OMAN & THE EMIRATES

Christmas & New Year 2022-2023
9 days, 8 nights

Experience Dubai, the “Manhattan of the Middle East”, a modern metropolis that combines timeless sensibility and Arabian flair.

Visit the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the impressive Louvre museum in the city of Abu Dhabi.

Explore Oman, a fascinating, off the beaten path country, that Condé Nast Traveller listed among the 25 best holiday destinations to visit now.

All in this once-in-a-lifetime journey, that combines winter sun, unique cultural experiences and divine shopping. Can you think of a better way to spend your winter holidays?

 

CHRISTMAS JOURNEY AT A GLANCE

 CHRISTMAS CRUISE OMAN & THE EMIRATES 2022

CRUISE DATES

 

Christmas Cruise

December
22th

 

 

IMPORTANT: Please note itineraries are subject to change dependent on weather conditions, difficulties at docking or unforeseen circumstances. This decision will be solely made by the captain based on the safety of the passengers, the crew and the ship.

Day 1
Muscat
DAY 2
Muscat
DAY 3
Al Suwaiq - Sawadi Sands
DAY 4
Sohar
DAY 5
Musandam Peninsula - Lima
DAY 6
Musandam – Khasab
DAY 7
Khasab
DAY 8
Dubai
DAY 9
Abu Dhabi

NEW YEAR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE

NEW YEAR’S CRUISE OMAN & THE EMIRATES 2022-2023

CRUISE DATES

 

New Year’s Cruise

December
30th

 

 

IMPORTANT: Please note itineraries are subject to change dependent on weather conditions, difficulties at docking or unforeseen circumstances. This decision will be solely made by the captain based on the safety of the passengers, the crew and the ship.

Day 1
Abu Dhabi
DAY 2
Dubai
DAY 3
Khasab
DAY 4
Kumzar - Limah
DAY 5
Musandam Peninsula
DAY 6
Sohar
DAY 7
Al Suwaiq - Sawadi Sands
DAY 8
Muscat
DAY 9
Muscat

ACTIVITIES ON THIS CRUISE

Relaxing & Fun:
Swimming, snorkeling, water sports, BBQ, leisurely discovery walks, board games

Wellness & Fitness:
Yoga, Pilates, spa treatments, gym, diving (third-party provider)

Cultural:
Exposure to local arts & customs, Dubai & Abu Dhabi landmarks, Nizwa goat market, palaces & forts, museums, UNESCO world heritage village, Nature Reserve

Educational:
Photography walk, cooking class

Nature:
Musandam and its spectacular fjords known as the “Norway of the Arabian Sea”, a rich underwater fauna, dolphin sightings, desert sand dunes, desert oasis, wadis (canyons)

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

DAY 1 | MUSCAT

Embarkation after 15:00 hrs. Enjoy a refreshing, welcome drink and meet your fellow passengers prior to the customary safety drill. Dinner onboard. Overnight at sea to Musandam.

DAY 2 | MUSCAT REGION

Spend the day exploring the fascinating region. Discover the beauty of Muscat with an optional half day tour or choose a full-day excursion to Nizwa, to attend the Friday Goat Market, a once in a lifetime experience. The tour will also take you to Jabreen castle, an ancient center for learning astrology and medicine, the Tanuf ancient ruins, Bahla home to the oldest fortress in Oman and around the main attraction of Muscat. Overnight at port.

DAY 3 | Christmas Eve
AL SUWAIQ – SAWADI SANDS

Morning arrival in Al Suwaiq, which means “market”. Take a full day optional tour inland, including Rustaq the ancient capital of Oman and the towns of Al Am, Al Awabi and Nakhal to see forts, palaces, impressive rock formations with ancient writings, wadis and more. The ship sails to Sawadi Sands, where you will rejoin for a late afternoon swim and optional diving at the peaceful Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, known as the Maldives of the Middle East. Christmas Eve celebration dinner. Late in the evening we leave for Sohar, while we continue celebrations on route. Overnight at sea.

DAY 4 | Christmas Day
SOHAR

Early morning arrival at Sohar, the ancient capital of Oman and birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor. Optional half day tours to the Sohar and Liwa palaces, the spectacular natural rock pool at Wadi Al Qahfi or choose a full day tour to the oasis town of Al Buraimi and the Al Ain Oasis, the UAE’s first UNESCO world heritage site. Rejoin the vessel at Shinas port town. Overnight at sea to Musandam Peninsula, Oman’s Northern Territory.

DAY 5 | Boxing Day
MUSANDAM PENINSULA -LIMAH

Arrival at the unique isolated village of Kumzar, only accessible by boat, for a swim stop and Fish BBQ. In the early afternoon, we sail through the impressive fjords to Limah. Short lecture about Omani history and next day’s places and activities. Overnight at Limah port.

