Sail Date: April 2012
We decided to have a good walk here, and so walked all the way to Muscat along the promenade. The walk is a good few miles, but the views were nice. The promenade is in good condition for all standards of walkers. The city was the quietest ... Read More
We decided to have a good walk here, and so walked all the way to Muscat along the promenade. The walk is a good few miles, but the views were nice. The promenade is in good condition for all standards of walkers. The city was the quietest i've seen in the middle east, and was earily funny. Take time to look around the fish market. Very interesting, turn left through the taxis and you can't miss it. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
The port of Muscat was cancelled just after we booked this cruise and the port of Fujairah was substituted. Fujairah is a major re-fuelling port and like the majority of UAE countries - hot, dry, desert and rugged mountains. As we ... Read More
The port of Muscat was cancelled just after we booked this cruise and the port of Fujairah was substituted. Fujairah is a major re-fuelling port and like the majority of UAE countries - hot, dry, desert and rugged mountains. As we arrived on a Friday (Muslim holy day) we opted to take a short tour to visit the local mosques, fort, and Friday market. We would not put Fujairah on our "Must see" list of places to visit! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2012
We took the shuttle bus into the entrance to the souk and spent an hour or two exploring. We meant to book a more adventurous tour and regretted having not done so.
We took the shuttle bus into the entrance to the souk and spent an hour or two exploring. We meant to book a more adventurous tour and regretted having not done so. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
I could not find Oman in the list of ports so have selected Muscat ! Went on the 'Fascinating Forts' tour from the ship, visited 3 interesting forts/castles and a decent lunch at a tourist hotel. A lot of driving between the ... Read More
I could not find Oman in the list of ports so have selected Muscat ! Went on the 'Fascinating Forts' tour from the ship, visited 3 interesting forts/castles and a decent lunch at a tourist hotel. A lot of driving between the sights but it you have a y interest in the history of Oman (in particular the Forts) then this is a great choice, we loved it. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2012
The ship provided a shuttle to the Muttrah Souk. There is good shopping in the souk. There are lots of taxis. There is a lot to see including a visit to the Grand Mosque,
The ship provided a shuttle to the Muttrah Souk. There is good shopping in the souk. There are lots of taxis. There is a lot to see including a visit to the Grand Mosque, Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
great place, very clean and felt very safe. we did a highlight tour which was very good and good value but muscat feels safe enough to do your own thing should you wish.
great place, very clean and felt very safe. we did a highlight tour which was very good and good value but muscat feels safe enough to do your own thing should you wish. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2013
This is a busy working port and therefore people are not allowed to wander around the dockside. RCI provide courtesy shuttle buses to take you from the ship to the port gate. Just outside the gate you will find plenty of taxis and drivers ... Read More
This is a busy working port and therefore people are not allowed to wander around the dockside. RCI provide courtesy shuttle buses to take you from the ship to the port gate. Just outside the gate you will find plenty of taxis and drivers who are more than willing to take you around their city to show you the sites. Their prices are very good, and be prepared to "haggle" to get the best deal. Make sure you get a price BEFORE you get into the taxi! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
Enjoyed muscat but feel 2 days here was too much. Booked a tour in advance with Mark Tours, driver waiting on us at pier. excellent service, saw a lot in 4 hours. Went first to the Grand Mosque. Ladies ensure you are covered to wrists and ... Read More
Enjoyed muscat but feel 2 days here was too much. Booked a tour in advance with Mark Tours, driver waiting on us at pier. excellent service, saw a lot in 4 hours. Went first to the Grand Mosque. Ladies ensure you are covered to wrists and ankles and have a headscarf. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Lovely country, very interesting, organised excursions whether ship or private would help you get the best out of your time here. Well worth a visit to the Mosque, the Palace, the Souk, and the local markets.
