Indonesian cruising grows with new port and ships

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Bali and Jakarta may have some new competition, as a new $50 million port is built in the Banten province.

The project was announced last month by two Indonesia-based property developers, Pelabuhan Indonesia II and Jababeka.

The plan is to build a new terminal at Tanjung Lesung port, which will have space for 300 private yachts and 300 public vessels.

The project is expected to be complete by 2017.

Pelabuhan Indonesia II’s president R.J. Lino said with its proximity to Jakarta, the Tanjung Lesung port will act as an alternative gateway to the capital city.

“Jakarta currently has no facility to accommodate cruise ships,” he said.

Meanwhile, both P&O Cruises Australia and Princess Cruises will make inaugural visits to new destinations in Indonesia.

P&O will send it’s forthcoming vessel, Pacific Eden, to Sabang [Palau Weh] during a seven-night Southeast Asia western itinerary departing from Singapore.

Eden will call at Sabang for a day before cruising to Phuket, Krabi and Langkawi.

There’s also an Indonesian sailing with the line’s maiden calls in Jakarta, Probolinggo and Makassar.

Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess will visit Bali in December next year during a six-night cruise from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.