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I went ashore at just after 11 o’clock, stayed for about two and a half hours, and then came back to the ship. I actually started the ‘going ashore’ process at about 10:30, but what with queuing for the tender ticket and then for the tender to be available, it was just gone 11 before […]

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It’s Thursday morning – Valentine’s Day – and we’re at Sir Bani Yas island (I’m going to refer to it as ‘SBYi’ from now on. This is a tender port , and Oceana is anchored a few hundred metres off-shore. The sky is clear blue and the sun is shining; what more could we ask […]

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I spoke to some more people at dinner this evening (Tuesday) about the arrival arrangements at Dubai airport. Several of them mentioned that they had a long wait for the bus to take them to the port – one couple mentioned waiting for an hour. They were comparing this with the arrangements at Barbados (for […]

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Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi

I made it to the Louvre museum. I went by taxi from the Abu Dhabi mall, and went direct by taxi back to the cruise terminal. The fare was just under 20 Dhs for each journey. Taxis are easy to get at the mall – there is a special taxi pick-up and drop-off entrance, and […]

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Regular readers will be aware that I do try to use public transport whenever possible. My objective today is the Louvre on Saadiyat Island, and I found out that there is a bus (#94) that goes there – terminates there, in fact – from the city. So could I get there on this bus instead […]

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I wrote this morning about the immigration process, so I’ll go on from there. Given the poor weather I stayed on the ship until lunchtime. I then took the shuttle bus (as usual), which once again goes to – a mall. (The ‘Abu Dhabi’ mall). This is quite close to the main downtown area, albeit […]

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We’re at Abu Dhabi, and – it’s raining. At least it is now (9:30 local time), although there’s a chance it will get better during the morning. But it’s not going to get very hot – 22° at best today. But that’s not what I’m writing about. I thought I’d document the Abu Dhabi ‘face […]

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I shared a table at dinner with another couple who had been on the shuttle bus and who had grappled with Manama. They were surprised that what they were seeing wasn’t quite how P&O had described Manama (“Marble-floored shopping malls…”, etc). They did some investigating and found out that while some of that stuff existed, […]

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…. which is in Bahrain, before you ask! And Bahrain is of course a different country from the UAE; it’s the Kingdom of Bahrain and it has its own currency, etc. We docked at Khalifa port at just before 9 o’clock. As before I didn’t have an excursion booked, I just went ashore using the […]

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I heard from a couple I was sitting with at dinner last night that their embarkation early yesterday morning was slightly delayed. Not for too long, but given that this was at the end of nearly 24 hours travelling, it was annoying. I mentioned in an earlier post that passports were being closely examined and […]

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