Setting sail since 2006, the Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise is one of the most prestigious cruise ships navigating the Nile today. This five-deck, all-suite floating hotel combines glamorous hospitality and modern luxury on three-, four-, and seven-night itineraries, each revealing 5,000 years of Egypt’s ancient history between Luxor and Aswan.
An all-suite Nile cruise ship, the Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise features 33 suites named after famous composers, giving it a touch of elegance and sophistication.
Taking a Nile cruise is a perfect way to explore all the fascinating archaeological sites all through the Nile in between Luxor and Aswan.
About the Sonesta Star Goddess Nile Cruise
The ship comprises 27 Beethoven Suites (each 40m), 4 Mozart Suites (each 35m), and 2 superior Chopin Suites (each 52m). Each of the 33 suites has a private balcony and is designed to offer maximum comfort and space. The vessel also has a spa & fitness centre, with gym, sauna and steam bath.
The Cruise departs every Monday from Luxor for a 4 nights cruise to Aswan. And every Friday for a 3 nights cruise in between Aswan and Luxor.
On the first floor at water level is the main dining room, the culinary hub of the ship. Upstairs on the top deck, the open-air sun deck boasts plenteous sun loungers, an infinity swimming pool, and adjacent pool bar and service at the Sun Deck Bar & Barbecue. The perfect spot to soak in the sun and views of the Nile.
The ship offers afternoon tea, galabeya parties, belly dancing demonstration and a discotheque to enjoy after your day amongst the ancient sites. Don’t forget to enjoy and in relax the jacuzzi with a nile view window while cruising down the Nile.
The Rooms on the Sonesta Star Goddess
We spent 4 nights in a Mozart Suite, it’s ample in size with a balcony, a living area and of course a sleeping area. And a bathroom filled with amenities.
The biggest plus is having a balcony. All the rooms on this cruise have one for you to sit and relax while cruising the Nile, this is what I call luxury.
All of the rooms feature plasma TV, satellite channels and in-house movies, wireless Internet connection(fee payable), panoramic windows , private balcony, individual climate control, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and bathrooms equipped with full-size bathtub.
Only problem with a balcony is where the boat will dock. Ok so the thing is all boats dock one after the one. We were lucky ours was the last one; so you’d have to pass inside 4 other boats to get to ours but we had our Nile View and not a boat view.
The food on the Sonesta Star Goddess
The food on the ship was surprisingly very good. (We had a Japanese group with us on board and they would create a special menu specially for them; hence they are very attentive to details.) Breakfast was usually the same everyday. But for lunch and dinner every day was different and the food was good. I would recommend this ship for the food.
Itinerary from Luxor to Aswan on the Sonesta Star Goddess Nile Cruise
For more on the 4 nights Nile Cruise Itinerary and everything else click here.
Day 1 Luxor:
Arrive in Luxor. Check in on the boat. Visit Karnak and Luxor Temple. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 2 West Bank of Luxor:
Today cross over to the West Bank of the Nile for the first excursion, the Valley of the Kings. From here you will visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut. Afterwards there is a visit to the enormous statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch is served back on board the boat. Set sail upstream to Esna and pass through the Lock. Overnight in Esna.
Day 3 Edfu and Kom Ombo:
Early morning visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Then sail to Kom Ombo where there is a late afternoon visit to the Ptolemic Temple dedicated to the gods Haroeris and Sobek. Afterwards still sailing upstream the boat will arrive in Aswan where you will remain for two nights.
Day 4 Aswan:
Today is spent exploring the delights of Aswan. Sightseeing includes a visit to the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and then by boat to the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island. After lunch board a Felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat for your included cruise down the Nile and around the picturesque Kitchener Island before returning for dinner. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 5: Wake up and check out. If you want to know what to do in Aswan check out this guide to Aswan.
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Thank you to the manager, the staff, and everyone for the fantastic experience! We will be back for sure!