Why choose a cruise to Muscat?
After docking at Port Sultan Qaboos for Muscat, you’re just 20 minutes from the exotic city. It’s a memorable destination for multiple reasons: from its ancient culture, vast deserts and striking landscapes to the friendly locals and aromatic cuisine. Whether you want to explore the relics of ancient civilisations or eat in gourmet fine-dining establishments, Muscat has something to make everyone’s trip special. The ancient city is walled by volcanic mountains and age-old forts, making it a spectacular sight to approach – and it gets better the more you explore.
A guide to Muscat’s hotspots
Cruise lines dock just outside of the city centre at Port Sultan Qaboos. On arrival, either join your ship’s excursion to the city or find a taxi. Once you get to Muscat, spend some time admiring its colossal architecture: built into the pink cliffs, it has a monumental entrance. The walled city is backed by volcanic mountains and ancient forts, too.
The city has plenty to offer. You’ll want to seek out the best vantage points for your photo albums: the contrast of the bright blue sea with the pink mountains and white buildings makes for a striking shot. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Al Alam Palace and the Royal Opera House are popular tourist sights, while shopping at the Muttrah Souk with its chaotic, buzzing vibe is a brilliant experience.
Muscat’s bright colours and busy atmosphere extends to the marine world off its shoreline: divers and snorkellers should take the chance to swim with dolphins, whale sharks and turtles. If you prefer to stay on the beach, Qurum Beach is a popular spot. It’s Muscat’s longest beach, and has a number of cafes and restaurants. Come the evening, you’ll be able to spot locals showing off their supercars, too.
A trip to Oman is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so embark on excursions out of the city, too. You can swim at the Bimmah Sinkhole and admire the gorgeous colours and shapes, or head to Wadi Shab and explore the mountains, searching out the bright waterfalls and pools.
Cruise lines that sail to the Port Sultan Qaboos (for Muscat)
The best time to visit Muscat
For most of the year, Muscat has sunny and humid weather. It’s best to visit the Arabian city during the winter months of October to April, where the weather is cooler and less humid. December and January have cool nights and temperatures during the day are around 30°C. Between April and September, it gets scorching hot. If you visit between August and November, you’re highly likely to see Muscat’s turtles when they nest on the beaches.
Did you know?
- The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque has the world’s second-largest chandelier, and one of the largest Persian carpets – it took 600 weavers over four years to make.
- Qaboos bin Said Al Said – the sultan of Oman – has been on the throne for more than 48 years, the third-lengthiest reign on the planet.
- Muscat has been on the map since the sixth century BC