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Cruises visiting Banda Aceh & all Banda Aceh cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Banda Aceh in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at Asia Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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Banda Aceh is the capital of the Indonesian province of Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra. The city of 240,000 people lies on the Aceh River. In 1292 Marco Polo and his expedition visited the city, a centre of learning and trade. The Portuguese occupied the area in the early 15th C. In the late 15th C it was the capital of the Sultanate of Aceh. Aceh came into conflict with the British and Dutch in the late 18th C. Following WWII and a terrible colonial history, the Dutch and Japanese left, but Acehnese independence clashes with the government were not settled until after the 2004 tsunami, giving Aceh special autonomy status. The province is 98% Muslim, and limited Sharia Law applies to Muslims. Acehnese and bahasa Indonesia are spoken, plus some English.

Many historic landmarks are in the inner city: the 12th C Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, rebuilt in 1875 with 7 domes to accommodate 9000 people; 17th C Gunongan Historical Park, a playground and bathing place; 4 mass graves from the 2004 tsunami; the Tsunami Museum; Dutch Kerkhof Poucut Cemetery, a Dutch military burial ground; the Museum Negri Aceh and the nearby Rumah Aceh; the Lampulo Boat, 4 km inland; Governor’s House; the Clock Tower; the Water Tower; and a number of royal heritage sites. There are three attractive beaches (one black sand, and one for surfing), very good coffee shops, and delightful local food. Do it all on a bicycle.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake emanated 70 km off the west coast of Sumatra forming a 1600 km N-S rupture that raised the sea bed on the eastern side 5 m, sending a tsunami E-W across the Indian Ocean. (Under-ocean rocks weighing millions of tonnes were dragged 10 km across the sea bed.) When the tsunami reached Banda Aceh 15 minutes later it was 6-12 m high, and destroyed 60% of the city. 167,000 people died as a result and many were injured. The city had a major modernisation. On 7 December 2016 another earthquake struck 164 km to the SE of Banda Aceh, but did not affect the capital.