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…it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season As I’m pretty sure most people already know, P&O have cancelled this winter’s programme of cruises around the Arabian Gulf on Oceana. This is a result of the continuing tension over the seizure of ships in the […]

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I’ve done a page summarising the various posts I did while i was on this cruise, and giving my final thoughts. You can find it here.

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Back home from Oceana

Well, I’m home. Yesterday was a long, hard day – in UK time terms I got up at 2am, started travelling at 4am, and walked through my front door (or staggered through it) at 10:45pm. I was hanging around Dubai Airport for five hours before boarding the plane, then take-off was delayed, and then there […]

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I was packed and ready before 8 o’clock, the listed time for independent travellers to start their disembarkation. In the event I joined the end of the party disembarking at 8 for the Emirates flight to Heathrow. It all went smoothly. Once off the ship we all had to get our main luggage. This had […]

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I’ve just (at 8am!) done my face-to-face immigration check in Dubai and got my passport back. Oceana docked at Dubai sometime around 7 am or so and the passport return and immigration check was the first order of business. Basically, passengers must go ashore and first collect their passport from a P&O desk on the […]

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Just as happened when we re-entered the UAE at Abu Dhabi from Bahrain, authorities at Dubai require us to do a face-to-face passport check when we re-enter the UAE there tomorrow morning from Oman. I’m not clear yet how this is going to be managed, but it will probably involve passengers to go through this […]

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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 […]

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As I said in an earlier post, today we’ve been in Muscat, Oman. We’ve actually docked in the port area of Moutra – I think that’s how it’s spelt (it seems to vary). This is a classic bay with a dock area at one end, shops, mosques and a Souk around the centre of the […]

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Muscat

Today we’re in Muscat, and as is my habit I’ll be going ashore on my own. This is another country (Oman) so of course there is another currency to deal with (Omani Riyals) and this presents some additional hassle. Horizon is advertising the US$ as the currency, but the port presenter said that while some […]

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It’s that time of the cruise – the disembarkation instructions have been issued, even though it’s still 3 or 4 days before we actually disembark. Broadly speaking, they seem to be more or less as expected: Bags out of the cabin before midnight at the latest (“…in the afternoon is fine”); Vacate the cabin by […]

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