Suez Canal (Transit), Egypt

As the ship goes through the Suez Canal, guests can be out on deck throughout the transit, as it is one of the world's most fascinating maritime experiences, creating the bizarre impression that they are sailing right through the dry heart of the desert. The present, 101-mile-long Canal took 15 years to build, was completed in 1869 and shaved a mere 7,000 miles off the journey from England to India. It is the second to cross the Isthmus of Suez - the first was constructed in the 5th century BC and was in use until the 8th century.