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Dili - East Timor Highlights:
Maubisse and Aileu
Dili is the capital, largest city, chief port and commercial centre of East Timor. Dili lies on the northern coast of Timor island, the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Most buildings were damaged or destroyed in the violence of 1999 but the city still has many buildings from the Portuguese era. Legacies of Jakarta's occupation are the Church of the Immaculate Conception, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Díli, purportedly the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia, and the 'Integration Monument', commemorating the Indonesian annexation of the territory in 1976. The Cristo Rei of Dili is a 27m (88.6 ft) tall statue of Jesus situated on top of a globe at the end of a peninsula in Dili. It is one of the main tourist attractions in East Timor, and is claimed to be the second tallest statue of its kind. Near to Dili you can also visit the old hilltowns of Maubisse and Aileu.

Dili was settled about 1520 by the Portuguese, who made it the capital of Portuguese Timor in 1769. During World War II, Portugal and its colonies remained neutral, but Australian and Dutch forces briefly occupied the island in 1941 before the Japanes occupied Dili before spreading out across the rest of the colony. In 1945, control of the island was officially returned to Portugal by the Japanese. East Timor unilaterally declared independence from Portugal in 1975 but nine days later Indonesian forces invaded Dili and annexed East Timor. A guerrilla war ensued from 1975 to 1999 between Indonesian and pro-independence forces, during which tens of thousands of East Timorese and some foreign civilians were killed. In 1999, East Timor was placed under UN supervision and on 20 May 2002, Dili became the capital of the newly independent Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

The following 14 cruises call at Dili. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.

Sailing Date Line/Ship Cruise Name Region
Ship Rating
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Cruise Nights/
Duration
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19/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Captain Cook Exploration
Pacific
Luxury
Auckland
Singapore
58/60 From £18999
cruise only
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11/12/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Holiday Australian Exploration
World-wide
Luxury
Sydney
Singapore
36/40
From £9999
cruise only
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11/12/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Austral Summer Exploration
World-wide
Luxury
Sydney
Cape Town
72/74 From £22499
cruise only
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21/12/18
Holland America
Maasdam
Southern Ocean & East Indies Holiday
Far East
Premier
Sydney
Singapore
36/40
From £3949
cruise only
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06/01/19
Holland America
Maasdam
East Indies, Coral Isles & Indian Ocean Voyager
Indian Ocean
Premier
Fremantle - WA
Singapore
40/43 From £4349
cruise only
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06/01/19
Holland America
Maasdam
East Indies & Coral Seas
Far East
Premier
Fremantle - WA
Singapore
20/23
From £2349
cruise only
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15/02/19
Holland America
Maasdam
Southeast Asia & Spice Island Navigator
Far East
Premier
Singapore
Brisbane
41/44 From £3348
cruise only
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07/03/19
Holland America
Maasdam
Spice Island & Pacific Odyssey
Pacific
Premier
Singapore
Auckland
38/41
From £3399
cruise only
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07/03/19
Holland America
Maasdam
Spice Island Navigator
Far East
Premier
Singapore
Brisbane
21/24 From £1898
cruise only
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11/03/19
Seabourn
Seabourn Encore
New Zealand & Coral Coast
Australasia
Luxury
Auckland
Benoa Harbour
32/36
From £9599
cruise only
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27/03/19
Seabourn
Seabourn Encore
The Coral Coast & Orchid Isles
Australasia
Luxury
Sydney
Benoa Harbour
16/20 From £4698
cruise only
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27/03/19
Seabourn
Seabourn Encore
Australia & Orchid Isles
Australasia
Luxury
Sydney
Singapore
26/30
From £7499
cruise only
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22/03/20
Seabourn
Seabourn Encore
Australia & Orchid Isles
Australasia
Luxury
Sydney
Singapore
26/30 Please
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22/03/20
Seabourn
Seabourn Encore
Coral Coast & Orchid Isles
Australasia
Luxury
Sydney
Benoa Harbour
16/20
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