Celebrate the honor, valor and courage of the World War II US servicemen on this special tour. This nostalgic journey takes you to the two places that marked the beginning and the end of the war for the United States - Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri. At the site of Pearl Harbor, visit the Arizona Memorial where the remains of the USS Arizona lie silent beneath the waves. The 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will unfold in detailed narrations and photos. From here you'll travel across the Ford Island Bridge to the historic USS Missouri battleship, nicknamed the 'Mighty Mo.' Explore the passages, rooms and corridors on a self-guided tour.
Note: This tour is only available for guests with flights after 6:00 pm. Guests are responsible for ensuring their debarkation tours are compatible with their flight departure times. This tour does not necessarily drop off at all NCL program hotels, please check with the shore excursions staff onboard as to which hotel drop-offs are available. Guests have the option to book their flights through our Premium Air Department to ensure that flight departure times do not interfere with debark tours. Due to heightened security, absolutely no purses, backpacks, fanny packs or camera cases are allowed at Pearl Harbor. Cameras are permitted, but not camera cases. Snacks will be available for purchase. Participants must be able to safely climb a nearly vertical ladder if they wish to experience some areas of the USS Missouri.
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Customer Reviews for Pearl Harbor & U S S Missouri
Visiting Pearl Harbor is a definite must when in Honolulu. Description doesn't include a city tour but that is what we got. We rather have spent the time at Pearl Harbor or at the Aviation Museum. There was a lot of waiting to get on a bus to go to USS Missouri then we had to wait again for the tour guide to pick us up. We also had a lot of waiting just to get onto the bus to go to Pearl Harbor at least an 1/2 hour but in reality it was longer than that before we got moving.
Since check-in at our Waikiki hotel was not until 3pm, it made sense to fill disembarkation day with this tour which included a drive by city tour, including the Punch Bowl national Cemetery, and Pearl Harbor. Our luggage stayed on the bus while we were touring.
Our bus driver, Ed, was funny, informative and he showed us the various sites of Honolulu including some of the places where Hawaii 50 were filmed and some other interesting places. This took about twenty minutes. The bus was comfortable and had a bathroom in the back. We then drove through the Punchbowl cemetery and Ed pointed out some of the more famous points of interest.
We then went to Pearl Harbor. This trip was amazing starting with the U.S.S. Missouri Battleship.
It was on this ship that Japan officially unconditionally surrendered, marking the end of WWII. The historical lessons were well told on the short guided tour, some by veterans of our armed forces. After a quick lunch at the canteen, we took the shuttle bus to see the U. S.S. Bowfin, one of the most decorated submarines used in WWII. We were allowed to go inside the sub and see the control room, the torpedo room, the crew quarters, and most of the sub from front to back. The narration on our headphones supplied with the tour was by former members of the crew on this sub bringing it to life. A must see for all. We would have liked to also do the aviation museum but did not have enough time.
After we got off the sub, we strolled the grounds seeing some of the weaponry used by the Navy including many torpedoes and missiles. There also was a memorial dedicated to all of the subs lost at sea or sunk during WWII. Each one had a story to be told, well written on the plaque with pictures.
We then headed over for our 2PM showing of the film prior to seeing the USS Arizona Memorial across the harbor. The film is well worth seeing and every citizen of our great nation should experience this film and for that matter all that Pearl Harbor has to offer. We must always remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by those who have served our country especially in times of war.
Upon arriving onto the Arizona, the first thing we noticed was that all of the wreaths that were placed the day before, December 7, 2012' the 71st anniversary of the attack, were still there. Many were from the Japanese government, armed forces,and Japanese veterans. Our Military, past and present were also represented along with the survivors of Pearl, 13 from the Arizona whom are still alive. Some of stories we heard from the park ranger were well told, and I hope every American never forgets what happened that day.
After leaving the museum, our bus driver dropped off those going home to the airport, and the rest of us at our respective hotels. We arrived at the Halekulani at 4:45pm. This was a trip well worth the expense.