Lovely country, very interesting, organised excursions whether ship or private would help you get the best out of your time here. Well worth a visit to the Mosque, the Palace, the Souk, and the local markets. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Muscat is a charming port. We have visited prior so this time we only took the shuttle to the gate and walked along the corniche, visited the al Baranda Museum and the Mutrah Souk. If you have not been before, other attractions to see ... Read More
Muscat is a charming port. We have visited prior so this time we only took the shuttle to the gate and walked along the corniche, visited the al Baranda Museum and the Mutrah Souk. If you have not been before, other attractions to see would be the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which is open to the public between 8:30-11am but not on Fridays. Appropriate modest dress is required. The Palace is quite beautiful but it is only the outside grounds that can be visited. The Bait al Zubair Museum in the same area is also very good with artifacts including swords and jewelry. There is a cafe and gift shop on the premises as well. If you have more time, The Royal Opera House schedules first class performances and there is always the exclusive Amouage perfume factory. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Reviews for Muscat & Khasab below (as Khasab not on CC's port list)MUSCAT, OMAN - We booked a day tour with VS Private Tours and Mohammed was waiting at the port entrance with my name on a sign, always a welcome sight. On the 1.5 ... Read More
Reviews for Muscat & Khasab below (as Khasab not on CC's port list)MUSCAT, OMAN - We booked a day tour with VS Private Tours and Mohammed was waiting at the port entrance with my name on a sign, always a welcome sight. On the 1.5 hour drive to our destination of Wadi Shab (wadi means waterhole) we learnt plenty about Oman. When we arrived at the start of the walk another guide (Hussein) took over to take us on the 1hr walk to Wadi Shab through a long rocky gorge with several other wadi’s on the way. There were a few large red ‘strictly no jumping or diving in the deep wadi’ signs along the path. Hussein however was keen for the kids to have a go, so if the guide says jump apparently it’s fine to ignore those signs, and they did really enjoy launching themselves from the 7.5m ledge into the deep wadi below. After about 45mins you strip off your shoes and clothes down to swimmers only. We went on from there alone (much to the girls concern) while Hussein stayed with our gear. He lent us brilliant waterproof pouches for our iphones which you hang round your neck and can still take photos through. He also very kindly offered me his swimming shoes which made the rocky sections so much easier than for the others hobbling through on bare feet. Most of the time we could swim though, the water was beautiful and the colours of the rocky gorge just breathtaking. After swimming/clambering along through several wadis we reached the entrance to Wadi Shab, which is semi enclosed with a very narrow opening. We tried to get a photo at the opening, but as that involved me treading water in very deep water, trying to hold the iphone/case up to get a shot while not laughing too much, the results are pretty dodgy. Inside the opening the wadi was fairly round, with about a 10m diameter and a waterfall at one end. There were narrow ledges around that you could clamber up to for a break from treading water (well actually the kids pulled me up, my clambering abilities are pretty weak). The kids all took the challenge of pulling themselves up on a rope dangling down one side of the waterfall and then circled round up higher to a very slippery slope from which they launched themselves back into the wadi. It was very nerve-wracking to watch and my photos of those jumps reflect that as I was shaking so much just watching they are all completely blurred. I should mention there were quite a few other people in there with us, so we’d all had time to watch them and gauge what was possible. We eventually made our way back the way we’d come in down the gorge and were on such a high at having seen this beautiful place. There are many wadi’s scattered through Oman, we agreed it would be fun to return and go through them all. There’s also lots of hiking to be done in an area known as Oman’s Grand Canyon…always so many reasons to return to places you get just a taste of on a cruise.Mohammed had said that if we weren’t late leaving the wadi we should have time to go into the old centre of Muscat and see the palace (which is for show only, the Sultan doesn’t live there), fort and souk (market) so that gave us the incentive to keep moving. There was no food whatsoever available at the wadi, but luckily we’d done our usual foraging at the breakfast buffet and had brought 2 tupperware containers full of muffins and pastries. These are usually our snacks on tours, but today it was lunch as well. We were back in Muscat by 3pm, had a wander there and saw the sights before a final stop at the souk. Mohammed showed us frankincense in the souk that was smoking in an incense burner and we bought our usual souvenir magnet and Christmas ornament. At 4pm we were about to keel over from lack of food, so asked to be dropped back to the ship. We had to be onboard by 4.30pm and Mohammed was keen to wring every minute out, wanting to pop by something else to use up the 30mins, but we were done. I have to say that’s the first time a guide has wanted to give us every minute of the time booked, they’re usually very keen