The Suez Canal is a main shortcut in circumnavigating the world. Completed in 1869, it runs 101 miles from Port Said in the Eastern Mediterranean to Suez in the Gulf of Suez and eventually the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is the longest canal in the world without locks. During passage, you'll sail under the Suez Canal Bridge, a fixed bridge with 230-foot clearance that's also known as the Egyptian-Japanese Friendship Bridge. You'll also cruise under the El Ferdan Railway Bridge, the longest swing span bridge in the world - 1100 feet. The complete passage takes between 11 and 16 hours at a speed of around 8 knots.