The Suez Canal is a man-made, sea-level waterway located in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean to Red Sea through Isthmus of Suez. Following ten years of construction, the Suez Canal was officially opened November 17, 1869. It allows vessels to travel between South Asia and Europe without navigating around Africa, this way reducing the sea cruise distance by 7,000 kilometres (4,300 miles). It extends from Port Said's northern terminus to Port Tewfik's southern terminus at the city of Suez. The length of the canal is 193.3 kilometers (120 miles), including its southern and northern access channels. In 2012, 17,225 ships traversed the canal (47 per day).
The single-lane waterway features passing locations in the Great Bitter Lake and the Ballah Bypass. It does not contain any locks system, and seawater is flowing through it freely. In general, the Suez Canal north of Bitter Lakes flows south in summer and north in winter. The current changes south of the lakes, with the tide at Suez. The Suez Canal is owned and maintained by the SCA (Suez Canal Authority) of Egypt. It may be used (under the Convention of Constantinople) "in time of war as in time of peace, by every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag."
Construction was launched in August 2014 to expand and widen Ballah Bypass for 22 miles (35 km) to speed canal's transit time. The expansion was expected to double the Suez Canal capacity from 49 to 97 vessels per day. At a cost of US$8.4 billion, the project was funded via interest-bearing investment certificates issued to Egyptian individuals and entities. On August 6, 2015 the "New Suez Canal" was officially opened. On February 24, 2016, the SCA opened the new side channel at the northern side of Suez Canal's east extension.
The Suez Canal cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Suez Canal.
If you lose the Suez Canal location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Suez Canal cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Suez Canal. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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7 October, 2016
12 October, 2016
26 October, 2016
27 October, 2016