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Mövenpick Royal Lotus named best Nile cruise ship

The new Mövenpick M/S Royal Lotus has been setting new standards since it began operations between Aswan and Luxor in November 2005

The new Mövenpick M/S Royal Lotus has been setting new standards since it began operations between Aswan and Luxor in November 2005.

The luxury Nile cruiser has just been awarded the accolade of 'The Best Nile Cruise Ship' by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. The award was presented in Cairo on September 27. The award was based on a number of key criteria such as the safety and comfort on board, modern design, outstanding gastronomy, and first-class service.

"We're very proud to have been honoured by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism with this prestigious award," said Hubert Klemenz, vice president operations Egypt, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

"Our flagship has been widely praised for its comfort and the spacious layout of both the passenger cabins and the public areas."

Nagui Erian, chairman of the owning company Nile Exploration Corporation, claims that the Mövenpick M/S Royal Lotus has been "exceptionally well received by its guests," since its launch last year.

"On the strength of this resounding success we are planning to commission another Nile cruiser in 2007, the M/S Royal Lily. We are currently negotiating with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and hope that the international hotel chain will agree to take over the management of this vessel as well," Erian revealed.

The Mövenpick M/S Royal Lotus is a floating luxury hotel with four decks. The 62 cabins, each 22m², are located on the upper decks so guests on board are always guaranteed perfect views of the landscape surrounding the Nile. For those in search of even more luxury, there are two Royal Suites at 45m² each.

The main restaurant serves a variety of trademark Mövenpick buffets and menus with Egyptian and international specialities. The Salon Deck offers panoramic windows and comprises a lounge, bar and dance floor. The Sun Deck includes a swimming pool, whirlpool, pool bar and a canopied area. An internet corner and a fitness centre complement the on-board facilities.

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