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Cruise the Red Sea, Egypt and Jordan

Few destinations can match the Red Sea for its exotic promise of history, mystery and spectacular natural beauty

Our collection of carefully selected Red Sea cruises reward the traveller with ancient cities, sacred sites and some of the richest marine habitats under the sun.

Cruise Collection 2024/ 2025/ 2026

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  • 21-night Ancient Reflections Voyage

    Azamara Onward
    Bodrum 21 Nights Cruise Only from £4456pp Dubai, Salalah, Jeddah, 'Aqaba, Safaga, Sokhna, Cruising Suez Canal (Passage), Ashdod, Haifa, Bodrum, Kusadasi, Istanbul
  • Oriental Wonders & Civilisations

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Choice of Ships
    Muscat Mosque 10 Nights Cruise Only from £4690pp Doha, Manama, Ad Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Khasab, Ad Dimaniyat Islands, Sur, Muscat
  • A Journey into the Soul of the Desert

    Explora Journeys
    Explora II
    Rub Al Khali Camels 9 Nights Cruise Only from £4845pp Jeddah, Luxor, 'Aqaba, Sharm El Sheikh, Al Wajh, Jeddah
  • Adriatic To Aegean Stars

    Alexandria City 20 Nights Cruise Only from £6099pp Venice (Italy), Split (Croatia), Bari (Italy), Kotor (Montenegro), Cruising the Mediterranean Sea, Kavalla (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey), Izmir, Heraklion (Iraklion), Crete (Greece), Piraeus, Santorini, Cruising the Aegean Sea, Alexandria (Egypt), Port Said, Ashdod (Israel), Haifa, Cruising the Aegean Sea, Kusadasi (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Treasures of the Red Sea, Egypt and Jordan

    La Belle De L'Adriatique
    Petra, Jordan 7 Nights Exclusive 7-night fly-cruise package available from just £1995pp Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, 'Aqaba, Sharm El Sheikh  
  • The Red Land - Kingdoms and Pharaohs

    Elixir Cruises
    Mosque in Hurghada 7 Nights Hurghada - Embarkation, Sharm El Sheik, Aqaba, Aqaba - At Sea, Duba, Duba - At Sea, Hurghada, Hurghada - Disembarkation  
  • Splendours of the Red Sea

    Harmony V
    Tel Aviv 7 Nights Celebrate 75 years of Variety Cruises with 75 Euro OBC per cabin! Aqaba (Jordan), Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) - Hurghada, Hurghada - Luxor, Luxor - Hurghada, Suez, Suez - Port Said, Tel Aviv (Israel)  

About Red Sea Cruises

The Egyptian capital of Cairo provides easy access to The Great Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx as well as the priceless Tutankhamen collection.

Hurghada, on the Gulf of Suez, is Egypt’s link between the treasures at Luxor and Karnak and the Red Sea Riviera. The sand dunes and beaches at nearby Safaga are popular with sun worshippers and bathers alike, the warm waters being rich in skin-pampering salts and minerals. On the Gulf of Aqaba, the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh offers sandy beaches and some of the world’s best-preserved coral reefs, a perfect place for snorkelling, scuba diving or taking a trip in a glass-bottomed boat.

The Sinai Peninsula plays a major role in biblical stories with Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt across the Red Sea into the Sinai desert. Mount Sinai is thought to be where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. The impressively fortified 6th century St Catherine’s Monastery lies at the foot of the mountain on the holy site of the Burning Bush.

The water-sport and diving playground of Aqaba is the gateway to two spectacular sites in Jordan – Wadi Rum and Petra. A dramatic desert valley of wind-sculpted sandstone monoliths, Wadi Rum is the site of Lawrence of Arabia’s Bedouin encampments and was the backdrop to David Lean’s celebrated film.

Carved from solid rose-red stone, the ancient fortress city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Once a wealthy city at the heart of the Classical world, Petra then remained forgotten amid the Jordanian mountains for over 2,000 years.

Map of the Red SeaMap of the Red Sea Temple of Karnak, Luxor, EgyptTemple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt

Red Sea Highlights

Abu Dhabi

Cruises visiting the capital of the United Arab Emirates usually arrive at Mina Zayed Port, where there are buses to the city three miles away. The beach-side Corniche leads to a new Wakeboarding park offering free lessons and to Heritage Village, a glimpse of traditional life. In Al Bateen Shipyard, visitors can learn the techniques of dhow building. The chief sight in Abu Dhabi is Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a huge white building with 80 domes which accommodates 40,000 people. Trips may be offered to the oasis city of Al Ain, its fort and camel market.

Abu Dhabi (UAE)Abu Dhabi (UAE)


Adabiyah is an Egyptian port, situated south of Suez and north of the resort of El Sokhna. There is no town attached to the port, which is used as a base for tours to Cairo, the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.


