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Downtown Khasab!

The captain made an announcement as we were leaving Muscat to the effect that Khasab would be a tender port. Apparently, the port will have neither a pilot nor or a tug available tomorrow. So we’ll be tendering.

And even that’s not certain. The captain mentioned that that high winds with squalls were forecast, and he made some comments along the lines of “if we decide that it will be safe to run tender operations….”. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if the call was cancelled.

Actually, the captain didn’t sound too upset about not being able to berth in the port. I’ve heard that it’s a very tight entrance, and at least one other captain regards it as the most difficult port of all.



Readers, we did make Khasab. Oceana anchored offshore and tendering went ahead without any problems; indeed, if anything it was calmer than at Sir Bani Yas island earlier in the cruise.

This is a very small port, very undeveloped. The main attraction in the town is Khasab Fort, which I visited as part of an excursion, “Khasab and Surroundings”. That one went ahead, but I did hear a story that another excursion, the popular one – “Omani Fjord Dhow Cruise” – was cancelled, at the very last minute. To be fair, this was just a viral rumour I heard as I was disembarking/tendering, but when we arrived at the quayside at Khasab at 9:30, there were a number of people waiting to return to the ship, all wearing an excursion sticker (4, as it happens) and all looking unhappy. So it looked as if something prevented the excursion from happening at the very last minute.

As I said, this is a very small port with practically nothing. I didn’t even see a Souk, although there is LuLu Hypermarket…. But I don’t think this is a port to keep passengers busy for long.

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