Princess Cruises has noticed such a strong demand in the region of Indonesia that they have now had to ramp up itineraries. They will not only add new segments of itineraries, but will also add another sailing to fulfill demand in Southeast Asia.
Indonesia is a bit like the UAE, as there is a huge demand for travellers to visit cities in these regions, with first-time young cruisers being the ones who wish to visit these regions. Older people tend to stick to what they know and often find it hard to try something new.
We have a friend that doesn’t go anywhere else expect Indonesia because he is rather young and enjoys new experiences, although it does help that he recently moved to Hong Kong.
Princess Cruises must have been looking at the figures supplied by Ministry for Tourism and Creative Economy, as in 2013 160,000 passengers flew to Indonesia to pick up a cruise, but that figure is expected to rise to 203,000 by the end of 2014.
According to the report 300 cruise ships visited Indonesia last year, an increase of 44 percent compared to the previous year. For 2014 this figure is expected to be 385 cruise ships.
Sapphire Princess will be coming to Indonesia and will visit places like Bali, Komodo Island and Lombok.