to drop you back early. KHASAB, OMANWe had booked a 6hr tour with Khourshem Tours, a local company that does snorkelling and dolphin watching dhow cruises through the fjords for 200 dirham each including lunch. The MSC cruise equivalent tour was only 4 hrs, no lunch and cost 76 Euro. The tour company were waiting for us at the port entrance and also offered walk up tours for the same 200 dirham for passengers who weren’t already booked – the walk up tours though were only 3 hours, with no lunch so it pays to book direct in advance. The dhow boats are motor powered, but an old fashioned style boat. You remove your shoes when boarding, the floors are covered in rugs and around the sides are many cushions for general lounging about…it’s a very pleasant way to travel. It takes around an hour to sail to the entrance of the fjord, the rock formations all around actually reminded me of the gorge cruise we did in the Kimberley north of Broome. The multiple types of rock strata layered diagonally up the cliffs were similar, what was missing was the deep red/brown/orange colours of the Kimberley, these were mainly sandy or grey in colour, but still lovely to see. We passed by a few tiny fishing villages at the base of the steep cliffs and saw a pod of dolphins doing their usual trick of diving up and disappearing as your camera shutter clicks. We anchored to snorkel at Telegraph Island where the British laid the first underwater cable to connect India to Iraq for onward communication to London back in 1864. Unfortunately they didn’t have any goggles for the sight challenged, so I kept my sunnies on and enjoyed a swim while the others snorkelled. We swam over to Telegraph Island and clambered very gingerly around its surface covered in sharp stones. I was really missing Hussein’s waterproof iphone case and his water shoes, as we had lovely views from there but no camera to capture them, and each step was painful. On our swim back to the boat 17yo got up close and personal with a friendly jellyfish, who wrapped its tentacle around her arm leaving a nasty red mark. She rinsed it with fresh water when back onboard and felt brave enough to refuse any offers to wee on it.We had a wonderful lunch onboard, make your own pita breads + some deliciously marinated chicken. We cruised to another island but the wind had picked up so no one on our boat was keen to get back in, but we were all right into the lounging on cushions while watching the scenery glide by. We were back at the dock by 4pm and driven the short distance back to our ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Another port enabling you to do your own thing if required. Plenty of tours on offer.Shuttle Buses operate to take you to the terminal building and then walked in from the drop off point into the town centre which takes about 10minutes ... Read More
Another port enabling you to do your own thing if required. Plenty of tours on offer.Shuttle Buses operate to take you to the terminal building and then walked in from the drop off point into the town centre which takes about 10minutes each way. Taxis available if you wish. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Having lived for some time in Dubai and visited here for several weekends we know Muscat quite well so we hired a local taxi and did our own thing. We wished to see the Opera House and were fortunate enough to witness toe rehearsal for a ... Read More
Having lived for some time in Dubai and visited here for several weekends we know Muscat quite well so we hired a local taxi and did our own thing. We wished to see the Opera House and were fortunate enough to witness toe rehearsal for a military tattoo/ Unfortunately the Opera House was closed for Opera rehearsal but we will return. Muscat is a lovely place and is well worth a longer visit. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
Very efficient method of transportations, coach tour very expensive for what they were going to show. I took a local taxi with A/C and see much more than the tour itself. A great way to see the local amenities...
Very efficient method of transportations, coach tour very expensive for what they were going to show. I took a local taxi with A/C and see much more than the tour itself. A great way to see the local amenities... Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
Muscat was not really on my list to want to go to & to be honest there wasn't really a lot to see. The Palace was nice to see but not a lot else. Again we took the hop on hop off but even that was a bit uneventful.
Muscat was not really on my list to want to go to & to be honest there wasn't really a lot to see. The Palace was nice to see but not a lot else. Again we took the hop on hop off but even that was a bit uneventful. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2015
We took an 8 hour all day tour that was arranged by our American Express-affiliated travel agent, who registered us in the Mariners Club. It was excellent and included a terrific lunch at Kargeen Cafe. The tour included all the highlights, ... Read More
We took an 8 hour all day tour that was arranged by our American Express-affiliated travel agent, who registered us in the Mariners Club. It was excellent and included a terrific lunch at Kargeen Cafe. The tour included all the highlights, and Raj, the guide was informative (and a big fan of Oman. He himself is a Sikh from India): The Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souq, Bait Al Zubair Museum, Old Muscat and Al Alam Royal Palace. Read Less

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