Sail The Red Sea With Costa Cruises

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises is now offering 1-week voyages in the Red Sea for the entire 2010/2011 winter season. The line has deployed 2 ships, the 25,600-GRT Costa Marina and the 28,400-GRT Costa Allegra, to Sharm el Sheikh and is expected to carry 60,000 cruisers for the 38 sailings that cover Egypt, Israel and Jordan.


Following a day in-port at Sharm el Sheikh, the itinerary will take both vessels to the Israeli port of Eilat, where cruisers have the opportunity to visit Masada and the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. Neighbouring Aqaba is the next port call and Costa Cruises has arranged shore excursions to the ancient fortress-like city of Petra and the natural landscape of Wadi Rum, also known as “The Valley of the Moon”.


The ships then sail overnight to Safaga for a discovery of the wonders of ancient Egypt, including the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the famous statues of Amenhotep III, Temple of Karnak and the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor. The explorations continue at Sokhna, where cruisers can roam the streets of Cairo and the fascinating Pyramids of Giza, before returning in the evening for the cruise back to Sharm el Sheikh.


With a capacity for 800 passengers, the Costa Marina and Costa Allegra offer intimate cruising experiences for guests. The elegant furnishings and large windows are reminiscent of luxury superyachts, paired with gourmet dining and immaculate service from the crew onboard, whilst offering the recreational amenities to be expected of a cruise ship.


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