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Alexandria, Egypt

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Overview

Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt, with a population of over 4 million people. It's the most important port in all of Egypt and is located in the north-central region of the country.

This city was founded (in 332 BC) by the famous conquering Greek King, Alexander the Great. Alexandria became the capital of Egypt and served as such for over 800 years, until the Muslims conquered Egypt. In ancient times, Alexandria was one of the world's most important and famous cities. This is largely because during that period of time Alexandria was home to some of the most important sites in the world, including the Library of Alexandria, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. Prior to becoming Alexandria this area was known as Rhakotis. Much work has been done in recent years to reveal the details of this ancient civilization.

Today, Alexandria is a popular summer resort in the Middle East. It's also home to many famous tourist attractions, including the new Library of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca Alexandria. This historic city is also great for beach-lovers, as there are many public and private beaches in the area.

Some cruise ships use Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, as the actual port of call to give cruisers access to Alexandra. Cairo is about 140 miles from Alexandria.

Visas are required for entry into Egypt. This should be handled prior to your arrival.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Alexandria, Egypt (via Cairo):
Africa & Middle East
Asia
Europe


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Via Cairo, Egypt:
Seabourn Cruise Line



Currency
The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP). US dollars are widely accepted, but be sure to bring small change and bills to avoid having to get your change back in their currency. Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of Egypt is Arabic. There will not be many people that speak English, other than some tour guides and a few people working in some hotels and restaurants.


Tourist Attractions
Downtown Alexandria is called West al-Balad. It's a popular area to hang out at in this city, as there are many shops throughout it.

Corniche is a long stretching waterfront area, popular with tourists and locals. In this area you'll find various beaches, hotels, restaurants and stores. The Bibliotheca Alexandria (inaugurated in 2003) is a library and cultural center located in this area, along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It's an amazing work of architecture and is a commemoration of the famous ancient Library of Alexandria.

Not much of the ancient city of Alexandria remains today, due to earthquakes and rebuilding. Located on Alexandria's ancient acropolis is Pompey's Pillar, the most famous ancient monument still in the area.

Another ancient area in Alexandria are the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, a series of Alexandrian tombs featuring Roman, Greek and Egyptian influences. This area was used as a burial chamber from the 2nd through 4th centuries. They were rediscovered back in 1900.

Abu Mena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located about 45 km southwest of Alexandria. This area was a town whose remains are now an interesting area to visit.

Montaza Palace, built in 1892, was one of the palaces of the former Egyptian royal family. It's located in Alexandria's Montaza district, an area well known for its royal palaces and beautiful gardens.

The Citadel of Qaitbay is a fortress dating back to the 15th century. It is built on the ruins of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The Royal Jewelry Museum, located in Alexandria's Zizenia neighborhood, is a former palace (built in 1919) that now houses many rare paintings, ancient jewelry, statues and other works of art.

Some cruisers will opt to check out Cairo before and/or after a cruise departing and/or ending in Alexandria. Located along the world famous Nile River, Cairo is the most populated city in Africa.


Port Location
Cruise ships dock right in the cruise port (as tenders aren't typically needed). There's not much to do in the port area, besides a little souvenir shopping. Plenty of taxis should be available at the port, to take you wherever you want to go.
 
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