Indonesian Discovery Cruise – Indonesia Islands

13 Days

Cruise Date

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
February 14, 2023 - February 26, 2023 Guaranteed $1540
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Dates and prices are subject to change.

Trip Highlights:

Discover Indonesia while cruising the archipelago.

Visit Semrang’s historic old town with temples.

See the Komodo Island and the dragons.

Explore Bali’s beaches and old villages.


Share this amazing cruise with your family and friends.


Indonesia is an island country in Southeast Asia between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It’s the world’s largest archipelago. Nature and culture are the prime attractions of Indonesian tourism.

The islands had dozens of kingdoms and civilizations that flourished and faded in different parts of the archipelago since the 7th century. This results in Indonesia with hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups.

Indonesia has vast areas of wildness that support one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity. It’s home to 167 active volcanos and endless attractions of beaches.

Two-thirds of Indonesia is marine and ocean. The total area of the Indonesian sea is its vast ocean of 5,076,800 square kilometers of a land area of 1,904,569 square kilometers. Indonesia is definitely a maritime state and archipelago country.  Indonesia’s marine is an important lane and habitat for the world’s marine mammals.  There are groups of whales, dolphins, and dugongs including the Blue whale that can probably be seen from the ship. Indonesia’s marine has the largest coral reef habitat in the world.

Besides that locals frequent trips to the many islands by various boats, ferries, cargo ships, and yachts. It will be fascinating to observe any traffic on the water as boating is a norm of Indonesian culture. Also, you should be able to see islands from afar with your eyes or better bring your binoculars.

Cultural heritage is observed at the ancient Borobudur in Central Java, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, and nearby Prambanan temples is a remarkable Hindu monuments. The Islamic heritage is prominent in Sumatra, where some remaining sultanate palaces can be seen. Other cultural sites in Indonesian history include the colonial heritage of the Dutch East Indies in Jakarta and Semarang and the royal palaces of Pagaruyung, Ubud, and Yogyakarta. 

This cruise is particular, floating on the ocean and hopping on and off great islands for shore excursions.  Activities are many, from going to see landmarks, and historic, and cultural sightseeing, and also including adventure activities such as hiking, kayaking, cycling, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Deaf World Adventure is planning its own shore excursions, working with knowledgeable local guides and with some who are Deaf guides on the islands. ASL interpreters will be present on the cruise for onboard activities and entertainment.  Also, a Deaf interpreter from Deaf World Adventures will accompany the group on shore excursions to interpret and/or feed the guides ASL.

The best thing of all is that the ship is literally a floating resort with everything on it that takes passengers to amazing places.  That’s totally something!

Come and join us to explore wonderful Indonesia.  We will have a great time together.

City-states are rare in the present day and none are quite like Singapore.

In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore’s urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses, a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above.

Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups, mainly Malays, Chinese, and Indians and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore’s food scene which is arguably the world’s most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

(Info Holland America)

Dinner
Day 02 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Located in the north sector of the sprawling metropolis of Jakarta, Tanjung Priok is considered Indonesia’s most technologically advanced seaport and it’s also the country’s busiest.

Escape the industrial feel of the port as soon as you can, and brace yourself to dive into Indonesia’s capital city. Jakarta positively buzzes with people, cars, motos, and the sheer kinetic energy of a megalopolis home to nearly 10 million people. Once you get past the pollution and dripping humidity, there’s much to see. It’s best to break the city down into bits for any chance at digesting it.

Jakarta’s old town the former Batavia, now called Kota Tus is a heritage area with decaying but beautiful colonial buildings and atmospheric restaurants. Visit Sunda Kelapa Harbor to watch fishermen hauling in their fresh catches and admire the pretty, high-prowed Bugis boats docked there, called phinisis. Or join hordes of Indonesians as they make the pilgrimage to their independence monument, Monas.

As with any enormous city, just strolling around offers a feast for the senses. Do come on an empty stomach as you’ll definitely want to dig into all of Jakarta’s street food options from across the archipelago, too.

(Info Holland America)

15 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Probolinggo is a pretty port town on the north coast of East Java that’s home to the ethnic minority Tengger people. The city garners mainly tourist attention as a jumping-off point for visiting Mount Bromo. One of Indonesia’s most spectacular volcanoes, Bromo is best viewed at sunrise but makes a strong impression any time of the day. While the top has blown off, the 2,329-meter-high (7,641-foot) peak contains a cone that’s still active. And views of the surrounding volcanoes from here are just as thrilling.

If you opt to stick around Probolinggo, a town of roughly 217,000 people, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There is none of the stifling crowds and pollution of Jakarta here. A pedicab tour is a fun way to get around to see the city’s Chinese temple, pleasant city square, churches, and museums. But the main sites are just as easily visited on foot. There are beautiful beaches, temples, waterfalls, and bamboo forests to see in and around Probolinggo. And just seven kilometers (four miles) from town at Bentar Indah Beach, you can go for a swim or stroll along the white sand.  And before returning to the ship, shop for a typical batik from the region to take home as a souvenir.

(Info Holland America)

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Indonesia is easily one of the most exotic destinations on Earth. But coming into port in Komodo located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago feels like arriving on an entirely different planet. The major draw here is, of course, Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve since 1992.

The region is home to roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons, which are, in fact, lizards and the largest lizards in the world at that, growing to lengths of three meters (almost 10 feet).

The dragons are best seen during tours that head to the islands of Komodo and Rinca, which along with the island of Padar make up the park. In addition to marveling at the feeding habits of the dragons. They can often be seen preying on Komodo’s native Timor deer and water buffalo. Visitors are impressed by the diversity of Komodo’s landscapes.

On the one hand, there are pristine white-sand beaches and even pink-hued ones, lapped by clear blue water.  The offshore coral reefs are home to over 1,000 species of tropical fish as well as whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, and sea turtles. But there are also rugged and sheer cliffs here and hot and dry regions with savanna-like grasses. Prepare to feast your eyes on one of the world’s truly special untamed places.

(Info Holland America)

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Indonesia is made up of more than 13,000 islands, but even with all that competition, Bali manages to stand out. Beautiful temples and shrines of all sizes are spread across the island, tucked down narrow alleyways, hidden within the jungle or serenely presiding over scenic locations, like the dramatic Pura Tanah Lot atop a rock formation just off Bali’s western coast.

Bali is well known for its arts—traditional music and dance, painting, wood and stone carvings, silver jewelry and ikat and batik textiles. The island’s artistic center is the village of Ubud, and its art markets and boutiques carry beautiful Balinese pieces to take home.

When it comes to dining, whether you’re craving a burrito or satay, you can find a restaurant that serves it. Don’t leave the island, however, without sampling Balinese cuisine. Local cooking, which reflects Chinese and Indian influences, uses blends of aromatic spices to season grilled meats, though not beef. Bali is an island of Hindu culture in mostly Muslim Indonesia, fresh seafood, rice, and vegetables with delicious results.

(Info Holland America)

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Located on Bali’s north shore, Celukan Bawang is the gateway to beautiful white-sand and black-sand beaches.

The Celukan Bawang port allows cruise ship passengers to explore a unique part and less crowded part of the island, as well as charming natural, historical, and cultural Balinese places. Experience the truly diverse of northwest of Bali with its natural scenery and stunning beaches. The island’s coral reefs are ideal for snorkeling, The Munduk Waterfall located in the deep forest of Batukaru mountains and surrounded by many kinds of tropical plantations and old trees.  You can hire a driver to drive you around the island to stop at different landmarks and you can walk from the main street and see the 70 meters waterfall. Also the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Hindu-Buddhist temple complex that are built on small isles.  It’s the second most visited place in Bali. Or sign up for Kopi Luwak coffee tasting.  The site of the tasting event is at a plantation where you can see the kopi luwak or civet coffee.

There are many shore excursion activities.  Deaf World Adventures will prepare a trip with activities for our group.

(Info from Holland America and Wikitravel)

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 :
Surabaya

Indonesia’s second-largest city and Java’s capital, Surabaya is known as the City of Heroes thanks to the important role it played in capturing international attention during the country’s revolution in the 1940s. And that independent spirit is still palpable among the metropolis’s internationally diverse population of nearly three million people.

