Sharm el Sheik,
The port and town of Sharm-el-Sheikh lies near the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the Straits of Tiran meet the Gulf of Aqaba. With its strategic position, the Sinai posed a desirable target for various rulers over the centuries.
In recent times, the last battle for the Sinai was fought between Egypt and Israel from 1967 to 1979, ending with a peace treaty signed in Washington,D.C. Since the withdrawal of the Israelis, more and more Egyptians have settled in the Sinai, taking advantage of the booming
tourist trade. However, vast interior regions are still sparsely populated. Many Bedouins have been affected by the advent of the 21st century, which is rapidly changing their age-old customs and nomadic lifestyle. As tourism and hotel projects continue to spring up along
the Sinai coast, contact with Bedouins not involved in tourism is becoming increasingly rare. Once their nomadic life kept them on the move with their tents; today many Bedouins cultivate grain, vegetables and dates in addition to catering to the tourists.
Sharm-el-Sheikh was initially developed by the Israelis during the Sinai occupation. Na'ama Bay, a short drive from the port, has grown from virtually nothing into a sizeable resort since the early 1980s. Between the two towns, a string of hotels line a once-untouched coastline. Resort hotels offer great opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Glass bottom boat trips are available for those preferring to view the exotic marine life of the Red Sea without getting their feet wet.
Please Note: For your convenience, shore excursions offered for this port of call are available to reserve in advance at www.silversea.com until (date), and will also be offered for purchase onboard, unless otherwise noted in the description.
The ship is scheduled to dock at Sharm-el-Sheikh. The town center is about one mile from the port. Taxis are not easily available at the pier, nor do drivers speak English.
The majority of shops are located at the resort area of Na'ama Bay, located five miles from the port. Egyptian cotton, papyrus prints, jewelry and especially gold cartouches are popular items. Most shops are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; some may close several hours during lunch. The local currency is the Egyptian pound.
There are plenty of eateries at Na'ama Bay. Top category resort hotels offer a variety of restaurants with everything from seafood to international cuisine and fast food. Typical local dishes include spit-roasted lamb, mutton stew, rice pilaf and chicken with saffron. Seafood is also a good choice.
The most popular pastime in Sharm-el-Sheikh as well as in Na'ama Bay is exploring the underwater marine life.
Private arrangements may be requested through the Tour Office on board but are subject to the availability of suitable vehicles and qualified English-speaking guides.