Friday, August 26, 2011

Passenger ship at Manokwari harbor

Passenger ship MV Nggapulu had just arrived at Manokwari harbor of Dore bay when I shot it with my telephoto digital camera - a Nikon Coolpix P500 from Rendani area which was on the opposite site of the bay. This ship is operated by PELNI Lines - a state owned passenger liner in Indonesia. It was built by Jos L. Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Germany in 2001. According to the official website of PELNI lines, the passenger ship is able to carry 2130 passengers. However, in reality the number of people who travel with such ship is usually higher than the allowed figure.
PELNI, as the largest passenger ship liner in Indonesia, has tens of modern vessels like this that transport millions of people and goods to coastal towns and cities throughout the archipelago. Although, the motor vessels are fast, they are not cruise ships at all. As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia needs more ships to support its transportation and economic development.
In addition to being the port of call for PELNI passenger ships, the Dorey bay is often visited by sailing yachts that come from various corners of the world. There are 2 islands in front of the Dorey. They are Mansinam and Lemon. They protect the bay from big waves. Because Manokwari is close to Arfak mountains, tourists like to fly to this city before going to the mountains to watch birds of paradise and the bower bird. The coastal areas of Manokwari have beautiful coral reef that are good destinations for those who like snorkeling and swimming.  by Charles Roring
Also read: Passenger ship in Indonesia

Monday, August 22, 2011

Snorkeling along the shore off Arfak mountains

After my first snorkeling trip along the shore off the foot of Arfak mountains, I conclude that I will write more articles about the coral reefs there to raise awareness among citizens in Manokwari that they still have pristine marine park. To reach the snorkeling location, we need to go by boat from Arfai to Angresi beach. It takes around 30 minutes. If the weather is good, and the sea is calm, we can easily see various species of corals such as table coral, brain coral and staghorn coral and tropical fish at the depths between 1 to 5 meters below the sea level.
When I was snorkeling with 2 Dutch tourists on 17 August 2011, I brought my new waterproof camera. It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3. With this digital camera, I was able to shoot a lot of nice photographs of corals and the fish although the visibility was not really good. It was raining one day earlier.

The above snorkeling pictures provide strong evidence that Arfak mountains are not only tourist destination for hiking, birding or butterfly watching but also snorkeling. The coral reefs at the foot of Arfak mountains are not as famous as the ones in Kri island of Raja Ampat or in Manado Tua island of Bunaken marine park of North Sulawesi but they are still in pristine condition. They are worth snorkeling and scuba diving. However, there is no diving center in Manokwari. So, the easiest way to explore the beauty of the underwater world of Arfak waters is by snorkeling. Please, bring your own snorkeling gear.
The waters off the coast of Arfak mountains still have world class coral reef. Snorkeling in these waters does not cost you an arm and a leg. So, if you plan to take a snorkeling trip that is affordable for you, then my recommendation will be the Manokwari bay. Don't forget to contact me, via email or, so that I will be able to arrange the trip for you. by Charles Roring

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas' Central Park

Cruise ship Oasis of the Seas has a unique place for passengers who are not interested with the hustle and bustle of swimming pools or the casinos. For those who prefer the experience a more environmentally friendly space, the Central Park is the best choice. There are thousands of green plants and trees in the park with a 3-meter wide zigzag pathway that divides them. Various restaurants and retail shops are arranged on both sides of the park. Passengers can spend the whole day or night in the park walking, eating, reading or just talking with friends in a relax tropical atmosphere without feeling that they are sailing through an open sea. Because the central park is located in the middle of the superstructure, people who are in the park cannot see the sea.

The central park is actually an outdoor space on top of the roof or deck that covers the Royal Promenade's of the ship.  Because the park is located six decks below the top, on the average it will only receive sunlight for around three hours. Small irrigation for the tropical plants has been made to keep the humidity level wet and healthy for the plants. From this deck, travelers can see the blue sky above their heads.
Architects who designed the park had done careful study about the flow of air in order to only allow gentle breeze circulating around the deck of the central park. The open space in the central park allows light to brighten the rooms in the superstructure that are located closer to the centerline of the cruise ship. Although it reduces the number of spaces for passenger cabins and other facilities that can be constructed in the superstructure, the overall cruising experience felt by the passengers can be improved with the availability of the central park and board walk.
Also read: Oasis of the Seas Interior

Monday, August 1, 2011

Homeport of Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas

Most of the cruise ships that are owned and operated by the Royal Caribbean International make Miami as their home port. However, for Oasis of the Seas, Port Everglades is her home. The cruise ship whose gross tonnage is 220,000 ton and the number of staterooms is 2700 needs larger port with more service areas to accommodate thousands of her guests (approx. 5400 passengers in double occupancy rooms). Oasis of the Seas will stay at Terminal 18 of Port Everglades. To accommodate the largest cruise ship in the world, authorities of the port expanded the terminal's interior space from 67,500 square feet to 240,000 square feet. With that expansion, passengers will only need around 15 minutes to embark.

Port Everglades is located within 2 miles from Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport. Strategically it is within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania beach, Florida. As US hub for international trading, Port Everglades is a busy container port in Florida.
Beside the Oasis cruise ship, the second Oasis-class ship that makes Port Everglades as her home port is the Allure of the Seas. Both of them are operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL)