Dive into the ancient history and gin clear waters of Egypt and the Red Sea. Rewind time and walk in the footsteps of pharaohs, discovering the treasures of a land like which they is and has never been any other.
A cruise to Egypt and North Africa needs little explanation; we spent our childhoods learning of the pyramids and lost cities that now wait for us to explore them as adults. Behold the Great Pyramid of Gaza, the mythical Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx, delve into catacombs and dive into Red Sea sites known to be some of the best underwater escapes in the world; the SS Thistlegorm shipwreck waits just beneath the surface. Cruises to Morocco and Jordan mean incredible food – likely some of the best you’ve ever eaten in fact – along with bustling, spice-scented souks, regal riad courtyards and rooftops mint teas in the afternoon. Scenery spanning from the Sahara to the High Atlas Mountains is otherworldly, jolting you from the slumber of normality and awakening your sense of adventure.
Agadir is a more modern metropolis than other Moroccan ports of call, its ornate hammams and markets a highlight. A gleaming marina and long stretch of beach offer the spoils of a sun, sea and sand destination, with added Moroccan spice.
Jordan is famously friendly and Jordanian hospitality shines through in every local encounter. Aqaba is a port of call that delivers you to the heart of Jordan’s most unmissable attractions, from its ancient carved city to its diving spots and its bedouin-dotted desert. One of the world’s best-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the rock-cut city of Petra dates back to 300BC and is an absolute must-see; if you only do one thing in Jordan, you must make it this. Get lost in a maze of rose-stone temples, tombs and churches and leave time to marvel at how on earth they created something so beautiful without the trappings of modern technology. Wadi Rum is a dramatic desert landscape worthy of your time, with an opportunity for the adventurous to pitch up for the night at desert camps beneath the stars.
The marvel of modern engineering connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and has quickly become one to tick off the bucket list for cruisers. A transit of the Suez Canal is an adventure from start to finish, with guests streaming out on deck or onto balconies to watch their ship inch along a pathway carved intricately through the desert. It’s a real hold your breath moment and a great cruising memory to add to the bank.
The Egyptian cruise stop of Port Said serves as the gateway to the pyramids, the doorway in a Narnia’s wardrobe of ancient treasures that illuminate the history books. Excursions to Cairo from Port Said fill a day or roll into two, but they’re worth every minute. The Pyramids of Giza, ancient capital of Memphis (not that one, there’s no Elvis here…), the Alabaster Mosque and the storied Nile River are some of the stops on your itinerary, the city of Cairo itself remaining just beyond reach.