Sonesta Star Goddess
based on 7 nights
per person for 4 nights on the sonesta star goddess in a Mozart suite on a full board basis, including private transfers, sightseeing and entrances.
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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
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Sonesta Star Goddess
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.
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.
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.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
A fantastic option if you want a three or four night cruise, rather than a full week.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Sonesta Star Goddess is a really lovely ship, more of the 'Old-School' feel than those such as the Zahra or Nile Adventurer - lots of dark woods. We always request cabins towards the front of the boat as the engines are at the back and it is nicer when sitting on your terrace. The food is great, but in all truth wasn't a fan of the wine selection. All in all, it works really well as a 3 or 4 night cruise and the big plus is that it has bathtubs (think how much you crave it after walking around dusty sights all day) and private balconies (although you can't really use them when docked).
Location & directions
Aswan and Luxor are both located the north of the Aswan High Dam towards the center of Egypt.
How to get there
You can either fly to Cairo (5 hours) with British Airways and spend a few nights there before flying to either Aswan or Cairo. The flying time from Cairo to Luxor is 1-hour, and from Cairo to Aswan it is 1-hour 30-minutes. Egypt Air have connections through Cairo which you can do in one day. Easyjet also fly to Luxor.