Red Sea Cruises – Explore Egypt, Jordan and Beyond

The Red Sea is one of the four seas named after a color. Of course, the Red Sea is not exactly red—as a matter of fact, the water of the Rea Sea is amazingly pristine. It even has some of the best diving spots in the world! Of course, this makes the Red Sea a great cruise destination.

The Red Sea serves as the connection between the East and the West, and its location is important historically and geographically. The tourist destinations here are exotic and mysterious. A Red Sea cruise is a great introduction to what this part of the world can offer.

Cruise Itinerary

Many Red Sea cruises start out from Cairo,  the capital of Egypt,  with land-based sightseeing to popular attractions such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum. From Cairo, cruises often travel southwards down the Egyptian coast towards Hurghada and Safaga.

Other cruises focus on Sharm el Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula. This former fort is now popular for its resorts and diving spots (which are considered to be some of the best in the world). Enjoy the sandy beaches, the magnificent coral reefs which are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and exploring in a glass-bottomed boat.

Some cruises visit Aqaba, a water sport and diving centre, before taking passengers to Wadi Rum and Petra in Jordan. Wadi Rum is a desert valley with sandstone monoliths. Petra is an ancient fortress city carved from reddish stone and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Sights and Activities

One of the key points of the Red Sea cruise is that it allows passengers to see attractions from various countries. The Red Sea passes through Sudan, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, among others. So while your cruise may not have walking tours in these countries, the cruise will allow you to see the cityscape and coastline of these amazing countries.

A Red Sea cruise is also surprisingly flexible as it offers a lot of sights and activities. You can go to the beach and you can enjoy the attractions of the old world on the same cruise.

Take the opportunity to try out different cuisines on your cruise when your travels involve visiting several countries. This cruise will be a prime opportunity to try out various culinary products from each and every country.

A Red Sea cruise takes about a week to finish, although the specifics really depend on the specifics of the tour. The cruise departures usually from Cairo or from Sharm el Sheikh but there are pick up points in various airports around the world  for those planning to go on a Red Sea cruise and you live outside Egypt.

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