Cruise Port Atlas | Alexandria, Egypt Map | Location

Alexandria, Egypt Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Alexandria: Oceania, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Holland America, Princess, Costa

Key Attractions: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Pompey's Pillar, Roman Amphitheater, Alexandria National Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque, St. Marks Coptic Cathedral, Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, Montaza Palace and Gardens, Alexandria Library, El Alamein Battlefield, Italian and German Military Cemetery, Sakkara Step Pyramid, Ancient Memphis, Ptah Temple, Alabaster Sphinx, Great Pyramids, Great Sphinx, Egyptian National Museum, Pharaonic Village, Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Hanging Church (Coptic), Church of St. George (Greek), Coptic Museum, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Tahrir Square, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Al Azhar Park, Babylon Fortress

Comment about travel to Egypt: Due to the importance of tourism to Egypt's economy the country's leadership has long been committed to the security and safety of tourists providing protection which often has included armed guards and escorts in tourist areas. Several cruise lines have cancelled their stops in Egypt for 2013 due to the current political unrest in the country. If the recent past is any indicator the economic importance of tourism will help to stabilize the unrest. Please join me in my prayers for peace and stability in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa. Tourism is a force for peace.

Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE and remained the capital of the region until 641 AD. During this period the city became one of the most important cities in the world serving as the center of learning, the location of the famous Alexandria Library housing the worlds largest collection of books, the fulcrum of trade between Europe and other parts of the world and a center for religious study for Jews, Coptic Christians and Orthodox Christians. The city is now the largest on the Mediterranean and still serves Egpyt as its center of trade. Much of its past glory has been built over or destroyed by fires, construction and earthquakes. The famous lighthouse and the classic library are completely gone. Only a few Roman structures remain including Pompey's Pillar, the Roman Amphitheater and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. A few medieval structures such as the Citadel of Qaitbay, built where the lighthouse once stood, remain. Though Egypt is dominated by its majority Muslim population there is still a significant Coptic Christian population, and churches and synagogues of historic and architectural importance in Alexandria (and Cairo). During the early 20th century King Fuad built the Montaza Palace and the surrounding gardens which are now a tourist attraction. The city has built an ultra-modern library on the site where the classic library once stood. West of the city is the El Alamein where Allied troops led by the British defeated the German Rommel leading German and Italian Axis armies. The most famous attraction there is the German and Italian Military Cemetery with an impressive monument to the war dead.

Cairo is often visited by cruise groups either as part of a day trip or as an overnight tour for cruises that stop in Alexandria and/or Port Said. The most famous sites in the Cairo area are the massive Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx and the smaller pyramids and temples in Sakkara. Within the city are important museums such as the National Museum with its world-class exhibition of ancient relics. Several important Mosques of different eras include the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali (19th century), the Ibn Tulun Mosque (9th century) and the Hassan Mosque (14th century). Greek Orthodox and Coptic churches and historic synagogues offer attractions to those of different faiths. Medieval Ruins such as the Babylon Fortress and Ayyabid Wall dot the center of the city. The Khan el Khalili Bazaar originally buit in 1382 offers the taste and smell of Egyptian commerce and its commercial history.

Local Currency: Egyptian Pound | Current exchange rates at xe.com

Primary Language: Arabic

Secondary Languages: Greek, Armenian and Italian

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Citadel of Qaitbay by Peter Croyle

Geography and Population

The largest city on the Mediterranean, Alexandria has a population of 4.2 million people and sits at the western edge of the Nile delta with green dominating the wetlands to the east of the city and sand taking over just a few miles west of the city.

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How far?

Taxis are common in Alexandria. Though many have meters they are rarely used. You should negotiate a fare before you get in the cab. Many of the cars are very old and they often break down. If your cab breaks down a good strategy for escaping is to tip the driver to help you get a new ride.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Airport 48 KM 50 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Central Cairo 215-220 KM 3 hours  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Giza Pyramids 214 KM 2 hours 55 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Sakkara 238 KM 3 hours 30 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Port Said 260 KM 3 hours 30 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal El Alamein 105 KM 1 hour 35 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Citadel of Qaitbay 3.5 KM 9 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque 3.4 KM 8 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa 2.7 KM 11 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Pompey's Pillar 3.1 KM 13 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Roman Amphitheater 2.5 KM 9 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral 3.2 KM 10 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue 3.2 KM 10 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Alexandria National Museum 4.3 KM 14 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Alexandria Library (Modern) 3.9 KM 11 minutes  
Alexandria Cruise Terminal Montaza Palace and Gardens 17 KM 30 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital
El Gamaa Hospital, Al Mesallah Sharq, Qesm Al Attarin, Alexandria, phone - 03 4861129, 3 KM, 10 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs
National Bank of Egypt, As Sayalah Sharq, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria, 3.4 KM, 8 minutes
Credit Agricole Egypt, Al Mesallah Gharb WA Sharif Basha, Qesm Al Attarin, Alexandria, 1.9 KM, 8 mintues

Post Office
Elshohada Square Rd, Al Karah WA at Toubageyah WA Kafr Al Ghates, Qesm Karmouz, Alexandria, 3.2 KM, 13 minutes

Cairo Hospital
Cleopatra Hospital, Heliopolis, phone - 2414-3931

Cairo Banks
Citibank, Garden City, Qasr an Nile, Cairo
Banque Du Caire, Maarouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo

Cairo Post Office
El Kasr El Ainy, Al Inshaa WA Al Munirah, As Sayedah Zeinab, Cairo

Port and Berths

Nearest street address - Ad Daerah Al Gomrokeyah, Shortet Al Mina, Alexandria
GPS - 31.193907, 29.880815

Photo of El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque by Peter Croyle