Infrastructure shortfalls harming Indonesia’s cruise potential

Jakarta: Cruise authorities are blaming port infrastructure bottlenecks for a likely decline in the number of cruiseship calls to the archipelago in 2014.

266 cruise calls have been confirmed for 2014, down from the 310 calls made this year.

"Cruise operators are establishing cruise itineraries a year to two years in advance. But if we're unable to fulfill our promise to further develop the ports when they are about to publish their itineraries, they will not include Indonesia in their map," a government official told the Jakarta Post.

The giant Voyager of the Seas, which can carry 5,000 passengers, has wanted to call in Indonesia, especially Bali, but currently there are no places in the country to accommodate such a huge ship.  [29/10/13]

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