Suez Canal Cruises

See here the list of all of Suez Canal transit cruises 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 travel 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 2019-2020 transition schedule

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


2019 Oct 16 – 19day (Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)
AIDAblu 2020 Mar 10 – 17day (Mahe, Seychelles to Iraklion) 2019 Nov 3 – 16day (Iraklion to Mahe), 23-day to Port Louis
AIDAprima 2019 Oct 25 – 18day (Palma De Mallorca to Abu Dhabi)


2019 Oct 9 – 19day (Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)
Mein Schiff 3
Mein Schiff 4
Mein Schiff 5  

2020 Mar 23 – 16day (Dubai to Iraklion)


2019 Oct 4 – 16day (Iraklion to Dubai)

Mein Schiff 6  

2020 April 4 – 15day (Dubai to Iraklion)

2019 Oct 27 – 16day (Iraklion to Dubai)
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Beyond new ship 2020
Celebrity Constellation 2020 Apr 1 – 15day (Dubai to Rome) 2019 Nov 18 – 15day (Rome to Dubai)
Costa Cruises
Costa Diadema 2020 Mar 14 – 21day Suez Canal (Dubai to Rome) 2019 Nov 3 – 19day (Rome to Dubai)
Costa Fortuna 2020 Mar 10 – 22day (Singapore to Savona) 2019 Nov 9 – 24day (Rome to Singapore)
Costa Luminosa
Costa Mediterranea 2020 Mar 14 – 27day (Port Louis to Venice) 2019 Oct 3 – 21day (Genoa to Saint-Denis)
Costa neoRiviera
Costa Venezia new ship 2019
Costa Victoria 2020 March 7 – 21day (Male to Savona)
Cunard Line
Queen Mary 2 2020 Jan 3 – 27day Suez Canal, from New York to Dubai
Fred Olsen Cruise Line
ms Black Watch 2019 Feb 4 – 24day (Dubai to Southampton)
ms Boudicca 2020 Feb 20 – 14day (Dubai to Limassol)


Holland America Line
MS Amsterdam 2019 Mar 23 – 26day (Singapore to Barcelona)
MSC Cruises
MSC Bellissima 2019 Nov 13 – 17day (Genoa to Dubai); 18-day to Abu Dhabi
MSC Lirica 2019 Nov 21 – 20day (Venice to Dubai)
MSC Musica
MSC Orchestra  

2020 Apr 18 – 25day (Durban to Venice)


2019 Oct 18 – 29day (Genoa to Durban)

NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Spirit 2020 Feb 10 – 21day (Rome to Dubai)
P&O Cruises (UK, Australia)
Arcadia 2020 Mar 24 – 19day (Dubai to Southampton)
Oceana 2020 Mar 18 – 15day (Dubai to La Valletta) 2019 Oct 17 – 14day (La Valletta to Dubai)
Princess Cruises
Sapphire Princess 2019 Oct 31 – 26day (Southampton to Dubai)
Sea Princess
Pullmantur Cruises (Royal Caribbean Spain)
mv Horizon
Royal Caribbean International
Explorer Of The Seas
Jewel Of The Seas 2020 Mar 23 – 16day (Dubai to Rome) 2019 Nov 30 – 16day from Rome to Dubai
Spectrum Of The Seas new ship 2019
Marella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Marella Discovery

Small and Luxury cruise lines ship relocation

(Cruise And Maritime Voyages / CMV Columbus (former Pacific Pearl)
(Phoenix Reisen) Amadea
(Phoenix Reisen) Albatros
Azamara Journey 2020 Apr 26 – 16day (Dubai to Piraeus)
Azamara Pursuit 2020 Oct 17 – 15day (Piraeus to Dubai)
Azamara Quest 2020 Mar 28 – 17day (Dubai to Piraeus/Athens)
Oceania Insignia
Oceania Nautica 2020 May 19 – 20day (Dubai to Rome) 2019 Nov 17 – 20day (Rome) to Dubai)
Seabourn Encore 2020 May 5 – 18day (Dubai to Athens) 2019 Oct 21 – 19day (Athens to Dubai)
Seabourn Ovation 2020 Apr 5 – 20day (Dubai to Athens) 2019 Nov 13 – 19day (Athens to Dubai)
(Silversea) Silver Shadow
(Silversea) Silver Spirit 2020 Mar 25 – 16day (Dubai to Athens) 2019 Oct 25 – 16day (Athens to Dubai)

2020 Nov 5 – 17day (Athens to Dubai)

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