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Feb 21, 2018 - Cruising the Suez Canal

Today we are sailing thru the Suez Canal on to Haifa where we dock tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Our Egyptian program directors will be leaving the ship by tender when we exit the canal at Port Said and our Isreali ones will rejoin us when we arrive in Haifa. Ahmed was our program director while in Egypt and we ended up sharing 3 meals with him. He is in his mid-30's with a wife and 2 young children and an expert on Egyptian history. His father and grandfather were tour guides. He is Muslim with very liberal views and his children's education...

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Apr 13, 2016 - 12 April 2016 - Port Said, Egypt

A fairly short drive today (around 5 hours) to Port Said, and our police escort stayed with us all the way, changing personnel at each checkpoint. They must have arranged this last night as two police cars with armed policemen were waiting at each checkpoint. I don't know how far they are coming with us - we'll find out tomorrow when we drive to Alexandria. Our trip today followed the Suez Canal in the Gulf of Suez, so a fairly sensitive area. Could be the reason for the armed guards. Just a lazy afternoon before we go out for tea this...

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Oct 15, 2010 - Oct 15 Port Said & Suez Canal

Today we took a trip to Port Said to see the Suez Canal. The hotel wanted US$60 each for a car and driver which we thought was too much, so early this morning we headed off to the bus station and bought tickets on a bus to Port Said. The bus was air conditioned and three hours later we arrived in Port Said and arranged a taxi to take us to see the canal. The driver spoke good English and was very friendly, the car was a wreck! I sat in the back seat behind the driver and the back of the driver's seat rested on my lap. One good thing was...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Transiting The Suez Canal

Tuesday 6th April – Suez Canal Awoke about 4a.m. to a stench in the cabin, half asleep and thinking it was the drains, I quickly put plugs in and a towel over the plug hole in the shower. By this time I was wide awake, the smell was sickening, Bill opened the door to the balcony to take a peek outside and quickly shut it; we now know where the smell was coming from. The ship had arrived at Suez to disembark passengers going to the pyramids and I think we had stirred something from the bottom of the sea! It was disgusting – I resorted to the...

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Nov 26, 2009 - Thanksgiving

Port Said is here because it is located at the mouth of the Suez Canal. Even in ancient times people dreamed about a route between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The isthmus of desert here is less than one hundred miles, but for people with shovels, building the canal was a big deal. It opened in 1869 and was an immediate commercial success for the British who built it and this lead to Egypt being their protectorate until 1952 when the canal was nationalized. It remained open until the Egyptians lost the Six Days War with Israel in 1967...

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Nov 18, 2008 - Cairo and the Pyramids

Cairo and the Pyramids November 18, 2008 We were up very early and in the buses by 6:30 and then we sat there until 8:00! We had to form our convoy and it consisted of about 70 buses. Each bus had an armed guard and there were armed escorts with us all the way to Cairo and back.. When we did leave, the streets had been cleared and all of the traffic was stopped on the side streets. There were several check points all along our route to Cairo. Port Said is the entrance to the Suez Canal. Most of Egypt is on the African Continent and only The...

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Apr 28, 2008 - Egypt

Sorry it took us an eternity to get back to our page....we had lost any internet connection we had for days.... Egypt is definitely a land of extreme contrasts, extreme beauty, extreme poverty, and extreme antiquity. We pulled into Port Said, approximately a 3 hour bus ride to Cairo. As we disembarked from our boat, our first culture shock had occurred. We were surrounded by merchants and street vendors, literally putting their goods into our hands, including bags, loaded with their goods and then expecting immediate payment for things we...

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Nov 3, 2007 - Alexandria to Port Said

We arrived in Port Said, just after 10pm and got to our hotel, to our surprise, our mid range 3star hotel, was absolutely not what we had expected. It was not even a one star, never mind three. but it was late and we needed a place to stay. It the morning we headed out to see the sights of Port Said and the "busy port" at the opening of the Sues canal, only to find out that it wasn't all that busy and we only saw one cargo ship go by in the hr we watched the area....however, we did take a free ferry to cross the Canal and therofre we...

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May 26, 2007 - Port Said

Port Said, the Suez to Ismailia 26 May 2007 Sailed over night from Ashkalom, Israel to Port Said, Egypt. This is where the boat gets measured to go through the Suez and we get our visas for Egypt and the Sudan. We were hoping we could get all that done and go through the first half of the canal today but no luck.. That would have been good as the "Yacht Club" at Port Said leaves a little to be desired! See photo. We had to spend the night at the Port Said Yacht Club. Terrible location on the main channel with bad swell and mosquitos....

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Jan 21, 2006 - Madame Cholet her hand maiden and the other servants.

Hello all, Well, did the title whet your appetite for a good read? The Croatian Cruise - January 2006 An early morning flight from Edinburgh, via Frankfurt, found us at Split airport on a chilly January afternoon - but at least it was not raining - yet. A very helpful girl (Nada) at the Alamo car hire desk had us sorted in a matter of minutes and we were upgraded - sadly not to a Merc - but a Ford Focus. We then had a drive down memory lane - literally - we visited Trogir and went to see Camping Seget - where we spent 5 weeks in 2004. The...

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Sep 10, 2004 - Port Said, Egypt

At this point we were ready not to see tourists for a while. The original plan was to go to Luxor from here, but neither the 12-18 hour overnight bus ride, nor seeing even more tourists sounded appealing. We changed our plan and decided to go check out the Suez Canal and Alexandria. We took a bus to Suez first at the southern end of the canal. When getting close to the North end of the Gulf of Suez we could see the boats lining up to the canal. From what we saw from the bus Suez has little to offer for visitors. Large parts of it give you...

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