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Suez Canal

Port Said, Egypt
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Port Said
Type: Bodies of Water, Landmarks
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Owner description: Linking the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, this canal stretches more than 100 miles extending from Port Said to Port Tawfiq (near Suez), connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Gulf of Suez and thence with the Red Sea.
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Hebron, Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I never thought I'd have the chance to traverse this canal, so traveling it on the Star Pride was a major reason for signing up for that Windstar cruise. We were Initially advised that our convoy of ships would pass through beginning at 7 am but it turned out we entered about 4am so I missed Port Said. Dawn came... More

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Bastrop, TX
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75 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Port Said is a somewhat unappealing and unhistorical city at the north entrance to the Suez Canal. Cruise ship shore excursions to Cairo depart from here (they have only recently resumed). Tensions are high and military presence is everywhere, make the environment a little uncomfortable. The canal is impressive in its very existence, but not the engineering marvel like the... More

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Sandy, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I did the "Ditch" many times during my career as a merchant seaman. It's beautiful sailing thru the canal, many interesting landmarks on both sides. But it's surreal also. You can see areas along the desert edge where there are many burned out military vehicles from wars in the past. But definitely one of the most interesting places I've ever... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I had the chance to travel through the Suez Canal 12 times in my time in Egypt. All business trips. I am sure it is much different from a nice Cruise Ship with good company and some nice beverages. I've enjoyed my time as I've had Egyptians on board who tell us about the history, the war and their perspective.... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Was there summer of 2013. Being originally from there brings all good memories about this city. Taking the ferry to cross the canal is a very nice experience.

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Ghent, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visited for two days, maybe not enough time to appreciate it`s charms. The city like Hurghada, and possibly many others needs a lot of investment to bring the city back to life. Walked through part of the old city with Egyptian friends, got looks from all the local people as if we were from another planet. Although nothing was said... More

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Morayfield, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The Suez Canal is an experience which is one to remember. Sailing through, the one side covered with housing and trees, the other barren and bare. Natives rowing in canoes to the ship, selling their wares, climbing onto the ship, claiming their land, hosed off by ships officers with fire hoses. Carved elephants with ivory tusks for sale, mother of... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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255 reviews 255 reviews
89 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

We transited northwards from Suez City at 6 am as number 3 of 30 ships. The canal has no locks and relatively flat so very different then Panama. Also their are just 2/3 bridges so crossing is mostly done by ferries and pontoon bridges which are erected when needed. Every 1/4 to 1 mile a military guard is posted and... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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472 reviews 472 reviews
268 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

On board our cruise ship and so glad we decided to do this cruise to experience passing through the Suez Canal.

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Newton, New Hampshire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I'm one of the "been through the Suez Canal via ship" club members (also Panama!). It was via a commerical ship I boarded as part of my job; we were enroute from Yemen to Spain. It was incredible to have front row seats to the entire canal. Most likely if you travel to the area, you'll see it by land,... More

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