It’s the end of my Adventure

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Spirit of Adventure docked in the Mumbai yesterday, at the end of a two-week cruise through Africa’s Red Sea and across the Indian Ocean.
Many of the passengers are staying on for another three weeks, and are today en route to Kochi (or Cochin) in southern India at the start of a Christmas cruise of Dragons and Temples which will take them to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Java, Bali and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Christmas Day will be spent at sea between Langkawi and Singapore.
I left the ship on Thursday when the ship arrived in Salalah in the south of Oman. A whistle-stop tour of this bustling town, a short flight to Muscat, and a look round the sights of the capital’s main sights made for a hectic day, and an overnight stop at the palatial Chedi Hotel came as a welcome respite before the eight-hour flight back to the UK.
Like its neighbours in the Gulf States, Oman has grown rich from its oil resources, and is developing its tourist trade. But the sultanate has not followed Dubai in building soaring towers or creating archipelagos of new islands. Buildings are restricted to nine storeys in height, and the result is a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.
Our guide in Muscat claimed the city was the second cleanest in the world – behind Singapore – and the traders in the souk were far more pleasant to deal with than their persistent counterparts in places like Egypt, Tunisia or Morocco.
Now I’m back, I shall be selecting some pictures to illustrate highlights of the cruise and posting them here later in the week.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:34+00:00 14 December 2009|Cruise Destinations, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

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John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.

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