An interesting footnote was achieved in the history of Bali tourism on Monday, January 16, 2011, when the cruise ship Legend of the Seas entered Bali’s southern port of Benoa. At 264.3 meters long and 69,130 gross tons, the ship became largest cruise ship to ever visit the port.
A tight fit in the recently expanded port area, several tug boats were employed to help the massive ship maneuver in and out of its berth, an exercise that required an entire hour to complete.
Port officials were able to welcome the ship due to a recent widening of the port area and a dredging program that now permits ships with a draft of 9 meters to enter the port.
Operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises the massive ship carries 2,076 passengers and 720 crew, including 150 Indonesian crew.
Benoa is expected to become increasingly popular as a port of call due to the lack of berthing facilities for large ships at the Tanah Ampo Cruise Ship Terminal in east Bali. Benoa also provides tremendous ease of access to Bali’s major tourism areas on the island’s south.
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