Cruise Ship Passengers
If you are cruising on the Pride of America and spending the night at a hotel in Waikiki prior to your cruise, you can do any of the first 2 tours on the same day that you board your NCL cruise ship, or you can do any of the 3 a day or two before your cruise.
If you are on a cruise that visits Honolulu just for the day, the Pearl Harbor / Honolulu City tour may be available for you. The other 2 tours either start too early or end too late for your itinerary.
A visit to Pearl Harbor is a must-do activity for anyone coming to Oahu. The USS Arizona Memorial is one of our nation’s most sacred places. Regardless of your interest in history or WWII, a visit to this shrine is an emotional experience. If you have never been … you should go. The documentary film prepares you well for what you are about to experience, because when the film ends and the doors open, everyone boards the Navy shuttle boat in hushed silence. The boat ride to the memorial only takes a few minutes. When you are on the Memorial, you’ll look down into the water and see the outline of the Arizona’s remains knowing that it is the final resting place for hundreds of US servicemen.
One tip for photographing the memorial … when you are re-boarding the boat for the return to the vistor’s center, try to get in the last row. As the boat pulls away from the Arizona, you will get your an amazing dramatic photo.
This page summarized a variety of tours that include Pearl Harbor … some only visit the Arizona, others are more comprehensive and visit the USS Missouri Battleship, and others combine a morning at Pearl Harbor with other scenic sights and experiences on Oahu.