Although relatively small in area, the Red Sea’s coast is full of fascinating places to discover. Visit Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Egypt, the skyscrapers of Dubai and the Emirates, and ancient city ruins of Petra in Jordan. Many world cruises and Eastern Mediterranean itineraries take the Red Sea to enter the Suez Canal plus, if you want to explore the pyramids and history of ancient Egypt, a luxury river cruise down the Nile is another option with gorgeous scenery and vibrant wildlife to match.
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A Red Sea cruise is a fantastic way to visit some of the world's most fascinating and beautiful treasures. Blessed with a wonderful climate all year round, Red Sea cruises are a great way to combine soaking up some winter sun with visits to Egypt and Jordan’s fascinating archaeological sites. If that wasn’t enough, the Red Sea itself offers stunning coral reefs, teeming with tropical fish and other marine life that you're free to explore on a diving excursion.
Thanks to all that this destination has to offer, a Red Sea cruise is perfect for those people who want to take a first time cruise outside of the Mediterranean while benefiting from some fantastically cheap cruises. What's more if you love the sound of a Red Sea cruise, why not discover the Emirates on a Dubai cruise
The flawless mixture of ancient monuments, enticing beaches and modern life found at Red Sea ports make it an interesting cruise option. For those wanting an enriching experience, there are more than enough opportunities to visit temples and other iconic relics, such as the Temple of Luxor in Egypt, while there is also plenty of time to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.
Meanwhile, you'll be delighted by the variety of water sports and beach activities on offer throughout the Red Sea resorts. Whether you'd like to discover the marine life on a snorkelling trip or would rather skim the waves trying your hand at paddleboarding or windsurfing, the perfect day ashore awaits.
Home to Jordan’s lost city, Petra is considered to be the eighth wonder of the ancient world - an entire city carved into a sandstone cliff. Not discovered until the 19th century and then more recently excavated in the 1950's, this rose-red city is now considered one of the genuine Wonders of the World. Walk through the entrance to the old city of As-Siq and make your way down to the majestic Treasury (Al-Khazneh), past the Roman Theatre and then on to marvel at the Royal Tombs. You will feel like a star, having taken the leading role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom before returning to the sumptuous relaxing surroundings of your ship.
Ride through the desert on a camel, slip into your fins for some sublime sub-aqua exploration, feel the wind rush through your hair as you speed through the sand dunes on an exhilarating quad bike safari, visit the enigmatic Pyramids at Giza outside Cairo or the Tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, or simply relax and soak up the sun, sea and surf at Sharm el-Sheikh - an Egypt cruise has something for everybody to enjoy!
For something a little different, explore more of this fascinating region on a luxury Nile river cruise. One of the longest rivers in the world, the River Nile provides a spectacular opportunity to explore Egypt with plenty of port calls in must-see destinations.
When cruising to Israel, popular ports of call include Haifa, Jerusalem, Eilat and Ashdod, where you'll be able to get stuck into life in the Red Sea.
One of the most picturesque cities in the Middle East is Haifa. It is here where Muslims, Christians and Jews live harmoniously in coexistence. Dominating the central city in Modern Haifa is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, which is the city’s most popular attraction. Other free attractions include the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, which was built in 1836 and Elijah’s Cave, which is an important pilgrimage site for Jews, Muslims and Christians alike.
Alternatively, the old town of Jerusalem is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many sites that are of religious importance including the Western Wall- known as the most sacred area, both in tradition and national consciousness for the Jewish. Meanwhile, in Eilat, you can take a dip in the Dead Sea, a salt water lake which enables you to effortlessly float owing to the high density of the water.