Trip Planning 80th Birthday Celebrity Constellation Itinerary Brief History of Oman Daily Log & Photos

Trip Planning

Virginia suggested we take a cruise to Oman for my 80th birthday as that is one country I haven't been to. And to celebrate my birthday in Oman would be a treat.Cocktails - Queen Mary II!

We could also visit several other countries that would help me complete my world map of areas I have traveled to.

This trip would include Dubai, Oman, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Here we are celebrating our cruise on the Queen Mary II from Southhampton to New York City in May of 2019.

80th Birthday!

I have been celebrating my birthdays all over the world and we though perhaps Dubai for my 80th birthday would be a treat. Or depending on the cruise dates, it could be Oman or India but we believe Sri Lanka would be too late!

So as far as the itinerary is concerned, my birthday will be on the Celebrity Constellation as we cruise from Oman to India. A birthday on the Indian Ocean!

Chucks 80th Birthday

80th Birthday on the Celebrity Constellation!

Celebrity Constellation

Affectionately known as "Connie" by its fans, the 2,034-­passenger Celebrity Constellation debuted in 2002 as the fourth and final ship in Celebrity Cruises' Millennium Class. Over the years, the ship has developed a host of admirers and repeat cruisers who are drawn to its value, comfort, above-average food and drink offerings, friendly crew, spotless facilities and intriguing itineraries.

Constellation, and the Celebrity line as a whole, attract older cruisers looking for an experience that offers value and a bit of luxury. In both price, quality of food and service, and general ambience, Connie strives to balance the intimacy offered by smaller ships and the leisure, entertainment and dining perks offered by bigger ships. Passengers have access to nine bars and lounges; French, Italian and sushi alternative restaurants; a large casino and nightly Vegas-styled entertainment.

The staff is friendly and helpful, and senior officers, including the captain, are very visible and accessible. All go out of their way to chat with passengers on their frequent walks through the ship and at shipboard events.

GTS Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. She was originally named Constellation, but renamed in May 2007. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Summit, and Millennium.

She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The ship is powered by a COGAS power plant of gas turbines and a steam turbine providing up to 60 megawatts for the electric systems and two 19 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom MerMaid azimuth thrusters for propulsion. In 2007, an additional diesel engine was fitted as a fuel-saving measure. The ship can run on any combination of the gas turbines or diesel. In port, she generates electrical power from the diesel.

In 2007, Condé Nast Publications reported that Constellation had come top of their Traveler Cruise Poll six times in seven years. During the summer period the ship sails to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean (winter).

Celebrity Constellation is scheduled to undergo a dry dock in May 2020.

Trip Itinerary

Oman Itinerary

Oman Itinerary!

Sailing on the Arabian Sea

Arabian Sea The Arabian Sea is a region of the northern Indian Ocean bounded on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the west by the Gulf of Aden, Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Peninsula, on the southeast by the Laccadive Sea, on the southwest by the Somali Sea, and on the east by India.

Its total area is 3,862,000 km (1,491,000 sq mi) and its maximum depth is 4,652 metres (15,262 ft). The Gulf of Aden in the west connects the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea through the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, and the Gulf of Oman is in the northwest, connecting it to the Persian Gulf.

The Arabian Sea has been crossed by many important marine trade routes since the third or second millennium BCE. Major seaports include Kandla Port, Okha Port, Mumbai Port, Nhava Sheva Port (Navi Mumbai), Mormugão Port (Goa), New Mangalore Port and Kochi Port in India, the Port of Karachi, Port Qasim, and the Gwadar Port in Pakistan, Chabahar Port in Iran and the Port of Salalah in Salalah, Oman.

The largest islands in the Arabian Sea include Socotra (Yemen), Masirah Island (Oman), Lakshadweep (India) and Astola Island (Pakistan).

   Brief History of Oman


The first human settlement in the history of Oman was in approximately 3000 BCE, when the area was inhabited by nomadic cattle herders. In the 3rd century CE, the area came under the control of the Sassanid Empire which lasted until the 7th century, when the Umayyad Caliphate took control and introduced Islam in the area. The area was sustained by fishing and pearl diving for a thousand years, with the first records of the town being made in 1799 when the Bani Yas clan established it as a dependency of Abu Dhabi.

Oman became a separate Sheikhdom in 1833, when the Al-Maktoum dynasty of the Bani Yas clan (initially from Abu Dhabi) took it over peacefully. The invention of artificial pearls in 1926 and the Great Depression in 1929 caused a collapse in the international pearl market, which resulted in the emir Sheikh Saeed looking for an alternative source of income and inviting Indian and Iranian traders to settle there without paying any tax and Oman becoming one of the leading re-export ports in the world. In 1966, oil was discovered in Oman, which changed the country beyond recognition and led to Oman becoming the vibrant, modern, business-centred city.

   Oman's Break with the United Arab Emirates


Map of Oman United Arab Emirates relations are the relations between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The U.A.E. has an embassy in Muscat while Oman maintains an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate-general in Dubai. Both countries are part of the Middle East region and share close cultural ties. Oman and the U.A.E. also share very large borders with each other, including two exclaves of Oman accessible on land only through the U.A.E, and also seem to border the Gulf of Oman. The U.A.E. used to be part of the Sultanate of Oman up until the 2nd of December 1971 when they decided to split and form their own country which was initially called Trucial Oman.

Omani – Emirati relations - November 2010 spy network discovery:

The United Arab Emirates reportedly operates a large spy network in Oman, which the Omani government was able to detect in November-December 2010. Suspected UAE agents are said to have spied on the Omani government and the military. Government sources in Amman said a number of Omani citizens were also arrested. Spies may be interested in the succession of Sultan Qaboos al-Sultan. There are also views that the spy network has focused on revealing the true value and meaning of the relations between the Sultanate of Oman and Iran. Oman enjoys very friendly relations with Iran, while Arab countries have taken a tough and hostile stance against its Persian neighbor. UAE denies any connection to the network.

Relations between the two countries have become strained since then. Oman's Sultan did not participate personally in the GCC summit in Abu Dhabi while other heads of state did as they usually do. The process of reconciliation began due to the strong efforts exerted by the Emir of Kuwait and relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates have since stabilized.

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    Day 03 - February 3rd - Touring Muscat - Oman

Discover the treasures of Muscat on this scenic panoramic journey to the city’s highlights. Your journey begins with a visit to the exterior of the Al Alam Palace. Have your camera ready for magnificent photos. Then, travel to Mutrah Souq where you’ll explore the vibrant shops and stalls of this Arab marketplace. Admire the traditional textiles, jewelry, and shops selling antiques, artifacts, and handicrafts. Be ready to test your bargaining skills. Then, drive past the Royal Opera House and pause for a photo. Finally, marvel at the lovely Grand Mosque, photo stop, before returning to Mina Sultan Qaboos. MCB2

Touring Muscat - Oman


Touring Muscat - Oman


Touring Muscat - Oman


Touring Muscat - Oman



    Day 4 - February 04th - Sailing to India - Chuck's 80th Birthday Party Perhaps



Cruisng to India


Cruisng to India


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