Cruise calls to Indonesia surge

Jakarta: According to data from Jakarta’s Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, Indonesia has seen its cruise calls and passenger numbers increase by more than 30% annually. This year, the archipelago is expecting a 54% leap in cruise calls to 308 calls and a rise of 30.1% in the number of passengers to 147,134 people.

Paul Gauguin Cruises and Linbald Expeditions are among new operators that plan to enter Indonesia in 2014.
French-Polynesian Paul Gauguin is set to operate two cruises calling Indonesia from Australia to Singapore and from Singapore to Australia with stops in Komodo Island, Benoa (Bali) and Semarang (Central Java) in July and August 2014.

Bali is naturally a huge cruise draw, but holding it back are depth restrictions something local port operator, Pelindo III is trying to change. The depth alongside at Benoa will be 11 m by the end of this year, and down to 12 m by the end of 2014.  [22/04/13]

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