Our group of 5 was in Dubai for 3 days prior to boarding our ship for a 30 day trip to Cape Town. The tour involved pick-up and transfer from 2 separate hotels. The driver was on-time and had a well maintained A/C vehicle. Upon arrival at the dhow, we were greeted with a fruit beverage at the gangway. The dhow was well maintained and very clean. We had a choice of sitting on the main deck (closed in and air-conditioned) or on the open 2nd level deck. We chose to sit outside on what was a beautiful, starlit night. A buffet was set up on each deck. Tables were set with linen and appropriate dinnerware. There were more then enough friendly, considerate and informative service staff available. Once the dhow left the pier, the servers took orders for drinks while others put food on the buffet. The selection, quality, quantity and presentation of food was awesome. Servers were available to describe the assortment of local and international dishes available. Without exception, everyone in our group agreed that everything was delicious! We ate as we cruised leisurely down the Creek and listened to recorded music. Servers were available to answer questions along the way and often with a bit of humor added. There was no announced commentary concerning the passing sites. At the completion of the tour, our driver was awaiting at the pier. The group gave 5 stars to our tour. As a note, when comparing dhow tours with others on our ship, it was obvious we had booked the right one. Other dhow tour experiences disappointed many of our shipmates.
Vaseem at Orient Tours was very professional in handling our booking. Thank you Vaseem!
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