Exploring Balinese Culture Through Art

Celebrity Cruises' Kecak Dance shore excursion in BaliThey say that art is one of the truest forms of self-expression—through it one can reveal their innermost thoughts, dreams, and desires. Indeed, art can serve as a vehicle for expressing emotions, beliefs, and even intellectual prowess. So what better way to discover what truly makes a culture distinctive than by exploring its choice of artistic expression? With this in mind, we offer an array of exciting shore excursions that focus on the various art forms unique to each of the alluring ports we visit, including the exotic island of Bali, which is teeming with spectacular natural wonders, ancient temples, and an array of intriguing sights.

So, if you’ve ever thought about cruising to Bali and have a passion for art, check out these incredible shore excursions that highlight how the Balinese have expressed themselves through art across the ages and how the variety of indigenous crafts and performance art convey aspects of the Indonesian island nation’s culture, history, and environment.

Authentic Balinese Remains

If you’re curious to learn about Balinese history and art, our Authentic Balinese Remains tour is the perfect choice. This shore excursion takes you on a journey through time for a look at Bali’s past and present through artistic renditions. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to Kertha Gosa Pavilion, Bali’s original court of law. This 18th Century architectural marvel features a beautiful ceiling mural depicting the epic Hindu tale of Bhima Swarga. You’ll also experience traditional Balinese art first-hand at Kesiman Village, where you’ll create your very own batik—an ancient Indonesian craft that is essentially the wax-resistant dying of cloth.

Cultural Performance

Learn about—and create—unique Balinese art on our Cultural Performance shore excursion. The remarkable experience explores Bali’s ancient artistic crafts and introduces you to the talented locals who create them. At Celuk Village, you’ll discover how to forge gold and silver jewelry, before heading to Batuan Temple for a look at ancient Balinese relics. After, it’s on to to Mas Village, where you’ll try your hand at making your own Balinese wood carving. The day ends at Kedewatan Village, where you’ll be treated to a centuries-old Barong Dance performance, depicting the eternal fight between good and evil.

Kecak Dance Performance

Prepare to be blown away as you experience traditional Balinese performance art in style at an ancient palace. We’ll whisk you away to the spectacular Puri Jero Kuta Palace for a once-in-a-lifetime Kacak Dance show. Also known as the monkey dance, this mesmerizing fire dance illustrates the Hindu love tale of the Ramayana. As an added bonus, you’ll also be treated to traditional Balinese cuisine.

Balinese art, in all its spectacular forms, is yours to explore with our shore excursions. Which of these experiences intrigues you the most?

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