Suez Canal Cruises

See here the list of all of Suez Canal transit cruises 2018, 2019 and 2020 ships schedule, lines and transition itineraries (ports of call). Most Suez cruises offer cheap deals on one-way transit itineraries between Europe (Mediterranean) and Asia (Dubai, India, Singapore or even China). Some transits are part of World Cruises, transiting Suez Canal.

Repositioning cruise ships through Suez Canal provide a range from affordable luxury to really cheap big-sized ship cruise deals. Not to forget this is an unique opportunity to enjoy cruising to exotic destinations at some of the market’s best rates.

Suez Canal transition cruises

Suez Canal cruisesRepresenting a very small segment of all cruise ships repositioning deals, Suez cruises may also be segments of Around the World cruises. These special voyages are usually starting in the beginning of each year by some of the world’s major brands, and done mostly by luxury cruise lines ships.

Passing through the Suez Canal is an unique experience related not only to cruising, but also to the Africa-Asia region itself. The Egypt Nile cruise deals may be booked separately (they are optional) offering the not necessarily cheap, but always so much exotic Alexandria and Cairo tours and excursions.

The Egyptian resorts on the Red Sea offer the unique chance to sample so many things in this ancient region. You can perfectly combine visiting the Pharaoh’s mysterious kingdom, enjoying the beautiful shores, the amazing coral reef and marine life with luxury ship amenities and stylish experiences on board.

The diving holidays in Red Sea are also very popular though optional Red Sea vacation deal. Know that snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing, glass-bottom boats, and even submarine trips are at their very best in the Suez Canal region. And, of course, the numerous archaeological sites, museums, the desert safaris. Not to forget the great night-life in major coastal towns.

The “Egyptian Riviera” – Red Sea resorts and diving tours

This information could be of some help to you only if you consider the option of staying in some of the great resorts in the Red Sea region. These are the main destination points for touring the Egypt Coast at Red Sea:

  • from Cairo (Ain EL- Soukhna)
  • from Safaga (Hurghada, El Gouna, Sahl Hashish, Giftun Island), Marsa Alam (has an air-port).

Best Red Sea diving tours are operated in the following areas:

  • the Northeastern Coast (El Gouna, Hurghada, Safaga)
  • the Sinai Peninsular (Sharm el Sheik, Dahab, Nuweiba)
  • the Southeastern Coast (El Quseir, Marsa Alam, Hamata).

Best for Red Sea diving trips is the coastal area between El Gouna and Safaga. The reason is this area perfectly combines the region’s amazing reefs and wrecks with the convenient proximity to the Egypt’s most famous historical sites for touring – Luxor and Cairo.

Suez Canal facts

Suez Canal is artificial waterway in Egypt, which is sea-level and connects Mediterranean and Red Seas. In November 1869 Suez Canal was available for sailing after ten-year construction works. The Canal allows vessel transport between Asia and Europe without around Africa navigation.

  • Port Said is northern terminus; Port Tawfiq is southern terminus at the Suez city; Ismailia lies on west bank of Suez Canal, 3 km from half-way point.
  • After first built, the canal was long 164 km, 8 m deep. After a great deal of enlargements, as of 2010, it is long 193.30 km, 24 m deep, 205 m wide.
  • Suez Canal consists of a northern access channel (22 km), the canal itself (162.25 km), and a southern access channel (9 km).
  • The Canal acts for single lane which has passing places in Great Bitter Lake and “Ballah By-Pass”. There are no locks and seawater freely flows through canal. Generally, north of Bitter Lakes the canal flows south in summer and north in winter. South of lakes the current changes with tide at Suez.

The canal is maintained and owned by SCA (Suez Canal Authority of Egypt) and is under international treaty. It may be used in peace and war times, by every vessel of war or of commercial ships without flag distinction. Learn more at Wikipedia.

Suez Canal cargo ship transits

On February 24, 2016, a new Suez Canal shipping lane was inaugurated by the canal’s authority. The new line is parallel to Port Said and effectively lowers canal transition times. It allows vessels to sail in both directions and increases the containership traffic.

In 2015, the canal was expanded at the cost of USD 8,5 billion. However, the low crude oil price now allows cargo ships to avoid paying the costly Suez Canal transition prices (USD 465,000 on average) by taking the long way around South Africa instead.

Between October 2015 and February 2016, a total of 115 westbound cargo vessels loaded with goods from Asia to Northern Europe or USA took the around Africa route instead of transiting the canal. Statistics show that the South African route saves USD 235,000 on average per voyage. The Suez Canal Authority reported for 2015 an increased number of passing ships (17483 vessels, or 2% increase). The report also says a decreased number of bulk cargo (5,7%) and container cargo ships (3,1%). To compete with the falling oil prices, Suez Canal would need to cut transition prices by roughly 50%.

The South African shipping route has a big environmental impact. It was calculated that the route’s increased fuel consumption results in additional 6800 tons of CO2 on average per voyage.

