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Susan Dogan

Cruise Consultant

Susan Dogan, Cruise Consultant at Mundy Cruising
Travel has always been my passion, and I love the challenge of piecing together the perfect trip, with just the right balance of discovery and relaxation.
My favourite destination
The Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman

A world away from the glitz and glamour of the UAE, Oman has an authenticity that's delightful.

I recently visited Muscat and enjoyed wandering around the souk, frankincense wafting from incense burners, and the Grand Mosque was enthralling, with a mixture of differing Islamic styles from across the world. There are also some welcome modern trappings; we found a Costa Coffee on the beach, so I made use of the WiFi while my husband was helped to arrange the new turban he had bought!

Explore Africa, Arabia and the Indian Ocean

My top cruising tip

Do take some time to consider what you wish to see in each port of call and think how it fits into a wider itinerary.

It's nice to have a mix of history or culture, with perhaps a culinary tour or even a day just to wander independently, and a little planning can make for a more balanced trip.

Fact File

Years in travel: Over 22 years.

Years working at Mundy Cruising: 4 years.

First job in travel: I sold villa package holidays for a company called Florida Villas.

First cruise: In 1986 I worked for Travelex aboard the Orient Express which sailed 7-night cruises from Venice. I ran the bureau de change on the ship.

First cruise with Mundy Cruising: I travelled with European Waterways onboard the tiny L`Impressioniste along the Burgundy canal in France.

Best cruise dining experience: Best dining has to be Europa 2 in Elements. An Asian fusion restaurant it was best in every way.

Best non-cruise holiday: A trip to Morocco, we booked to stay at a small 3 room Riad in the medina of Marrakech owned by a swiss lady called Jacqueline. Then we hired a private 4-wheel drive car with a driver and guide and were driven through the Atlas Mountains to the desert where we camped out in tents overnight, had dinner cooked which we ate round a camp fire and watched the stars.

Interesting fact about yourself: I lived in Turkey for 12 years and both my children were born in the local hospital in Marmaris.

Ocean cruise lines sailed: Crystal Ocean Cruises, Seabourn, Hapag-Lloyd, Azamara, Cunard, Fred Olsen.

River cruise lines sailed: AmaWaterways, European Waterways.

Expedition cruise lines sailed: Silversea Expeditions

Areas you've cruised: Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean/Adriatic, Baltic, Burgundy, Indian Ocean.