Bali cruises destination information
|Bali itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Mar 9, 2020||Sydney to Singapore, 15 nights||from $4622|
|Mar 1, 2020||Sydney to Singapore, 14 nights||from $2249|
|Mar 11, 2020||Brisbane to Singapore World Sector, 13 nights||from $6228|
|Nov 8, 2020||Singapore to Brisbane, 13 Nights||from $4438|
|Mar 1, 2020||Sydney to Hong Kong, 21 nights||from $3308|
|Nov 8, 2020||Singapore to Sydney, 15 Nights||from $5123|
|Mar 7, 2020||Melbourne to Tokyo, 35 nights||from $17491|
|Mar 20, 2020||Komodo and the Australian Coast, 16 nights||from $16868|
|Oct 16, 2020||Tokyo To Melbourne, 40 nights||from $14262|
|Oct 25, 2020||Tokyo To Melbourne, 31 nights||from $10881|
|Nov 1, 2020||Hong Kong to Brisbane, 20 Nights||from $6718|
|Jan 4, 2020||Viking World Wonders, 119 nights||from $123180|
|Feb 11, 2020||Australia Asia Europe and Beyond, 81 nights||from $89812|
|Mar 1, 2020||Fly Stay Sydney to Hong Kong, 2 Nights Hotel in Hong Kong and 21 nights Cruise||from $4539|
|Mar 1, 2020||Fly Stay Sydney to Singapore, 2 Nights Hotel and 14 Nights Cruise||from $2913|
|Mar 20, 2020||Australia Asia and Alaska, 77 nights||from $95399|
|Apr 5, 2020||Bangkok Bali and Beyond, 12 nights||from $12212|
|Aug 24, 2020||Australia Asia and Alaska, 79 nights||from $90006|
|Oct 14, 2020||Bangkok Bali and Beyond, 12 nights||from $13570|
|Oct 16, 2020||Tokyo To Brisbane, 36 nights||from $13186|
The Stunning Main Port of Bali
Many of Indonesia’s cruises depart from beautiful Bali, and it’s an extremely popular spot for stopovers on cruises from all over the world. Primarily known for its postcard-perfect beaches, forests, and rice paddies, Bali is an idyllic island paradise that makes for a perfect place to escape to on a cruise. Its weather, culture, and unbelievable scenery are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what makes this Indonesian destination so popular.
Main cruise ships that stop in or depart from Bali
- Seven Seas Voyager
- Azamara Journey
- Silver Whisper
- Seabourn Encore
- Seabourn Sojourn
- Silver Muse
- Silver Discoverer
Major cruise lines that offer cruises from Bali
Get a Bali cruise deal with one of these great cruise lines which frequent the region.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the line that goes one step further in terms of luxury with six stars. Every part of your cruise is included for the ultimate experience on board, meaning you get open bars, included WiFi, specialty restaurants and more.
Azamara Club Cruises - Offering two boutique ships, Azamara Club Cruises offers a fusion of unforgettable travel experiences, and the luxury you can expect from an all-inclusive cruise. Life on board is designed to feel like a home away from home - only one where you don’t lift a finger for the cooking, cleaning, or entertaining.
Oceania Cruises - The Oceania cruise line prides itself on being the largest luxury fleet at sea, and focuses on offering premium fare at every restaurant and eatery on board. Another of Oceania’s goals is to travel to the most exotic, desirable locations on the planet, which is exactly why Bali is one of its favoured ports.
Silversea Cruises - On board a Silversea cruise, each stateroom is fitted out like a boutique hotel, 24-room service will ensure you never go hungry, and you’ll always be looking forward to reaching the next incredible destination. This is the first line to introduce all-inclusive fares, and is one of the few that offer shuttle services in Bali.
Seabourn - Seabourn ships travel all over the world, offering luxury and adventure to all corners of the globe. A trip aboard one of these luxurious vessels will typically introduce you to undiscovered gems, as you enjoy the unrivalled service standards only a smaller, more intimate ship can provide.
Destinations - Where can you go on a cruise from Bali?
Cruises from Bali can take you almost anywhere you desire, from local to far-flung destinations:
Australia - Make your way from one island paradise to another as you cruise out of Indonesia and discover the world’s smallest continent. Itineraries will usually include northern hot spots such as Darwin and Cairns, before making their way down the coast to prime city locations such as Brisbane and Sydney.
