4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Only the market near the port is good. We took a taxi to the hilltop for the view, then went to the palace, but it is PERMANENTLY CLOSED to the public. The museum opposite the palace is overpriced at 5 Omani rial per person, while local ... Read More
Only the market near the port is good. We took a taxi to the hilltop for the view, then went to the palace, but it is PERMANENTLY CLOSED to the public. The museum opposite the palace is overpriced at 5 Omani rial per person, while local senior citizens get FREE entry. The beautiful mosque in Muscat is very far from the port & taxis wanted a whopping 20 Omani rial for a round trip! Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We enjoyed this port immensely except we booked the open top bus for ease of getting around as its very spread out. They were terribly unreliable and went past us while we were waiting at one of the stops. A bit disconcerting when there is ... Read More
We enjoyed this port immensely except we booked the open top bus for ease of getting around as its very spread out. They were terribly unreliable and went past us while we were waiting at one of the stops. A bit disconcerting when there is only one bus an hour and you're on a cruise. The bazaar on the main water front is fascinating and you could spend hours just wandering around the lanes. I would definitely like to return as I felt we didnt have enough time to explore. The beaches looked amazing and there were some fantastic hotels around. It was a very arab place, even though it was also very cosmopolitan. The Sultan's palace was jaw dropping in size and grandeur. We visited the main national museum which was at the end of the Sultan's driveway! Brilliantly set out with lots of great descriptions of the exhibits and some really helpful staff, who also made sure we didn't miss the film show in English, and also the hospitality area where they gave you tea and dates to fortify you before you went upstairs. The corniche is longer than it first appears, especially if you don't have decent footwear (blisters!). There are always taxis around and I would suggest that, unless the open top bus people get their act together, then taxis are the way to go. Try some of the fruit juices in the bars around the markets. The lime is particularly refreshing. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
As it was Friday many attractions were closed. Would have done more if it were any other day. We walked from port to old Muscat and palace along the corniche. 7 km each way. Nice small souk as well.
As it was Friday many attractions were closed. Would have done more if it were any other day. We walked from port to old Muscat and palace along the corniche. 7 km each way. Nice small souk as well. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
it was a Friday, so the Mosque was closed, took private tour, not worth the money, the ship tour was cheaper
it was a Friday, so the Mosque was closed, took private tour, not worth the money, the ship tour was cheaper Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We feel in love with this city. Fun souk, the Sultan's palace and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are amazing. The port is very beautiful and the walk along the Corniche is great.
We feel in love with this city. Fun souk, the Sultan's palace and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are amazing. The port is very beautiful and the walk along the Corniche is great. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Enjoyable - two hours on the hop on hop off bus with interesting commentary.
Enjoyable - two hours on the hop on hop off bus with interesting commentary. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose to go it alone and were happy with our decision. There is a free shuttle from the ship to the Mutrah Souk, the main shopping bazaar. It was Friday, the holy day, so we shopped among local families doing their shopping. We also ... Read More
We chose to go it alone and were happy with our decision. There is a free shuttle from the ship to the Mutrah Souk, the main shopping bazaar. It was Friday, the holy day, so we shopped among local families doing their shopping. We also walked along the Corniche, or waterfront, and talked to some men fishing and a family out together. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Not yet geared up for tourists so it was interesting just to walk around. The Corniche - promenade - was pleasant and ran for miles around a headland. There were interesting fortifications around the town and a Souk that seemed to be ... Read More
Not yet geared up for tourists so it was interesting just to walk around. The Corniche - promenade - was pleasant and ran for miles around a headland. There were interesting fortifications around the town and a Souk that seemed to be pitched at locals rather than tourists. We bought some useful t-shirts for 1 Rial - about £2. Also a bag of Frankincense for about £6. I have no idea what it should cost but it looked like a bag of meth. No idea how our bag didn't get pulled on the way home. Read Less

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