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Pelni launches cruise packages

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, October 21, 2016  /  09:05 am
Pelni launches cruise packages

A harbor in Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo is among Pelni's six cruise trips (Shutterstock.com/File)

State-owned ship operator PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) launches cruise trips to Labuan Bajo in West Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Derawan in East Kalimantan, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, Banda Neira in Maluku and Karimun Jawa in Java sea.

For these trips the company will use a modified KM Tilong Kabila, which is designed similarly to a cruise ship.

“The Labuan Bajo sailing trip will start in November,” said Adrian director PT Pelni Kupang on Wednesday as reported by antaranews.com.

(Read also: Ship operator announces cruise dates to 5 destinations)

These new routes aim to facilitate both local and foreign tourists exploring the archipelago, which was previously limited due to sea transportation issues. Adrian explained Pelni has a cruise trip to Labuan Bajo, but most foreign tourists use their private boats.

“Pelni has prepared some tour packages departing from Labuan Bajo. The ship will sail to Komodo Island, Komodo National Park, Rinca Island, diving and snorkeling spots in Padar Island and pink beach,” explained Adrian. The packages cost between Rp 4,000,000 (US$307.40) to Rp 6,000,000.  

Although the company has yet to set a target, Pelni hopes the program will help to increase the number of tourists visiting Indonesia. (asw)

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