Port Sultan Qaboos will be redeveloped according to Oman’s Ministry of Transport.
The port will be given over to tourism and the Continue reading “Oman’s Mina Sultan Qaboos”
Today I had a surprise email – Barbara Studebaker Bailey, has included her tour of Oman with us as a chapter of her book Escapades! which you can order here.How time flys! In 2002 a small group, which included Barbara, traveled almost the entire length of Oman with me.
It was a memorable trip Continue reading “Oman Escapades!”
Its always good to welcome the Brilliance of the Seas and passengers for Muscat shore excursions tours from the ship.
My own arrival into the port passed by a strike by Continue reading “Ships and Strikes in Oman”
Before we cruised into Sharjah, my fellow lecturer, Dr Alan Borg, who after retiring as Director of the V&A Museum has more time to give us an insight into the decorative arts, gave a very interesting overview of the architecture, both old and new, of the Arabian Peninsula.
Arriving into Sharjah we walked Continue reading “Sharjah’s Museums and Mosques”
on its way to Oman
The Island Sky had wonderful weather for the Arabian Gulf section of our voyage. We wandered around the spice souq and then into the gold souq in Dubai.
While the previous journeys had some cloud, for this one we had clear skies and warm weather. Continue reading “Island Sky in the Gulf”
and Arabic calligraphy
Taking a brief Oman Holiday the guests who had booked with us decided that a visit to the Army Museum would be good; and with the the expertise of an officer to explain the displays it was Continue reading “Museum visit in Muscat”
Before our Tour of Musandam in Oman we arrived into Fujarah and took a tour through this part of the UAE.
during a stopover in Muscat
A few days stopover during long distance flight via Oman is a great way to make the journey more comfortable – and see a new country (if you haven’t come before) .
Over a couple of days Oman tour we journeyed up to Oman’s mountain heights where in cooler air we took a nice wadi walk.
Al-Jalali Fort, which is one of the two principal forts in Muscat, sits opposite its partner Mirani Fort, with the picturesque harbour of Muscat between them.
Probably the existing fort was Continue reading “Al-Jalali Fort Muscat”
to be joined in Muscat by Seabourn Legend in a couple of years
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.
during our tour in Northern Oman
With nice bright skies and comfortable temperatures our guests enjoyed taking time while on holiday in Oman to watch Camel racing.
The next day the newly tiled Mosque at Nizwa made an excellent subject for photographs – before returning to Muscat.
enjoying a warm sunny beach
With all the unsettled weather it was great to have sunny weather and enjoy Christmas in Oman along the coast of Oman.
After seeing Dolphin our destination was reached – a secluded bay to enjoy an Omani Christmas Day Sea Food Barbeque.
to take shore excursions in Oman
Avoiding the rain the Aida arrives into Mina Sultan Qaboos, Muscat.
This is probably the most colourful ship coming into Oman – and on a weekly basis does brighten up the harbour as the visitors spend part of their holidays in Oman.
Some cruise excursions during the type of heavy rain we have been having, needed to be cancelled, but better safe than sorry.
enjoyed by us on a holiday in Oman
Taking advantage of the cooler months part of our tour in Oman included one of great natural features of Oman – the Rub Al Khali.
Exploring the vastness of the Empty Quarter we walked through a landscape full of deafening silence and with no visible occupants
until I came up against this Agama Lizard – catching the last rays of the sun before the chill of night set in.
Oman during March is a period when the temperature can vary considerably, with days approaching 40c or dropping to the low 20’s;
fortunately the March arrival Continue reading “Oman Falaj visit”