Genting Cruise Lines re-ups Indonesia collaboration

'We remain highly committed to the development of Indonesia as a key cruise hub for the region,' Genting Cruise Lines' Kent Zhu said 'We remain highly committed to the development of Indonesia as a key cruise hub for the region,' Genting Cruise Lines' Kent Zhu said

Genting Cruise Lines—comprising Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises—signed a new memorandum of understanding with Indonesia’s state-owned terminal operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO), as part of an ongoing commitment to develop the country's cruise industry.

Joint development of Celukan Bawang berth

The signing marked the second collaboration between the parties, following their initial agreement in April 2017 and the successful deployment of Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream in North Bali later in the year. Today’s agreement highlights the continued joint initiative to develop facilities at Celukan Bawang in North Bali, allowing ships of up to 350 meters alongside. In addition, both parties will explore possible joint development of additional cruise ports operated by PERSERO that would expand the collaboration beyond North Bali and further across Indonesia.

'At Genting Cruise Lines, we remain highly committed to the development of Indonesia as a key cruise hub for the region, as well as an important source market and destination for the tourism industry. We recognize the need for updated cruise infrastructure in the area and have actively taken the lead in pioneering improvements to port facilities in order to ensure the future growth of the cruise business,' said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines.

Plans to nurture additional ports

Zhu pledged his company will continue working closely with its Indonesian counterparts to create new opportunities for cruise tourism to flourish as evidenced by the successful deployments of ships to Jakarta, Medan, North Bali and Bintan Island, complemented by a series of ongoing collaborations to develop additional ports across Indonesia.

Representing PERSERO, president director Doso Agung expressed excitement about the rapid growth of cruise tourism in Indonesia and establishing closer ties with Genting Cruise Lines for the development of cruise ports.

'We are proud of the development under our portfolio, particularly in Celukan Bawang. The ability to prepare the port in double quick time to receive Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream in December 2017 reiterates our joint commitment to cruise tourism in Indonesia,' he said.

Posted 12 October 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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