|The Red Sea cruises continue to be popular with itineraries incorporating the shores of Egypt, Israel and Jordan. Sharm el Sheikh is the main port of embarkation for Red Sea specific cruises and offers an ideal cruise and stay option, however some cruises start or finish in the southern Mediterranean which involves a transit through the remarkable Suez Canal.
Some of the more interesting sites around the Red Sea such as Luxor for example, require long road transfers to get to them so itineraries will often include an overnight stay in port allowing plenty of time to travel inland.
Most of the holiday resorts are located on a long stretch of coast referred to as the Red Sea Riviera. The Red Sea Riviera consists of resort cities lying on the western shore of the Gulf Aqaba and along the eastern shore of mainland Egypt south of the Gulf of Suez. Most of the Red Sea Riviera is a national Park, both under water and on land. Desert and marine life are protected by a numner of laws, and visitors not abiding to the regulations may be subject to heavy fines.