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With only 5 double en-suite cabins and a maximum of 10 guests, Princess Donia ensures a very high standard of cuisine and accommodation, exceptional service and a great atmosphere.
Eating and drinking
Our resident chef, Mohammed creates a great variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. He uses his talent and experience to produce a fantastic mix of traditional Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine to cater for our international guests.
Each cabin has three large windows so guests have a great view of the Nile whilst enjoying the privacy of their own room. There is also ample wardrobe and drawer space.
Eating and drinking
Our resident chef, Mohammed creates a great variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. He uses his talent and experience to produce a fantastic mix of traditional Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine to cater for our international guests. He is happy to cater for different dietary requirements too.
- Bottled water is used for cooking in the kitchen and in our ice-making machine on the bar.
- Tea, coffee and bottled water are included in the cruise price.
- Soft drinks, wine, beer and spirits are available for purchase on board.
With only 5 double en-suite cabins and a maximum of 10 guests, Princess Donia ensures a very high standard of accommodation. With modern plumbing and electrics, air conditioning, power showers and internet connection powered by two quiet, high quality generators, guests can really experience the mystery and magic of the Nile in total comfort.
The cabins can be set out with one king size bed or two single beds on request. Each cabin has three large windows so guests have a great view of the Nile whilst enjoying the privacy of their own room. There is also ample wardrobe and drawer space.
Captain Hassan is an experienced mariner and is very well qualified. He speaks good english, commands the respect of his crew and has the admiration of his peers.
There are six other members of crew, including Mohammed who is a very talented and creative Chef. All crew are trained to the highest standard.
It is their duty to look after your every need and ensure that you enjoy the most incredible holiday experience of a lifetime!
‘One of my best trips ever!’
My family and I spent the most wonderful week aboard the Princess Donia. The boat itself was charming, but the service from, and friendliness of the crew took the experience to another level. The trip was the perfect combination of sightseeing excursions and relaxing afternoons gently sailing up the Nile. The food on board was excellent. I would have no hesitation recommending this trip. Thank you Captain Hassan and crew for such a wonderful week!
Sara, Dubai - TripAdvisor
‘Excellent cruise, outstanding staff ... exceeds our expectations in every way!’
'We are a group of 2 families with 4 kids (10,12,15 years old) spending 5 days on the Donia. Food was exceptional; staff was super friendly and always go the extra mile. We enjoyed every single day on this boat and wished we could have stayed longer. It was a memorable journey up the Nile with the Donia. Everything was just perfect! Will surely recommend it to our friends. If you are planning to visit Egypt, this is the best way to travel!'
Yenni, Vienna – TripAdvisor
'A quiet and relaxing week on the Nile'
‘A quiet and relaxing week on the Nile, thanks to the wonderful crew and their excellent service. We couldn’t have hoped for a better voyage. Many thanks for all your hard work. And a special thanks for all the great food. We look forward to coming back to Egypt some day.’
Chris & Stacy, USA
'Thanks for taking great care of us’
‘Thank you for the wonderful experience on our Nile river cruise journey; it was the highlight of our trip to Egypt! The Princess Donia is a beautiful boat with the best staff, delicious food and it is the best way to enjoy a luxurious cruise on the great river Nile. We will be sure to tell our friends and family about all of you! Thanks for taking great care of us.’
Salomi & Will, California USA
'The best time of my life'
'From the minute we boarded the boat, where we were met by Captain Hassan we were made to feel like royalty. The cruise was so magical, we stopped at the most amazing places where we visited ancient temples and I even got to swim in the Nile. The food was 5 star and every evening we ate on the main deck under the stars. There is a salon/bar below deck that has a large flat screen TV and internet. The staff even entertained us on a couple of evenings with their musical skills. We also did additional excursions that were pre-arranged before our arrival. We had two days at the pyramids and two days in Cairo. Both excursions were excellent value for money; so all in all, we had the best 11 days holiday ever.'
Angela, Malaga Spain
'I would rate this as one of my best vacations!'
'What better way to sail down the Nile than with the crew of the Princess Donia. The boat and crew were beyond my expectations. Rooms were spacious and comfortable and were cleaned on a daily basis. The meals were the best I've had after being in Egypt for 3 months. There was a variety of food at each meal and more than enough to eat. The crew was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed - arranging excursions, providing refreshments on our return from visiting temples, and providing entertaining conversations. If you are going to cruise the Nile this is the only way to go. Great boat and a great crew.'
