Sea Cruise to Fanning Island & Christmas Island, Kiribati
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In the spring of 2008 I was working on the Pride of Aloha out of Honolulu. The ship was on a 10 day schedule and traveled throughout all the major islands during the 10 days. This schedule allowed the passengers to see more of beautiful Hawaii than the normal 7 day cruises the other ships of NCL America provided. The two main additional attractions passengers on the 10 day cruise saw was the historic port of Lahina, Maui and the 3000 foot plus sea cliffs along the north shore of the Island of Molokai. Once a quarter the ship would alter the schedule and sail to Fanning Island, Kiribati. This island was located 1200 miles south of Honolulu almost on the equator and it was really hot there working in the engine room.
These islands were formally a colony of the British and were known as the Gilbert Islands.
NCL brought everything to shore that was used for the passengers the one day we were there and removed everything at the end of the day including all the rubbish and trash generated by the day's visit to the island of about 2500 passengers and crew. NCL is a very environmentally friendly company and has very strict rules about the disposal of rubbish. All flammable paper and trash is sent to the incenerator aboard ship and the heat is used to warm the water used on board and the smoke is filtered. And woe unto the crew member who does not follow disposal rules or throws anything overboard, totally different than any other shipping company I have sailed.
The islanders had sales of handicrafts and you could get your passport stamped.
So off we sailed for Christmas Island and we arrived just before daylight.
For me and some of the other newbies to sailing, it was another big adventure! Google Fanning Island and learn more about this unique and remote island and make a donation to these friendly people if you can.