I have been through the Panama Canal over a couple dozen times and am still impressed, as it is an engineering wonder, but today was my very first daylight transit of The Suez Canal, or “Ditch through the Desert”.
When it opened in 1869, the canal was 200 to 300 ft wide at the surface, but only 72 ft wide at the bottom, with a depth of 26 ft. Over the years, the canal has been widened and dredged deeper on multiple occasions, with the last project being completed in 2015.
Enjoy the photographs of our transit from South to North.
Since we had a day off from Baggo, it was a quiet morning, but the afternoon and evening were busy. Rather than have officers join us for dinner tonight, we started a new initiative of inviting crew members to join us for dinner, recognising the great service we have received.
This evening, Judi and I dined with our cabin stewards, who were both very comfortable with the experience and enjoyed their meal.
At 16:00, today’s ship tour included the I-95 and storerooms. More photos under activities.
Approaching Suez Canal
Shortly after 04:00 we heard the anchor being weighed, so our Suez Canal transit will be in daylight.
05:15 Entering Suez Canal
I will post more photos of the canal over next couple of days. It is currently 07:30 and we are entering Great Bitter Lake.
Suez Canal Transit – 19:00 June 21st to 04:00 June 22nd
Originally scheduled to commence the transit in the early morning of June 21st, so should have seen the entire canal during daylight, but we awoke to find the ship still swinging on the hook, or at anchor. Due to ongoing engineering works in the canal and delays to the southbound convoy, our departure time was repeatedly put back throughout the day, eventually departing the anchorage shortly after 18:30.