World's Most Scenic Cruises
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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.