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About Alexandria

It wasn't Rome or Athens that intellectually dominated the ancient world, as most assume, but Alexandria of Egypt. It was here that humans first realized the world wasn't flat, invented geometry, built the steam engine, created latitude and longitude, and drew the first accurate maps of the world.

As Justin Pollard and Howard Reid note in their recent must-read book, The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind, "Alexandria was the greatest mental crucible the world has ever known, the place where ideas originating in obscure antiquity were forged into intellectual constructs that far outlasted the city itself. If the Renaissance was the 'rebirth' of learning that led to our modern world, then Alexandria was its original birthplace. Our politics may be modeled on Greek prototypes, our public architecture on Roman antecedents, but in our minds we are all the children of Alexandria."

Who knew?

Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., Alexandria today is a bustling, modern city (though calmer than frenetic Cairo, about three hours away) with sadly little to show of its incredible ancient roots. However, with a population of roughly four million, it is an important commercial and cultural center blissfully situated on the Mediterranean coast. It's no coincidence that Alexandria is known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean."

Almost 90 percent of Alexandrians are Sunni Muslims. Listen up for the spellbinding calls to prayer that resonate across town from the city's minarets five times a day. Cafes and shops will suddenly empty as men make their way toward their prayer rugs. One mosque of note: Abu Abbas al-Mursi, on Sharia Fransa, just a block from the seafront boulevard called Corniche, is a striking example of Islamic architecture that draws thousands of worshipers for the noon prayer on Fridays.


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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Salalah, Safaga ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    17 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Salalah
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Safaga
    • Day 10
      Safaga
    • Day 11
      Eilat
    • Day 12
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 13
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 14
      Suez Canal
    • Day 15
      Suez Canal
    • Day 16
      Alexandria
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

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    Azamara Quest Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Editor's Note: A March 2019 dry dock saw the ship's casino converted into ...

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    Aluckyitalian
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Trip, South Africa Intensive 2/10-2/20
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Another top cruise - Maiden South Africa Cruise
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Alexandria, Cairo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Alexandria
    • Day 3
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 4
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 5
      Limassol
    • Day 6
      Rhodes
    • Day 7
      Kusadasi
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Istanbul
    • Day 11
      Canakkale
    • Day 12
      Volos
    • Day 13
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 14
      Santorini
    • Day 14
      Mykonos
    • Day 15
      Mykonos
    • Day 15
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Brian 11
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Remarkable Value and First Rate Staff
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    HaileyAuger
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    7 Nights Cruise 3 Continents – Celestyal Crystal
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Jerusalem
    Visiting:
    Limassol, Rhodes ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 2
      Limassol
    • Day 3
      Rhodes
    • Day 4
      Kusadasi
    • Day 5
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Alexandria
    • Day 7
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 8
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

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    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Jane Doe
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    3 Continent Cruise, Grand Suite
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    buzzandjulie
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Trip of a lifetime: uncharted waters for me
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Haifa
    Visiting:
    Jerusalem, Alexandria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 2
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 3
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 4
      Alexandria
    • Day 5
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Canakkale
    • Day 8
      Istanbul
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Kavala
    • Day 11
      Volos
    • Day 12
      Mykonos
    • Day 13
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Voyager - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite, all-balcony luxury ship with contemporary look and inclusive fares

    Cons

    Fares are quite high, especially if you don't take advantage of included drinks and tours

    Bottom Line

    Once you're onboard, it's a luxurious, carefree vacation

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    Seven Seas Voyager Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Regent lays claim to be the most inclusive experience among the major luxury cruise lines. Of c...

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    EYeo
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Could have been Excellent
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Canadians on the Crossroads of Antiquity
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Thessaloniki, Kavala ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 3
      Kavala
    • Day 4
      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Dikili
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Patmos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Alexandria
    • Day 10
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 11
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 12
      Limassol
    • Day 13
      Rhodes
    • Day 14
      Kusadasi
    • Day 15
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Jantheman132
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    3 Continents. One of the best ever!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Great for What it is.
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Alexandria, Cairo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    4 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Alexandria
    • Day 3
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 4
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 5
      Limassol
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    celine99
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!
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    MK_Cruiser1955
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Nice Small Ship But Not Perfect
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Limassol
    Visiting:
    Rhodes, Kusadasi ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Alexandria Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Limassol
    • Day 2
      Rhodes
    • Day 3
      Kusadasi
    • Day 4
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Alexandria
    • Day 6
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 7
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 8
      Limassol
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Shaky2207
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    If you're looking for a touch of luxury, good food and wine, not for you
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    Littlestar2012
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Disappointed
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Alexandria

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Alexandria, Cairo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises