The Steam Ship Sudan, an authentic steamship built at the dawn of the 20th century, brings turn-of-the-century travel to life again.
Almost one hundred years old, the Steam Ship Sudan is the last witness to the Belle Epoque days of Nile cruising. In its wake floats the visionary spirit of Sir Thomas Cook and the history of cruises on the legendary river.
In June, as every four years, the ship is put in dry dock for a complete overhaul. This year, the motors have been entirely renovated, bringing significant improvements in energy consumption and soundproofing. The kitchens have also been refurbished, and a vast organic vegetable garden is being laid out along the Nile banks to supply the restaurant.
Life on board takes one gently back in time, stopping off in the early days of the last century. At the bar in the lounge, the woodwork, copper and furniture are genuine period craftworks. The walls display old photographs of visitors who made their mark in Egyptian history, such as the legendary King Farouk. The restaurant has lost nothing of its period charm, and as the velvet strains of Oum Kalsoum’s golden voice enchant, guests can settle down in comfort to enjoy the finest Egyptian cuisine.
In 1933, Agatha Christie embarked the Sudan on an archaeological mission. During the cruise, the grand dame of mystery was inspired to write her novel 'Death on the Nile'.