Cunard Cruise 2012
Trip Day 17
Friday, April 6th
(Good Friday)
Muscat, Oman

Today the ship travels from Dubai to Muscat, Oman which is a very short distance but it does need to go through that contentious waterway known as the Strait of Hormuz since Dubai is in the Persian Gulf side and Muscat in on the Arabian Sea.

The time in Muscat is 9 hours ahead of home and is what is known as Gulf Standard Time or GST (same as Dubai).

Now that things are back to normal (as far as shore excursions go) the one booked for Muscat is called "Nizwa Fort and Souk" It is scheduled to last 7 hours and leave at 9:30 am. Here is Cunard's description:

A tour to appreciate Nizwa, the historical capital of Oman; step back in time to a pre-Islamic fortress and a desert oasis.

Your scenic drive will take you through the Hajar Mountains en route to Nizwa, one of the largest cities in Oman and the capital of the interior region. Nizwa has a wealth of cultural and ancient landmarks; the most prominent is Nizwa Fort built over a period of 12 years.

The Fort is located in the city centre, where you may explore and learn of its interesting history. The Fort is surrounded by ancient traditional souks where locals trade and where you can see fabulous collections of gold and silver in the various shops.

Nizwa is a sight to behold being set in an oasis enclosed by a series of mountains, including Al Jabal Al Akhdar, the famous green mountain.

A buffet luncheon will be served at a local hotel and includes refreshments of water or a soft drink. Your tour is rounded off with a photograph stop at the impressive Grand Mosque in Muscat on your return journey.

As always there are some additional notes and here those are:

Note: The tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground with some steps. The drive to Nizwa is approximately 2½ hours. In accordance with local customs, please wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Guests are requested not to take photographs of the local people without prior permission. The itinerary of this excursion may be reversed. On Fridays many of the Souk shops will remain closed for prayers by 11:30am.

So, this is the plan for this day.

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