This adults-only cruise teams stylish décor with big-league sightseeing. There’s an onboard pool and restaurant, too.
This luxury ship will take you to the Nile’s iconic sights in style. It’s made up of five decks, so it’s really spacious. Plus, it’s adults-only, so you can expect plenty of peace and quiet
There’s a pool on the sundeck, with a bar for drinks. Talking of bars, there’s another one below deck. Meals come courtesy of a restaurant serving international buffet spreads. From May 2016, this hotel will become part of the Thomson Platinum collection.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks until 24.00 and bottled water which can be taken on the excursions.
Snacks at set times.
You can enjoy those all-important panoramic views here, while relaxing on the sundeck or taking a dip in the pool.
They serve a variety of international dishes, along side some Egyptian classics here.
river cruise outside cabin with river view
With these classic-style cabins, you can lie back and take in views of the iconic River Nile. They have twin beds. Plus, you'll also find air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flatscreen TV included.
river cruise outside cabin with river view, sliding doors and balcony
With these classic-style cabins, you can lie back and take in views of the iconic River Nile. They come with a balcony for that bit of fresh air. And they have a king-size bed, and a lounge area. Plus, you'll also find air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flatscreen TV included.
Towering obelisks, walls etched with hieroglyphics, and statues of gods four times the size of a person – these are just some of the reasons thousands of people flock to the Temple of Luxor every year. Set on the east bank of the Nile, this ancient sanctuary was built in 1,400 BC to honour the gods Amun, Mut and Chons.
See the supersized Temple of Karnak
This place takes top honours as the world’s largest man-made temple complex. It took some 1,300 years to finish it – each pharaoh wanted to make his mark on the site the ancient Egyptians dubbed Ipet-Isut or ‘The Most Perfect of Places’. The end result? A mix of temples, sanctuaries and chapels. The absolute don’t-miss is the 13th-century BC Great Hypostyle Hall with its 140 pillars.
This temple is unique as it's dedicated to a pair of gods. Everything is duplicated, there are two entrances, two courts and two sanctuaries. The right side honours Sobek, the crocodile god, and the left is for Horus, the hawk-headed protector of Egypt.
Spend the whole day exploring Aswan, the High Dam is on the agenda along with the Nubian Museum, the waterside Temple of Philae, and a motor boat trip around the Cataract islands. There's an optional trip, the Philae Sound and Light Show, for an extra charge, too.
From the top of Aswan High Dam, you can see why it was hailed as an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. The 3-kilometre-long construction is pivotal in controlling floods and providing irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. It serves up great views, too. They stretch right across the giant reservoir of Lake Nasser to Kalabsha Temple in the south and a massive power station to the north.
The Temple of Philae is set on Egilica Island after being moved, stone by stone, from flooded Philae Island. It’s a huge construction, with undamaged pillars and towers. The reliefs and images chiselled in to the walls of the vast halls do a great job of telling the story of Egyptian civilisation. They depict kings overcoming their enemies, and the goddess Isis with her son. Symbols carved by the Roman emperor Trajan and Coptic Christians have also stood the test of time.
This museum houses a collection of treasures from Nubia, which translates as Land of Gold. Around 3,000 exhibits are arranged over 3 floors. Together, they tell the story of the development of this part of the Nile, from Pharaonic times to life under the rule of the Greeks and the Romans. There are large-scale models of temples and reconstructions of typical Nubian dwellings, plus rare statues and mummies.
Today, you’ll have the chance to cross the sights of the West Bank off your tick-list. Potter around the Valley of the Kings, explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and peer up at the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. You’ll stay overnight in Edfu.
This mortuary temple for the great Queen Hatshepsut is set at the bottom of a cliffside near the Valley of the Kings. It consists of 3 layered terraces accessorised with chapels, colonnades, and shrines. They’re covered in faded reliefs documenting the queen’s divine origins and details of her reign. Other scenes show trade expeditions and offerings to gods.
