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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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A day in Abu Dhabi

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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A wet arrival at Abu Dhabi

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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Going ashore in Manama, continued

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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Going ashore in Manama…

…. 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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Passport delay before embarkation

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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Going ashore in Dubai

Oceana is still in Dubai today so I went ashore. I used the P&O shuttle bus to the Dubai Mall (which I gather is the regular shuttle bus dropping-off point), and then went on to Dubai Marina by public transport. This post is to describe how the shuttle service worked, and some details of using […]

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Passports

There’s a slight wrinkle or complication regarding passports. Apparently the authorities at Abu Dhabi perform a ‘face to face’ confirmation of passport when you first go ashore in that Emirate. Of course, it’s in the same country as Dubai, where passengers entered the UAE and had their passports checked on entry. In order to facilitate […]

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I’ve had a few chats with people who flew to Dubai with P&O and who arrived today, and this is a summary of the accounts. Flights were indeed with Emirates and Virgin. I was surprised to learn that the flight from Manchester, at least for this cruise, was provided by a Virgin charter. I’m surprised […]

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So here I am at the beginning of my cruise around the Arabian Gulf on Oceana. Starting at Dubai, it features a total of three days in that port, plus two days at Sbu Dhabi, and then single days at Manama (Bahrain), Sir Bani Yas island (in the Abu Dhabi emirate, Khasab and Muscat (both […]

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