Top 5 Nile Cruises in Egypt

The Nile is the longest river in the world, spanning over 4,000 miles and 11 countries. This river has supported local communities in countless ways throughout the years. Not only is it a source of food and water, but it also serves as a main mode of transportation for explorers and tradesmen as far back as history can remember.

Ever since the Egyptian craze of the 1920’s, Hollywood and other media have brought attention back to the romance and mystery of Egyptian architecture and history, making it one of the top places to visit in the world. Travelers come from all over the world to see the Sphinx, the Pyramids at Giza, and many other breathtaking sites.

One of the best ways to see Egypt is by booking a Nile riverboat cruise, and the majority of the top 5 Nile cruises sail between Luxor and Aswan. Keep reading to find out which luxurious Egyptian Nile Cruise is right for your and your adventures. 

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Oberi Philae Nile Cruise

The Oberi Philae Nile Cruise is world renowned as a 5-star experience. They offer 4-night and 6-night cruises that sail between Luxor and Aswan, and both options fill up very quickly.

One of the most prominent aspects of this particular cruise line is the accommodating staff. Not only can they help you book your airfare and help with any questions you might have about the ship. They can also help you book excursions and activities while you are sight-seeing. They will do whatever they can to ensure your cruise is as effortless and relaxing as possible.

The rooms are incredibly spacious and include a coffeemaker, minibar, a television set, bathrobes, and even a bidet. Guests also have access to a fitness center, a full-service spa, and a sun deck and terrace for enjoying the lovely sunsets along the Nile.

Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise

The Sonesta Star Goddess Cairo Nile Cruise offers either 4 or 7-night cruises that sail off every Monday between Luxor and Aswan. Between the excursions and the activities on board, you will never run out of things to do. They have an outdoor pool and sun deck, a fitness center, and a spa with a hot tub and sauna.

After you have had a long day exploring the Pyramids, you can order 24-hour room service from your beautiful suite and watch the sunset from your private balcony. Not every suite has a balcony, but it’s certainly worth the upgrade to enjoy the glorious view. Your suite will also include a full bathtub, a satellite television, and soft and plush bedding. You might never want to leave.

Most ships offer an outdoor pool and a sun deck, but the Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise also has a gift shop for souvenirs and a dance floor that will have you celebrating all night under the stars.

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M/S Esplanade Cruise

The M/S Esplanade Cruise is a modern and chic cruise that focuses on absolute luxury at every turn. They offer a 3 or 7-night cruise that leaves every Friday from Aswan, and a 4 or 7-night cruise that leaves every Monday from Luxor.

Along with all the features you will see on a standard Nile cruise, this particular cruise supports a laidback and outgoing atmosphere where guests can make friends and get to know their fellow travelers. Every room, including the decks and lounges, are all decorated as creatively and artistically as possible.

One of the key features that sets this cruise line apart from the rest is the outdoor pool. The sun deck is supplied with canopied lounge chairs, and the pool itself is spotted with lounging chairs and day beds. Each day bed has a canopy to protect guests from the sun and plush pillows for kicking back after a long excursion.

Alexander the Great Cruise

The Alexander the Great cruise is perfect for those who want to experience the pinnacle of luxury while traveling. They offer a 4-night cruise every Monday that departs from Luxor, and a 3-night cruise that departs every Friday from Aswan. No matter where you start at, you are sure to experience all the beauty that the Nile has to offer.

If you are traveling on a budget, there are plenty of wonderful rooms that offer all the best accommodations and a window that looks out the side of the ship. However, if you want to splurge and pay for an upgrade, you can have your very own balcony and will get to experience the shorelines of the Nile in serene privacy.

Just a few of the things you will have access to while on the ship is the sauna and spa, the outdoor pool, and a spacious sun deck. The kitchen has an extensive menu, and you can choose anything from local Egyptian food to international dishes and drinks.

To make planning your trip a breeze, the Alexander the Great cruise also offers guided tours for your excursions off the boat. Their tour guides are world-class and provide extensive knowledge of the history and culture at every stop on the cruise. 

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Nile Goddess Cruise

The Nile Goddess cruise offers either 4 or 7-night cruises that sail between Aswan and Luxor and leave every Monday. Your room will include beautiful bedding and décor, a television set, and a minibar. If you have some wiggle-room in your budget, we definitely recommend upgrading to a room with a private balcony.

This cruise line is an elegant mixture of modern and traditional styles. The décor is mostly dark woods and clean colors, and the lounge and sun deck are streamlined and peaceful, a perfect area to enjoy cocktails after a long excursion onshore. If your feet are soar from walking, be sure to check out the relaxing spa and sauna.

The lounge serves delicious meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinners, and don’t forget to stick around for those cocktails. Afterward, if a lively night out is more your style, the ship also has a night club where you and your newly found travel buddies can dance the night away under the Egyptian stars.

Karen J. Simmons

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