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Suez Canal cruise

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Suez Canal

The Suez Canal provides a 120-mile shortcut from Europe to Asia and an unusual experience for cruisers. The engineering feat that created the canal, which opened in 1869, involved excavating amazing quantities of sand. Views during a daylong passage include miles of desert, complete with the occasional camel, but also fishermen and towns along the way. The canal has no locks, and since it’s only 300 yards wide, cruise ships and freighters alike go through in single-lane convoys.

Season: Spring and fall.

Sample Itinerary: Weeklong cruise on the 296-passenger Silver Wind, from Athens (Piraeus) to Safaga, Egypt. Fares from $3,464 per person, based on double occupancy.

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