Port Said (Cairo), Egypt Cruise Port
On Africa's northeastern coast is the cruise destination of Port Said, Egypt, about 124 miles from the capital city of Cairo. Near both the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal, Port Said was actually established while the canal was constructed in 1859. An important port for both trade and tourism, the grand old homes that line the streets give the city of 600,000 residents a distinctive look. Founded and named for the Sa'id of Egypt around 1859, development took years because of the lack of resources available (such as wood, stone, machinery, housing, food, and water). Once Egyptian cotton started exporting from the city and a railroad to Cairo was built, things started to take shape in earnest. With immigrants coming into the area, Port Said became a bustling international port with a multi-national population. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Port Said, Egypt:
One of the most scenic parts of town is the Waterfront Quarter or Corniche. The five-mile boardwalk stretches along the harbor and includes picturesque buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the walkway is raised, you'll also get some lovely views of the canal.
History buffs will be enthralled by a guided tour through the Suez Canal. Connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, the canal opened up shipping and eliminated the need to sail all around Africa. It'll feel like a different world as you pass the massive sand dunes lining the water, only to return to Earth with the friendly (and large) "Welcome to Egypt" sign on the canal bank.
The Port Said Military Museum was opened in 1964. It showcases area battles and documents the 1956 Suez Crisis as well as the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel. In the gardens are captured tanks and other captured war items.
For more views of the Suez Canal, check out the historic Lighthouse of Port Said, built in 1869. It was considered a marvel of architecture and a paragon of modernism for its time. It was registered as a national monument in Egypt during 2011.