Since I was last in Hawaii, the Missouri has been docked next to the Ariziona Memorial. Truly spectacular. The aircraft museum is somewhat disappointing(and an extra cost), but spend the extra time exploring the Missouri
It was a good tour but could of been better had it not been for the tour guide. He talked and talked and talked and explained and explained until the bus was sick of him explaining our instructions when we got to the site. In fact most were confused. Tour guide can make the difference in the tour.
Take the walking tour on the Missouri with the guide. You proably don't need the head phone guides. Guides were very knowledgeable and took the time to explain the history of the ship.
For the USS Arizona tour, they only take 150 people at a time and there is a specific time you will be assigned. So you could find yourself trying to do something else on the site waiting until your time comes up. They motor launch you out to the Arizona and you're there maybe 15-30 mins. Was on my buck list to do.
Once you enter Pearl Harbor to visit the USS Arizona you do not return to the van before your visit to the USS Missouri so take everything you need - without a bag since those are not allowed inside. The USS Arizona felt like people were treating it as a photo opportunity rather than a memorial. The lunch outside the USS Missouri was expensive and AWFUL. They also do not allow you to bring the drink cups onto the battleship so try to get a bottle. The city tour was boring despite our wonderful driver. We did this excursion as a way to have our luggage escorted from the ship to the airport but we should have found other luggage storage and done the day on our own.
This was a perfect way to lessen the sadness of leaving the ship on the final morning - to see one of our main reasons for visiting Hawaii - Pearl Harbor. This tour was very well organized, including our luggage making it smoothly to the airport with us. Pearl Harbor was incredibly moving - and it helped having our great tour guide/bus driver give us so much information on the drive from the ship. Many tidbits that we had not realized. The things to view at Pearl Harbor, along with the Memorial itself, are very interesting! Don't miss all of the information on display, or the inexpensive gift shops. The USS Missouri was interesting - eat while you're over there on Ford Island - nice snack shop. We missed walking over to the Oklahoma Memorial while there - saw it too late as we left on the bus. We could have visited the Aviation Museum as well - but it wasn't as appealing as the rest. After leaving Pearl Harbor, our driver took us through downtown Honolulu to see several main points of interest - the Palace, Capitol Building, and on up to the National Cemetery of the Pacific. By the time we got to the airport around 4pm - perfect for our 6:30 flight - we were tired! But it was a great ending to our vacation in Hawaii!!
The tour was very informative, but not enough time at the USS Missouri. The tour takes you from bus to bus with a lot of idol time waiting in group meeting spots. Limited time and availability for a meal. Be sure to eat at the USS Missouri location, because if you do not you will be limited to a snack shop for your main meal...don't count on eating at the airport because they will not allow you to check in until 2 hours before your flight and the restaurants are limited and inside the terminal. Thank goodness for Starbucks at the baggage curbside area...otherwise it would be a major hunger shock after getting off the ship diet.
Great excusion for the whole family. "Nappy" our bus driver was very informative, helpful and took great care of his group. This is a great "end of the cruise tour" as all of your luggage travels on the bus with you for the entire excursion and you are dropped off at the airport w/ your luggage. If you already booked an airport transfer, cancel it because you won't need it and put the money saved toward the excursion!. The tour was moving and informative. One suggestion if you have a lot of time before plane departure is to rent a car to tour the island. Keep in mind that you will need a car that will fit ALL of your luggage and passengers. I thought we would check our luggage when we got to the airport and found out the soonest you can is two hours before the first departure of the first flight leaving. We had almost 7 hours before our plane left. Rented the car and were glad to see some sights!
The memorial is something everyone should see while on Oahu, but would be better done without the tour. The best part was the convenience of transportation from the ship to the memorial to the airport.
This was a great excursion for so many reasons. First, the bus picks you up from the ship. Second, the history of Pearl Harbor, seeing the Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. Third, they take you on a quick tour around the downtown area and Punchbowl cemetery. Finally, they drop you off at the airport. You never have to worry about your luggage until you arrive at the airport.