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About Muscat

The Sultanate of Oman's capital, Muscat, has a magical feel. It is a combination of stunning deserts, mountains and beaches with all the comforts of a bustling, modern metropolis. It's also the meeting point of Asian, African and Arabic civilizations and this unique blend of cultures makes Oman a special place to visit and explore.

The old port area, which is enclosed by gated walls, is where you will find the Sultan's Main Palace, a fascinating place to wander around. Two well-preserved 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, guard the entrance to Muscat, and the city walls contain the original beautifully carved gates.

Muscat has many points of interest, so whether you want to explore natural freshwater pools, parks and nature reserves, shop in one of the many excellent souks, or relax on unspoilt, soft sandy beaches, this city has something for everyone.

 

Shore excursions in Muscat

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Muscat Impressions

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Duration: 5 hours

Explore the architectural and cultural highlights of the Omani capital, with its enchanting mix of medieval and modern.

Your tour begins with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a stunning example of modern Islamic architecture. Covering an area of more than 400,000sqm, it can hold up to 20,000 worshippers and features beautiful mosaic work, a huge Swarovski crystal chandelier and some of the largest Persian carpets ever made.

Next is a photo stop at the Al Alam Palace, one of Sultan Qaboos’ six royal residences, its blue and gold pillars a striking contrast to the 16th-century Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts either side. You’ll then continue on to the magnificent Bait Al Zubair, a museum of Omani heritage showcasing traditional costumes, jewellery, handicrafts and weapons.

Complete your tour at the Muttrah Souk, a labyrinth of colourful stalls selling everything from gold jewellery to frankincense and myrrh.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, over mainly paved areas. While visiting the Grand Mosque, women must wear modest clothing that covers the body to the wrists and ankles, and avoid bright colours. A scarf must cover the head, including all hair. Men must wear full-length trousers and modest clothing. Shoes must be removed. Tattoos must be covered. Guests are asked not to take photos of local people without permission.

 

A selection of cruises to Muscat

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