Surabaya is home to Indonesia’s only synagogue as well as the largest mosque in East Java. And the colonial-era buildings sit just a short stroll from glitzy new shopping centers. Visitors have much to experience, whether taking in the extensive artifacts in the Museum Mpu Tantular, seeing where Indonesia’s clove cigarettes got their beginnings at the House of Sampoerna, or venturing into the city’s green lung with a boat ride through the mangrove forests of Wonorejo. Also at Pasar Ampel, you’ll feel transported to a Middle Eastern bazaar, where the vendors hawk spices, sticky-sweet dates, and imported carpets. Last but not least, the Kenjeran Beach, that is right by the city, offers the chance to spot fishermen showcasing their fresh catch with views of one of Indonesia’s longest bridges.

Obviously, deciding where to spend your time will be your main conundrum in Surabaya.

(Info Holland America)

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The biggest thrill about arriving in Semarang is the chance to take a day trip to Borobudur, the Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to the 8th and 9th centuries. Although there’s plenty to keep you busy around the city, too.
Semarang is home to over 1 million people, it occupies a strategic location on Java’s north coast and is among Southeast Asia’s most interesting ports. The city’s colorful patchwork of colonial architecture, Chinese temples, and striking mosques tell the story of the diverse cultures that wrote Semarang history and speak of its present, too. You spend some time strolling the atmospheric Outstadt, the old Dutch quarter lined with Dutch warehouses and townhouses, this neighborhood once held its own with Surabaya and Jakarta as one of Dutch Indonesia’s most vital trading ports. Today, almost a third of the city’s population is Chinese; you’ll find some excellent Chinese food around town as well as important historical sites like Gedung Batu, the city’s oldest Chinese temple complex on the outskirts of town which is well worth a visit, too.
(Info Holland America)

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 &14 :
Singapore

City-states are rare in the present day and none are quite like Singapore.

In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore’s urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses, a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above.

Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups, mainly Malays, Chinese, and Indians and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore’s food scene which is arguably the world’s most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

Deaf World Adventures will prepare a tour for our group with Deaf guides in Singapore.

* NOTE

You have the option to stay overnight free in your cabin on February 26th and check out on February 26th in the morning.  Breakfast is not included.

(Info Holland America)

14 hours

INSIDE ROOM

FROM $1,299 (base price)

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms.

  • beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Approximately 151 ~ 233 sq ft with shower
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage
  • Make-up mirrors and hair dryers
  • Elemis Aromapure soaps, lotions, shampoo
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining

OCEAN VIEW ROOM

FROM $1,399 (base price) 
These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities, and an ocean view.

  • 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Approximately 174-180 sq. ft. with bathtub and/or shower
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage
  • Make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Elemis Aromapure soaps, lotions, shampoo
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining

ROOM WITH VERANDA 

FROM $1,699*
Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and a bathtub with premium massage shower heads.

  • 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Approximately 212-359 sq. ft with bathtub and shower
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage
  • Make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Elemis Aromapure soaps, lotions, shampoo
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining
  • Video On Demand Interactive TV System

Inquire Deaf World Adventures agent about more options, sizes, and different features for each room.

Contact us 

What is included on the cruise?

Cruise Includes

  • Choice of Cabin Room
  • Full board (13 days meals)
  • Taxes and port fees
  • Daily onboard activities
  • Daily entertainment
  • Theaters
  • Fitness center
  • Swimming pool
  • Explorations Central
  • Casino space
  • Interpreters
  • * February 26th is free night on the ship

Cruise Does Not Include

  • International flight
  • Flight Insurance
  • Cruise Cancellation Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • WIFI Services
  • Shore excursions
  • Park admission fees
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Meals other than full board plan
  • Spa or massage bookings
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities

Trip Information

  • 13 days / 12 nights
  • 20 persons
  • Ocean cruise
  • Holland America
  • Westerdam
  • cruise and private vehicle & public transportation (for shore excursions)
  • ship onboard activities & entertainment
  • historic and landmark sightseeing, culture immersion & nature walks
  • easy - walking on concrete & on ship while moving, getting on/off tender for the shore excursions. NOTE: shore excursions may have a different physical level
  • shore excursions tours by local islanders & with some who are Deaf
  • American Sign Language, International Sign & English
  • Deaf World Adventures
  • D-travel Agency

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