Silversea Expedition Cruises To SUR

SUR

In centuries past, Arab wooden vessels dominated the trade routes of the Indian Ocean. Many were built and based at Sur, which was a major port from the 6th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries the port often had 150 vessels as Sur continued to be a centre of trade between Oman, East Africa and Asia. Its strategic location at the junction of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea was a key to the town’s importance. View more

Modern ships and the opening of the Suez Canal reduced the maritime fortunes of the town, although some fishing and pleasure dhows still sail today. Sur’s fortunes are now tied more to the nearby gas processing industry and supporting nearby rural villages. Traditional wooden dhows are still constructed in the shipyard of Sur for local use. You can watch skilled craftsmen building the boats using age-old techniques and tools. Plans don’t exist, as the designs and measurements are all in the shipwright’s head and passed on by word of mouth and experience. Dhows may not be as fast and comfortable as our cruise ship but they have proved an effective and resilient ocean going design. Forts and watchtowers around Sur reflect the historic importance of the valuable trading port. The lighthouse dominating the harbour entrance is a converted watch tower. Sunaysilah Fort, with its four towers, is a fine example of Omani defensive structures. Sur itself still embraces old architecture and many traditions. One is the importance of souqs (markets) plying a trade in everything from fish to perfumes.

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COCHIN To ATHENS (Piraeus)
  • Departure
    May 09 2022
  • Duration
    19 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in SUR

Highlights of Sur

Sur city in Oman is an ideal location in the northeast Province of Sharqiya and is a seafaring town, a fishing village and a trading port all in one. Sur has been an important locus of waterfront and trade since the 19th century. The port was the fulcrum of commercial and cultural connections between Oman, East Africa and India.

Depart the jetty and arrive at Sur Souq, a massive market that stretches over several city blocks, offering vegetables, spices that are roasted and custom-blened before you, tailors, gold shops and of course a major fish market. Watch the fishermen bring in their early morning catch to the shores or take a walk in the seaside market laden with fish. Get a sense of local life here as residents wander in and out of the other shops and taking tea along these narrow streets.

Proceed from the fish market to the rest of the Sur Souq traditional market, followed by a visit of Sineslah Fort, a major local landmark that offers splendid views of the city. The Fort is comprised of a large, square fortification around a sizeable outdoor courtyard. See the cannons and utensils on display that were in use when the fort was originally open hundreds of years ago.

Continue to the Dhow building yard where to see skilled craftsmen building traditional Dhows (fishing boats). Learn about the building process and the history of these impressive vessels. Return back to Sur jetty after your visit.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 200 meters, as well as a few steps, making this tour less recommended for guests with limited mobility. Due to the steps and uneven ground in many places, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Slip on shoes and clothing that covers up the arms and legs are recommended.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.