The number of cruise ships visiting Oman’s ports during the winter season 2018-2019 totaled 298. This was 106 more than in the previous 2017-2018 period, when 192 cruise ships called into the country. Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Port was the most popular port of call, with 147 ships, followed by 79 at Salalah and 72 at Khasab port.
A further significant increase is expected for 2019-20, when it is anticipated that Oman’s ports will welcome 360 cruise ship calls. These will, the Ministry of Tourism estimates, generate 220,000 passenger visits to the country, up from around 194,000 in the past year.