr Ibrim. (Tour is conducted from the ship's sundeck as entrance to the site is not permitted).
Sailing to Abu Simbel - Lunch served on board - Visit the Abu Simbel temples.
Attend the Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel temples (non-compulsory, ticket not included). Candlelight dinner on board and overnight.

Day 4:
Breakfast on board and for those who wish, the possibility of a second visit to Abu Simbel (entrance ticket is not included).

Beginning every Monday: 4 nights / 5 days: Abu Simbel to Aswan

Day 1:
Arrival in Abu Simbel to board the Eugenie - Lunch on board - Visit Abu Simbel.
A welcome cocktail will be served. Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel temples (non-compulsory, ticket not included). Candlelight dinner on board.

Day 2:
Those who would like to watch the spectacular sunrise at Abu Simbel, may enjoy an early morning visit to the temples (entrance ticket is not included). Morning at leisure.
Lunch will be served while sailing to Kasr Ibrim - Arrival at Kasr Ibrim. Tour conducted from the ship's sundeck as entrance to the site is not permitted. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3:
Sailing to Amada - Morning visit to the temple of Amada and Derr as well as the tomb of Penout, viceroy of Nubia. Lunch will be served while sailing to Wadi El Seboua.
Afternoon visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temple of Dakka and temple of Meharakka.
Dinner and overnight aboard at Wadi El Seboua.

Day 4:
Sail to Aswan and cocktail while crossing of the Tropic of Cancer - Lunch served on board. Visit the Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the Kiosk of Kertassi.
Dinner and overnight aboard in Aswan.

Day 5:
After breakfast, disembarkation.


Kalabsha Temple was built by the Roman emperor Augustus and dedicated to the Nubian version of the god Horus (protector and guider of souls through the underworld) known as Mandoulis.

Beit El Wali is a rock-cut temple dedicated to the God Amun-Re (known as 'the pilot who knows the water'), smallest of its type, built by Ramses II (19th dynasty).

Kiosk of Kertassi erected in honor of Isis (goddess of motherhood, magic and healing) with two splendid Hathoric columns.

Wadi el Seboua (Valley of the Lionesses) is named so for the avenue of sphinxes which led to the rock temple built by Ramses II and dedicated to the god Amun. Was, later used as a church.

Temple of Dakka: Meriotic and Ptolemaic temple reconstructed on the site of an earlier temple dedicated to Thoth (god of wisdom and science) built by Amenophis II.

Temple of Meharakka is a late Ptolemaic period temple to Serapis (a composite of Osiris, the Apis bull and various Greek deities).

Amada a sandstone temple of Amun-Re and Re-Harakhte (god of the morning sun, a combination of Ra and Horus) built by Thutmose III and Amenhotep II, with a pillared court added by Thutmose IV.

Derr is a rock cut temple dedicated to Re-Harakhte, Ramses II, Amun-Re and Ptah (god of creation and patron of artists and artisans).

Tomb of Penout is a rock-cut tomb of the viceroy of Nubia under Ramses VI, the only existent one of its kind.

Kasr Ibrim is the only monument on Lake Nasser that still exists in its original location. Before the creation of the lake this fort stood atop a high bluff overlooking the valley, a strategic site since ancient times. The fort may date to the Middle Kingdom and it has been rebuilt and used in a variety of ways over time, including as a church and mosque.

Abu Simbel: The temple of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, Abu Simbel also represents the triumph of UNESCO's Campaign to salvage the temples, without which these monuments would have been forever lost beneath the Nile waters.


Egypt's climate is characterized by hot and dry summers, which last from the end of April until the beginning of October. Spring is very short, if not nonexistent. Winter is mild, but nights do get cool. Generally speaking, it doesn't rain in Egypt.

The most important time of year to keep in mind is the 50 days of the khamseen, between the end of March and mid-May, when dust storms whip up occasionally and blot out the sky.


Egypt's official language is Arabic, which is Semitic in origin and, in its classical form, is known as the language of Islam.


The Egyptian pound (£e) is divided into 100 piasters (pt).


Egypt requires that all visitors have a valid passport and a visa.


Your first concern in Egypt should be the sun. In this latitude sunburn happens quickly, and the heat itself -- shade temperatures are very often in the upper 90s (Fahrenheit) -- is intense. In the dry desert areas, you might not feel that you're sweating, when in fact your body is losing considerable amounts of water. Take extreme care to protect yourself from the sun by covering your skin and using high-level sun blocks. Always carry bottled water and keep up your water intake. Dehydration can be a serious problem, so replenish your fluid levels regularly.


Time Zone is plus 2 hours GMT/UTC. The electrical current in Egypt is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC).


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