(11:47 p.m. AEST) — Celebrity Solstice cancelled its scheduled stop in Bali today due to the “potential for terrorist attacks” in Indonesia.
In a letter distributed to passengers over the weekend, shared on the Celebrity Cruises board by Cruise Critic member NorbertsNiece , the ship’s master, Captain Yannis Berdos, said the situation had been closely monitored since sailing from Fremantle, Western Australia.
“The most recent information in the past few days indicate that the possibility of an incident in Bali has increased. Also, the Balinese New Year is March 9 and recent past advisories have named this date as one that could be targeted by terrorists,” Captain Berdos wrote.
Celebrity Solstice is expected instead to dock overnight in Darwin, where it was due to arrive on 10 March. Passengers who had booked the cruise line’s tours in Bali received a refund.
Celebrity Cruises has been monitoring the security situation in Indonesia, including recent travel advice from the Australian and UK governments.
In a statement, the line said: “After discussion with our global security team in Miami, we have decided to cancel Celebrity Solstice’s call to Bali on Monday, March 7. This decision was made in an abundance of caution, and we apologize for the impact on our guests’ cruise. The safety of our guests and crew is always our foremost concern.
“We will continue to monitor the security situation in Indonesia and will notify guests or their travel agents if there are changes to future sailings that visit Bali.”
The latest advice from the Australian Government’s smarttraveller.gov.au website, posted on 25 February 2016, states: “Recent indications suggest that terrorists may be in the advanced stages of preparing attacks in Indonesia. The overall level of advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.”
Celebrity Solstice is sailing a 17-night itinerary from Fremantle to Sydney, which departed 3 March. Bali was set to be the only international port on the semi-circumnavigation Australia cruise.