Cargo ship cruises through Suez Canal, transit routes

Suez Canal transit cruise itinerary routesOne of the world’s largest container ships CMA CGM Marco Polo offers regular Suez Canal transitions on its route between China and the UK/Germany. Itinerary options on cargo (freighter) cruise ship transits through Suez Canal include the following ports:

  • 1. cargo cruise from Singapore to Barcelona – visits Piraeus (for Athens), Naples and Genoa.
  • 2. cruise from Malaysia (Tanjung Pelepas port departure) to Trieste, Italy – visits Port Said, Piraeus, and Rijeka (Croatia)
  • 3. cruise from China (Shanghai port departure) to Hamburg, Germany – visits China (Ning-bo, and Yantian) and Felixstowe (UK)
  • 4. cruise from India (Mundra port departure) to Southampton UK – visits Salalah, Djibouti, Jeddah, Malta, and Tangier.

Suez Canal cruises from Asia to Europe

Choose a Freighter Cruise from AU$4,600 for 23 days through the Suez Canal. This option includes a voyage by freighter from Asian port to Europe. You can return back to Asia on the same vessels. Note that cabins continuing to Sydney or Melbourne from Europe are booked usually six months in advance.

Felixstowe Freighter Voyage via the Suez from Asia to Europe offers all year round weekly departures via Suez Canal in either direction. The tariff from AU$4,600 pp includes meals and port fees. For booking or inquiries call: 02 8270 4899.

Onboard facilities include open deck area, passenger lift, TV/VCR room, passenger lounge, self-service laundry, indoor pool and sauna, fitness room (with table tennis, exercise bicycle, rowing machine).

Special requirements imposed for yellow fever injection and travel insurance which are compulsory. Passengers have to possess valid passport (at least six months validation).

Suez Canal cruises from Australia to Europe

Choose a Freighter Cruise from AU$5,730pp for 48 days through the Suez Canal. This option includes a voyage by freighter from Australian port to Europe. The Round-trip duration is 91 days for AU$10,180 pp. For each voyage four cabins are available (one single, two double bed, one twin bed) but there are only four cruises per year, so book early. Visit Geno, Italy and Chenai, India with Freighter Expeditions. For booking or enquiries call: 02 8270 4899.

All cabins are carpeted, with air conditioning, small refrigerator, wardrobe, desk, and chair. Facilities include an elevator, small fitness room plus sauna, outside pool, and onboard steward.

Special requirements imposed for yellow fever injection and travel insurance which are compulsory. Passengers have to possess valid passport (at least six months validation). A visa required for Sri Lanka, India, and Egypt. The ship only takes up to 79 years of age. On container ships accepted for carriage are only travelers of good physical and mental health. Container ships don’t provide a medical officer or doctor onboard, only basic first aid treatment is available.

Suez Canal cruises 2018-2019-2020 transition schedule

Cruise lines / ships Spring 2019-2020 Summer Fall 2018-2019 Winter
AIDA Cruises & TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff)

2019 May 3 – 13day from Dubai to Palma De Mallorca)

2018 Nov 11 – 21day from Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)

2019 Oct 16 – 19day from Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)

AIDAblu 2019 Mar 13 – 17day from Mahe to Iraklion)

2020 Mar 10 – 17day from Mahe, Seychelles to Iraklion)

2018 Oct 28 – 7day Venice to Iraklion Nov 4 – 16day from Iraklion to Mahe)

2019 Nov 3 – 16day from Iraklion to Mahe), 23-day to Port Louis

AIDAprima 2019 Apr 16 – 18day from Abu Dhabi to Palma De Mallorca) 2018 Nov 3 – 17day from Palma De Mallorca to Abu Dhabi)

2019 Oct 25 – 18day from Palma De Mallorca to Abu Dhabi)

AIDAvita 2019 Mar 31 – 16day from Dubai to Iraklion)



2018 Oct 19 – 19day from Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)

2019 Oct 9 – 19day from Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)

Mein Schiff 3 2019 Apr 11 – 16day from Dubai to Iraklion)


2018 Nov 1 – 17day from Antalya to Dubai)


Mein Schiff 4 2019 Apr 1 – 15day from Dubai to Iraklion)


2018 Oct 20 – 16day from Antalya to Dubai)


Mein Schiff 5  

2020 Mar 23 – 16day from Dubai to Iraklion)


2019 Oct 4 – 16day from Iraklion to Dubai)

Mein Schiff 6 2020 April 4 – 15day from Dubai to Iraklion) 2019 Oct 27 – 16day from Iraklion to Dubai)


Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Constellation 2020 Apr 1 – 15day from Dubai to Rome)

2019 Apr 17 – 15day from Abu Dhabi to Rome)

2018 Nov 11 – 15day from Civitavecchia-Rome to Abu Dhabi UAE)

2019 Nov 18 – 15day from Rome to Dubai)

Costa Cruises
Costa Diadema 2019 Nov 3 – 19day from Rome to Dubai)
Costa Fortuna 2019 Mar 5 – 21day from Singapore to Rome) 2019 Nov 9 – 24day from Rome to Singapore)
Costa Luminosa 2019 Mar 26 – 32day from Singapore to Venice)
Costa Mediterranea 2019 Mar 8 – 18day from Abu Dhabi/Dubai to Rome/Savona) 2018 Dec 2 – 19day from Savona to Dubai)

