RCI axes two Bali calls
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.