Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Cruise Ship Terminal in Bali

Bali, the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, will be able to receive large cruise ships in the near future when the construction of a new Tanah Ampo cruise terminal is completed. The cruise ship terminal is located in Karang Asem regency in the east of Bali. According to the plan from port operator Pelindo III and local government - as mentioned in the Jakarta Post daily newspaper, the warf of the terminal will be extended to between 300 and 500 meters in length. With such length, Tanah Ampo cruise terminal will be able to accommodate even the world's largest cruise ship, "the oasis of the seas" whose length is 361 meters. Unfortunately, Oasis of the Seas does not have itinerary to Bali island. Tanah Ampo is not far from the beautiful resort town, Candidasa. When cruise ships approach the shore, passengers will be able to see the magnificent view of Gunung Agung, still an active volcanoe that is covered with tropical rainforest.
In addition to Tanah Ampo cruise terminal, another port which has been the port of call for cruise ships in Bali is Benoa. Upon the completion of Tanah Ampo, Port of Benoa will focus its services on cargo ships.
As the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali received 2.57 million foreign tourists in 2010. The number of visitors going to Bali is rising significantly immediately after the launching of Eat, Pray, Love (EPL) movie which starred Julia Roberts depicting Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir in her spiritual and love pilgrim in Italy, India and finally in Ubud town of Bali island. by Charles Roring

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