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M.S. Kasr Ibrim Cruise
Playing on nostalgia for a by-gone age.

Best season:   November through March
City:   Lake Nasser
Country / Region:   Egypt
Rooms:   55 cabins and 10 luxurious suites
Price Level:   Luxury

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The M.S. Kasr Ibrim was named after the ancient citadel on Lake Nasser, the only Nubian monument that still exists in its original location. The Kasr Ibrim citadel, standing on a high bluff overlooking the river valley, was adapted to suit the needs of its diverse occupants throughout the ages. Likewise, the M.S. Kasr Ibrim provides an epic setting for international travelers, while commemorating the citadel as an enduring link with Egypt's distant past.


M.S. Kasr Ibrim was launched in September 1997. Relax in the ship's spacious lounge areas, its restaurant or bars. On deck you will find a shaded area, a mosaic-lined swimming pool and deckchairs to make the most of idle luxury. Kasr Ibrim's facilities also include a sauna, steam bath, exercise equipment, state-of-the-art water filtration systems, and is fully air-conditioned.

Service is thoughtful and friendly; and the cuisine superb.


The ship is 79 meters long, with just 55 cabins for maximal comfort, and 10 luxurious suites. The interior dťcor reflects the Art Deco style of the 1920's. All the fifty-five spacious cabins are with an ensuite bathroom (bath, shower, washbasin, w.c. and hairdryer). There are seven junior suites; two Royal suites and one Imperial suite (all ten suites have bathrooms with Jacuzzi, shower, washbasin, w.c. and hairdryer).

The Executive Deck has 12 twin-bedded cabins, each with a private balcony while the Upper Deck has 18 twin-bedded cabins each with a private balcony (
The Main Deck has 18 twin-bedded cabins each with a private balcony. The Lower Deck has 7 twin bedded cabins without balconies and these can also be used for triple occupancy.

The suites aboard the M.S. Kasr Ibrim include the sumptuous Imperial Suite Kasr Ibrim which has a large terrace, a large bed an ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi, shower, w.c., bidet, two washbasins and a hairdryer. The suite contains large dining and sitting areas, and is located at the very front of the Executive Deck; the Royal Suites - Abou Simbel and Wadi el Seboua located at the front of the Upper Deck includes a large terrace, a large bed (1.60 m), a comfortable sitting area and ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi, shower, w.c., washbasin and a hairdryer.

The Junior Suites - Ramses and NefertariAmada and Dakka are twin bedded and include a balcony. The suites have ensuite facilities (jacuzzi, shower, washbasin, w.c., hairdryer) and are located at the Executive Deck - Suite Amada on the port side and Suite Dakka on the starboard side. The junior suites Derr and Kalabsha include a large bed and a balcony. The suites have ensuite facilities (jacuzzi, shower, washbasin, w.c., haidryer), and are located at the Executive Deck: Suite Derr on the port side and Suite Kalabsha on the starboard side. Junior Suite Penout is located on the Main Deck, starboard side, is twin bedded and has a private balcony. This suite contains a sitting area and ensuite facilities (jacuzzi, shower, washbasin, w.c., hairdryer).


The Kasr Ibrimís interiors blend whimsical art deco motifs with modern elegance and comfort. Relax in the shipís spacious and beautifully appointed lounge areas, its restaurant or bars. On deck you will find a shaded area, a mosaic-lined swimming pool and deckchairs to make the most of Lake Nasserís glorious scenery. Kasr Ibrimís facilities also include a sauna, a steam bath dressed in old marble, exercise equipment, and a state-of-the-art water filtration system. The ship is fully air-conditioned.


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 Saturday: 4 nights - 5 days: Aswan to Abu Simbel

Day 1:
Arrival in Aswan to board the Kasr Ibrim.
Lunch 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 Aswan Harbour.

Day 2:
Sailing to Wadi El Seboua, breakfast and cocktail when passing the Tropic of Cancer.
Lunch, Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3:
Breakfast on board followed by a morning visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temple of Dakka, and temple of Meharakka.
Lunch on board while sailing to Amada.
Visit the temples of Amada and of Derr, as well as the tomb of Penout.
Dinner and overnight on board at Amada.

Day 4:
Sailing to Kasr Ibrim.
Breakfast and morning visit to the citadel of Kasr Ibrim. Tour conducted from the ship's sun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted.
Sailing to Abu Simbel.
After-lunch visit of the Temples of Abu Simbel.
Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel temples (non-compulsory, ticket not included).
Candlelight dinner on board and overnight at Abu Simbel.

Day 5:
Breakfast on board.
Those who wish may enjoy a second visit to the Abu Simbel temples to watch the sunrise (entrance ticket is not included).

Beginning every Wednesday: 3 nights - 4 days: Abu Simbel to Aswan.

Day 1:
Arrival in Abu Simbel to board the Kasr Ibrim.
Lunch on board.
Visit the Abu Simbel temples
A welcome cocktail will be served.
Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel temples (non-compulsory, ticket not included) followed by a 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).
Breakfast is served while sailing to Kasr Ibrim.
Arrival at Kasr Ibrim. Tour conducted from the ship'ssun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted.
Lunch served while sailing to Amada.
Visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the tomb of Penout,
A relaxing afternoon sail to Wadi El Seboua.
Dinner on board

Day 3:
Morning visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temples of Dakka, and Meharakka.
Lunch on board.
Sail to Aswan while dining and overnight on board.

Day 4:
Visit the Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi.
Disembarkation after breakfast.


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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