SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT


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Middle East
June 14th 2016
Published: June 16th 2016
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Pilot following
Left Aqaba 11.00p.m. and sailed back out into the Red Sea about 5.00a.m. and then headed north up towards the Suez Canal, docked outside Suez around 9.00p.m. and now have pilot on board, but have to wait until we get go ahead to enter Suez could be as late as 5.00a.m. For our ship to transit the Suez costs $353,000 approx. Australian Dollars, big bickies, this all has to be taken into account on everyone’s fares I guess! Many ships awaiting to get go ahead to enter the Suez, will be interesting as 3 years ago still just one channel but now there is two for most of it so transit is much quicker. Looking forward to getting into the Med and up to Italy. Tuesday 14.6.2016 – Transit through the Suez Pulled up anchor at around 4.30a.m. and proceeded through in a convoy of 14 ships, headed up by a French warship, we were No 2, and transited through the new Suez Canal, having the original one on our left hand side and saw lots of container ships going by. . Got out in the Med at around 3.30p.m. – boy has the Suez changed so much in three years,
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Civilization, defence accommodation!
there is so much building happening alongside, like resorts etc. Glad we went through in 2013 as all the big memorials etc are in the canal that we did not go through this time. By the time we got to the Freedom Bridge we were back in the original section we had been on before, The Freedom Bridge is quite spectacular and is 8klms in length and is the only bridge that you can get from Egypt to Africa on, but whilst there is a convoy of ships going under it there is no traffic allowed on it. Looks like we haven’t escaped the dreaded cold even though we have been very careful..John down and out this arvo, and me the next day! Now 3 days at sea until Salerno Italy….yesssss!


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Portable bridges, able to put across in 15 minutes!
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Change of guard points
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Guard points, all along the Suez!
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Gorgeous new memorial
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Ferry point, a long queue!
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Ferry point
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The two canals


16th June 2016

Italy
Hi john glor,you both do amazing things to game for my liking as long as you are enjoying all the sites our tickets to italy be here today Friday starting to get things ready must say bit nervous and excited see you both soon love kaz reggie boy xx
17th June 2016

Hi Kaz, it has all been very interesting so far, we are enjoying the different places. We are getting a bit excited now, its only 3 weeks today until we see you both. I will try and ring you before you come over! Don't be nervous, it will be fun! Looking forward to seeing you so much. The time has gone so quickly. xxx
16th June 2016
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Love to be there .
Thanks for Suez blog . Always wanted to go there ,but too old now .great to view your photos ,your blogs are always interesting , many places I've been too bring back memory's ,nice to reminisce , thanks for sharing . Keep enjoying ...! ! ..... Cheers. Norma x x
17th June 2016
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Thanks Norma, always love getting your little notes, we are having a lovely time and are currently in Salerno Italy, heading to Rome tomorrow and then to Lisbon. More blogs to follow! Hope all is well with you! xx

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