Central Coast of Oman with Turtles & Gulls

The Central Coast of Oman is affected by the summer Monsoon and so as Muscat is now not only hot but also humid we took a few days to travel down the coast from Muscat.

Loggerhead Turtle Oman
Loggerhead Turtle Oman

Mid-summer in Oman is also Continue reading “Central Coast of Oman with Turtles & Gulls”

National Museum Muscat

I had an interesting visit to the workshop where exhibits for the new National Museum are being made.

Alessandro explains the boats
Alessandro explains the boats

From renovating old boats , through to Continue reading “National Museum Muscat”

Serenade of the Seas in Muscat to replace the Brilliance of the Seas

It will be sad to no longer see the Brilliance of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas saying goodbye to Muscat
Brilliance of the Seas saying goodbye to Muscat

on her regular visit into Muscat. So we look forward to next seasons visits by the Serenade of the Seas, a sister ship.

Arabian Gulf Cruise with Clipper Odyssey in November

In January last year I was delighted to give lots of talks about Oman as ‘Guest Lecturer’ on an Arabian Gulf Cruise with the Island Sky as it cruised from Salalah to past Abu Dhabi.

Island Sky at Sea Arabian Gulf Cruise
Island Sky at Sea

This year in November the American Continue reading “Arabian Gulf Cruise with Clipper Odyssey in November”

Cruise Ships arrive in Muscat for cruise excursions

While waiting for passenger disembarkation I managed to get a few pictures of the arrival of the Cruise Ships in Muscat.

Silver Wind enters Muscat Port
Silver Wind enters Muscat Port

They offer a contrast in size and Continue reading “Cruise Ships arrive in Muscat for cruise excursions”

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”

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”

Oman’s Three Seas

a journey

Making the most of Oman’s coast Ernest Meili took a journey down the 1700kms or so of Oman’s coastline. He talked about his experience, in one of the best talks held by the ESO.

1700 kilometers by Kayak
1700 kilometers by Kayak

I really look forward to doing the same journey with Nobel Caledonia on their Oman Cruise and hope my talks will be as interesting.

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.

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.