2019 Oct 3 – 21day from Genoa to Saint-Denis)

Costa Victoria 2019 Mar 16 – 27day from Port Louis to Venice) 2018 Sept 30 – 27day from Savona to Port Louis)
Cunard Line
Queen Mary 2  

2019 Jan 10 – 19day from Southampton to Dubai

2019 Mar 25 – 20day from Dubai to Southampton

2020 Jan 3 – 27day from New York to Dubai

Disney Cruise Lines
Fred Olsen Cruise Line
ms Black Watch 2019 Feb 4 – 24day from Dubai to Southampton)
ms Boudicca 2019 Jan 10 – 34day from Colombo to Dover)

2020 Feb 20 – 14day from Dubai to Limassol)

2018 Sept 5 – 16day from Dover UK to Aqaba Jordan)


Holland America Line
MS Amsterdam  

2019 Mar 23 – 26day from Singapore to Barcelona)

MSC Cruises
MSC Bellissima 2019 Mar 4 – 8day Southampton to Barcelona 2019 Nov 13 – 17day from Genoa to Dubai); 18-day to Abu Dhabi
MSC Lirica 2019 Mar 15 – 20day from Dubai to Venice) 2018 Nov 2 – 17day from Venice to Dubai)

2019 Nov 21 – 20day from Venice to Dubai)

MSC Musica 2019 April 26 – 24day from Durban to Venice) 2018 Oct 14 – 24day from Venice to Durban)


NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines
P&O Cruises (UK, Australia)
Arcadia 2019 Mar 29 – 18day from Dubai to Southampton)

2020 Mar 24 – 19day from Dubai to Southampton)

Oceana 2019 Jan 10 – 20day from Southampton to Dubai)

2019 Mar 22 – 13day from Dubai to La Valletta)

2020 Mar 18 – 15day from Dubai to La Valletta)

2019 Oct 17 – 14day from La Valletta to Dubai)
Princess Cruises
Sapphire Princess 2019 Mar 21 – 26day from Dubai to Southampton) 2018 Oct 31 – 28day from Civitavecchia-Rome to Singapore)

2019 Oct 31 – 26day from Southampton to Dubai)


Sea Princess 2018 Jun 27 – 28day from Dubai to Southampton)

2019 Jun 5 – 34day from Dubai to Dover)

Pullmantur Cruises (Royal Caribbean Spain)
mv Horizon 2019 Mar 10 – 14day from Dubai to Piraeus) 2018 Nov 22 – 17-day from Piraeus to Dubai)


Royal Caribbean International
Explorer Of The Seas 2019 Apr 24 – 13day from Dubai to Barcelona
Jewel Of The Seas 2020 Mar 23 – 16day from Dubai to Rome) 2019 Nov 30 – 16day from Rome to Dubai
Spectrum Of The Seas 2019 Apr 18 – 16day from Barcelona to Dubai)
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion 2018 Aug 19 – 21day from Piraeus-Athens to Mumbai
Marella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Marella Discovery 2019 Apr 26 – 7day from Aqaba to Corfu) 2018 Nov 8 – 14day from Malaga to Ajaba)

Small and Luxury cruise lines ship relocation

(Cruise And Maritime Voyages / CMV Columbus (former Pacific Pearl) 2019 Apr 3 – 32day from Singapore to London)
(Phoenix Reisen) Amadea 2018 Dec 23 – 19day from Villefranche-Nice France to Dubai)
(Phoenix Reisen) Albatros 2019 Apr 22 – 22-day from Dubai to Genoa)
Azamara Journey 2020 Apr 26 – 16day from Dubai to Piraeus)
Azamara Pursuit 2020 Oct 17 – 15day from Piraeus to Dubai)
Azamara Quest 2020 Mar 28 – 17day from Dubai to Piraeus/Athens) 2018 Oct 13 – 19day from Piraeus-Athens to Dubai)
Oceania Insignia 2019 May 13 – 22day from Dubai to Rome)
Oceania Nautica 2019 Apr 27 – 21day from Dubai to Barcelona)

2020 May 19 – 20day from Dubai to Rome)

2018 Nov 16 – 20day from Piraeus to Dubai)

2019 Nov 17 – 20day from Rome) to Dubai)


Seabourn Encore 2019 May 8 – 18day from Dubai to Athens)

2020 May 5 – 18day from Dubai to Athens)

2018 Oct 20 – 19day from Athens to Dubai)

2019 Oct 21 – 19day from Athens to Dubai)

Seabourn Ovation 2019 Apr 7 – 20day from Dubai to Athens)

2020 Apr 5 – 20day from Dubai to Athens)

2018 Nov 14 – 20day from Athens to Dubai)

2019 Nov 13 – 19day from Athens to Dubai)

(Silversea) Silver Muse 2018 Oct 8 – 16day from Athens to Muscat Oman)
(Silversea) Silver Shadow 2019 Apr 26 – 15day from Dubai to Piraeus-Athens
(Silversea) Silver Spirit 2020 Mar 25 – 16day from Dubai to Athens) 2019 Oct 25 – 16day from Athens to Dubai)

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