New UAE and Oman border crossing changes at Al Ain

The Royal Oman Police, who are responsible for all aspects of immigration and emigration from Oman have announced new border facilities affecting UAE and Oman border crossing between Al Buraymi in Oman and Al Ain in the UAE from 18th May 2018.

Al Buraymi Gate
Al Buraymi Gate

UAE and Oman border crossing changes

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Zodiacs onto Sir Bani Yas

The Zodiacs of the Clipper Odyssey ably lead by John Yersin came in handy to get us onto Sir bani Yas .

John and the Clipper Odyssey off Sir bani Yas
John and the Clipper Odyssey off Sir bani Yas

Once on the island I joined other Continue reading “Zodiacs onto Sir Bani Yas”

Zegrahm’s ‘Sands of Time’ cruise

I arrived in Dubai to join Zegrahm’s ‘Sands of Time’ cruise and the ‘Clipper Odyssey’ to give lectures on board about this region to the passengers.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

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Cruise to Dubai and Sir Bani Yas

via Sir bani Yas

The island of Sir bani Yas was to be the next destination of the Island Sky.

Sir Bani Yas animals
Sir Bani Yas animals

Here not only did we have a wonderful animal safari but also a superb lunch in the new hotel. Finally we arrived in Dubai as the sun rose to illuminate Continue reading “Cruise to Dubai and Sir Bani Yas”

Brilliance of the Seas

to be joined in Muscat by Seabourn Legend in a couple of years

Brilliance of the Seas in Muscat
Brilliance of the Seas in Muscat

Joining the Costa and Aida ships, Brilliance of the Seas is now a regular arrival for us in Muscat bringing people for a visit into Oman

As its a new destination for her it will take time for the cruise excursions to be tailored to her passengers needs but I am confident that Muscat will be one of her more popular port calls in the Gulf cruises.

Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky

from Salalah to Dubai

This time next year I should be on board the MS Island Sky for a wonderful cruise from Salalah along Oman’s coast and on up to Sir bani Yas in Abu Dhabi – plenty of subjects for talks.

Its 10 years since I lectured on board  the Shearwater when it undertook Nobel Caledonia’s first Gulf Cruise in 2000 – we ventured from Muscat up to Bahrain .

Shearwater in Oman
Shearwater in Oman

 

Cruising in the Gulf has become more popular since then – warm winter sun might be a factor! But the Island Sky  will go where other ships cannot reach and add in spectacular scenery, extraordinary birdlife along the coast, the historical monuments in Oman and of course the fabulous Omani’s themselves and it should again be a journey to remember.