How to Make the Most of Your Cruise to Aqaba


You can find a cruise to Aqaba all year round - especially from October to May when almost every other day there is a cruise ship arriving to Aqaba Port.

Here are just a few cruise lines that include Port of Call Aqaba in their itinerary:

Thomson Cruises , Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn Cruises,TUI, Mein Schiff and so on.

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How To Find a Cruise to Aqaba

Not all Middle East cruises include Aqaba amongst their ports of call so finding the ones that actually visit Aqaba takes a little bit of extra time.

Unfortunately, the various cruise search engines usually don't give you the option to search by "Port of Call" only by "Destination", "Cruise Line", "Date" etc.

So you have to browse your search results and look for "Aqaba (Jordan)" or "Al-Aqabah (Jordan) in the itinerary.

Only CruiseCritic.com seems to have a search engine that allows you to search by "Popular Ports" too.

Aqaba Port Information

Passenger cruise ships dock in the northern part of the Main Port, close to Aqaba city.

The Main port of Aqaba, where you'll be docked, is within walking distance from the big flagpole on the Great Arab Revolt Plaza and the Aqaba Castle. It is a mixed-use commercial port, your cruise ship will be berthed next to freight ships and tankers.

Soon this Main Port will be relocated to the southern industrial zone while this area will accommodate Jordan's largest real estate development, Marsa Zayed. This project is due to be completed in 2017 and will include a new cruise ship terminal.

General Aqaba Port Information

Aqaba Port name: Aqaba (El Akaba)
Aqaba Port code: JOAQJ
Aqaba Port Authority website

Aqaba Port Map

The Port of Aqaba lies on latitude 29-31 North, longitude 35-01 East. It is situated in southern Jordan on the north shore of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, and is Jordan's sole maritime outlet.

Aqaba Port Map on the Aqaba Port Corporation website

Aqaba Port Shore Excursions

Many people prefer to book shore excursions to Petra, Wadi Rum or the Dead Sea on their cruise directly through the cruise line. While it is certainly the easiest way to organize your day out, these tours tend to be overpriced and also not so convenient as you are going together with hundreds of other passengers.

If you seek a more relaxed, personalized day trip, choose one of the private tours offered by our friendy and knowledgeable guides with whom you will see more of Petra with less stress than those fellow passengers on the mass tour.

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