South Pacific - Take a cruise from Bali to explore the islands of the South Pacific, and get swept away by tropical island life. Say ‘bonjour’ to the French capital of New Caledonia, Noumea and chat with the friendly locals in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Asia - Cruises from Bali often sail north to island hop the ports and cities of Asia. Visit Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and more when you climb aboard Bali cruises to Asia.
World - Tick off those bucket list destinations one by one as you travel the world on a cruise that passes through Bali. From San Diego to Sri Lanka, Columbia to Colombo, many world cruises include Bali on their itineraries.
Passenger numbers - How many people take cruises from Bali?
More than 11.5 million international visitors cruised to Indonesia in 2016. The majority of those passengers came from China, with 1.43 million arrivals from this up-and-coming cruise market. In 2017, the target number for cruise passengers has been set at 15 million, with further hopes by authorities to raise those figures to 20 million by 2019.
Last year alone, visiting cruise ships made 350 stops in Indonesia. While that number is down on 2015’s effort of 400 stops, cruise passenger numbers increased by 30 per cent in that time from 200,000 to 260,000. In an attempt to further boost visitor numbers for tourism and cruising, the Indonesian government has extended a visa-free policy beyond the initial limits of China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia, inviting 30 additional countries to make the most of the visa-free policy.
Bali’s port capacity - Where is Bali’s port and what capacity does it offer?
The Port of Bali, Port Benoa, is a relatively new terminal, and one where you will usually be greeted on arrival by Balinese dancers. Some cruise ships are able to pull into the dock, while others will lay anchor in the harbour and tender their passengers to shore. There is also a draft plan in place to build a port large enough to accommodate all ships, in keeping up with rising cruise demand in the region.
Facilities at the Port of Bali
The Port of Benoa is a basic one. The terminal building includes a tourist information centre, a batik (cloth) shop, a massage corner, a currency exchange booth, and a small market. You’ll also be able to find plenty of taxis waiting to take you to the town centre of Denpasar.
How to get to the Port of Bali
The Port of Bali is slightly removed from the main centre of Denpasar, but most locations around the island are easy to get to with a taxi.
Denpasar: It’s uncommon for cruise lines to arrange shuttles from the Port of Benoa, so your best bet is to take a taxi. It’s 12 kilometres between town and the dock, which should cost roughly US$30-40. You may also be able to negotiate a better rate. Note that while there is a bus service between Denpasar and the port, buses do not always run on time.
Denpasar Airport: The Ngurah Rai International Airport is 8 kilometres from the Port of Benoa. This trip takes roughly 20 minutes and will cost US$20-30. Keep in mind that taxi fares here are negotiable.
When is the best time to take cruises from Bali?
At just eight degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys a tropical climate that creates just two seasons: the wet and the dry. You can expect temperatures to remain in in the high 20s throughout the year, although conditions do vary depending on the season.
- The rainy season officially lasts from October through to March, with plenty of downpours and high humidity making it the less popular time of year to travel. That said, fewer tourists means attractions are less busy.
- The dry season runs from April to September. There is still some humidity, but it is far more comfortable.
- The busiest time of year is from June through September, which is arguably the most desirable time to travel in terms of weather.
- The shoulder seasons around April and May, and October and November, can also be good times to travel when there are fewer tourists in town, and the weather is not at its peak for rain or humidity.
Cruise Port: What to do in Bali
Of Indonesia's 17,000 islands, just 8,000 of them are inhabited. Of those, there's only one that boasts the endless splendours of a world-renowned holiday destination fused with adventure, culture and beauty: Bali.
Beautiful Bali is one of the larger Indonesian islands, measuring 4,000 kilometres across. It's where you can adventure all morning, lie on a beach all afternoon, and dance the night away with cocktails as the sun goes down. There's no end of activities to try here when you cruise to Indonesia, so prepare to fit as much in during the time you have as possible.
Getting around in Bali
When you arrive in Bali, your ship may or may not dock at the new port in Benoa. It's known as something of a tricky port to dock in, so some ships prefer to remain in the bay and tender passengers to shore. The other option is for ships to arrive in Padang Bay, where passengers will also be tendered to the dock.
