Egypt & Red Sea Cruise
Visit some of the world’s most fascinating hidden treasures on a Egypt and Red Sea cruise. Benefitting from a warm climate all year round, Red Sea cruises are a great way to combine a relaxing beach holiday with cultural visits to Egypt and Jordan’s ancient cities, steeped in history and intrigue. Whether you enjoy strolling along golden sands, or immersing yourself in the local way of life, you’ll instantly fall in love with the Middle East.
A Diver’s Delight
The waters of the Red Sea are famed as a diver’s delight, as there are teeming with coral reefs and tropical fish, many of which are native to this part of the world, and cannot be seen anywhere else. It’s estimated that there are more than 1200 different species of sea life living in the Red Sea.
Travellers from all four corners of the globe flock to the area to dive to the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, a British Navy ship that was targeted by German troops in 1941. The Thistlegorm draws crowds not only due to its history, but also due to the large amount of cargo that can be seen scattered along the seabed. If you’re looking for that exciting mix of Arabian Desert bordered by idyllic beaches and decadent, charming, and historic towns, then a cruise to Egypt and the Red Sea is definitely for you.
‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’
Nothing compares to the grand atmosphere upon arriving into the port of Alexandria and there is a reason why it’s known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’. From the ancient Roman ruins, the grand palaces, the picturesque gardens, beaches, and marinas, the unique blend of African and Asian influences, there is something both magical and mystical about this region, and it’s simply begging to be explored.
Land of the Pharaohs
Egypt itself also has much to offer. Known for its ancient empire and biblical legacy, it is perhaps most famous for homing some of the most important historical monuments ever constructed. Cairo and Giza are home to the magnificent Pyramids which really must be seen to be believed. Viewing the Great Pyramid really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As the only remaining structure belonging to the seven wonders of the ancient world, there is no other opportunity in the world to get first-hand experience of the greatest and most remarkable engineering feats from the Archaic and Antiquity eras.
The Red Sea region is one of the Middle East’s most luxurious holiday resorts, boasting miles of glorious, white, soft sand teamed with turquoise coloured sea of unbelievable clarity.
Sun-seekers and those who are looking for a relaxing holiday to chill out and unwind will appreciate the coral gardens, vast shoals of tropical fish, cloudless blue skies, and unspoilt views over the mountainous landscape of nearby Cyprus. A cruise to Egypt and the Red Sea will fulfil any sun worshipper’s dream, regardless of the time of year.
Full of Treasures
Although dining options on major cruise lines are plentiful, passengers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some classic Egyptian cuisine. Taking influence from Northern Africa, Asia, and Turkey, the local food is both varied and delicious. Pita bread, falafel, kebab, and cool, refreshing dips such as baba ghanoush are considered staples, along with deep fried kibbeh and hearty moussaka. Even just the sound of it is mouthwatering!
When To Visit
Many cruise lines offer the most varied of Red Sea itineraries between autumn and spring, when the weather conditions are at their finest, providing a welcome break from the gloomy British winter. The hot desert climate brings temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees celsius all year round, and very little rainfall. Due to the distance from the UK, fly-cruising is recommended for shorter breaks, although those with more time available may opt to visit Egypt as part of a world cruise after visiting the Mediterranean destinations of Greece and Turkey.
While an Egypt and Red Sea cruise appeals greatly to sun-seekers and water sport enthusiasts, there is much more to the region than simply beautiful sights. The culture in the Middle East is so much different to what we’re accustomed to that it really is fascinating to. Whether you’re new to cruising or are a seasoned traveller, an Egypt and Red Sea cruise will be a truly unforgettable experience.