Suez Canal Cruises

See here the list of all of Suez Canal transit cruises 2020 and 2021 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 reveals a decreased number of bulk cargo (5,7%) and container cargo ships (3,1%). To compete with the falling oil prices, the 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 a valid passport (at least six months of 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 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 2020-2021 transition schedule

Cruise lines / ships Spring 2020-2021 Summer Fall 2020-2021 Winter
AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff)

2020 Apr 17 – 13day (Dubai to Palma De Mallorca)


2020 Oct 14 – 19day (Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)
AIDAblu 2020 Mar 10 – 17day (Mahe, Seychelles to Iraklion)

2021 Mar 9 – 17day (Mahe to Iraklion)

2020 Oct 30 – 18day (Iraklion to Mahe)
AIDAprima 2020 Apr 14 – 17day (Abu Dhabi to Palma De Mallorca) 2020 Oct 2 – 19day (Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)
AIDAvita 2020 Apr 14 – 19day (Dubai to Palma De Mallorca) 2020 Oct 7 – 19day (Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)
Mein Schiff 3
Mein Schiff 4
Mein Schiff 5 2020 Mar 23 – 16day (Dubai to Iraklion) 2020 Nov 12 – 17day (Antalya to Dubai)
Mein Schiff 6 2020 April 4 – 15day (Dubai to Iraklion)

2021 Mar 15 – 16day (Dubai to Iraklion)

2020 Oct 9 – 16day (Iraklion to Dubai)
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Beyond new ship 2020
Celebrity Constellation 2020 Apr 1 – 15day (Dubai to Rome)
Costa Cruises
Costa Diadema 2020 Mar 14 – 21day (Dubai to Rome)

2021 Mar 13 – 21day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome)

2020 Sept 28 – 21day (Civitavecchia (Rome) to Abu Dhabi)
Costa Fortuna 2020 Mar 19 – 21day (Singapore to Savona)
Costa Luminosa
Costa Mediterranea 2020 Mar 14 – 27day (Port Louis to Venice) 2020 Oct 23 – 22day (Venice to Singapore)
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 (New York to Dubai)

2021 Mar 29 – 21day (Dubai to Southampton)

Fred Olsen Cruise Line
ms Black Watch
ms Boudicca 2020 Feb 20 – 14day (Dubai to Limassol)

2021 Feb 25 – 14day (Muscat to Limassol)

Holland America Line
MS Amsterdam
MSC Cruises
MSC Bellissima
MSC Lirica 2020 Apr 18 – 20day (Dubai to Venice)

2021 Apr 11 – 19day (Dubai to Venice)

2020 Oct 30 – 16day (Venice to Dubai)
MSC Musica 2021 Apr 21 – 25day (Durban to Venice) 2020 Oct 25 – 26day (Venice to Durban)
MSC Opera 2021 Mar 9 – 24day (Durban to Venice) 2020 Nov 8 – 29day (Venice to Durban)
MSC Orchestra 2020 Apr 18 – 25day (Durban to Venice)
MSC Seaview 2021 Mar 13 – 16day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome) 2020 Nov 17 – 18day (Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubai)
MSC Splendida 2020 Mar 12 – 16day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome); 17-day to Genoa
NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Dawn 2021 Jan 18 – 21day (Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubai)

2021 Mar 21 – 22day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome)

Norwegian Jade 2020 Mar 18 – 22day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome)
Norwegian Spirit 2020 Feb 10 – 21day (Rome to Dubai)
P&O Cruises (UK, Australia)
Arcadia 2021 Mar 25 – 19day (Dubai to Southampton)
Oceana 2021 Mar 22 – 19day (Dubai to Southampton) 2020 Oct 15 – 14day (La Valletta to Dubai)
2021 Oct 11 – 20day (Southampton to Dubai)
Princess Cruises
Grand Princess 2021 Apr 4 – 16day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome)
Island Princess 2021 Mar 4 – 28day (Singapore to Venice)
Regal Princess 2020 Oct 17 – 17day (Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubai)
Sapphire Princess
Sea Princess 2020 Jun 3 – 29day (Dubai to Dover)

