Muscat

Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. It is also the seat of government and has lead to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society in Oman.

One of the world’s great ports since Ancient Rome

Muscat has been renowned as one of the world’s great ports since Ancient Rome. Journey through time at the breathtaking Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts, bustling souk, Sultan Qaboos Mosque and Beit Al Zubair museum. Then treat yourself to the timeless natural fragrances of the exclusive Amouage perfumery.

Enjoy cruising in Muscat with MSC Lirica. MSC Lirica is the perfect floating resort from which to explore this very special part of the world. Welcomed with traditional Italian hospitality, you’ll be treated like a sultan, surrounded by precious natural materials in creative designer interiors, cosseted in comfort and delighted by world-class leisure facilities and entertainment. Returning from our varied excursions, dining on superb Italian and international cuisine in four different restaurants, soaking up the atmosphere of the Lord Nelson Pub, chilling to the music in the Beverly Hills bar or dancing your heart out in the Blue Club Discotheque, these beautifully-conceived eight to twenty-day cruises will bring you an unforgettable experience of Arabia.

Cruise to Muscat - Oman, Emirates - MSC Cruises

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Port average temperature

Muscat features a hot, arid climate with long and very hot summers and warm "winters". Annual rainfall in Muscat is about 10 cm (4 in), falling mostly in March. In general precipitation is scarce in Muscat, with several months on average seeing only a trace of rainfall. The climate generally is very hot, with temperatures reaching as high as 49°C (129°F) in the summer.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

MUSCAT Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 25
(77)
26
(79)
29
(84)
34
(93)
39
(102)
40
(104)
38
(100)
36
(97)
35
(95)
34
(93)

30
(86)

27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 17
(63)
18
(64)
20
(68)
24
(75)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
28
(82)
27
(81)
24
(75)
21
(70)
18
(64)
 MCT01 - PANORAMIC TOUR OF MUSCAT & NAKHL (approx. 8 hours, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  This panoramic tour begins with a visit to the Grand Mosque, which was built over a period of 6 years from 1995 to 2001. The Mosque is surrounded by 5 minarets, each of which symbolizes the five holy vows taken by every devout Muslim to reinforce his faith in the Almighty. From the Mosque, the tour continues on to the Fort at Nakhl, which stands proudly on the top of a hillock as one of the highest forts in Oman. You then continue on to the Al Thowara Oasis, the source of the natural springs. After lunch return to Muscat by afternoon time and you will have a chance to see from outside Al Alam Palace , the Sultan’s Palace, which is flanked by Forts Mirani and Jalali, two keeps that were built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Before Going back to the ship you will stop in the Muttrah souk – a traditional Omani market. The souk offers a wide range of goods, especially typical Omani souvenirs. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Visitors are requested not to touch the Holy Quran (Holy Book) or any other architectural features inside the mosque. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to enter the Grand Mosque. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair; there are steps inside Nakhl Fort.

Price per person $109.00 Adults $82.00 Children

   


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 MCT02 - DHOW CRUISE (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  After transferring to the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, the tour continues on an engine-powered dhow, a traditional Arabic vessel made of wood. The route of this dhow cruise was carefully selected to offer you a variety of sights that reflect Oman’s rich history and development, from Portuguese architecture on Corniche Road to the modern wonders of the Al Alam Palace.Please note: guide service foreseen in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $92.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 MCT03 - FASCINATING FORTS: NIZWA AND JABRIN CASTLE (approx. 8 hours, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  This fascinating tour will take you on a 2-hour drive through the beautiful interior of Oman to the town of Nizwa, which once was the Omani capital during medieval times. The first stop is Nizwa Fort, one of Oman’s most impressive round-tower forts that was built in the 17th century. Constructed on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, visitors can enjoy a superb panoramic view of Nizwa and the surrounding plains – a sure delight for all avid photographers. From here, the tour proceeds to Jabrin Castle (45 km from Nizwa), the finest of Oman’s fortifications and built in the late 17th century. The castle later became a seat of Omani education and learning. The castle features beautifully painted ceilings and intricate wood carvings. On the way back to Nizwa, the tour also includes a photo stop at Bahla Fort, the oldest and first Omani fort to be built in the Islamic style. After lunch at Falaj Daris Hotel in Nizwa, you will be taken back to the ship. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair: there are steps inside Nizwa Fort and Jabrin Castle. Light comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort.

Price per person $112.00 Adults $84.00 Children

   


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 MCT04 - DOLPHIN WATCH ( approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Recommended for families  How do you rate watching wild dolphins as a thrilling way to start the day? If aquatic mammals are your thing, this is the tour for you. Both dolphins and many species of whale are common in the coastal waters off Muscat’s rugged shoreline. While a sighting cannot be guaranteed during every tour, the chances are good that you will see dolphins and, if you are lucky enough, perhaps even spot a whale or two. Please note: guide service foreseen in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $124.00 Adults $93.00 Children

   


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 MCT05 - MYSTICAL MUSCAT (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  Shopping  This tour of Oman’s capital city, Muscat, begins with a visit to the Grand Mosque, which was built over a period of 6 years from 1995 to 2001. The Mosque is surrounded by 5 minarets, each of which symbolizes the five holy vows taken by every devout Muslim to reinforce his faith in the Almighty. From the Mosque, the tour continues to the old part of Muscat city, the Muttrah Souk. As a traditional Omani market, the souk offers a wide range of goods, especially typical Omani souvenirs. Next on the itinerary is a stop at the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a small townhouse that has been converted to display archaeological remains found at the site as well as Omani traditions such as national dress and jewellery. The tour will also include a chance to see from outside Al Alam Palace , the Sultan’s Palace, which is flanked by Forts Mirani and Jalali, two keeps that were built by the Portuguese in the 16th century.Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Visitors are requested not to touch the Holy Quran (Holy Book) or any other architectural features inside the mosque. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to enter the Grand Mosque. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the mosque. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the mosque is prohibited.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 MCT06 - WAHIBA WILDERNESS TOUR (approx. 8 hours, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  No guide available  Wahiba Sands is a vast mass of undulating red and white sand dunes rising up to 200 meters and stretching as far as the eye can see. It is also host to a large variety of flora and fauna and ever-changing patterns of dunes, all of which adds up to a photographer’s delight! This tour of the sands includes a delicious picnic lunch and an opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating round of “dune bashing” in a four-wheel drive vehicle. A visit will also be paid to the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid; here you will admire the clear deep blue waters in the shade of palm trees. The wadi is flanked by a whole row of pretty villages that cling precariously to the slopes of the rugged mountainside.Please note: please wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be in good physical health. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems, with back/neck problems and for pregnant women. This tour involves a bumpy, four-hour ride in a jeep. The driver will provide some information in English. This activity possibly involves wearing a swimming suit or bathing trunks. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. If you wish to swim in Wadi Bani Khalid (if time permits), keeping in view of local culture, guests are advised not to wear exposed swim wears. Ladies must wear one piece swim suit with boxer shorts on it and men must wear boxer short while swimming.

Price per person $161.00 Adults $145.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.