Sonesta Moon Goddess??

Nov 8th, 2010, 12:35 PM
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Sonesta Moon Goddess??

Thinking about this ship for a 4 night 5 day Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor. Like that they offer balconies and bathtubs with shower. Website pictures look pretty good. I checked some recent posts but didn't find anything from any one who had been on this ship recently. The pictures of the balcony show 2 nice size chairs and a very small round table. The website also lists some of the entertainment and 1 night is a galabeya party. Does that mean you dress in a galabeya and if so should I buy one in Cairo before the cruise?? What do the men wear?? Do you have to dress in costume?? Thanks. And I'll keep searching for reviews.
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Nov 8th, 2010, 01:45 PM
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we were on the star goddess in september and while it was not mandatory to dress up most people did. you can rent galabeyas onboard, but they were about $30 to $40 to rent - so i would buy one if you want to dress up. it was fun.
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Nov 8th, 2010, 09:09 PM
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I sailed on the Moon Goddess quite a few years back and she was lovely. I was alone in my cabin but it was quite large and I had more then enuff room including a bit of a bath tub! The balcony was nice and I sat out there many a late afternoon and watched the sun set!!
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Nov 8th, 2010, 09:49 PM
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My guide took me to the Aswan market to by a galabaya for myself and hubbie. My guide did the negotiations at the market and a I got 2 traditional black galabayas with fabulous beading and a matching headscarf(just like a local woman would wear) for 150 Egyptian pounds each - about 30 US. Half the people on my nile cruised dressed up for galabaya night. My guide Aamer Ibrahim hosted our night - he wanted to make sure we had a fabulous night - and we did!
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Nov 9th, 2010, 12:01 PM
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LEANNA-Your reply makes me feel even better about choosing the Moon Goddess. Thanks!!

MissGreen-I read your trip report and it sounded as though you had a wonderful time and really felt LE did a super job. We are going to ask them for a quote for our trip. So, I can go to a market in Aswan to buy the galabayas-men wear them too?? I wonder if I can talk my husband into that-lol!!! We will be in Aswan for 2 or 3 nights before getting on our cruise so I should have plenty of time to do that. Thanks for that info.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 10:17 PM
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Chris... Hubbie bought a galabaya for him at the same market. I cannot recall the exact price but I think it was about 100 EGP - 20 US approx. Hubbie wore his with only his underpants! lol Our guide Aamer jokingly pinched him at "underwear height" on his hip to see if he was wearing underpants as we'd joke about going "commando" in the heat! You will have plenty of time to stroll around Aswan Chris. It is so relaxing and everyone is used to tourists and didn't bother us at all in the streets. At the market we were approached and called out to as we walked through the market.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 10:27 PM
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Chris... another favourite fun purchase of Hubbie's is his 25 EGP (a super cheap 5 bucks) pharoah sandals!! They are leather or fake leather sandals with hieroglypics on them. He has promised me that he'll wear his Egyptian outfit on Christmas day here in Australia as it usually is stinking hot!!
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Nov 10th, 2010, 05:10 AM
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MissGreen-Hope you took pictures!! Right now my husband is saying "No way" but I'll wear him down and I'll be sure to take pictures to show everyone back home!!
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Nov 10th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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My husband also said NO WAY. But he did get a shirt and loved it & wore it quite a bit. It washes up nicely. Wish I had gotten more-Oh well.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 11:23 PM
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My hubbie was so keen to give it a try... he even wanted to wear it to work for fun for a day! lol

Chris, I wish I had gotten more Mobacco polo shirts for hubbie. He loves them and they were so cheap for the quality.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 01:40 PM
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BeniciaChris and MissGreen-the shirts sound like something I'd want to buy. Where did you get them? Do they have really big sizes? My husband is 6'3" with a 50" chest so here in the states I buy shirts like polos in XXL.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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We are booked on this boat in March. There are very few reviews-if you are traveling before then, please let us know what you thought.
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Nov 12th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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pirouette-Unfortunately, our trip isn't until May 2011. I did find a few reviews which seemed positive so fingers crossed!!!

Hope you have a great trip and that everything meets or exceeds your expectations of the Moon Goddess. Meanwhile, I'll keep looking for reviews.
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Nov 12th, 2010, 10:15 AM
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MOBOCCO COTTON shops are everywhere there is a 5* hotel almost or a mall. City Stars Mall has one of the biggest shops. They should have XXL shirts, I'm pretty sure. That doesn't sound unusual. They might even have XXXL. If they don't, there are special shops around for BIG men. Where are you staying?
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Nov 12th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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C_C Right now debating between the Movenpick and the Pyramisa. However, it appears that there are NO rooms available at Pyramisa for my dates of May 22, 2011-May 24, 2011. I can get a nice superior room of 38 sq. m. at the Movenpick with Nile view, bathtub, and balcony at really great rates. $320 for 2 nights includes breakfast and all service chgs. taxes. I may send an e-mail to Pyramisa as it's a big resort-maybe my dates are too far in the future?? I'm also open to any suggestions-must be clean, not too isolated, nice pool, balcony would be nice, view-I'd pay extra for that.
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Nov 12th, 2010, 10:43 AM
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chris45ny, you can't possibly be "too far in the future" - your trip is only six months from now!

Are you talking about the Movenpick and Pyramisa in Aswan? If so, just wanted you to know we stayed at the Pyramisa. You can see a picture of the view from our room on this link. The room itself was very plain, but with a good bathroom. The grounds and the pool are very nice.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink
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Nov 12th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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sf7307-Yes-looking for places in Aswan now. Cairo, Nile cruise, Luxor, and Sharm pretty much done for accommodations. Wow-it looks so much like what I want to see. Just beautiful. I tried all different categories or rooms, made small adjustments with dates but was told-nothing available. It's a big place so I was surprised. Maybe there's some convention or something going on?? I'll send an e-mail. I did that with the Hilton in Sharm and heard back in a day or so. So strange-I just checked the Iberotel for same dates and got same response-nothing available.
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Nov 13th, 2010, 06:54 PM
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Chris.. are you talking about trying to get a mens galabaya in a large size or the cotton polos that CC spoke about. Just went away for weekend and hubbie wore his 2 Mobacco polos.. they looked so smart... and the camel logo was cute?
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Nov 16th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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Will have to settle for the cotton polos as DH says no way to a galabaya. I'll be sure to map out the City Stars Mall. Right now it looks like we will be staying at the Movenpick. Thanks to everyone for all the help.
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Nov 16th, 2010, 11:42 PM
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Chris... he might be lulled in to wearing one in the right atmosphere...... lol
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