2021 Jun 21 – 30day (Dubai to Dover)

Pullmantur Cruises (Royal Caribbean Spain)
mv Horizon 2020 Mar 15 – 14day (Dubai to Piraeus (Athens)

2021 Mar 14 – 14day (Dubai to Piraeus (Athens)

2020 Nov 12 – 16day (Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai)
Royal Caribbean International
Explorer Of The Seas
Jewel Of The Seas 2020 Mar 23 – 16day (Dubai to Rome)

2021 Mar 22 – 16day (Dubai to Barcelona)

2020 Nov 26 – 16day (Rome to Dubai)
Marella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Marella Celebration 2021 Mar 10 – 14day (Dubai to Limassol) 2020 Dec 2 – 13day (Limassol to Dubai)
Marella Discovery 2020 Apr 16 – 16day (Muscat to Palma De Mallorca)

2020 Apr 24 – 8day (Aqaba to Palma De Mallorca)

Marella Discovery 2 2020 Nov 5 – 7day (Naples to Aqaba)

Small and Luxury cruise lines ship relocation

(Cruise And Maritime Voyages / CMV Columbus (former Pacific Pearl)
CMV Marco Polo 2021 Jan 5 – 65day (Bristol to Hong Kong)

2021 Mar 11 – 45day (Hong Kong to Bristol)

CMV Vasco da Gama (former Pacific Eden) 2020 Mar 9 – 46day (Singapore to London)

2021 Mar 2 – 45day (Singapore to London)

(Phoenix Reisen) Amadea 2021 Apr 30 – 22day (Mumbai to Villefranche (Nice)
(Phoenix Reisen) Amera / former MS Prinsendam 2020 Dec 22 – 21day (Monaco to Colombo)
(Phoenix Reisen) Albatros
(Phoenix Reisen) Artania 2020 Dec 13 – 21day Suez Canal (Genoa to Dubai)
Azamara Journey 2020 Apr 26 – 16day (Dubai to Piraeus) 2021 Nov 2 – 16day (Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai)
Azamara Pursuit 2021 May 27 – 23day (Singapore to Piraeus (Athens) 2020 Oct 17 – 15day (Piraeus to Dubai)
Azamara Quest 2020 Mar 28 – 17day (Dubai to Piraeus/Athens)
Oceania Insignia 2021 Apr 26 – 22day (Dubai to Istanbul)
Oceania Nautica 2020 May 19 – 20day (Dubai to Rome)

2021 Jun 6 – 20day (Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome)

2020 Nov 16 – 20day (Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai)

2021 Nov 12 – 20day (Istanbul to Dubai)

Oceania Sirena 2021 Mar 10 – 22day (Dubai to Piraeus (Athens) 2020 Nov 21 – 20day (Istanbul to Dubai)
Seabourn Encore 2020 May 5 – 18day (Dubai to Athens)

2021 May 11 – 18day (Dubai to Piraeus (Athens)

2020 Oct 20 – 18day (Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai)

2021 Nov 3 – 18day (Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai)

Seabourn Ovation 2020 Apr 5 – 20day (Dubai to Athens)

2020 Apr 1 – 18day (Dubai to Athens)

2021 Nov 7 – 16day (Athens to Dubai)
(Silversea) Silver Moon 2021 Nov 1 – 16day (Piraeus (Athens) to Dubai)
(Silversea) Silver Shadow
(Silversea) Silver Spirit 2020 Mar 25 – 16day (Dubai to Athens) 2020 Nov 5 – 17day (Athens to Dubai)
(Silversea) Silver Whisper 2021 Apr 23 – 17day (Mumbai to Piraeus (Athens)
Viking Sun 2021 Apr 7 – 26day (Mumbai to Venice)

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