A taste of authentic Arabia: MSC’s Oman cruise

Oman (officially the Sultanate of Oman) is one of the seven Arab ‘emirates’ or states that form part of the United Arab Emirates. Oman is located on the southwest coast of the Arabian Peninsula and shares borders with the UAE, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

The central region of Oman is made up of a large desert, whilst the coast is mountainous and offers a cooler, humid climate. MSC cruise liners call at several cities in Oman, including heritage Muscat and the ‘perfume city’ of Salalah. Both these destinations have much to offer, and by joining one of our shore excursion packages, travellers can enjoy the best deals on days out and really maximize their vacation time here, learning about local culture and soaking up the sights. Salalah is on the Frankincense Trail and is part of a 5,000 year-old heritage of trade in this fragrant commodity. Muscat is home to the current Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said, as well as beautiful mosques and magical souks.


The currency in Oman is the Omani Rial; spend your holiday savings on typical local goods such as handcrafted jewellery in silver or gold, as well as incense and perfumes, not to mention fresh spices that will travel well and provide a flavourful reminder of your holiday once back home.


Dubai and Abu Dhabi are Oman’s more glamorous sisters; leave your luxury MSC cruise ship to come and experience Oman’s heritage and natural beauty. If you venture into the desert on a camel trek or Bedouin tour, you’ll come close to reliving the legends of the Arabian Nights.



Cruise to Muscat - Oman, Emirates - MSC Cruises

Muscat - a beautiful city rich of museums and architectural jewels.

Cruise to Khasab - Oman - Abu Dhabi and the Emirates - MSC Cruises

Khasab is the local capital of the Musandam Peninsula, located on the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

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