Cunard Cruise 2012
Trip Day 26
Sunday, April 15th
Transit of the Suez Canal

The first thing to happen today, assuming that Ciaro, Egypt is accessable for the shore excursions, is a stop in Suez, Egypt to drop off people who want to go see the pyramids and whatever else in the Ciaro area. This happens at something like 3:30 am. I was in Cairo at the pypamids not that long ago so I decided not to go again on this trip.

Later in the morning (but still early) the ship departs Suez and takes its place in a northbound convoy of ships waiting to transit the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is really just a large ditch just over 162 Km (about 101 miles) long dug between the north end of the Red Sea and the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea. It has no locks but is fairly narrow so the passage has to be slow and carefully managed.

The ship enters the canal at Suez at approximately 6:00 AM and it takes between 10 and 12 hours to complete the transit. There is a fairly complicated traffic management system that controls how this works because the canal is only wide enough for one ship at a time.

Once the ship exits the canal at the Mediterranian end it stops in Port Said to pickup any people that may have gone on those very early shore excursions to Cairo. They went to Cairo from Suez at the south end of the canal and return to the ship at Port Said at the north end.

The ship then heads for Alexandria, Egypt, almost due west arriving tomorrow morning.

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

There is no shore excursion for me this day with the transit of the canal being my big event for this day.

So, this is the plan for this day. It should be interesting!

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Soon to come!!!!

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