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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This is the most luxurious boat that we visited on the Nile. The Moon Dance is simply incomparable. It is the absolute temple of modernism, fashion, and design. We fell in love instantly. It is the perfect luxury cruise ship for a couple or a family holiday.

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    Location 10.0 /10

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    During our stay there weren't any available standard cabins and so we had to stay in a suite. The standard cabins (x58) are more or less identical to the suites (x8), but the latter are more spacious with an extra lounge area and have one advantage over the standard cabins, which is they boast a shower and a sauna instead of a bathtub. The choice is yours. However, if you can afford the suite, you needn't rack your brains for too long... Two of the suites offer a panoramic view of the Nile due to their location on the boat. Furthermore, the beautiful interior and high-tech equipment (plasma screen, satellite channels, DVD player in every cabin) are enjoyable features, as are the adjustable air-conditioning, the mini-bar, and the safe (for no extra charge). The cabins have twin or double beds. The bathroom is gleaming clean and offers "L'Occitane" welcome toiletries and a high pressure shower. The cabins are comfortable and nice.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    The Moon Dance's maiden voyage wasn't that long ago. It set off on the 22nd of September, 2008. The ship is very well kept and looks brand new. The lobby area is astounding: It is decorated in a modern fashion but manages to remain classy. Leather seats, black glossy walls, the large glass stairway highlighted by artificial lighting; everything has been cleverly thought out, down to the very last detail. Every item is important and nothing has been left to chance. The Moon Dance boasts an extravagant style. Excess is probably the best word to describe this boat, which is the remarkable design of a French architect. The boat is very chic, but lacks a bit of light in some areas, which is largely due to the choice of colours that contribute to darken the setting. Despite this, you'll feel very comfortable here. You'll appreciate the comfort luxury services. The restaurant also boasts a fashionable interior and provides a very pleasant setting. Plus the tables are nicely spaced out so you won't be "disturbed" by your fellow diners. Black and white are the colours of choice here: white for the parquet and tables, which are perfectly set, and black for the leather seats and contemporary style wall lights. Lighting fixtures have also been installed on the four main columns, providing the place with some degree of intimacy. On the upper decks, there is a "Spa" where you'll be welcomed by Cathy, from France, who uses her twenty years of experience to provide a first class treatment. She is dedicated and makes every effort to cater to the needs of passengers who are looking for some well-being. You can clearly see that she loves her job. Various types of massages and a menu of treatments (hydrating, anti-ageing, rejuvenating...) catering to every need are available to both men and women. The booths are pleasant, well-furnished and equipped with top-notch devices that may be used to eliminate tenacious cellulite and to "regenerate" the face, if the anti-ageing treatment is what you are after, for example. Also for the well-being of passengers, there is a fitness centre on the other side of the stairway leading out of the massage parlour. Its walls are adorned with plasma-screen TVs, there are fitness machines in good condition and the room is enjoyable, despite the rather limited number of machines, for lack of available space... Finally, when compared with the rest of the ship, the top deck is slightly disappointing. Some of the equipment could be changed (floorboards, deck-chairs, mattresses). However, the deck is very enjoyable, especially in the evenings. The bar is all lit-up and you'll have a hard time drawing yourself away from the spectacular view of the Nile.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    Full-board on the boat, but drinks are an extra charge. The room features an elegant atmosphere. It is spacious and nicely decorated in black and white and, as in the rest of the ship, boasts modern furniture and provides a highly enjoyable setting. There are tables for 2, 4, 6 or 8 guests. All meals are served in the form of a buffet offering international specialties, except for two evenings per week, when an oriental dinner is served (generally on the departure and arrival days). The bar is open from 7:00am to midnight.
    Tea is served every sailing day on the solarium deck (or at the bar), along with a selection of cakes and pastries. Another feature of the Moon Dance is the French chef and his team.

    Beach

    The swimming pool in the middle of the deck was our least favourite spot. The facilities are not well-kept, especially the cushions on the deck chairs, of which there seem to be an insufficient amount compared to the number of passengers. However the setting is decent and the bar area is quite pleasant, with a hardwood floor and teak wooden furniture (tables, chairs, and armchairs). The bar lights up in the evenings, creating a pleasant atmosphere.

    To know

    The passengers are mainly Spanish.
    There is a plasma-screen TV and a DVD player in every cabin.
    There is also a hairdresser, a fitness centre and a "spa" on board.
    There a five entertainment evenings put on every week and a "nightclub" every night.

    Equipment

    • Spa

      massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The fashionable interior
    • The massage parlours
    • The quality of the cuisine

    disadvantages

    • The upper deck
    • The lack of light

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