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Rising Tide of Cruise Tourism in Indonesia

153 Cruise Shops Expected to Visit Indonesia in 2019

NusaBali reports that the State-owned PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo-III) is targeting to welcome 153 cruise ships at cruise ports nation-wide in 2019.

“This total has been set by Pelindo III for all of 2019. The total is subject to change, able to rise or decline,” said the operational and commercial director of Pelindo III, Putut Sri Muljanti in Jakarta on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Putut said that Bali’s Port of Benoa remains the lead port-of-call for cruise ships visiting Indonesia with 75 visits expected in 2019. Bali is followed by 17 visits to Lembar, West Nusa Tenggara; 16 visits to Semarang, Central Java; 16 visits to Surabaya, East Java; 16 visits to Celukan Bawang, North Bali; 6 visits to the Port of Kalabahi, West Nusa Tenggara; and 1 visit to Banyuwangi, East Java.

In Eastern Indonesia, 3 cruise ship calls are slated for Maumere, Flores and Kupang, West Timor; 1 visit to Ende, South Flores; and 12 visits to Probolinggo, East Java

Putut said security remains a consideration for cruise ship operators in the selection of ports-of-call. This, according to Putut, is reflected in the fact that of the 149 cruise ship visits targeted for Indonesian in 2018 only 138 ship calls materialized. Terrorist bombing incidents in Surabaya and Sidoardjo, and earthquakes in Lombok were factors that caused some cruise lines to cancel cruise ship visits during 2018.

Pelindo confirms that the number of cruise ships visiting Indonesia increases each year. In 2017, 125 cruise ships visited Indonesia in 2017 increasing to 138 in 2018.

Pelindo III has announced plans to invite cruise ship operators to view port facilities in Bali and Lombok.

In Bali, Pelindo III wants to show the cruise ship operators newly dredge passages in the Port of Benoa that has increased the Low Water Spring (LWS) depth from 11 to 13 meters. The depth alongside the Port’s piers is now 12 meters

With recent improvements, ships of 250 meters in length can now berth at the Port of Benoa when, in the past, ships of this length were required to drop anchor outside the port and use the ship’s tenders to bring passengers into the port area.

Pelindo III is determined to make a significant contribution to achieving the Government’s target of 20 million foreign tourist visitors in 2019. Putut said: “At a minimum there were 88,778 foreign tourists that arrived in Indonesia on cruise ships in 2017, increasing to 125,218 in 2018.”