CRUISES TO EGYPT

On a Holland America Line Egypt cruise, transit the Suez Canal, between Port Suez in the south and Port Said in the north. Upon completion in 1889, the Suez Canal eliminated the need for ships to round the horn of Africa to reach south Asia, changing the course of commerce and history. Explore the grandeur of ancient Egypt during your stay in Alexandria (Cairo), including Giza’s iconic pyramids and the sphynx. Hear the call to prayer. Haggle for handcrafted jewelry in the Khan-al-Kalili souk—all highlights of your Egypt cruise.

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Exit Suez Canal at Port Said

Located where the Suez Canal flows into the Red Sea is the city of Port Suez. Although today Port Suez is a modern city with three harbors, in the 25th century B.C.E., it was the site where the pharaohs protected their lands from marine invasions.  
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Enter Welland Canal at Port Colborne

Located on the banks of the Suez Canal where it flows into the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Port Said and its twin, Port Fuad, on the eastern side of the canal, make up the only metropolitan region in the world besides Istanbul to straddle two continents. The Suez Canal is so narrow that large ships must travel through single file—and it has no locks, so water flows unfettered between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. When the canal opened, it eliminated the need for ships to sail around Africa to reach South Asia: It reduced the journey by 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles).
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Exit Welland Canal at Port Colborne

Located on the banks of the Suez Canal where it flows into the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Port Said and its twin, Port Fuad, on the eastern side of the canal, make up the only metropolitan region in the world besides Istanbul to straddle two continents. The Suez Canal is so narrow that large ships must travel through single file—and it has no locks, so water flows unfettered between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. When the canal opened, it eliminated the need for ships to sail around Africa to reach South Asia: It reduced the journey by 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles).
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Transit the Suez Canal

Connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas, the Suez Canal flows 193 kilometers (120 miles) through the Isthmus of Suez and across the Bitter Lakes. Built under the guidance of French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, the canal took 10 years to construct and opened in 1869. It's noteworthy for its narrow width—large ships need to travel single file—and the fact that it has no locks so water flows from one sea to the other. When the Suez Canal opened, it eliminated the need for ships to sail around Africa to reach South Asia: It reduced the journey by 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles).