Posted July 27th, 2018, 05:07 PM
We've ported at Aqaba twice, overnite on both cruises. Unless things have changed, it's a secure port - no walking in the port.
Our ship provided a free shuttle into town, about 3 miles away.
Having visited Petra and Wadi Rum on the first occasion, we took the shuttle - most passengers on the shuttle were crew-members catching up on shopping. Aqaba itself is grubby and has got nothing of interest, so we headed back to the ship within the hour. One of the hotels (Movenpick, I think) offers a day-pass but that sort of thing's not our scene.
Next day we paid a return visit to Wadi Rum and thoroughly enjoyed it again.
Folk had forewarned us that the Dead Sea from Aqaba was a long & boring drive, and the "Dead Sea" was merely a hotel with its own access. We've since visited Jerusalem, Masada, and the Dead Sea from Ashdod - and that
trip really was
I really think you should get out of your armchair and go to Petra or Wadi Rum or both.
But I can understand cruisergirl's dilemma.
We had considered crossing the border to Eilat, Israel.
It's only 10 miles, and just a couple or three miles across the Gulf from your ship, but the border makes life complicated. If you use a taxi the driver can only take you to the border. You then cross on foot, but I could glean no info on the availability of taxis on the Israeli side. So we gave it a miss.
You might have more perseverance than us - for instance finding out if a private tour operator can do the job.
Or the Saudi border is only about 20 minutes from Aqaba - but whether that's any easier, or there's anything of interest .............
Anyone who looks like their passport photo is too ill to travel (Will Kommen)