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Cruise Information

Around 34 miles south of Suez is the town of Sokhna, whose beaches are popular with Egyptians but attract few foreigners. The town’s name derives from the hot springs (86°F) originating in the Jebel Ataqa.

During your MSC Grand Voyage you’ll be able to see light patches offshore that indicate coral reefs. MSC Grand Voyages also offer excursions to mystic places. Secreted amid the arid Red Sea Hills, Egypt’s two oldest monasteries – dedicated to St. Paul and St. Anthony – trace their origins back to the infancy of Christian monasticism, observing rituals that have scarcely changed over 16 centuries.

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate their tranquil atmosphere and imposing setting, however, and there’s also scope for birdwatching in the vicinity. Around 18 miles south of Sokhna, the town of Za’Farana is the nearest settlement to the Red Sea monasteries. West from here, a wide valley cleaves the Galala Plateau and sets the road on course for the Nile, 104 miles away.

Called Wadi Arraba, its name derives from the carts that once delivered provisions to the monastery, though legend attributes it to the pharaoh’s chariots that pursued the Israelites towards the Red Sea. Travelling for 20 miles along this road brings you to a turn-off to the south, from where a dramatic ridge of cliffs known as Mount Qalah can be seen in the distance, with the Monastery of St. Anthony situated beneath.

The monastery is effectively a self-contained village complete with lanes of two-story dwellings, churches, mills and gardens of vines, olives and palms, surrounded by lofty walls with an interior catwalk – although most of the buildings themselves are recent compared to the monastery’s foundation.

Always Included
•• Wide Variety of Dining, Bars & Lounges
•• World-Class Entertainment & Casino
•• Kids’ Clubs & Activities
•• State-of-the-Art Fitness Center & Luxury Spa

Pricing per person based on double occupancy:
Interior Prices starting at $519.00 per person based on double occupancy
OceanView Prices Starting at $689.00 per person based on double occupancy
Balcony Prices starting at $829.00 per person based on double occupancy 


Cruise Sails April 6th to April 17th, 2024 


Rates are per person, cruise only. Port Taxes and Fees are $200 per person. Air, insurance and transfers are additional.  




Itineraries are subject to change; port sequence, scheduled time, and/or day.  For the most updated cruise information, please visit


Day 1 – Sokhna Port, Egypt
Embark – Depart 7:00pm
Day 2 – Safaga, Egypt
Arrive 8:00am 
Day 3 – Safaga, Egypt
Depart 6:00pm
Day 4 – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Arrive 8:00am – Depart 7:00pm
Day 5 – Petra, Jordan
Arrive 7:00am – Depart 8:00pm
Day 6 – Suez Canal South, Egypt
Day 7 – Suez Canal North, Egypt
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9 – At Sea
Day 10 – At Sea
Day 11 – Civitavecchia, Italy
Arrive 7:00am – Depart 7:00pm
Day 12 – Genoa, Italy
Disembark – 8:00am

Ship Information

Ship: Orchestra


The second of the ‘Musica-class’ line of cruise ships, MSC Orchestra offers the perfect blend of design, comfort and safety. Airy open spaces and MSC Cruises’ signature style make MSC Orchestra a stylish pioneer for future cruise ship projects and designs.  


In an atmosphere of luxury cruising, she boasts 18 decks, the spacious Body and Mind Spa with serene meditation area and a large fitness center overlooking the bow of the ship. You can choose from five restaurants onboard the MSC Orchestra, including authentic Italian cuisine and the sophisticated Shanghai, the only Chinese restaurant at sea. Relax in the exotic animal-print Savannah Bar, sumptuous Purple Bar or enjoy Hollywood-style glamour in the chic Zaffiro Bar. Try your luck at the Palm Beach Casino, dance the night away in the disco or take in a show at the Covent Garden Theatre, with a program packed with entertaining shows with music. Stop by the MSC Orchestra’s Internet Café or take part in a game of tennis or basketball. Relax by the stunning Acapulco pool or the Cala Blanca pool with a massive LED screen for watching movies under the stars. 


Ship offers: 



• L’lbiscus  

• Villa Borghese 

• La Piazzetta 

• Shangai 

• The Cafeteria 



• The Amber Bar 

• The Cantinella Wine Bar 

• Palm Beach Casino 

• La Cubana Cygar Room 

• Dedicated Card Room 

• Covent Garden Theatre  

• Electronic Shop  


Suites offered include: 

• Interior Staterooms 

• Oceanview Staterooms 

• Balcony Staterooms 

• Suite 


Cruise amenities may change and are at the discretion of the cruise line. Global Connections is not responsible for errors or omissions. Ask your Travel Agent for ship details at time of booking.