Guest from Cairo, Egypt
'A little piece of heaven'
'As a group of 10, we booked the Princess Donia all-inclusive for a 7 day journey from Esna to Aswan and back to Luxor. It was exactly as described - all-inclusive. We wanted for nothing. The staff were fantastic, anything we wanted to do or see was never any trouble and our wallets never had to come out at any time. The food was great, the lemon juice waiting for us at the end of our tours, the cocktails in the evenings, the wine with dinner, all was wonderful. The boat itself is amazing. Very comfortable and clean, the mooring spots along the Nile were chosen with care for their beauty and serenity. Sitting on deck in the early morning watching the birds just a few feet away was delightful. It was a totally different Egypt than you see from the road or the bigger boats. I can't think of anything that could have been made better. It was a magical week of relaxation and adventure surrounded by good friends and a welcoming staff that all of us will remember for a very long time to come.'
Guest from Berkshire, UK
'Magical from beginning to end'
'My husband and I have just had the most amazing holiday on board the Princess Donia. Our normal holidays are Sandy Lane Barbados, Reethi Rah Maldives, Marbella Club Spain etc etc, which are all 5 star and being the standard we are accustomed to. We have never been to Egypt let alone going on board a sailing boat. All I can say what a brilliant experience from our welcome on board, meeting our fellow passengers, cruising up the Nile embarking to see wonderful Egyptian History it was awe inspiring. The attention to detail on board the Princess Donia was outstanding from wonderful staff for whom nothing was too much trouble, meals served on board elegantly and tastefully presented. This was a truly 5 star plus experience and anyone contemplating a holiday in Egypt where I can assure you we were met with the utmost kindness should look at the video on the net of the Princess Donia. If you want the holiday of a lifetime we can truly recommend it. The Princess Donia certainly lives up to its name, as we were treated like royalty whilst on board.'
Pauline, Hartlepool UK
'A most amazing and memorable holiday we have ever experienced'
'We had such a wonderful week on the Dahabeeyah Princess Donia the service was first class the crew so lovely and could not do enough for us to make our holiday so different. We have been on many cruises but this was amazing. The accommodation was very good, clean and well thought out. We sailed along the Nile and stopped at locations that the big cruise ships could not get into therefore we saw many beautiful sights, temples and daily life of the Egyptian people, Captain Hassan arranged all the tours etc and an expert guide took us around the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, just to name a few. Also in the Souks one of the crew would do the bartering for us. We loved being entertained by the crew of 6 they sang and played their instruments. Must not forget the food, it was good, plentiful and very varied. We would without a doubt hope to sail on the Princess Donia again.'
Maureen, Surrey UK
'From my initial email inquiry to our return home, the owner, Captain Hassan and his crew made our honeymoon cruise an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Our every need was taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for anyone! Our only regret is that we did not have anyone to share this fantastic time with as we had hired the Donia exclusively for our cruise – we lost count of times we both said “I wish so and so was here to see/experience this.”
Would we go back and sail the Donia again? In a heartbeat!'
Karl, Florida USA
'Fantastically relaxing cruise.'
'There is no other way to take a cruise down the River Nile. This has to be the most relaxing, enjoyable way to see all the sights. We had 3 hot meals a day and afternoon tea and biscuits (very civilized). All the staff were absolutely fantastic and attentive. The excursions were wonderful and so well organised, it was all dealt with by the Captain of the ship, who also organised guides for the temples and tombs. If you ever want to go on a cruise this is the way to do it, it was so memorable and relaxing.'
Lesley, Surrey UK
'We recently stayed on the Princess Donia for 4 nights/5 days and could not speak highly enough of our experience. Captain Hassan and his crew were fantastic, so kind and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. They went out of their way to ensure our stay was perfect. Everything from the tasty fresh cooked meals to the cleanliness of the cabins made our stay memorable. Would highly recommend this boat to anyone wishing to cruise the Nile rather than one of the larger cruise ships. I guarantee your Egyptian experience will be heightened by cruising the Nile on this boat.'
Guest from Ballarat, Australia
'I cannot recommend this experience enough'
'From the moment we stepped on board we were treated like the original Egyptian kings who must have used a similar kind of transport so many years ago. The rooms were immaculate and the boat had the originality of pure Egypt but with the modern luxuries thrown in. Everything was perfect, the food and the service. I cannot recommend this experience enough.'
Deri – London UK
The Princess Donia, the scenery, the accommodation, the glorious food quality, the weather, Captain Hassan and crew were all perfect. We will be going again and again, a dream that came true – the very best sailing boat on the Nile.
Barry, Almuñécar Spain