CruiseCompete: Easily Compare Multiple Offers from Cruise Experts
Compare offers from multiple travel agencies
Find your cruise
& request quotes
Compare members only prices,
upgrades, cabin credits & more!
Contact your preferred agent
for questions or to book your cruise
Over 1 million members
Join CruiseCompete for free
Home   How it works   Search Cruises   Ships   Reviews   Shore Excursions   Cruise Specials
  Ports Reviews

Al Fujairah reviews

Average Rating based on 1 Review:
OverallOverall = 3.003.00

Travelersx2 saw things this way:
OverallOverall = 33
A back-country excursion into Hajjar mountains of Oman, not Fujairah., May 17, 2013
Reviewer: Travelersx2

Pros: Dramatic geology and scenery

Cons: Not much of an impression of Fujairah.

We signed-up for rhe “Mountain Safari” excursion during our 8-hour port call at Fujairah, because it sounded like a mini adventure and change of pace from city bus tours. It was.

Only we hadn’t reckoned we wouldn’t actually be seeing much of Fujairah. We left the industrial port in a convoy of a dozen Toyota Land Cruisers each with four passengers, and sped north up the coast. Our driver, Zaffir, spoke and understood very little English and none of us spoke any Arabic, so we did not get a narrative of the sights or history and culture, and only occasionally received a comprehensible answer to an inquiry. The city of Fujairah looks to be a modern metropolis with high-rise buildings and industrial facilities around the port. Beaches, dotted with resorts and low-rise development, string along the shore to the north.

We made a 20 minute rest stop after an hour or so and another at the border with Oman for passport checks. The next three hours we were back in a detached fragment of the Sultanate of Oman, on the Musandam Peninsula, separated from the main body of the country by about 50 miles of UAE territory.

Shortly after crossing the border we turned inland up a large wadi (desert wash) and soon left pavement behind as our convoy churned-up a dense cloud of dust. We were headed into the Hajjar Mountains with peaks over 3,000 feet elevation. We climbed steadily, twisting, turning and bumping as the wadi drew increasingly narrow. We wondered aloud whether the roll-cage installed in the Toyota was to protect us, or merely to reassure us.

Stopping where the canyon narrowed to maybe 25 feet wide, yet many hundreds of feet deep, we all photographed the narrow road, the steep slopes where some stray goats clambered surefootedly, and snapped each other. Continuing upward past tiny, seemingly abandoned villages, we finally parked the SUVs at a pull-out near the crest to soak-in the barren, dramatic mountain vistas and try to capture the drama in digital images. After cold sodas we headed back the way we came, returning to the ship 5˝ hours after we left.

We found the rugged, sparsely vegetated Hajjar Mountains an in-your-face geology lesson, and wondered about the tiny villages with terraced fields that could be fallow, or abandoned. We were mildly disappointed not to have a little better sense of this port-of-call.

Your Account   Home   Search   Specials   Cruises   Shore Excursions   Group Cruises   About   FAQ  
River Cruises   International Cruisers Welcome   Weddings at Sea

Cruise Videos   Cruise Ship Reviews   Cruise Port Reviews  

Cruise departures:
 Alton   Anchorage   Baltimore   Boston   Brooklyn   Calgary   Cape Liberty   Charleston   Chattanooga   Chicago   Churchill   Cincinnati   Clarkston   Clarksville   Fairbanks   Fort Lauderdale   Galveston   Halifax   Honolulu   Jacksonville   Juneau   Los Angeles   Louisville   Memphis   Miami   Milwaukee   Minneapolis   Mobile   Molokai   Montreal   Nashville   New Orleans   New York   Nome   Norfolk   Oahu   Pearl Harbor   Philadelphia   Pittsburgh   Port Canaveral   Port Everglades   Portland   Providence   Quebec City   Red Wing   San Diego   San Francisco   Savannah   Seattle   Seward   Sitka   Spokane   St Louis   St Paul   Tampa   Toronto   Vancouver   Victoria   Warren   Whittier 

Browse Cruise Ships and Cruise Lines
 Amadeus River Cruises   AmaWaterways   AmaWaterways Cruise Tours   American Cruise Lines   American Queen Steamboat Company   Avalon Waterways   Azamara Club Cruises   Blount Small Ship Adventures   Carnival Cruise Lines   Celebrity Cruise Tours   Celebrity Cruises   Costa Cruise Lines   Crystal Cruises   Cunard Line   Disney Cruise Line   Emerald Waterways   Holland America Cruise Tours   Holland America Line (HAL)   Imperial River Cruises   MSC Cruises   Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)   Norwegian Cruise Tours   Oceania Cruises   Paul Gauguin Cruises   PONANT   Princess Cruise Tours   Princess Cruises   Regent Seven Seas Cruises   Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection   Riviera River Cruises   Royal Caribbean Cruise Tours   Royal Caribbean International (RCL)   Scenic   Seabourn   SeaDream Yacht Club   Silversea Cruises   Star Clippers   Tauck River Cruising   U by Uniworld   Un-Cruise Adventures   Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection   Variety Cruises   Viking Ocean Cruises   Viking River Cruises   Virgin Voyages   Voyages to Antiquity   Windstar Cruises   Cruises by Region

Connecting cruisers with the best cruise prices on discount cruises since 2003. Privacy Policy

Cruise news from Cruise Compete, where you compare cruise prices to get the best cruise discounts and deals
Let our Virtual Cruise Advisor(TM) recommend the best cruises for you.