Steam Ship Karim

A Piece of Egyptian History


Built in 1917, this historic vessel was originally used by King Fuad I of Egypt and then by his son King Farouk. After the Egyptian revolution, the S/S Karim was used by the state and hosted President Gamal Abd El Nasser and later on President Anwar Al Sadat and his wife Gihan. Still powered by its original 1917 steam engine and stern quarter wheel paddles, the S/S Karim today combines the comfort of the modern era with the grandeur of the bygone past.

The boat is decorated in a period style with many subtle reminders of her distinguished past. The restaurant serves a splendid selection of both – international and Egyptian cuisine with buffet and waiter service. With 32 covers, this elegant room allows for dining in one sitting and provides an intimate setting for dinner parties on board. The lounge bar offers a full international bar service, a library with a collection of books dating back to 1849, as well as a dance floor and music system.

Outside, the lower sun terrace provides a shaded area with elegant tables and chairs as well as deck bar service. The upper deck has sun loungers, a Jacuzzi pool and is home for the ship’s steam funnel with original ship’s steam whistle. The reception area has colorful stained glass windows through to the restaurant and the reception provides full services including an international telephone.

Technical Information

      • Stern wheel paddle steamer 1917
      • Length 47.4 m
      • Width 10.80 m
      • Height 11.15 m
      • Draft 1.21 m
      • 3 decks + 2 sun decks
      • Water purification system
      • Fire and sound proof walls and ceilings
      • Smoking is allowed on the sundeck only


Boat’s Amenities & Public Areas

      • Period lounge bar
      • Elegant restaurant with 32 covers
      • Sun terrace with bar
      • Sun deck with Jacuzzi pool

Guests Cabins


The S/S Karim has a total of 14 cabins: 

      • 6 Twin cabins between ca. 14 and ca. 19 sqm
      • 5 Double cabins between ca. 12 and ca. 14 sqm
      • 3 Royal cabins between ca. 20 & ca. 22 sqm featuring private balconies


All cabins overview the Nile and they feature:

      • En suite bathroom with W. C. / shower
      • Hair dryer
      • Individually controllable air conditioning
      • Satellite-TV (when boat is docked)
      • Mini bar
      • Internal phone
      • Safe deposit box

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