It was great to meet all the passengers who flew in for the start of their cruise from Salalah.
They overnighted in the Hilton Salalah after a long flight from London and were given a run-down of their initial couple of days so that all knew what how their luggage, and themselves, would get onto the ship in Salalah’s port, from Hiltom in town.
Fortunately, the nice sunny weather made everyone smile as we enjoyed CoCo Nuts as part of the pre-boarding tour.
We then all made a visit to the port of Samharam, located in Khor Rori which is is gradually being revealed as a very interesting fortified trading town from antiquity.
After a ‘city tour’ of Salalah, every one was welcomed on-board and we left dry land for the start of what I hope will be a great cruise.
And enjoyed the wide open Arabian Sea, with barbed wire around the ship to fend off Pirates – who in 2010/2011 have been active from Somalia, east towards India).