RCI axes two Bali calls

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HEIGHT­ENED se­cu­rity con­cerns in In­done­sia have prompted Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional to can­cel yet an­other port of call in Bali, this af­ter­noon con­firm­ing the with­drawal of Ra­di­ance of the Seas ' sched­uled stop on 17 Mar.

The sus­pen­sion fol­lows Mon’s by­pass of Benoa (Bali) by sis­ter com­pany Celebrity Cruises’ me­ga­liner Celebrity Sol­stice which ar­rived ear­lier than planned into Dar­win on its 17-day voy­age from Fre­man­tle to Syd­ney.

Ac­cord­ing to a trade up­date ob­tained by , Ra­di­ance of the Seas de­par­ture on 12 Mar, also from Perth to Syd­ney, will now spend an ex­tra day at sea.

Royal Caribbean said in the memo the “de­ci­sion was made in an abun­dance of cau­tion, and we apol­o­gise for this de­vel­op­ment and its im­pact on your client’s sched­ule itin­er­ary.”

“How­ever, we couldn’t in good con­science take our guests to a port where we could not guar­an­tee their safety.”

Ear­lier this week, pax on board Celebrity Sol­stice were handed a let­ter signed by the ship’s mas­ter, Cap­tain Yan­nis Ber­dos, an­nounc­ing the Bali by­pass.

It cited the Ba­li­nese New Year, which past ad­vi­sories by Govern­ment au­thor­i­ties have named as one that could be po­ten­tially tar­geted by ter­ror­ists, as one of the rea­sons the cruise­liner had cho­sen to skip the port of call.

It is un­der­stood that pas­sen­gers who had booked tours in Bali would re­ceive a re­fund.

MEAN­WHILE, a spokesper­son for Celebrity Cruises con­firmed to that a tech­ni­cal stop to Wil­lis Is­land (an ex­ter­nal ter­ri­tory of Aus­tralia) will be made dur­ing her cur­rent sail­ing to achieve re­quire­ments as an int’l voy­age.

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