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Egypt and Red Sea Cruises

Ancient history is one of Egypt’s greatest attractions, the Red Sea is one of the most beautiful in the world and the country’s many bazaars are a favoured haunt of bargain hunters, with the areas famous for spices, crafts, rugs, jewellery, clothing and of course the obligatory haggling! All this makes an Egypt cruise an experience. One of the main ports, Safaga has shore excursions that will take you to the fascinating Luxor, Karnak and the Valley of Kings, where you will find ornate old tombs, temples and palaces that would have once been home to Pharaohs. Alexandria is the gateway to the Cairo & the Pyramids.

Why cruise Egypt and the Red Sea?

Egypt and the Red Sea is definitely a destination for history lovers but there is much more to Egypt than pyramids and ancient tombs. Sharm El Sheikh on the Gulf of Aqaba offers sandy beaches and some of the world’s best preserved coral reefs, a perfect place for snorkelling, scuba diving or for the more sedate, a trip in a glass bottom boat. There is also quite a lot of biblical stories which have their roots firmly set in Egypt. Mount Sinai is thought to be where Moses received the 10 commandments from God and the Sinai Peninsula is where Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt across the Red Sea into the Sinai desert. Whatever you are interested in, the ports around the Red Sea offer plenty of opportunities to explore and discover.


Egypt and Red Sea Destinations

Choosing where to cruise in and around Egypt and the Red Sea will depend on what you are looking for from your cruise holiday. If you are interested in the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx, Cairo provides easy access whereas people looking for a bit more adventure may choose the water-sport and diving playground of Aqaba is the gateway to two spectacular sites in Jordan – Wadi Rum and Petra. Carved from solid rose-red stone, the ancient fortress city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and definitely worth spending some time exploring. Here are just some of the places you can visit on an Egyptian and Red Sea cruise:

• Cairo • Luxor • Aswan • Sharm El Sheikh • Alexandria • Aqaba • Safaga • Hurghada

Who's sailing to Egypt and the Red Sea?

There are a relatively small number of cruise lines operating in and around Egypt and the Red Sea but don’t let this put you off – the ones who are cruising this part of the world have a wealth of experience in cruising the area and will act as your perfect guides throughout, giving you lots of recommendations and advice as to the best tours and trips when you are on land. There are also some luxury liners cruising around Egypt and the Red Sea so you can be assured of a five star cruising experience. Here are the cruise lines operating in Egypt and the Red Sea:

  • Uniworld River Cruises
  • Variety Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Silversea
  • Seabourn
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises


    When is the best time of the year to go to Egypt and the Red Sea?

    The best time of the year to cruise Egypt and the Red Sea is in the cooler winter months of the Northern Hemisphere from October to April. The temperature in January is at its lowest but is still a pleasant 19 degrees by day, dropping to 9 degrees at night. The peak summer months of June to August are not recommended – temperatures at this time of year can get up into the 40s and this makes visiting some of the historical sites almost unbearable, particularly with very little shade about.

    Find out more and book today

    To choose your Egyptian and Red Sea cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to Egypt and the Red Sea. Happy cruising!