3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Muscat is a lovely place to visit, and the Omanis always very welcoming Just walked ashore to local souk but for $10 you can travel by taxi to Royal Palace
Muscat is a lovely place to visit, and the Omanis always very welcoming Just walked ashore to local souk but for $10 you can travel by taxi to Royal Palace Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Best port, you can walk to the shops and souk. We hired a taxi for one hour (30 euros) and did the highlights which was amazing tour
Best port, you can walk to the shops and souk. We hired a taxi for one hour (30 euros) and did the highlights which was amazing tour Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We actually didn’t explore Muscat as much as we did the rest of this beautiful country. This is an overnight stop so it’s possible to rent a car, go for a road trip, and stay ashore overnight.
We actually didn’t explore Muscat as much as we did the rest of this beautiful country. This is an overnight stop so it’s possible to rent a car, go for a road trip, and stay ashore overnight. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We were in Muscat on a Friday, the Muslim holy day. That meant that the Grand Mosque along with other sites and museums were closed. The cruise ship offered tours to these places. However, fine print showed that they would not be visiting ... Read More
We were in Muscat on a Friday, the Muslim holy day. That meant that the Grand Mosque along with other sites and museums were closed. The cruise ship offered tours to these places. However, fine print showed that they would not be visiting the interiors if on a Friday. Based on that, we decided not to book a tour through the ship. There is a shuttle bus that goes from the ship to the port entrance, as it is an industrial port. Once outside the port, there are a lot of taxis. We always skip the first few layer of cab drivers to get to those on the outskirts. We negotiated $5 per person per hour with a driver. We grabbed two other couples to come with us. Our driver was very nice and knowledgeable. He took us to the souk first, as it closes early. I had read that it closed at 1pm, but locals indicated that it closed at 11:30am. It might be advisable to walk to the souks first and grab a cab from there once you've completed shopping. We didn't spend a lot of time there as the cab driver was waiting for us. After the souk, we went to the palace, saw the forts behind the palace, drove to an viewpoint of the harbor, a couple of beaches, the Opera House exterior (it's closed on Friday), and the Grand Mosque exterior. Because we were at the mosque later in the day after mid-day services, it wasn't overcrowded. Our driver took us to a drive-up tea shop before heading back to the port. In all, our tour was a little less than 4 hours, and we paid $20 pp, which was a lot less than the cruise ship offerings. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Peaceful, relaxing time spend on a dhow. Azamara guests only, which was nice. Plenty of water given to guests.
Peaceful, relaxing time spend on a dhow. Azamara guests only, which was nice. Plenty of water given to guests. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Muscat was a real suprise to be honest - a beautiful modern city and our private tour guide Nasser from Sunshine Tours Oman gave us a wonderful tour of his city. Our dealings with Sunshine Tours were always specific and responses were ... Read More
Muscat was a real suprise to be honest - a beautiful modern city and our private tour guide Nasser from Sunshine Tours Oman gave us a wonderful tour of his city. Our dealings with Sunshine Tours were always specific and responses were immediate to all of my questions. Although I wasn't sure what there was to see beforehand the day was full and included a wonderful feast of Omani fruit and cake at Mohammed's house, a visit to the Opera House which was stunning, and seeing many of the beautiful features of this amazing city. Nasser was a great guide who I highly recommend and we all enjoyed a fantastic day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We had been before so had already seen all the important sights. We did ponder taking the hop on hop off bus but were shocked when we tried to book them outside the ship and they were selling tickets at the same rate as the ship tickets ... Read More
We had been before so had already seen all the important sights. We did ponder taking the hop on hop off bus but were shocked when we tried to book them outside the ship and they were selling tickets at the same rate as the ship tickets which are a lot more than what we have paid in other cities for the same company. We took a taxi to a nice hotel and used their facilities at a rate which included a nice beach and a wonderful swimming pool. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Used the ship’s shuttle to get to the Muttrah Souq. Well worth spending time looking around - fascinating.
Used the ship’s shuttle to get to the Muttrah Souq. Well worth spending time looking around - fascinating. Read Less

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