arrival of the Indian mail, usually taking place on Sundays or
Mondays , but sometimes as early as Saturday. The day and hour
are advertised at the hotels at Cairo and Alexandria one or two
days beforehand. Fares to Alexandria : 1st class 132 11. ; 2nd class
91 11. 35 kr. Austrian silver currency ; to Port Sa'id 149 fl. 96 or
105 fl. 69 kr.
From Venice and Brindisi to Alexandria. The steamers of
the Peninsular and Oriental Company leave Venice every Friday
morning, touch next morning at Aneona, and on Sunday morning
at Brindisi, where they receive thePjifglish mails for India (arriving
from London via Paris and Turin in 56 hrs.). They then leave
Brindisi on Mondays for Alexandria, where they generally arrive
on Thursdays. — From Alexandria to Brindisi the departures,
like those of the Austrian Lloyd, depend on the arrival of the mails
from India. — The chief cabin fare from Venice to Brindisi by
the English steamers is 65, the second 45 fr. ; from Venice to
Alexandria 300 or 225 fr. ; food included in each case. The fare
from Brindisi to Alexandria is the same as that from Venice, so
that passengers embarking at Venice effect a considerable saving.
From Marseilles and Naples. Vessels of the Messageries
Maritimes leave Marseilles every Thursday about noon, arrive at
Naples on Saturday morning, start again after a halt of some hours,
and arrive at Alexandria onWednesday about 5 p.m. On the voyage
from Marseilles to Naples these vessels pass through the Strait of
Bonifacio, but on the return-voyage they steer round Capo Corso in
order to avoid adverse currents. In quitting the harbour at Naples
the passenger enjoys a delightful view in fine weather. On the
voyage out the vessel passes through the Strait of Messina at night.
— From Alexandria to Naples and Marseilles every Tuesday at
9 a.m. On Friday about 9 a.m. the vessel sights the Calabrian
coast with the Capo Spartivento, and to the W. the pyramidal
jEtna, which is covered with snow until summer. It then steers
through the Strait of Messina on the E. side, commanding a view
of the beautiful promontory of Aspromonte on the right; towards
evening it passes close to the island of Stromboli, and next morning
(Saturday) arrives at Naples about 7 o'clock. —■ Fares from Mar¬
seilles to Alexandria 375 and 225 fr. ; from Naples 275 and 175 fr.
Besides these steamboats may be mentioned those of the Italian
Societa Rubattino, which ply between Genoa, Leghorn, Naples, Messina,
and Alexandria once weekly (leaving Genoa on Tuesdays, and Alexandria
on Fridays), and those of the French firm Fkaissinet Pere et Fils
which ply between Marseilles, Malta, and Alexandria twice monthly.'
The fares are about one-third lower than those above mentioned. The
departures are advertised at the hotels of the different ports.
The Russian and Egyptian Steamers , the former of which are
tolerably comfortable, ply between Alexandria and the eastern ports
only (Syrian coast, Constantinople), and are not recommended to ordinary
travellers. Fares and departures advertised at the hotels.