A cruise to Jordan offers a myriad of possibilities: you can explore deserts, visit 2,000-year-old-cities, float in the Dead Sea and reach incredible dive spots in the Red Sea. The balmy Arabian nights, aromatic delicacies and magnificent landscapes make a cruise to Jordan an unforgettable experience.
On your must-see list is Petra, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, and also the Wadi Rum desert where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed – a cinematic landscape that has to be seen with your own eyes!
Popular ports in Jordan
Aqaba is the only port in Jordan and the largest facility in the Red Sea. Because it’s a mixed-use port, you’ll need to leave the dock through excursions or shuttle buses. Once you reach Aqaba you can visit its fort, archaeological museum, the market or the archaeological site of Ayla city. The city also has a brilliant diving and snorkelling scene. You can visit the Aqaba Marine Park and explore up to 30 dive sites.
The intriguing city is on the northern tip of the Red Sea and is perfectly located to explore the best of what Jordan has to offer. With a heritage of more than 5,500 years, you can divide your time between floating in the Dead Sea, visiting the ancient city of Petra and touring the Wadi Rum desert.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Jordan?
Begin your adventure around Jordan in style: these two cruise ships have everything you need for a comfortable yet affordable trip.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in and around Aqaba – and you can say the same about Marella Discovery. As a mid-size cruise ship, she’s easy to get around. From her impressive facilities to grand restaurants, there’s always something to do and somewhere to eat regardless of your preferences. You could spend your days on the jogging track, enjoying a spot of miniature golf or having a go at rock climbing, while you can fill the evenings at the plush gourmet restaurant, or trying tapas at the Glass House. Marella Discovery also has an outdoor cinema next to the pool, as well as Broadway-style shows in the lounge, and live shows and bands in the Atrium Bar.
Queen Mary 2
Considered to be one of the most magnificent ocean liners ever built, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is the perfect ship to deliver you to the spectacular sights of Petra and Aqaba. From pizzerias and high-tea cafes to a grill and carvery, Queen Mary 2 has every kind of food on offer. Once you’ve eaten, you can spend your evenings in the casino, on the dancefloor or watching shows at the theatre. There’s even a planetarium and observation lounge where you can watch the night sky free from light pollution. You can relax on-board with its spa, art gallery, swimming pools and steam room. Plus, there are plenty of activities and areas for children.
Aqaba is close to the majority of Jordan’s hot spots: it’s easy to visit Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. So, whether you want to explore otherworldly, ancient landscapes or relax in the healing waters, there’s plenty to choose from.
The City of Petra
This 2,200-year-old city is a magnificent sight to behold. Lost to the world for more than 1,000 years, since its discovery the Red Rose City has been made one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and had a starring role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Petra is carved into the imposing cliffs around it and as you walk through the city, much of it is still there – its architecture and construction will leave you speechless.
Wadi Rum desert
An hour’s drive north takes you to Wadi Rum. On arrival, you may find it looks familiar – the desert was a key landscape in the film Lawrence of Arabia. There are still various sets lying around, which make for great photos. You’ll soon see why it’s also known as the Valley of the Moon: its prehistoric inscriptions, precarious-looking arches, steep chasms and bright-orange colours give it an otherworldly appearance. There are varying kinds of tours around Wadi Rum. You can choose to experience its mesmerising landscape from a jeep or 4×4, on foot or on a camel!
The Dead Sea
Head to the Dead Sea’s north-eastern shore and visit one of the many spa hotels on offer. The Dead Sea is 400m below sea level, making it the lowest point on earth. Its waters are packed with salt and minerals that have restorative, healing properties – and you can try them out in one of the spa hotels. Spend the day sunbathing, swimming and covering yourself in these unique minerals from the sea floor. The feeling of floating in the water is surreal and is guaranteed to help you relax and unwind.