Oman’s Mina Sultan Qaboos

Port Sultan Qaboos will be redeveloped according to Oman’s Ministry of Transport.

Noble Caledonia's Island Sky in Mina Sultan Qaboos
Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky in Mina Sultan Qaboos

The port will be given over to tourism and the Continue reading “Oman’s Mina Sultan Qaboos”

Oman Escapades!

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.

Barbara Studebaker Bailey book Escapades!
Barbara Studebaker Bailey

It was a memorable trip Continue reading “Oman Escapades!”

Sharjah’s Museums and Mosques

in Arabia

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.

Dr Alan Borg
Dr Alan Borg

Arriving into Sharjah we walked Continue reading “Sharjah’s Museums and Mosques”

Island Sky in the Gulf

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.

Arabia's Spices
Arabia’s Spices

While the previous journeys had some cloud, for this one we had clear skies and warm weather. Continue reading “Island Sky in the Gulf”

Walk in an Omani Wadi

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) .

Walking in an Omani Wadi
Walking in an Omani Wadi

 

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.

Then Continue reading “Walk in an Omani Wadi”

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.

Nizwa Fort Oman

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.

Camel Race in Oman
Camel Race in Oman

The next day the newly tiled Mosque at Nizwa made an excellent subject for photographs – before returning to Muscat.

Taking Photos in Nizwa Fort
Taking Photos in Nizwa Fort

Christmas in Oman

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.

Christmas in Oman on a Beach
Christmas in Oman on a Beach

After seeing Dolphin our destination was reached – a secluded bay to enjoy an Omani  Christmas Day Sea Food Barbeque.

Prawn ready to cook
Prawn ready to cook

Cruise Ship comes into Muscat

to take shore excursions in Oman

Avoiding the rain the Aida arrives into Mina Sultan Qaboos, Muscat.

Arriving into Mina Sultan Qaboos
Arriving into Mina Sultan Qaboos

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.

Aida in Mina Sultan Qaboos
Aida in Mina Sultan Qaboos

Some cruise excursions during the type of heavy rain we have been having, needed to be cancelled, but better safe than sorry.

Rub Al Khali Desert Oman

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 Empty Quarter in Oman
Exploring the Empty Quarter in Oman

Exploring the vastness of the Empty Quarter we walked through a landscape full of deafening silence and with no visible occupants

Agama Lizard
Agama Lizard

until I came up against this Agama Lizard – catching the last rays of the sun before the chill of night set in.