At 6:00AM we are anchored off Suez City and waiting to enter the south end of the Suez Canal. We go to the forward lounge on deck 8 and have some coffee and pastries while waiting to enter. Finally, about 30 minutes behind schedule, we enter and are sixth in line of the northbound convoy. The canal is roughly 190KM long and takes twelve hours to transit.
The canal appears to be heavily guarded with numerous one-man guard stations along its eastern side. Actually, the guarding appears rather amateurish.We do see several pontoon bridges stored on the western shoreand, in some cases, soldiers working around them. We guess these are so they can retreat from the East to the West bank in the shortest possible time. There is also wreackage all along the eastern shore. Hmmm....! Both sides of the canal are low and sandy with the eastern side being virtually uninhabited. The western side shows pockets of habitation and, in the area of the Great Bitter Lake,some very nice houses line the western shore. To the east is Asia; to the west is Africa. The canal finally makes Africa an island.
Our transit ends right on time and we enter the Mediterranean and head for Alexandria. The sea gets rough near dinner time, but that is fine we us...better to sleep!