Shuffle through the Valley of the Kings
Tutankhamen is the name most associated with The Valley of the Kings. The boy king’s burial chamber was discovered here in 1922 by Howard Carter. He isn’t the only person who was laid to rest in this valley, though. There are more than 63 burial chambers here, marking the final resting places of five centuries’ worth of Egyptian blue blood.
Your cruise along the Nile comes to an end in Luxor where you'll be taken to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Unless of course you choose to extend your holiday in Egypt with a stay in one of our hotels.
ExcursionsThe excursions described in the itinerary are included in the price of your holiday, but visits to the sites can vary depending on water levels. Extra excursions are available to buy onboard.
Onboard Satellite TVJust so you're aware, marine satellite TV may go out of range from time to time, which can mean a loss of picture.
Children OnboardWe don’t allow under 16s on our Nile cruises, but you may find that other travel companies accept bookings from children under this age so there may still be young children on board.
We are just back from this holiday after booking for a weeks stay upon this ship. From start to finish this holiday was perfect. The staff were amazing and couldnt do enough for you, the food was brilliant with great variety and presented to the highest standard. The ship itself was beautiful and kept to a high standard of comfort and cleanliness, room were attended to twice a day with fancy towel art waiting on you at night. We booked through First Choice and found it excellent value for money as it was all inclusive as well as all your daily excursions to the temples included as well. These activities were well planned and organised and we were always accompanied by a tour guide who was brilliant!! (Achmed Fawzy) If you are lucky enough to get him he certainly enhances your experience. Its very early wake up calls for the excursions but this is to avoid the afternoon heat, and it lets you get back to the boat by lunch time to relax for the rest of the day. Your every need is catered for and the Egyptian people are lovely. It is very quiet just now and a lot of the other boats are sitting unused which is sad to see and its plain to see that the people are feeling the loss of the tourists. As well as it being a sight seeing holiday there is a lot of opportunity to relax and just watch the Nile go past which is heaven. We will definately be back and cant rate this boat highly enough.More
Karen H, East Wemyss, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nile Legacy cruise
What a great time was had on this cruise,never felt unsafe for 1 second, Boat was spotlessly clean,rooms are done Twice a day that means fresh towels bed turned down etc ,by the excellent staff.Food is to a high standard and caters for most people but if you have any special requirements they are only to helpful to cook what you need.I would say though the bar could have a bit more selection,there is local gin, vodka, whiskey red,white,rose ,bottled lager,they can get 3 drinks from 1 bottle,so a pint glasses would help as by the time youve had a drink its nearly empty so your heading for the bar again.All trips from the boat are part of the package and good value,the trips do all start early in the morning 7 am so your called at 6 am for breakfast then straight from the boat to a coach, but you are back again for lunch and a leisurely cruise to your next port of call.One day they serve lunch on the top deck while cruising,i think this should be done more than once.The room we had was a suite,which consisted of lounge, small balcony, bedroom 2 T V s walk in wardrobe toilet walk in rain shower and jacuzzi bath, well worth it if you get the chance.All in all had a wonderful time where ever we visited guides are amazing font of knowledge and will answer any question you have.You are put with a table of 12 people on your first meal you dine with these from then on so if you are in company then all arrive together.There were lots of birthdays to celebrate this cruise me being 1 of 3 on our table all staff play instruments and make a fuss sing happy birthday bring in a cake its great fun.Chris the tour rep is with the boat always from start to finish and is excellent at his job,but if you want a balloon flight over the valley of the kings he cant organise this so you need to do this before leaving England as i did, standard at 45 euros is the same as deluxe so dont pay 75.This cruise is well worth the price cant really fault,thanks to Thomsons,Chris,and Guide TUTU More
postman1311, Douglas, United Kingdom
The holiday of a lifetime.
