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Sonesta Star Goddess

Nile, Egypt

The all-suite Sonesta Star Goddess is Sonesta's flagship Nile cruiser and boasts 33 suites, all with private balconies. With three, four and seven night options, the Sonesta Star Goddess offers a refined and sophisticated Nile experience.

At a Glance

  • The flagship of the Sonesta ships cruising the Nile

  • Small all-suite ship, with only 33 cabins in total

  • Possibly the most sophisticated of all ships on the Nile

  • Excellent Egyptologists offering 3, 4 and 7 night cruises departing on Fridays from Aswan and Mondays from Luxor

  • A big plus point is that there are private balconies and proper bathtubs

Cruise, Culture, Adventure, Couples

Insider's View

It is always worth adding a few days before or after in Aswan to ensure you can see the superb temples at Abu Simbal and the souks of Aswan themselves. Do think about staying in the amazing Old Cataract Hotel.

Daniel Smith

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Sonesta Star Goddess or take a look at our itineraries to Nile


Launched in 2006, the Sonesta Star Goddess is possibly the most refined of all the ships cruising the Nile. Using a lot of dark-stained wood, the ship has a deeply charming, yet with an elegant feel. Each suite is named after a composer, from the Beethoven Suites which at 40sqm offer some of the largest rooms on any ship on the Nile, to the Mozart Suites (35sqm) and Chopin Suites (52sqm). All come with plasma TVs, private terraces and large en-suite bathrooms. Interestingly enough, each bathroom has a proper bathtub to enjoy after coming back from a long day scrambling around temples and tombs. The ship has a spa and fitness center, with gym, massage services, sauna and steam bath.

The main dining room is on the lower deck and is where you will enjoy a wide-ranging buffet breakfast and lunch before having an a la carte dinner in the evening. The Sun Deck Bar and BBQ is where you can enjoy a sundowner as the sun sets over the Nile. Downstairs, you can continue later into the night in the Lounge which offers light meals, cocktails and a wide range of other drinks, to ensure you will never go thirsty cruising along the Nile.

It goes without saying that all meals and excursions are included. You can either go on a 7 night itinerary beginning in Aswan and departing on a Friday. 3 Night itineraries begin in Aswan and begin on a Friday and end in Luxor. If you want a 4 night cruise, you can begin in Luxor on a Monday and end in Aswan. Do ask us about specific sailing dates. Expert Egyptologists will take you to main sights, and all entrance fees are included.

We can of course add on nights in Cairo to begin, or fly you directly into Aswan or Luxor to begin your cruise. If you want to add on the temples at Abu Simbal, or extra nights in Luxor, Aswan or time on the beach in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, do contact us to put together a personalized itinerary.


27 deluxe Beethoven Suites (each 40 sq meters), four Mozart Suites (each 35 sq meters), and two superior Chopin Suites (each 52 sq meters). All of the 33 air-conditioned suites have private terraces and have been are extremely spacious. Cabin facilities include large windows with views of the Nile, plasma television with DVD players, wireless internet, direct dial telephone, a safe, mini-bar and bathrooms equipped with a full-size bathtub. In room dining is available until midnight. They also provide a bottle of local wine upon arrival.

Beethoven Suite
Mozart Suite
Chopin Suite


The Sonesta Star Goddess has a spa and fitness center on board. There is a gym, spa treatments on offer, sauna and steam bath; a main dining room, sun deck bar and lounge. Guests can also enjoy on board the swimming pool which is located on the top deck.


All activities to the sights along your cruise are conducted by professional Egyptologists in small groups. All entry fees are included. Sites include the Aswan High Dam and the Old Dam, and Philae Temple, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna, Luxor and Karnak Temples, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, and the Colossi of Memnon depending on whether it is a 3,4,7 night cruise.

Location & Directions

Nile, Egypt

Aswan and Luxor are both located the north of the Aswan High Dam towards the center of Egypt.

When to go

Egypt has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Sonesta Star Goddess or take a look at our itineraries to Nile

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