Originally Posted by Katiusha
We'd need more details to consider... Would it be for the whole winter? Dock
in one place or cruise
through multiple destinations? Will you help with paperwork? What about safety
due to politics?
The idea behind the thread was to ascertain the level of interest. From what feed back we have had since the original post (about 1 week ago) there is a good level of interest so it looks like we are "ON". It will also be called the:
"RED SEA SAILING SAFARI".
We have not yet formulated a "Master Plan" but in essence:
To stay within the 6 month return fee associated with the Suez Canal the Safari will start mid to end of October and will finish end of April beginning of May. At present we are aiming for arrival in Egypt (Port Said) on or about 26 October 2014 with the departure from Egypt being about 22 April 2015.
We intend to cruise the whole of the Egyptian Red Sea (all the way south to Dolphin Reef / Port Berenice) and possibly venture up the Gulf of Aqaba to visit Petra in Jordan.
As it will be over the Christmas
Holiday season we intend to spend 6 - 8 week at Hurghada so that people can fly home for Christmas
/ New Year etc. It also allows people to do some inland sightseeing (Nile Cruise, Visit Cairo etc).
We have no intention of dictating how any captain
should run his or her vessel, when or how they sail or what route
they should take. Some people may wish to stay in one location (as some did on the Vasco Da Gamma) some may wish to go all the way south plus visit Aqaba. Some may just wish to go half way south. The permutations are endless. We just wish to take people to a stunning, beautiful and exhilarating sailing environment
and let them have fun.
We will organise / arrange all the necessary paperwork. This will involve the use of Agents in Egypt.
As for safety due to Politics. We obviously cannot be responsible for the political situation nor can we guarantee anyone's safety. The responsibility will always rest on the Captain
of each vessel. We can only advise. We ourselves will be taking advise form our own Foreign office (UK). When we were there last winter, there was a few riots etc but they were all in and around the Major Cities of Cairo and Alexandria. In the southern coastal part of Egypt we heard or saw nothing other than what we picked up off the Television / Radio
. The UK Foreign Office had advised against visits to the Sinai due to local tribal unrest.
The master plan will be created within the next few week and sent out to all those who have contacted us. Along with that we will include application forms etc and an indication of cost.
Hopefully all the above will help you make a considered decision.
Those who are interested need to send a PM which should include their e-mail address.
Albert & Sheena
S/Y Miyagi Moon