With the profile of an early steamer – complete with ornate paddle wheel housings, wheelhouse and large open viewing decks – the MS Eugenie is named to commemorate a pivotal moment in Egyptian history. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.
Despite appearances, the Eugenie was actually built in 1993 and comprises the latest amenities. Which means you will be transported in comfort as well as style, to Egypt’s far distant past. The Nubian region and Lake Nasser present you with some awesome temples and time-touching monuments. The great carved columns of Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi. The Citadel of Amada and the Tomb of Penout. The temples of Meharakka, Dakka and Kalabsha. And the mighty, enigmatic statues at Abu Simbel. They are all astonishing testaments to an ancient civilisation. They will all, despite being much-visited, give you a sense of their time and your own insignificance in the passing of the eons. But pause for thought. Accomplished as the old builders were, it’s worth remembering that Lake Nassau itself is man-made, and that the High Dam at Aswan – started in 1954 – is actually 17 times larger than the Great Pyramid at Gisa and took over 30,000 men a total of 10 years to build.
MS Eugenie, at a glace
Modern interpretation of an old-time steamer
Choice of 52 cabins and two ultimately luxurious suites
All have en suite bathrooms and views out over the water
Swimming pool and extensive sun decks
Exercise centre, sauna and steam bath
Edwardian-style covered top deck
Period main lounge and restaurant serving world class food