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Sonesta St. George I Review

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Sonesta's St. George I Nile River cruise ship (Photo/Sonesta)
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Jeannine Williamson

The elegant Sonesta St. George I was launched in 2006 and is one of the six ships in Sonesta Cruise Collection' Nile fleet. The ship, which has a French-style decor, sails between Luxor and Aswan with the line's four Goddess category vessels and the small 14-passenger Sonesta Dahabeya Amirat, which is a replica of a traditional Egyptian sailboat. The river line is a subsidiary of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation.

Sonesta St. George I Deck Plans Feature Large All-balcony Suites

Recreating sophisticated bygone days, Sonesta St. George I combines turn-of-the-century French style with modern day amenities. The 57 cabins all have large sliding windows that lead to balconies and luxurious furnishings.

There are 47 Deluxe cabins which measure 236 square feet. These cabins have a king-size bed and can accommodate a third passenger on a sofa bed. The upscale bathrooms all have bathtubs and all cabins have a TV with international channels and movies, hair dryer, individual climate control. There are nine 473 square-feet Presidential Suites which also sleep three and have a king-size bed along with a mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. These suites have a large seating area with armchairs and a sofa and two French windows leading to the veranda.

The largest stateroom on Sonesta St. George I is the one extra-large Royal Suite which measures 490 square feet and is in a prime position situated forward on the vessel. This suite sleeps two people in a king-size bed and additional amenities include a marble bathroom.

Located on the lower deck, the main dining room serves breakfast and lunch buffets as well and a la carte dinner and the suggested dress code for the evening meal is smart casual. In addition to the main lounge, which has a dance floor and nightly entertainment, Sonesta St. George I also has a stylish and intimate piano bar with a statement hand-made chandelier.

The pool deck has a bar, barbecue area and a pool with a shallow water area and a whirlpool. Other facilities include a spa and fitness room. The ship offers Wi-Fi, for a charge, and there is an elevator.

Sonesta St. George I Sails a Variety of Nile Itineraries

Sonesta St. George I sails on four itineraries of different lengths between Luxor and Aswan. The shortest three-night sailing is from Awan to Luxor, with an extra night on the reverse cruise from Luxor to Aswan. There are also seven-night round-trip sailings departing from either Luxor or Aswan.

Sonesta St. George I Stats

The ship measures 245 feet and carries 114 passengers at full occupancy with 70 crew.


Passengers: 114
Crew: 70
Passenger to Crew: 1.63:1
Launched: 2006

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