Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them!
After crossing the International Date Line we stopped at Tabuaeran, Fanning Island. This Island is the land that time forgot. No running water, no electricity, no cars, no gas stations, no stores and no restaurants, but there was one bar! We delivered the school supplies and some fruit from the ship to the teachers. School only goes to 6th grade. No one wears shoes and pigs roam everywhere. The sea water was pristine and the locals all appeared genuinely happy. I was impressed that Holland America made donations of toiletries and linens to the locals.