Aqaba is Jordan's main port and the country's only town on the Red Sea, reached through the Gulf of Aqaba which is just 24km wide. Aqaba was conquered by Lawrence of Arabia in a dawn raid from across the Wadi Rum desert. Nowadays visitors come to Aqaba for its clear waters, amazing coral and countless exotic fish, and to visit the spectacular rocky city of Petra. Carved from solid rose-red stone, the ancient fortress city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Aqaba (Jordan)Aqaba (Jordan)


The busy commercial port of Ashdod is a gateway to Tel Aviv in the north, and to the Holy Land cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Tel Aviv's collection of over 4000 Bauhaus buildings has earned it a World Heritage listing. Traditional Tel Aviv can be experienced in the Kerem, or Vineyard District which has shady gardens, spice shops and a large market. Visits to Jerusalem may include the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Dome of the Rock and perhaps a journey through the Judean Hills to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.


Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and its chief port. Although a Middle-eastern city, it has a Mediterranean atmosphere. It was the site of the lighthouse of Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which is now the site of Qaitbey Fort. Alexandria is also famous for its library and the Kom el Shokafa Catacombs, large burial grounds three floors deep.

Cairo (Alexandria, Egypt)Cairo (Alexandria, Egypt)


Cruise ships arrive in Dubai's well-designed and equipped cruise terminal, which has a Business Centre providing free internet access, and a taxi rank. Dubai's dramatic skyline now includes the world's highest skyscraper, the 2717-foot Burj Khalifa. Popular visits in Dubai are its numerous shopping malls, gold and spice souks, the narrow streets of Al-Bastakia and the Creek's cargo-laden dhows, Jumeirah Mosque and 4 x 4 safaris in the desert dunes.

Dubai (UAE)Dubai (UAE)


This popular resort is Israel's only Red Sea port, situated on the Gulf of Aqaba. It offers good beaches, nightlife, desert landscapes and scuba diving above pristine coral reefs. Eilat is a VAT free port and the stores in Mall Hayam sells goods at competitive prices. Timna Valley Park has interesting sandstone formations, including King Solomon's Pillars, and at their base is the excavated Shrine of Hathor, a 14BC Egyptian Temple.

Eilat (Israel)Eilat (Israel)


Al Fujayrah is the most mountainous of the seven Arab Emirates, and benefits from the cooling air of the Gulf of Oman. The main sights in and around the city are the Heritage Village which includes the mud brick Fujairah Fortress and the segregated swimming spas of Ain Al Madhab Gardens, and the 15th-century Al Bidyah Mosque, the oldest in the UAE. Bull Butting contests are a popular tradition in Al Fujayrah and take place every Friday.

Fujairah (UAE)Fujairah (UAE)


Haifa is one of Israel's prettiest cities, crowned by Mount Carmel. There are several interesting sights, including the lush gardens of the Carmel Nature Reserve, the cave of the Prophet Elijah and the former German Colony, established in 1868 as an agricultural community and now one of Haifa's most picturesque areas. Wadi Nisnas is a network of narrow alleys, restaurants, old stone houses and Turkish haanim which is occupied by Jews and Arabs.

Haifa (Israel)Haifa (Israel)


The old harbour of Muscat is flanked by the twin forts of Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani, and beside the port is the elaborate Al-Alam Palace and gardens, the home of Sultan Qaboos. Muscat's wealth was built on the trading of mother of pearl, frankincense and fish, which can all be bought in the city's souks. The main sight in Muscat is the magnificent Grand Mosque, completed in 2001. Its spacious interior is lined with marble and hung with crystal chandeliers. Tours by 4x4 into the desert wadis may be offered.

Muscat (Oman)Muscat (Oman)

Port Said

Port Said sits at the Mediterranean entrance to the Suez Canal on the north coast of Egypt and is the starting point for excursions to Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.


Safaga attracts tourists from all over the world to its wide bay with splendid turquoise waters and long beaches. It is a favourite Red Sea resort for windsurfers - the World Championships were held here in 1993 - and for scuba diving experts and enthusiasts, with an incredible variety of underwater life. Safaga is the starting point for excursions to the famed Egyptian ruins of the Temple of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings where Egyptian rulers were buried.


Salalah has a temperate climate and lush vegetation and is well-known for its frankincense trees, which are used to extract rubber resign for incense products. There are the ruins of a palace in Salalah which is said to have belonged to the Queen of Sheba, and on the peak of Ittin are the remains of the tomb of the prophet Job.

Salalah (Oman)Salalah (Oman)


This lively beach resort on the Sinai Peninsula has therapeutic thermal springs, palm-fringed beaches and a wide variety of shops. The island of Tiran is a popular visit for diving and snorkelling. A day's excursion from here is St Catherine's Monastery. the walled enclave in the shadow of Mount Sinai, built on the site of the burning bush which appeared to Moses.

Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt)Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt)

Suez Canal

Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal took 10 years to build, and after several extensions is now 120 miles long, running at sea level for its entire length with no locks. It runs between Port Said in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Suez in the Red Sea, and allows shipping to avoid the long journey around Africa and the Cape, connecting Europe to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.