Sonesta Moon Goddess Review

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Cabin on Sonesta's Moon Goddess Nile River cruise ship (Photo/Sonesta)
Sonesta's Moon Goddess on the Nile River (Photo/Sonesta)
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Jeannine Williamson

The 106-passenger Sonesta Moon Goddess is one of six Nile ships owned and operated by Sonesta Cruise Collection, which is part of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Launched in 2000, the all-balcony ship offers high standards of amenities and service and is one of four Goddess vessels in the fleet which sails on classic Nile cruise itineraries between Luxor and Aswan.

Sonesta Moon Goddess Deck Plans Feature Cabins With Balconies and Bathtubs

Unlike the majority of riverboats, where showers are the norm, the Sonesta Moon Goddess has a bathtub in every cabin. All accommodations, located across three decks, also have private balconies with sliding glass doors.

The majority of rooms, 49 in total, are the standard cabins which measure 247 square feet. They have fixed queen or twin beds and can sleep up to three with a sofa bed. There are four 409-square-foot Presidential Suites, with a separate lounge and bedroom, which sleep two in a queen bed. All cabins have a mini-bar, television with movie programs, music system, telephone, hair dryer, safe and individual climate control. Wi-Fi is available for a charge.

The sun deck features a pool that is larger than most Nile riverboats and also has a shallow water extension suitable for children. There is also a top deck bar, barbecue area and walking/jogging track and the deck is equipped with comfortable loungers.

Other public areas include the main dining room, serving a buffet-style breakfast and lunch and a la carte dinner. Room service is available until midnight. The lounge has a dance floor which is used for disco evenings and entertainment such as belly dancing and folkloric shows. Other amenities include billiards, table tennis, gym, massage services, sauna and steam bath. The ship has an elevator.

Sonesta Moon Goddess Sails a Variety of Nile Itineraries

Providing choice for travelers short of time or on an extended vacation, the ship offers three- four- and seven-night sailings between Aswan and Luxor, which is the classic Nile route. The three-night itinerary is from Aswan to Luxor, with an additional night for sailing in reverse. The week-long sailings are round-trip from Aswan or Luxor.

Sonesta Moon Goddess Stats

The ship measures 236 feet and carries 106 passengers at full occupancy with 50 crew.


Passengers: 106
Crew: 50
Passenger to Crew: 2.12:1
Launched: 2000

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