Benoa Port is the more likely of the two, and here you can quickly jump in a taxi to get to nearby attractions. Both Kuta Beach and the city of Denpasar are roughly 10 kilometres (30 minutes drive) away by car, and there are always plenty of taxis waiting outside the cruise terminal to get you there. Either of these trips should cost roughly 100,000-120,000 Rupiahs, which is about US$7-10.
Another option is to hire a driver for the day if you have several places to see. You may see cars and vans at the pier when you arrive offering several hours of driving for a fixed price. This can be a good way to see several sites, just make sure your driver speaks enough English to avoid any miscommunication.
Keep in mind that the streets are often congested.
Money matters in Bali
As part of Indonesia, the Rupiah is the official currency here. However, the Australian dollar is also widely accepted, including in taxis. It's often best to use cash in Bali but credit cards are accepted in some areas. Note that tipping is not a standard practice in Indonesia.
Food, drink, and souvenirs are quite affordable in Bali. The famous beer â€˜Bintang' is a local larger and generally won't cost more than US$5.
Culture in Bali
Bali's culture is a fusion of Balinese customs and Hindu-Buddhist religion, with a healthy dose of relaxation and party atmosphere thanks to the year-round influx of tourists. In particular, it's known for its vibrant arts scene.
Much of this is on show during temple festivities, with drama, music, masks and dance all part of the celebration. There are a number of cultural events on Bali's social calendar, such as the Bali Spirit Festival held annually in March, as well as a number of smaller celebrations throughout the year.
Overall, Bali's culture scene is truly unique and simply unforgettable for all who visit.
Internet services in Bali
Bali has plenty of cafes, bars and eateries that offer free Wi-Fi. Starbucks and McDonald's are often safe bets for a connection, or you can stop in at any internet cafe. There are a number of these in the area around Kuta Beach. That said, be wary of entering personal details such as bank log-in information into these computers.
Things to do in Bali
Independent touring or cruise ship excursions
On any cruise, you'll have the option of booking your own adventures in each port, or using those on offer through the cruise line.
When you book through your ship, it's an easy process of filling out a form when you board. This gives you plenty of great options, it means your tour will be ready and waiting when you dock, and you'll be back at the ship with time to spare before departure. Plus, payment is easy as the cost is simply billed to your cabin.
You are more than welcome to book your own tours and excursions when you're looking at what to do in Bali. This may give you more options while you're in port, and is usually cheaper than the cruise excursions. It's important to keep in mind that you'll need to allow plenty of time to disembark and get back to the ship.
One of the best ways to see Bali in a short time is a sightseeing tour, which will show you a number of important sites and make it easy to get from one to another. There is a huge range of tours available, from ones that visit temples to towns to markets to a mix of everything. Some tours will take the whole day, while others can be completed in 4-5 hours so you may have spare time afterwards to revisit your favourite spots.
Kuta Beach is a popular place to visit, with it's soft sand and surf-ready waves. Warm water and clear sapphire skies call many cruise passengers for a dip. It's one of the easier beaches to get to and if all you're after is a spot of relaxation and time to read a good book, Kuta Beach is the place to go.
Ubud, roughly 90 minutes north of Benoa Port, is a destination of arts, culture and beauty. Visit the famous Monkey Forest (but don't bring anything you don't want to lose, they're very cheeky and quick with their hands), stroll through the rice fields, see the beauty at the Neka Art Museum and the Museum Puri Lukisan, and taste some of the delectable meals on offer throughout the town. And of course, any visit to Ubud should include a stop at the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of intricate rock carvings that is estimated to date back to the 11th century.
Seminyak is slightly further north from Kuta, and is another one of the island's popular spots. It's where to go for shopping and cafe culture, but it also offers its fair share of attractions. The Potato Head Beach Club is a great spot for cocktails by the waterfront from the comfort of your own cabana, the dining is second to none, and you can relax with a massage or facial for a fraction of the price of what you would pay at home.
Adventure seekers can try whitewater rafting in Bali to get their adrenalin pumping and create a memory unlike any other. There are several rafting tour operators on the island, including Bali River Rafting, which is in Kota Denpasar not far from where you'll disembark your ship. The Ayung River is a whitewater rafter's paradise, with surging rapids and stunning scenery at every turn.
Bali is a place of many historic temples, but there's only one â€˜sea temple', and that's Tanah Lot. This is an ancient Hindu shrine that's spectacular enough in itself, but with the crashing waves and world-renowned sunsets at this site, it's truly one of Bali's most iconic attractions.
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