The Jakarta Post
Sunset over Benoa Harbor, Bali. (Shutterstock/File)
After five days of sailing across the ocean, on April 13 at approximately 11 a.m. local, the Pacific Eden cruise ship carrying 1,500 tourists from Australia finally arrived at Benoa Port in Bali.
The cruise ship that is 220-meters-long broke new ground by being the first to dock in the Port of Benoa.
Arriving at the port, the tourists were welcomed by the Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and treated to an arts and culture performance and a workshop. After Bali, the tourists will travel to Lombok, Komodo Island and Labuan Bajo.
“Welcome to Indonesia and enjoy the culture and natural wonders of Indonesia,” said Arief.
The head of the Wisata Bahari Indonesia tourism department acceleration team, Indroyono Susilo, said before that according to the P&O Cruises director of operations, this maiden voyage to Bali would not make any profits. However, the company was willing to take the risk because the project has huge potential.
With the success of this first voyage the ministry hoped to attract more yachters from other areas such as Darwin, Sydney, Perth, Auckland and Fiji. (asw)
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