Wednesday, January 26, 2011

12 - 2011 Brilliance of the Seas - Suez Canal Cruise

Brilliance of the Seas - 14 Nights Suez Canal Cruise
Barcelona to Dubai, 10. - 25. January 2011
PORTS OF CALL: 
Barcelona, Spain; Alexandria, Egypt; Suez Canal; Aqaba, Jordan; Safaga, Egypt  and Dubai, United Arabic Emirates (UAE


Brilliance of the Seas passing Suez Canal January 16, 2011.
We arrived in the area off Port Said late Saturday afternoon. We anchored alongside more than 30 other ships, finalizing the paper work necessary for the passage.
1:00 AM we entered the canal at Port Said in a convoy of 6 ships.
The canal is aligned with the two areas where the north and southbound convoys can meet.
At 07:00 AM we had reached through the first half to Ismailia and Lake Timsah and at 09:00 AM we had reached Bitter Lake. Here we anchored up to wait for the northbound convoy, and at 11:00 AM we could proceed
towards City of Suez and the Red Sea. We left the canal at the City of Suez at 14:00 PM after 11 hours saileing and 2 hours of waiting at Bitter Lake.

Suez Canal
Suez Canal was opened in 1869 and is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea - from Port Said in north to City of Suez in south.
The canal is 193.30 km (120.11 miles) long, 24 m (79 ft) deep, and 205 metres (673 ft) wide. The ships are led through the canal in convoys and crossing takes 12 to 14 hours depending on whether one must wait for oncoming convoys. The channel goes through 2 lakes, Lake Timsah and Bitter Lake where it is possible for the convoys to meet. The right bank (West bank) of the canal is cultivated with lots of cities and oases, while the left bank (east bank) is the Sinai Desert. It was a great experience and fascinating to sail through the canal.