For the first time, Voyager of the Seas of global cruise brand Royal Caribbean International arrived at Bintan Island, Indonesia on May 2, 2019. The ship was carrying around 3,800 guests on a 3-night cruise from Singapore which also called at Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang).
To celebrate the ship’s maiden call, a traditional plaque and key ceremony was held onboard, whereby Voyager of the Seas’ Captain Wu Huimin exchanged plaques with Mr Nurdin Basirun, Governor of Riau Island and Mr Frans Gunara, Vice President Director of PT. Bintan Resort Cakrawala. Angie Stephen, Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean Cruises was also present at the ceremony.
Beyond the ship, guests can take their fun on land with Royal Caribbean’s shore excursions to discover beautiful sceneries or immerse themselves in cultural experiences during the calls at Bintan Island. Bintan Resorts is famous for its pristine sandy beaches and boasts of 13 different types of resort accommodation.
There are many attractions and all visitors are treated to a vast variety of indoor and outdoor activities. These include water and sea sports, Crystal Lagoon Treasure Bay which is the biggest sea water swimming pool in Southeast Asia, golf at four different designer courses, various traditional Indonesian massage and spa therapies, mangrove discovery tours and the nature walks at Safari Lagoi where visitors can soak in the beauty of nature. Guests will also get a chance to immerse themselves in Indonesian culture and tradition particular to the Riau region. In addition, they can partake in the local delicacies, especially fresh seafood that can whet any appetite and make one crave for more.
In greater Bintan, guests can enjoy the Trikora Coastal Exploration Tour which is an eight-hour adventure that brings guests to sacred caves to learn about the island’s migrant history. On the Tanjung Pinang Highlights Tour, guests can learn about the Chinese heritage at Tian Shang Miao, a walk around 500 Lohan Temple with life-sized sculptures, Vihara Dharma Sasana temples followed by Banten’s oldest monastery before ending with picturesque sand dunes and blue lagoons.
The ship will call at Bintan Island on three more dates, i.e. 5, 12 and 19 May 2019.