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Cruises to Honolulu

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About Honolulu

With a cosmopolitan population of 950,000, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city. It also is the hub of cultural, educational, political, dining, shopping, business and entertainment activities in the Aloha State.

After Captain James Cook put the Hawaiian Islands on the map of the world in 1778, Honolulu became an increasingly important stop for ships traveling between America and Asia. First came fur traders, who made fortunes exchanging otter pelts from the Pacific Northwest for teas, spices and silks from China. Later, fragrant sandalwood became such a prized commodity that Island forests were nearly stripped clean of it. Then came the whalers, who plied the seas relentlessly in search of the gentle giants that were the source of rich oil.

Around 1843, recognizing the importance of the harbor to local commerce, King Kamehameha III moved the capital of Hawaii from Lahaina, Maui to Honolulu, and it has held that designation ever since.

Honolulu Harbor bustles with activity every day of the week. Fishing boats, tugboats, tour boats, container ships, cruise vessels and barges berth at its piers. A mega-ship, NCL's Pride of America, even homeports year-round in the harbor (at Pier 2). Its centerpiece, Aloha Tower Marketplace, is a trendy shopping, dining and entertainment complex that sprawls over 11 waterfront acres. This is your jumping-off place for an unforgettable Oahu stay.

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18 Night
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14 Night
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11 Night
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14 Night
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Tahiti
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164 Night
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Los Angeles
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Oceania Cruises
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13 Night
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120 Night
Cruise to Honolulu

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San Francisco
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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30 Night
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Los Angeles
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11 Night
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Celebrity Cruises
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18 Night
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Vancouver
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29 Night
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Los Angeles
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15 Night
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Los Angeles
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Princess Cruises
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18 Night
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Tahiti
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108 Night
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Southampton
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Cunard Line
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28 Night
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Los Angeles
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Princess Cruises
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43 Night
Cruise to Honolulu

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Auckland
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Holland America Line
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21 Night
Cruise to Honolulu

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San Francisco
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18 Night
Cruise to Honolulu

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San Diego
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Why go to Honolulu?

Pros:

Waikiki Beach is chock-a-block with restaurants, shops and miles of stunning sand

Cons:

As in any major city, beware of pickpockets, scams and unsavory characters

Bottom Line:

The Hawaiian capital doesn't disappoint; Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head are located nearby

Honolulu Cruise Port Facilities?

With almost 30 stores and 8 restaurants, Aloha Tower Marketplace is a great place to pass some leisure hours. In addition, you can check out the following activities and attractions, all located at Honolulu Harbor, just a short stroll from your ship.

Aloha Tower: The 10-story tower was the highest building in Honolulu when it opened in 1926. On the top floor, the observation deck reveals a breathtaking view of Honolulu Harbor. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. Piers 10 and 11 (808-566-2337).

If you're up for more cruising, The Majestic (800-548-6262) and Star of Honolulu (808-427-1637) offer memorable excursions off the coast of Waikiki. From December through April, humpback whales are an additional attraction. The boats are docked at Piers 6 and 8, respectively.

Getting Around?

Taxis line up curbside at Aloha Tower Marketplace adjacent to Piers 8 and 9. Rental cars are available, too. Companies that run shuttles between the pier and their lot include Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz and others.

TheBus, Oahu's excellent mass transit system, covers just about the entire island of Oahu. Fares are $2.75 for adults, $1 for seniors (65-plus) and $1.25 for kids from age 6 through 17 (older teens may be asked to show their high school identification card as proof of age). Visitor passes, allowing unlimited travel for four consecutive days, cost $25. Transfers discontinued in 2017; if you need to transfer to another bus you must buy a day pass ticket for $5.50. Boarding locations will vary, depending on your destination; call for more information (808-848-4444).

Reminiscent of San Francisco's famed cable cars, the Waikiki Trolley operates more than 50 trolleys on three lines. The Red Line stops at 13 sights in Honolulu, including Chinatown, Iolani Palace and the Aloha Tower Marketplace. The Green Line travels along the eastern coast to Waikkiki Aquarium, Diamond Head Surf Lookout and other scenic stops. Green and Red sandwich the smaller Pink Line, which emphasizes shopping and dining. Free brochures detailing the routes are available online or at the Waikiki Trolley's information kiosks at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and Ward Warehouse. Daily fares are $41 for adults and $23 for children aged 4 through 11, including unlimited reboarding. Four- and seven-day passes are also available (808-593-2822).

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Numerous banks are located in downtown Honolulu. Hours are generally 7:30 or 8:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with hours extended to 6 p.m. on Friday. Most offer foreign exchange services.

Language?

English is spoken everywhere.

Where You're Docked?

Honolulu Cruise Port Address: Pier 2 Cruise Terminal, 521 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813

Most cruise ships visiting Honolulu dock at Piers 10-11, adjacent to Aloha Tower Marketplace. Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, which is based year-round in Honolulu, cruises from Pier 2, about a quarter mile south of the marketplace. As a general policy, Aloha Tower Marketplace management will provide courtesy shuttle (trolley) service to port call visits at Pier 2.


Awards and Recognition

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Honolulu Cruise Reviews

Star Princess
Lymuna
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Caught bus and went on tour on top deck of the bus Spent time in Honolulu watching surfers and eating ice cream and pineapple juices Easy travel and not expensive and plenty of transport... Read More
Pride of America
bcpcsc
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We opted to stay in Honolulu after disembarking from our cruise to visit Pearl Harbor. Great place to spend the day. Be prepared for a lot of traffic and congestion driving around Honolulu though. We stayed at... Read More
Pride of America
kris10mom
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Got to the ship port and on the ship, that is the sum of Honolulu day one.... Read More
Carnival Legend
Kreader
Sail Date: Sep 2019
I had been in Honolulu before. So this time I climbed from the road to the top of Diamondhead! Took me 1 and 1/2 hour but I did it! Hot, lots of uneven trails,lots of stairs. Hand rails all the way up tho.... Read More
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