At a Glance
Historia is the new, sleek boat on the Nile that has made a splash on the river cruise scene.
Historia (Named for Egypt’s history, of course, but also a play on “oria,” Latin for an expression of love) first sailed in December 2021 and quickly built an impressive reputation on the Nile. The owner spared no expense with the build and, when compared to other cruise boats, Historia—with its gray facade—is by far the most striking on the water. Historia offers four-night cruises from Luxor to Aswan or three-night cruises from Aswan to Luxor.
With 48 rooms in total and three different suite categories (Historia, Presidential and Royal), Historia sets itself apart with its diversity of room product. There are 36 Luxury Rooms, which are the typical Nile cabin size of 236 square-feet, with connecting options available (these rooms do feel small, particularly in the bathroom, so it is best to opt for a suite). There are eight entry-level Historia Suites, which are 335 square-feet, each with a small sitting area. The two Presidential Suites are 430 square-feet with available connection options, and the two Royal Suites are just shy of 500 square-feet, with corner views offering ample natural light. Each luxurious cabin has floor-to-ceiling windows, and is contemporary in design, with an earthy color palette focusing on creams and grays. You will have no issue finding plugs aboard Historia—the design team really considered every detail to make your stay as comfortable and effortless as possible.
The boat has an elevator, small gift shop and gold bazaar, spa, indoor gym (plus a treadmill on the sundeck!), library, restaurant and lounge bar. The sundeck—the Solaria Deck—has a lovely pool and bar and multiple lounge options. Throughout your itinerary, you will never eat the same meal twice at Noria Restaurant, located on the bottom level of the boat, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served each day. Breakfast is buffet style, and lunch and dinner rotate between buffet and a la carte. Guests can choose to dine on the sundeck rather than in the restaurant for a change of scenery. Historia crew brings entertainment aboard the ship at certain points on the itinerary as well. For instance, in Aswan, pre-dinner, guests enjoy Nubian music and dancing. While Historia is a lively boat with communal lounges and dining rooms that allow for socializing, it is large enough that guests can still enjoy a more private experience.
Who Should Stay
Families with young children, groups of friends, multi-generational groups and couples would be happy on Historia. It is best for those who want a fresh, contemporary boat, modern room product and who prefer a more lively scene, which includes entertainment on some nights aboard the cruise. Those who prefer quiet, traditional luxury would be happier on the Oberoi’s boats.
Written by Kathryn Nathanson