Nile cruise flagship gets facelift

The Sun Boat IV ... renovated.

Tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has renovated the flagship in its Nile cruise fleet as part of its efforts to improve its services in Egypt.

The renovated Sun Boat IV will start cruising the Nile again on September 14, the company said.

"The renovation of Sun Boat IV is simply a continuation to the string of upgrades that were continually taking place on all our four cruise boats," said an A&K spokesperson.

"Stunning new concepts have been implemented to maintain the standards that have been set by A&K Egypt through it's 'Unique On the Nile' program that was established two years ago.

"This distinctive program has sustained the position of our Nile cruise fleet, as premium and exclusive boats with exceptional service."

The spokesperson said the latest upgrade is in line with other new services that A&K has introduced, adding to the "exclusivity of its Nile cruise fleet".

These include private docks in Luxor, Aswan and Komombo and "Royal Feluccas" in Aswan for a private and comfortable sailing.

"Securing our own private docks allows our guests a safer environment and it ensures that they always have a perfect view of the Nile rather than overlooking another cruise boat," said the spokesperson.

"This was a recurring problem since there are currently more than 300 boats on the Nile. Another recent development was enabling Internet connections on A&K's Sun Boat IV, which proved to be very convenient for our guests."

The cruise boats offer guests an a-la-carte meal each day, with an Egyptian dish option at every meal for those who want to taste more of the local culture. There is also a room service menu for those who prefer not to be constrained by fixed meal times, said the spokesperson.

Besides its cruise fleet, A&K also provides services on the ground.

"Dealing with the best Egyptologists in Egypt, we ensure that our guests see not only the un-missable highlights, but also some of the more unusual, yet equally spectacular sights - away from the crowds," said the spokesperson.