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Rotterdam Cruise Review by nrobin

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Member Name: nrobin
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: South Pacific
Cabin Category: M
Cabin Number: 1933
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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South Pacific-off the beaten path
A very nice trip on the Rotterdam to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Three stops were of main interest to me; Fanning Island, Rarotonga and Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. I'm not very interested in the well travelled locations because they no longer represent the South Pacific of the past. Bora Bora was particularly disappointing as many business are failing. An added feature is you get to go by the island dump on the circle tour of the island. Moorea is much better.

Fanning Island was most interesting as the people have very little but came out and performed for us. Price of their handcrafted goods was very reasonable. Although in the North Pacific, Fanning was like what the South Pacific once was or what you would imagine it to be. Nuku Hiva was more developed than I expected. You could even find an internet cafe! Tours were very limited but they did have a carivan (22 cars) to run us around to the SE section of the island. Beautiful sections and very dry sections also very mountainous. Drivers usually didn't speak english but a central guide spoke very well.

Could only get port 1 to display so can't comment on the others. A full write-up will be available on my web site after January 2011.

Overall, a wonderful experience for those that like some out of the way places.

Publication Date: 12/31/10
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