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Passport to Pearl Harbor

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We are visiting Honolulu in January as part of a cruise (MS Veendam). Of course we want to visit the Arizona Memorial, but weren't able to pre-book tickets through the Park Service. The Passport to Pearl Harbor includes the Arizona guided tour, but the time is not reserved. Anyone have any experience with doing this as part of a one-day cruise stop? We have booked a rental car for the day, so I don't anticipate arriving at the Visitor Center earlier than about 9:30 or so. Will we have any trouble getting tickets for later in the day?

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    We went on a charter bus for a tour of Honolulu picking us up around 8am. We went to Pearl Harbor first and the tour guide got the tickets for us and after visiting various sites we came back to Pearl Harbor for the tour. We got the information from the ladies on the streets who pass out tour papers. Before we booked the tours we asked the hotel office and the companies were legitimate. Pearl Harbor was a great experience but very somber and emotional.

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    Hi 64, we, too, went on HAL cruise to Hawaii and visited Pearl Harbor. We booked the tickets thru the cruise ship as we didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to see Pearl Harbor. If you can still book tickets online thru the ship then do so ASAP. They only give out so many tickets per day. This is an experience not to be missed. As tch912 indicates it is a very somber and emotional experience but it is one which will stay with you forever.

    If HAL does not have any tickets left, then see if you can get them thru a tour company. Viator advertises tickets. We had an assigned time for our tickets so the bus took us on a tour of the city prior to heading to Pearl Harbor. We saw Diamond Head, King Kamehameha Statue, The city tour was very nice, we were able to get off and take pictures, etc. Well worth the money spent and no hassle w/ driving, etc. We had plenty of time at Pearl Harbor, visited the museum first, walked around and took pictures, etc. before our boat ride out to the memorial.

    The US Department of the Interior has declared a, "no bags" policy at the Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center. Passengers may not carry any concealing items. This includes purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, etc. Small cameras are permitted. Allowable vital items may be placed in your pockets."

    One thing that I remember is that most of private tours left early from the hotels and our ship didn't dock until later. That is another reason we got tixs thru the ship.

    Here is a tour you could look into. There is an 800# on website you can call and inquire. Reasonably priced also and we have done several Gray Line tours.

    http://www.polyadhawaiitours.com/pearl_harbor_arizona_memorial_and_punchbowl_tour.html

    The Aloha Tower Marketplace is right next to where the ship docks and you can walk there. Lots of nice shops to pick up souvenirs, etc. There is a free ride to the top of the observation tower where you can get a nice view of the city. We were unable to do this as there was a wedding that day and that area was closed to the public.

    http://www.alohatower.com/

    Hopefully, this gives you some options. Good luck. Let us know how you make out. Wish I were going back again. Long ship ride there tho.

    Good luck.

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