With its prime location on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el Sheikh offers visitors a compelling mix of desert ambiance and seaside resort charm. Its nickname - “City of Peace” - is well suited, given its dry, hot climate and its famous Red Sea beaches. Only about half a century ago, Sharm el Sheikh was a sleepy fishing village; during the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula, however, tourism in the area flourished. Despite being a part of Egypt once more, Sharm el Sheikh remains a very popular port of call. Between world-class diving opportunities, Middle Eastern flavors and the incredibly scenic Strait of Tiran, Tiran Island and , Na’ama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh truly has something for everyone.
Off the Ship—Sightseeing & Things To Do
If you’re lucky enough to be on a cruise that stops in at Sharm el Sheikh, don’t miss out on the unique opportunities presented by the exotic desert destination. The intriguing combination of Middle Eastern tradition and seaside resort makes Sharm el Sheikh one place that you absolutely must get out and explore. Whether you scuba dive or just check out the Bedouin handicrafts, you’re bound to have an exhilarating – and unforgettable – time!
There is plenty to see and do in Sharm el Sheikh, and it’s easy to enjoy this port of call regardless of where your tastes may lie. Consider seeing and/or doing one of these things while in Sharm el Sheikh:
Diving reigns supreme in Sharm el Sheikh; in fact, it is probably what this destination is best known for in general. If you enjoy scuba diving, you absolutely must make a point of partaking in some while here. The reefs of Ras Mohammed and Tiran are the most popular – and enjoyable – places to dive at in the area, but the Red Sea presents many excellent options for everyone from beginners to experts.
Because Sharm el Sheikh abuts the desert, camel trekking is an immensely popular activity. What better way to remind yourself about where you are than to roam the desert on a camel? There are several places right in Sharm el Sheikh where you can sign up for this unforgettable experience.
Also known as Mount Moses, this local landmark is commonly thought to be the site where Moses gave the Ten Commandments. You can travel to the top of the mountain on foot, or hitch a ride on a camel. From the top you can enjoy a stunning, panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Enjoy breathtaking views of Na’ama Bay and other parts of Sharm el Sheikh by parasailing. It’s easy to find places to parasail upon docking, and enjoying this activity won’t eat up too much of your time. It’s the best way to experience a truly bird’s eye view of this scenic port of call.
Sharm el Sheikh is truly a bargain hunter’s paradise, and the Na’ama Center is one of the best areas in this port of call to track down incredible finds. Getting to the Na’ama Center is easy – it is located right in the central part of Sharm el Sheikh. The best finds? Fake designer sunglasses, purses and other accessories, which are in abundance in this shopping mecca.
Best Souvenir To Bring Back To the Cruise Ship
If you’re going to buy anything while in Sharm el Sheikh, make it a craft from a local Bedouin. Whether you choose leatherwork, pottery or jewelry, you’re sure to find a delightful memento to remember your visit to this exotic port of call by.
Eating – Sample the Local Cuisine
One thing’s for sure: you won’t go hungry in Sharm el Sheikh. There are plenty of fish market-style restaurants to choose from here, especially around Il Mercata – the main marketplace in the city. A nice assortment of dining establishments featuring international cuisine is also available. Don’t miss out on the many great Middle Eastern specialties available here, either. However, if you only eat or drink one thing while in Sharm el Sheikh, make it fresh guava juice. It’s available at many cafes and small stands in Sharm el Sheikh, and its tropical, fruity flavor is not to be missed. Try it once, and you’ll associate guava with Sharm el Sheikh forevermore.
When, Where, and How
When To Go
Summers in Sharm el Sheikh – from June through August – are very hot; many would say uncomfortably so. If you have a choice about when you cruise into Sharm el Sheikh, April and November are the best two months. Both months boast low humidity, relatively mild temperatures and, of course, very little rainfall.
Where You’re Docked
Sharm el Sheikh boasts a thoroughly modern cruise terminal that is serviced continually by local taxis and other forms of ground transportation. The terminal is centrally located within the Sharm el Sheikh marina, making it easy to get around and explore.
Which Cruise Ships Go Here?
Most of the major cruise lines feature itineraries that include stops at Sharm el Sheikh. A few of the most popular cruise lines that stop here include Silver Wind, Queen Victoria, Pacific Princess and Seabourn Odyssey. However, there are hundreds of choices in terms of dates, ships, days at sea and in port when it comes to Sharm el Sheikh.