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 I'm not very interested in the well travelled locations because they no longer represent the South Pacific of the past.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 More
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. Less
A negative: Only "Fox Noise" was available on the daily news video channel for the majority of the time. This is hardly a balanced news source.
Positive: Crew did outstanding on tender operations in some rough seas at times.
Ship had some plumbing problems but it didn't affect me so I'll leave that to those more directly involved.
Far too many people had mobility problems that shouldn't really be on a cruise where tenders are used alot. Smoking is still allowed in many parts of this ship, a negative.