Built in 1869, the Suez Canal was an engineering feat that shaved 4,300 miles off the route for sailors traveling between Asia and Europe. Before the canal was built, they had to sail around the entire continent of Africa. On a Suez Canal cruise, you’ll see firsthand the incredible waterway that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea via Egypt.
You don’t have to fly into Egypt in order to witness this man-made marvel. Instead, sail through the Suez Canal on a cruise that visits Greece and the Middle East. As you cruise, you’ll enjoy views of the Sinai Peninsula and the Nile Delta from a unique vantage point.
Here are some of the things to most look forward to during your cruise to the Suez Canal.
One of the best parts of a Suez Canal cruise is the scenery you can see while sailing along the sea-level waterway. To the west of the Suez Canal is the Nile Delta, awash in foliage, while to the east you’ll see the arid landscape of the Sinai Peninsula.
On one of our cruises that sails from Greece to Dubai through the Suez Canal, you’ll cruise through three continents: Dubai in Asia; the Suez Canal in Africa; and Greece in Europe.
On our cruise through the Suez Canal, you’ll cruise through three continents: Dubai in Asia; the Suez Canal in Africa; and Greece in Europe.
On a Suez Canal cruise, your day sailing through the canal is the adventure. Step out onto the cruise ship deck or your own private veranda to watch the scenery of Egypt pass you by. The ship doesn’t stop during your time in the Suez Canal, but you can opt for shore excursions at the ports before or after your journey.
You’ll cruise to the Suez Canal on an itinerary that includes Dubai, Greece, and the Suez Canal, or the Arabian Sea and the Suez Canal, in either April or November. Choose a cruise that departs from Dubai and sails to Rome (via the port of Civitavecchia) or Athens (via the port of Piraeus), or an itinerary that travels the reverse route.
When deciding what to pack for a cruise to the Suez Canal, keep in mind you’ll be visiting both desert and Mediterranean climate zones during your trip. Pack clothing in fabrics that will breathe easily in both humid and dry heat. You’ll also want to bring light and airy layers that keep your arms and legs covered, since you’ll be traveling through countries where modesty is expected when it comes to clothing. Still, don’t forget your bathing suit, since your time in Greece and Italy may include some blissful beaches.
When deciding on cruise ship accommodations, consider upgrading to a sunset veranda stateroom on the aft of the ship. This will give you the opportunity to look at the scenery on both sides of the ship from the comfort of your own private balcony as you sail through the Suez Canal. Plus, you’ll enjoy some excellent sunset views when leaving other ports of call.