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  • Day36

    The first time in an arabic country.. Very different, but very enjoyable!
    This people pay a lot of attention to their culture, which is a good thing. Well - akward was that these folks have as many tailors for female clothing than we have hairsaloons in Europe!

    By the way.. The local market is georgeous - and huge! Got almost lost.. But I'm done with most christmas presents! :-)

  • Day2

    Yesterday was the first of our two days in Muscat which is the capital of Oman 🇴🇲.
    I took myself off for a walk on my own, as Sheila didn't want to get off, which is the norm nowadays as she can't walk far, and the lads didn't bother either deciding instead to take advantage of the half empty ship.
    Anyway, back to my walk. I decided to walk in the back streets instead of the usual well trodden path of the Corniche and the Mutrah Souq.
    Now the souq is well worth a visit, but I've been before, so fancied a change.
    To be honest there's not a lot to see off the beaten track, as every mosque was barred to non muslims.
    Which was a bit disappointing as although I'm not religious, I do appreciate the beauty and history of the buildings. But every one had a sign saying non muslims not allowed.
    I did come across an interesting cemetery though, and some nice buildings.
    But as is usual in most cities around the world the back streets are quite run down.
    Anyway I circled around back to the corniche and crossed over to walk along by the sea wall.
    There are some lovely views of the harbour, and you can see Riyam Park, and the huge incense burner that stands on the headland over looking the town.
    Then you look over the sea wall and down on to the small sandy beach, and you see the litter, I'm sorry to say that the beach is strewn with hundreds of plastic bags and bottles.
    I'm afraid that the mystical, romantic, Muscat of the travel brochures is obviously only in the private resorts and hotels like the Al Bustan.
    Ironically there are signs up by the beach banning beach fishing, saying that this is to keep the beach clean! Sorry guys the ban is not working.
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  • Day3

    2nd day in Muscat and the lads wanted to have a walk to the famous giant incense burner that you can see on the headland as you sail into Muscat.
    It's actually situated in the old Muscat area of the town, in the beautiful Al Riyam Park.
    The walk along the Corniche is very pleasant and easy, if a tad long! It took a good 40 minutes to walk to the park, but you do have some lovely views of the harbour, and really spectacular views of the mountains which surround Muscat.
    Also on the way you see one or two old forts perched on the mountains, apparently you cannot go inside them, but they make impressive viewing from the corniche.
    Anyway at the end of the corniche you come to the very pretty and very green Al Riyam Park at the end of which set on a big hill is the incense burner. The gates to the path up to it where locked so we couldn't go right to the top, which if I'm honest I was secretly glad about, as the climb to the top looked quite long, as the path wound itself around the steep hill.
    It was worth the walk out to it though, as the corniche is beautiful and as I said the views are spectacular.
    On the way back we had a walk through Mutrah Souq which is an experience in itself. The place is over 200 years old and huge with so many paths and alleyways it is quite easy to get lost.
    That is unless you are Andy who had an uncanny sense of direction and found the way out very easily.
    After the souq it was straight back to the ship for a bite to eat and a well earned rest.
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  • Day10

    Didn't get off today as I'd been off twice last week.
    We had a lazy day in the Solarium, then a couple of hours sleep before tonight's events, which include captains pinnacle party on the bridge, which was lovely. Captain Marek is a real people person and puts everyone at ease.
    Also making it a pinnacle party and not a pinnacles and suites party, made it feel very special. And holding it on the bridge was the icing on the cake.
    After that we all went to the concierge lounge for an hour or so before going to the top tier party at which the captain gives a song. He's not got a bad voice and used to be in a rock band back in the day in Poland 🇵🇱.
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  • Day23

    Die Moschee erstreckt sich auf über 40.000 qm. Das Innere des Hauptgebäudes ziert ein prachtvoller 15 m hoher Swarowski- Kronleuchter sowie ein gigantischer Perserteppich. In der zwischen 1997 und 2001 erbauten Moschee sind nur die edelsten Materialien, die aus aller Welt zusammengestellt wurden, verwendet.

  • Day290

    Um 6:30 Uhr in der Früh begann das Einlaufen in den (winzigen) Hafen von Muscat im Oman. Wir haben somit die Emirate verlassen und sind im Sultanat Oman angekommen. Um nicht mit den Touristenmassen mit Schwimmen zu müssen, haben wir uns für eine Bikingtour durch Muscat entschieden. Also ab aufs Rad und nach einer kurzen Einreisekontrolle ging es in die City. Der Geschichte nach soll ja Sindbad der Seefahrer von hier aus seine Abenteuerreisen angetreten haben. Die Route führte uns vorbei am Palast des Sultans (weder Sultan noch Sultaninen haben wir gesehen), am Nationalmuseum, an der Uferpromenade zum Souk Muscat. Hier tauchten wir in die weihrauchbedeckten schmalen Gänge und Winkel der "Shoppingmall" ein. Nebenbei... Oman ist der weltweit größte Exporteur von Weihrauch. Es sollen so um die 40 Tonnen pro Jahr sein. Wer weiss, wieviel sowas wiegt, kann erahnen, dass das ein ganz schöner Berg sein muss. 18 Uhr ist Ende im Gelände und die Reise geht wieder in die Emirate weiter nach Abu Dhabi, wo wir morgen gegen 18 Uhr ankommen sollen. Geplant war eigentlich 20 Uhr Ankunft, aber die dortigen Behörden haben die Einreiseformalitäten wieder mal geändert, so dass mit mehr Zeit zu rechnen ist. Der Kapitän legt deshalb ein Schippchen drauf und will sich beeilen.Read more

  • Day23

    Heute waren wir in Muscat, der Hauptstadt des Oman.
    Hier mutet alles wie ein Märchen an. Ein Sultan, der für sein Volk nur Gutes tut, und es mit Geschenken, wie zB. einem gigantischen Opernhaus, oder der drittgrößten Moschee der Welt, die er alle aus seinem Privatvermögen bezahlt hat, verwöhnt.
    Die Omanis zahlen keine Steuern, das Benzin kostet 24 Cent pro Liter und die Menschen hier sind aufgeschlossen und sehr freundlich.
    Der Oman, ein Land zum verlieben, jedoch mit strengen Regeln. So steht es zB unter Strafe, wenn man mit einem schmutzigen Auto fährt (kein verspäteter Aprilscherz). Bei mehrfacher Wiederholung kann einem sogar das Auto entzogen werden.
    In den Moscheen herrscht strengstes "Vermummungsgebot" für die Frauen. Es darf noch nicht einmal eine Haarsträhne zu sehen sein. Auch die Männer müssen Hosen tragen, die bis über die Knöchel gehen.
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  • Day23

    Dieser prachtvolle Palast ist nicht der Wohnsitz des Sultans (hiervon hat er in Oman mehrere und einen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) Der Palast dient nur als Gebäude für Staatsempfänge und ist ansonsten unbewohnt.

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