DAY 6 | CRUISING ALONG THE MUSANDAM PENINSULA

Early morning sailing from Limah to Khasab. Swim stop on the way before lunch on board. Late afternoon arrival in Khasab. Overnight at port.

DAY 7 | KHASAB

Enjoy a full day in Khasab with optional excursions. Choose among a 4-wheel drive mountain tour with a more extensive visit to the ancient Khasab Fort/museum or a full day excursion sailing on a traditional Omani Dhow into a Musandam Peninsula fjord. We will most certainly have the company of dolphins before reaching the impressively barren Telegraph and Seebi islands for a swim-stop, fishing and some of the best snorkeling. Lunch onboard. Return to Khasab late afternoon to enjoy a traditional Omani evening. Overnight at sea to Dubai.

DAY 8 | DUBAI

Morning arrival at Dubai port. Join one of the many optional day tours to experience the fascinating city of Dubai and the desert surrounding it. Farewell dinner onboard and late evening sailing to Abu Dhabi.

DAY 9 | ABU DHABI

Disembarkation at Abu Dhabi Port until 10:00, after breakfast. Join one of the Abu Dhabi half-day tours included in your fare and see the iconic Grand Mosque, the impressive Louvre Museum or the Ferrari World entertainment park.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

NEW YEAR JOURNEY

DAY 1 | ABU DHABI

 

Embarkation after 15:00 hrs. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your fellow passengers prior to the customary safety drill. Overnight at sea to Musandam.

DAY 2 | NEW YEAR'S EVE
DUBAI

Morning arrival at Dubai port.  Choose among an abundance of day tours to experience the fascinating city of Dubai. New Year’s celebration dinner on board, while you enjoy the fireworks show over Dubai port. Sailing to Khasab in the early hours of the New Year.

DAY 3 | KHASAB

Mid-day arrival at Khasab. Choose among a 4-wheel drive mountain tour with a visit to the ancient Khasab Fort/museum or a full day excursion sailing on a traditional Omani Dhow into a Musandam Peninsula fjord. We will most certainly have the company of dolphins before   reaching the impressively barren Telegraph and Seebi islands for a swim-stop, fishing and some of the best snorkeling. Refreshments and lunch onboard. Return to Khasab late afternoon to enjoy a traditional Omani evening. Overnight at Khasab port.

DAY 4 | MUSANDAM PENINSULA- KUMZAR- LIMAH

Sailing along the Musandam Peninsula and arrival at the unique isolated village of Kumzar, only accessible by boat, for a swim stop and Fish BBQ. In the early afternoon, we sail through the impressive fjords to Lima. Short lecture about Omani history and next day’s places and activities. Overnight at Lima port

DAY 5 | CRUISING ALONG THE MUSANDAM PENINSULA

Morning sailing from Lima along the Eastern Coast of Musandam – Swim stop on the way before lunch on board.   Overnight at sea to Sohar.

DAY 6 | SOHAR

Early morning arrival at Sohar, the ancient capital of Oman and birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor. Optional half day tours to the Sohar and Liwa palaces, the spectacular natural rock pool at Wadi Al Qahfi or choose a full day tour to the oasis town of Al Buraimi and the Al Ain Oasis, the UAE’s first UNESCO world heritage site. Rejoin the vessel at Shinas port town.  Overnight at sea to Musandam Peninsula, Oman’s Northern Territory. 

DAY 7 | AL SUWAIQ-SAWADI SANDS-MUSCAT

Morning arrival in Al Suwaiq, which means “market”. Take a full day optional tour inland, including Rustaq the ancient capital of Oman and the towns of Al Am, Al Awabi and Nakhal to see forts, palaces, impressive rock formations with ancient writings, wadis and more. The ship will sail to Sawadi Sands, where you will rejoin for a late afternoon swim and optional diving at the peaceful Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, known as the Maldives of the Middle East. After dinner we leave Sawadi Sands for Muscat. Late night arrival in Muscat and overnight at port.

DAY 8 | MUSCAT

Spend the day exploring the fascinating region. Discover the beauty of Muscat city with an optional half day tour or choose a full-day excursion to Nizwa, to attend the Friday Goat Market, a once in a lifetime experience. The tour will also take you to Jabreen castle, an ancient center for learning astrology and medicine, the Tanuf ancient ruins, Bahla home to the oldest fortress in Oman and around the main attraction of Muscat. Farewell dinner onboard. Overnight at port.

DAY 9 | MUSCAT

Disembarkation at Muscat port between 09:00 – 10:00, after breakfast.

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