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  • We had a stop over for one night in Oman which gave us enough time to realise this isn't our type of place.... It's a dry country!

    We have arrived on the eve of the kings birthday who is very popular if the street decorations of green, red and white are to be believed. The whole boulevard is lit with atring lights as well as most shops, garages, cafes and hotels. It is like there is a competition to see who can have the best lights display. There are also hundreds of pictures of the king everywhere!

    The driving quality is good and in the right.
    They paint their cars and there is no rain so it doesn't wash off which is cute most having some sort of personalisation in the colours of the flag. We try to go over a bridge where there is a wagon from Dubai causing traffic build up because it weighs over the 3tonne limit 😂 (artic with 30 2t bags on it)!! All bridges which are generally pre cast concrete have a 3 tonne limit.

    There is a large range of building sites ranging from a small hotel where they use paint tins filled with concrete with 3x2 in for hoarding and no PPE, to sites with 10 stories of system scaffold and boots, hat and hi-vis being used by most. Every job even 3 stories seems to have a tower crane.
    Most jobs seem to have a pretty good standard of edge protection.

    Plant is in a good state of repair and much better than most parts of Western Europe having standard wagons, HIABS, cranes, lots of CAT stuff, and concrete wagons.

    They use pre-cast everywhere as well as slip form concrete.

    EVERYONE (men) wears white but it's so white!! How do they get it so white?? Their wives must be good (may need to do a stint here as a wife course). Explains what wifeys do here all the time though as there are very few out socially. We walked about a mile down the boulevard and there were literally dozens of groups of men just chillin looking at the sea, waffling sitting. There was one group of black lads not dressed singing and dancing which was pretty cool but the only thing going on for miles!

