Cruise ships often stop in Indonesia apparently as part of the cruise ships travel to Southeast Asia, where for most tourists when visiting is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The first and last experience in a destination country, Indonesia, the distance from the country of origin and the large costs, so the cruise ship tourists feel the need to get a deep impression on their visit to various tourist sites in Indonesia, such as lean at the port of Tanjung Ampo, Karangasem, Bali or Labuan Bajo on the island of Komodo.
In addition to the Galapagos and Antarctica which ranks the best and the most cruises exotic destinations, including Southeast Asia in groups of three large cruise destinations. Generally, cruise ship will navigate the main trip to the Caribbean, Alaska, and Mediterranean.
Remy Choo from Singapore Tourism Board said that the penetration of cruise ships in Asia is still small at around 0.05 percent, the opportunity to attract the market of Southeast Asia cruises to stop at the ports of destination countries, "Cruise ships come most of the winter. They come out of the country are experiencing winter. This is an advantage, because the Southeast Asian region can be visited at any time," he said.
Southeast Asia can indeed provide its own charm for a cruise ship destination, because of cultural and natural, thus providing a different experience for tourist cruises.
Opportunity for countries located in Southeast Asia, like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore, considering a cruise ship tour is a form of tourism that is different from tourism in general through the air.
Cruise ships are a regional tourism, can not stand alone with a single tourist destination in a country and the need of cooperation, cruise ships docked from one port to other ports in each country in its path.
A survey by YouGov represent the Shipping Association (PSA) in order to start at the National Cruise Week 2011 on September, 18 to 25, 2011 in Britain, said that the majority of tourists (57 percent) prefer to travel by cruise ship with reasons can be visiting a lot of destinations in one trip .
As many as 36 percent of respondents saw a complete tour packages offered by cruise ship to be the main factor of their interest.
What is shown from the results of the survey in the UK, stating that the cruise ship tourism is the potential thing that should be managed seriously to countries of destination.
(Source Kompas, dailymail /Images V. Saher)