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There was a certain level of excitement on the ship today as over the coming hours we would make our way through one of the most important shipping corridors in the world – the Suez Canal.
The canal was formally opened in November 1869, with the first ship to pass through being the Aigle (followed by a long procession of other ships). It became a commercial success and earned the company that built it (the Canal Company) a lot of money.
Due to ...
... as we passed lots of land marks and history. Monuments to the 1st & 2nd world wars and to the 6 day war in 1967. It was quite spectacular one side the Sinai Peninsula (Asian side) seemed quite barren mostly sand, while the African side was green and more habited, we passed a couple of larger cities on the banks of the Suez, this side gets it's water from the Nile This journey took 10 hours. The day started for us at 6 am, and was cooler than we were used to, but it got a ...
... can continue their journey. With a 26 mile give or take queue behind us, it could be some time.
We continue our journey passing small fishing boats which then cross the canal in our wake. Without engines the occupants row furiously to get safely across between one ship and the next. The same applied for the numerous car ferries we saw. There were long queues of lorries and cars waiting to cross the bridge, and they would quickly fill up and dash across ...
... who weren't ‘playing the game’. For us (and most of the guests) it was just another ‘Informal’ night!!
This evening show was a first. Usually on MSC Cruises, the shows are either internationally renowned songs and dancing or none verbal entertainment such as acrobats and bendy people. Tonight a ventriloquist was top billing. It was time for Claudio de Negri, a multilingual ventriloquist and magician from Switzerland turn in the ...
... waved and cheered as we passed. Deprived of much of the world's news, we were dismayed to find out that our "replacement stop" of Israel has now been cancelled too. We are now going to Aghios Nikolaos in Crete and then on to Piraeus, for Athens, which will be the first of two stops at Athens. We have also heard that pretty much all the Middle Eastern ports are off the agenda but we don't ...
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