    Man:holly - getting more leg room
    Donkey: Charlie for not removing barriers or wet stuff when going through customs!
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  • Yesterday after breakfast, Maz and Sue's eldest daughter, Reima picked us up from the port to take us on a tour of Muscat.
    We had to slum it in a brand new 550CL Mercedes-Benz, but such is life LOL.
    We started with a Starbucks on the Corniche, which had a fabulous sea view.
    Then off we went for a tour of the city.
    One of the interesting things was to see the private residences of the royal family and the top government officials, only from the outside of course, lol.
    Then we had a ride to Reimas house where we met her four adorable children, who we'd seen many pictures of on Facebook but never in the flesh.
    Then we called in to see Hussam, Reimas husband, at his car detailing garage, car detailing for the uninitiated is sort of very expensive and expert car valeting.
    It includes special processes on the car body, to bring the paintwork back to, better than showroom quality.
    The average price is about £500, so you can imagine the type of cars his staff get to work on, when we went in there were a couple of Range Rovers, a huge Jeep thing, a couple of BMWs, an Audi, all top of the range, also one beautiful Ferrari, which I sat in for a photo, and then struggled to get out of. So I've decided not to buy one lol.
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  • As promised, Peter took a group of us out for afternoon tea at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel.
    This place is the only 6 star hotel in Oman, it was originally built for Sultan Qaboos as a palace, but he had it converted into an hotel.
    I suppose he had enough palaces already, lol.
    The hotel is located right on its own beach, and has an infinity pool, that when in the pool it looks like it flows directly into the sea.
    It really is a beautiful place.
    The afternoon high tea was great and a lovely experience, with dainty smoked salmon sandwiches along with caviar and things.
    They served us English scones, with jam and cream, and some really cool chocolate cakes decorated with real gold leaf.
    It was a brilliant afternoon, and a treat not only for the ten passengers Peter had invited, but also the three staff Monet, Adriana and Stokely who were invited also.
    It gave them a chance to get out of uniform and kick back and relax with the passengers.
    As I've said before Peters management style is different and it works perfectly, as his staff all love him, and consequently give their best, and us as passengers reap the rewards.
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  • I spoke to Gisleni the concierge, and told her how disappointed I was at not getting the upgrade, especially as the couple I mentioned to you in the last blog post did get an upgrade, not only did they get the upgrade but they went from an inside cabin on deck 3 to a junior suite on deck 8.
    That's a 4 step upgrade, when you are only supposed to get a one step upgrade.
    Anyway when I told Gisleni about being disappointed especially as I had offered to pay, and she tells me she had recommended that we get the upgrade as we were willing to pay, but she was overruled by the hotel director.
    She also tells me that she has the same opinion as me concerning this particular couple, as they had been rude to her, and even after getting the upgrade they where at guest services complaining about something else and being rude there also.
    The upshot is Gisleni says she will see what she can do and while I was there at her desk made a couple of phone calls and fired off three emails to different people, then tells me to come back later on in the morning.
    To cut a long story a bit shorter, she not only got me an upgrade to a Grand Suite, but got it for free!
    Needless to say Sheila is now a very happy bunny.
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  • This cruise as opposed to the last, our evening company only contains one couple that we've met before, that is Colin and Julie.
    The rest are a mix of Brits, that's Peter and Chris, from Wolverhampton, Terry and Jill from Ascot, and mother and daughter, Monica and Phoebe from Grimsby, who are a really fun couple and remind me of the Ab Fab characters Patsy and Saffi.
    Monica the mother is Patsy always up for a laugh and a good time, and Phoebe is Saffi, quiet and reserved and always trying to reign Monica in, and mostly failing miserably LOL.
    An American lady called Barbara, a Norwegian couple, Morten and Ida, and finally a German guy called Reinhold who happens to be the only pinnacle on board.
    So luckily enough it's another good lounge, not quite as noisy as last cruise, but still great fun.
    Oh yes this afternoon we did the VIP galley tour and brunch which was very interesting, one of the unusual things about it was that for each course you went into the galley and got it yourself.
    The starters and the desserts were laid out in the galley buffet style, but with the main course you went in to the galley ordered your main meal from the executive chef who then did a Gordon Ramsey thing and shouted your order to the sous chefs, who prepared your meal in front of you, which was quite cool.
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  • It all started the night before.
    We'd all had another great night in the concierge lounge, and about 9 o'clock there were five of us left just finishing off our drinks and chatting.
    Sheila and I, along with Colin and Julie, and the only pinnacle in the village Reinhold.
    Well Reinhold had a magnum of Moet & Chandon that he'd been given for being the highest cruiser.
    So he says let's get some ice and some glasses and we'll finish the night in style.
    We where about 3/4 finished with the champers when Colin disappears and 10 minutes later returns with another magnum of M&C.
    Well it seemed like a good idea at the time, so we finished this bottle as well.
    Cut a long story short, the next day I have the mother of all hangovers.
    After spending most of the day alternating between drinking water and sleeping.
    About lunch time, I'm planning a quick bite to eat and then a very early night.
    When under the cabin door is pushed an envelope containing an invitation to dinner with the Staff Captain that evening!
    Anyway we had a beautiful meal and great company, but captains table as usual is served the best wine on the ship, and I managed half a bloody glass.!
    Will I ever learn? Probably not. Lol
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  • Now in Oman, probably the last country I visit before going home and completing the round the world trip. Not sure how long I'm going to stay yet.

    The people are very friendly here though, as in most of the Arabic countries I've visited.

    Spent today walking along the seafront, visited a very good museum, the souq, a few towers, and the Sultans palace. Quite warm for walking though. Tomorrow is 37C. But at least it's drier heat than when I was in Asia.Read more

  • Visited a couple of mosques today, but the main one was this one.

    The place was huge, and had an amazing chandelier.

    Spent about an hour in the Islamic information centre while they tried to convert me, but also answered any questions I had. There was free water and dates, so it was good.

  • Rented a car for today and tomorrow to go out and see some sights. Going on an organised tour was crazy expensive.

    First stop was Nizwa castle, would have also visited the souq but it was closed at the time I was there. Then visited Jibreen Castle, which I think was my favorite of the day.

  • Finished the day after a steep climb up to near the highest point in Oman, Jebel Shams.

    Nice views on the way up, also gave some old local man a lift, he didn't speak any English. Watched the sunset had some food and then stayed out to watch the sky, it was so clear and could see the milky way. Tried to take a picture.

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