Bali’s new cruise ship terminal is due to be ready by the end of the year. The new facility, that will be constructed at Port of Benoa, will help boost the tourism figures of Indonesia.
It is expected that Port of Benoa will be modified into a world-class port which will not only be able to accommodate super luxury yachts, but large cruise ships as well.
Currently, cruise liners that call at Benoa have to moor offshore and travelers are tendered ashore.
According to Chairman of Bali Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Agung Partha, the terminal was vital because of the current shortage of capacity of Denpasar.
The special advisor to the minister on marine tourism development, Indroyono Soesilo, said that part of Benoa Master Plan included dredging the sea 12 metres deep and widening the area up to 200 meters which would mean some of the largest cruise ships in the world could visit the region.
The terminal will be able to accommodate a total of 5,000 passengers and 1,500 crew, equal to 44 Boeing 737 aircraft.
He also revealed there were plans to develop a 2nd port in northern Bali that would accommodate 7 ships at a time, each with capacity up to 1,000 guests.