Cruise Lines are Scrambling for New Ports in North Africa

Camel Trek in the Sinai Peninsula

Camel Trek in the Sinai Peninsula

The major cruise lines finally added some very interesting new ports to their collection. Those ports include Libya, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and many new and interesting ports in Egypt. The cruise lines have made visiting Egypt sites including Luxor, Karnak, the Sinai Peninsula and the Biblical and diving areas that are available in Egypt. Also, the port of Aqaba in Jordan has been made available by the lines. This has provided access to the impressive Biblically prophetic city of Petra.

Sadly, now the lines are scrambling to replace these ports with those including Cyprus, Crete and of course spending more time in Israel and Greece.

The Red Sea ports of Aquaba, Nuweiba, Taba and Sharm el Sheik offers diving and water sports that have only recently been discovered by Americans and Canadians. There are still privately chartered cruises throughout the Red Sea that are operating. There is also a European line that is going to begin operating in the Red Sea on 7-day round-trip itineraries. I hope they are able to maintain the market and that more lines don’t leave the area due to the potential unrest.