Suez Canal Cruises

See here the list of all of Suez Canal transit cruises 2024-2025-2026 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 provides a range from “affordable luxury” to really cheap big-sized ship travel deals. Not to forget this is a 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 at 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 a 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 a 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 the Red Sea are also very popular though optional Red Sea vacation deals. Know that snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, 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 the Red Sea:

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

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 Egypt’s most famous historical sites for touring – Luxor and Cairo.

Suez Canal facts

Suez Canal is an artificial waterway in Egypt, which is sea-level and connects the 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 the southern terminus at the Suez city; Ismailia lies on the west bank of Suez Canal, 3 km from the half-way point.
  • After first built, the canal was long 164 km, 8 m deep. After plenty 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 a single lane that has passing places in Great Bitter Lake and “Ballah By-Pass”. There are no locks and seawater freely flows through the canal. Generally, north of Bitter Lakes the canal flows south in summer and north in winter. South of lakes the current changes with the 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 the 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 revealed decreased bulk cargoes (5,7%) and container cargo ships (3,1%). To compete with the falling oil prices, the Suez Canal needed 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$4600 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$4600 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 a valid passport (at least six months of validation).

Suez Canal cruises from Australia to Europe

Choose a Freighter Cruise from AU$5730 pp for 48 days through the Suez Canal. This option includes a voyage by freighter from the 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 Genoa, Italy, and Chennai, India with Freighter Expeditions. For booking or inquiries 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 a valid passport (at least six months of 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 2024-2025 transition schedule

IMPORTANT: Due to instability in the Red Sea region (Houthi rebels attacks from Yemen), all major cruise companies canceled their scheduled transition itineraries through the Canal.

In January 2024, Egypt’s revenues from the waterway decreased by ~40% (over Jan 2023) due to ship diversions (mainly cargo/container ships).

Cruise lines/ships Spring 2024-2025 Summer Fall 2024-2025 Winter
AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff)
  • 2025 Mar 22 – 21day from Dubai to Palma De Mallorca
  • 2025 Mar 23 – 21day from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona
  • 2024 Oct 26 – 36day from Hamburg to Abu Dhabi
  • 2024 Nov 8 – 22day from Barcelona to Dubai
  • 2024 Nov 9 – 20day from Palma De Mallorca to Dubai
  • 2025 Oct 14 – 33day Hamburg to Abu Dhabi; 39day Hamburg to Dubai
  • 2025 Oct 25 – 21day Barcelona to Dubai
  • 2025 Oct 26 – 19day Palma de Mallorca to Dubai; 20day Palma de Mallorca to Dubai
  • 2025 May 20 – 19day from Dubai to Palma De Mallorca
  • 2026 Mar 4 – 22day Port Louis to Antalya
  • 2026 Mar 10 – 16day Mahe Island Seychelles to Antalya
  • 2024 Nov 15 – 17day from Antalya to Dubai
  • 2025 Nov 2 – 16day Antalya to Mahe Island Seychelles; 23day Antalya to Port Louis
Mein Schiff 3
Mein Schiff 4
  • 2025 Mar 24 – 16day from Dubai to Antalya)
  • 2024 Oct 12 – 15day from Antalya to Dubai)
Mein Schiff 6
  • 2025 May 21 – 16day from Dubai to Antalya)
  • 2024 Nov 3 – 16day from Iraklion to Dubai)
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Edge
Costa Cruises
Costa Toscana
Cunard Line
Queen Anne (new ship 2024)
  • 2025 Apr 7 – 20day from Dubai to Southampton)
Queen Elizabeth
MSC Cruises
MSC Opera
MSC Orchestra
MSC Splendida
MSC World America (new ship 2024)
MSC World Europa
MSC Virtuosa
NCL-Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Dawn
  • 2024 Nov 6 – 16day from Haifa to Dubai)
Norwegian Sky
  • 2024 Nov 18 – 16day from Haifa to Dubai)
Norwegian Sun
  • 2025 Apr 19 – 16day from Dubai to Haifa
P&O Cruises (UK and Australia)
  • 2025 Mar 25 – 19day from Dubai to Southampton)
RCI-Royal Caribbean International
Anthem Of The Seas
  • 2024 Oct 23 – 15day Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubai
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Saturn
  • 2025 Dec 27 – 20day Piraeus (Athens) to Mumbai
Viking Venus
  • 2025 Apr 4 – 20day Mumbai to Piraeus (Athens)
  • 2024 Oct 21 – 20day from Piraeus (Athens) to Mumbai
  • 2025 Sept 28 – 20day Piraeus (Athens) to Mumbai
Marella Cruises UK
Marella Discovery 2

Small and Luxury cruise lines’ ship relocation

Oceania Nautica
Seabourn Encore
Seabourn Venture
Silversea Silver Dawn
  • 2024 Nov 17 – 17day from Piraeus (Athens) to Doha)
Silversea Silver Moon
  • 2024 May 23 – 17day from Mumbai to Athens
Silversea Silver Spirit
  • 2024 Nov 16 – 16day from Piraeus (Athens) to Doha)
Silversea Silver Whisper
  • 2024 Nov 18 – 16day from Piraeus (Athens) to Mumbai)
RSSC-Regent Seven Seas Navigator
  • 2024 Apr 25 – 19day from Abu Dhabi UAE to Athens)
(Phoenix Reisen) Artania
  • 2024 Apr 21 – 23day from Dubai to Genoa)

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