Cunard Cruise 2012
Trip Day 25
Saturday, April 14th
Sharem el Sheikh, Egypt

Today the ship arrives in Sharem el Sheikh, Egypt.

There is no time change since the ship is back in Egypt which is 7 hours ahead of home and is what is known as Eastern European Time or EET.

The shore the excursion I picked for today is called "St Catherine's Monastery". It is scheduled to leave at 7:30 am and last 9 hours. Here is the description:

Your unique opportunity to visit the monastery that is thought to have been built around Moses’ Burning Bush.

At St Catherine’s Monastery the most sanctified building is the church with the chapel of the Burning Bush from which God spoke to Moses. The chapel is dedicated to St Catherine, the legendary martyr of Alexandria, who was tortured for her Christianity. Her body disappeared and, according to legend, was transported by angels to the highest mountain peak in the Sinai. Three centuries later some monks of the Monastery, following a dream, found her body and placed it in a gold-plated sarcophagus, which now stands in the Basilica Choir.

The Monastery holds some of the world’s best preserved and priceless ancient manuscripts and icons, some of which are actually on display in the church.

A buffet luncheon, including refreshments will be served at a deluxe beach resort on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba.

As always there are some additional notes and here those are:

Note: It can be very crowded in the Monastery due to the restricted opening hours, and the areas visited may vary from the above itinerary. Visitors to St Catherine’s Monastery will need to respect the quiet and calm of this Holy site and dress accordingly: no shorts, and shoulders and knees must be covered. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes and a sun hat are recommended. Photography is permitted inside the Monastery (excluding the chapel), however videos are not allowed. There is a considerable amount of walking over uneven surfaces and steps. Journey time to and from St Catherine’s Monastery is three hours each way; coaches are equipped with toilets.

So, this is the plan for this day.

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