Friday, 4 November 2016
04.11.2016 - 04.11.2016
Our ship arrived close to the island of Bali as the sun rose. As the light developed there was the startling sight of a swarm of outrigger boats either side of the ship. Some had hoisted their sail while others bobbed up and down in the swell. The sun was well up by the time we reached our anchorage and tenders were launched to commence the task of ferrying around 3000 passengers ashore. The operation commenced around 09:15 and some time after that we made our way to the dinning room to be allocated a tender ticket, ours were 2196 and 2197 and the room was packed.
There was little indication that anything was happening. Obviously the first wave of tenders had left for the pier and we had to wait for them to return. Counting the time taken to load the tender, time to sail to the pier, unload at the pier and return to the ship I estimate it was taking the best part of an hour. The assistance of local craft helped the situation but with their greater capacity the loading and unloading time was much longer. We were finally called to board the tender at about 11:45 and we were finally aboard the local craft at 12:15. The air-conditioned accommodation was much appreciated and made the lengthy trip to the pier quite tolerable.
We were finally ashore at about 12:50 by which time any slight cloud cover had burned off and we were at the mercy of the mid-day sun. There was a small terminal building and a troupe of dancers to welcome us. The terminal had basic facilities such as money exchange, toilets and a local clothing stall. Outside the security area there were more stalls selling the usual range of carved goods, local clothing and other trinkets. We spent and hour wandering around and managed to buy two shirts for Tony for US$20. Although Jenny did her best she was unable to find any of appropriate size, colour or style. Most were too big for her, not a problem I have.
Back to the pier and as luck would have it we were directed to the same local craft from earlier in the day. The air-conditioning was even more welcome than it was earlier. We returned to the ship with not much more than a handful aboard. We were back on the ship just before 14:00 and we grabbed a quick lunch at the buffet. Just for the record, Jenny's key-card failed again and she now has her fourth or fifth replacement.
The day seems to have evaporated as we were lined up for dinner without having time for only a short TV show. After dinner we spent time watching the delayed return of the tenders, The last tender was due to depart Benoa at 17:00 but at 19:30 there were still four of them bobbing on the swell waiting to unload the last passengers and the shore party. We were in the Theatre by the time the ship recovered her anchor and headed off to Fremantle.
Tonight's show featured Brett Thomas billed as a comedy variety artist. His singing was better than his jokes but we had to endure the one to enjoy the other. Now three sea day to Fremantle.
There are lots of memorable shots but the welcome at Benoa forms the feature image for today you can view my photo by following this link to the image.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.