The holiday of a lifetime
As there has been the very sad events in the world recently and with the ever present security threat some people have felt the need to cancel their trip.
We however have recently returned home from the most enjoyable and safe trip to Egypt.
We did a three stop trip, Cairo 3 nights, 7 nights Nile cruise and 4 nights Luxor hotel.
At Cairo we had booked excursions to see the sights; these were through âOrbital Travelâ
Day one and two we were met in reception by the tour guide who introduced himself as Ayman.
He was an excellent guide, spoke very good English, had a great sense of humour and what he doesnât know about ancient and modern Egyptian history is probably not worth knowing, he was brilliant. He escorted the small group of people we were in to see the best Cairo could offer, the Pyramids, the Museum, Memphis and the hustle and bustle of Cairo itself.
At the end of the second day he left us to travel to do a tour on a Nile cruise ship; as we were to do the following morning.
We were met at Luxor airport by another Orbital Travel rep called Ayman who took us to where the cruise ship we were to join was moored. He checked us in to our cabin and proceeded to tell us that the guide for the week was one Ayman, and yes it was the same Ayman from Cairo, we were very pleased.
The ship, the Ms Royal Esadora was everything we could have wished for; clean comfortable cabins, good food, very helpful friendly staff and to have Ayman and his equally good colleague Youssef showing us around we knew we were in for a safe and enjoyable time.
They worked the itinerary out between themselves and split the group into two making for a nice number of people in each and off we set.
We saw as many of the sites that were possible to see without rushing us too much. Each and every one of them has its own story to tell.
There was a good choice of optional excursions, these were also very well organised by Ayman and Youssef.
âAbu Simbelâ is one not to miss; it is staggering in its size and history.
At the end of the 7 days we were taken to our next destination, for us a hotel some others went to the airport and some were taken to their coach for the drive to their destination, everything went like clockwork, âOrbital Travelâ and in particular Ayman and Youssef are simply perfect.
I would recommend them to anyone wishing for an experience you will never forget!More
David N, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Nile cruise MS Crown Prince
Great cruise, excellent staff and a good itinerary. Cabin clean food good choice good. Staff exceptional nothing was too much trouble. Would recommend the Nile cruise and this shipMore
Karen H, Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Excellent boat but Egypt is suffering
We took a seven-night cruise on the Sonesta Moon Goddess, travelling from Luxor to Aswan and back up to Luxor, via Edfu and Kom Ombo.
I'd read mixed reviews on this site so happy to provide an update.
Sonesta Moon Goddess was refurbished in August 2015 and is looking fabulous. Rooms (there are 50) all have balconies and when we were on board, they always seemed to get the best mooring with least hassle and best views.
Catering was excellent. Marvellous buffet breakfasts and lunches with enough variation for the week and an a la carte dinner every night.
Drinks are expensive, so you might want to take a drinks package for the convenience - we were offered at Â£125pp which we didn't take and a week of moderate drinking (we are Scottish, but I'm talking 1/2 glasses of wine and 3/4 beers a day and water at every meal) cost us Â£247. Prices were described as English pub prices, which is probably about right.
Service was exceptional. This brings me on to the whole Egypt is suffering. The boat can accommodate 100 people. We had about 12-15 at any one time. A rumour went round that the staff were not being paid, but are relying on tips, which may well have been started by the staff but I don't think so. Everywhere is quiet - we visited just after the Russian plane was brought down from Sharm by a bomb so I wouldn't think it's going to pick up any time soon.
So service was exceptional. The trips from the boat are well thought-out but not in any detail, but probably sufficient if you're not an avid Egyptologist. There was a mix of nationalities - US, French, Egyptian, English, Indian - and everyone got on well.
Entertainment was a little laboured, with bellydancing, whirling dervishes and Nubian dancers (hilarious), but this was because the audience wasn't large. Audience participation is hotly recommended.
Top tip: be nice to your cleaner (he was great) and get a cabin on the highest floor you can.More