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Blending luxury and comfort, the Sonesta Star Goddess is one of the best boats on the Nile. It has 33 suites with a simple and refined interior, and provides a perfect holiday for those who want a luxury river cruise that will take them on a discovery journey into Egypt's Nile valley.

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      Bateau Sonesta Star Goddess   -   © Pascal Antoine / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Ship Sonesta Star Goddess

      Bateau Sonesta Star Goddess   -   © Pascal Antoine / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 10.0 /10

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    The cabins of the Sonesta Star Goddess are incredible and refined. The proof lies in the names they were given: Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin... All of the cabins are in the superior category, so don't expect to find a "standard" unit. Everything has been designed for optimum comfort. The style is refined, and the setting meets with the standards one would expect from this type of ship. The cabins are so comfortable that one is hard-pushed to find cause for complaint. There is an alternating hardwood floor and wall-to-wall carpet (which is in a surprisingly good state considering). There is a sitting area to the left and a bedroom to the right. You'll see that in your cabin or the boat as a whole, you will not be lacking for space. The cabins are fully equipped and conveniently laid out, as seen in the plasma screen television that is placed on a revolving chest which enables it to be viewed from the sitting-room or from the bedroom... It's up to you. The main asset is the balcony, which is a feature rarely seen on Nile cruise ships. So don't hesitate to leave the bay windows wide open and enjoy the exceptional view of the Nile. As for the bathroom, it is also completely up to par: it includes a large bathtub, wall tiling, marble clad floor and classical music to accompany your bath. What more could you ask for? You do have to pay for your Internet connection however (upon request at the reception desk).

    Overview 8.95 /10

    The Sonesta Star Goddess was designed by an Egyptian architect and commissioned in April 2006. A very friendly and enjoyable setting. As you board, you step into a beautiful lobby, which opens onto the upper decks and boasts massive wall frescoes. The lobby has a marble-clad floor, is well-lit and refined, and is decorated in a pleasant and modern fashion. There is an impressive amount of space. Unlike other Nile boats, the Sonesta Star Goddess only has 33 suites, which are spacious and comfortable, for a maximum capacity of 66 passengers. Also much appreciated were the numerous amenities offered on board: the massage parlour (extra charge), a small fitness room (a rowing machine and a treadmill), a sauna (free access) and a jacuzzi with an unexpected Nile view. The upper deck is also one of the main assets. Several theme-nights are put on during the cruise.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    You'll have to take the stairway from the lobby to get to the restaurant. Once inside a surprise awaits you: light musical entertainment and large bay windows that look out onto the Nile; absolutely magnificent. The dim lighting and the interior are highly enjoyable, but there are some points that merit improvement. The atmosphere is cosy and the layout of the tables provides some degree of intimacy. As for meals, the buffet offers refrigeration units that keep the dishes nice and fresh (which is rather reassuring in view of the outside temperature). The half-pension board is the most popular formula. Breakfast and lunch are served in the form of a buffet. For dinner, a different à la carte menu is offered every evening. International cuisine.

    Beach 9.20 /10

    The upper deck is spacious and pleasant. It includes a relatively large overflow swimming pool with integrated massaging jets. It also boasts one huge asset: a direct view over the Nile, which is particularly enjoyable. The artificial lawn is past its best but still quite decent, as are the plastic cushioned deck-chairs that surround the swimming pool. There is a bar next to it with a shaded area, hardwood floor and wicker furniture. It is an enjoyable area. At the far end of the deck there is the barbecue area.

    To know

    All the cabins have a balcony that is spacious enough to sit down and enjoy the view of the Nile.
    There is Wi-Fi in the lobby area, in the bar and on the 2nd deck.
    During the week, there are four entertainment evenings on board (the "ballet dancer" and the "Nubian show"). There is also a fancy-dress party where passengers can show-off their finest djellaba. Not forgetting the Captain's "Cocktail party".
    The clientele is international.
    The restaurant is non-smoking.

    Equipment

    • Spa

      sauna, wellness, massage

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • All the cabins have a balcony
    • The standard of the rooms
    • The space on board
    • The peace and quiet

    disadvantages

    • The restaurant
    • The furniture could be changed
    • Only superior rooms are on offer

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