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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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Royal Princess
Royal Princess

7 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,719 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 25, 2023
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Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas

9 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

718 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas

9 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

718 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

16 Night
Alaska - OtherDetails

2,078 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 24, 2023
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8 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,526 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Apr 28, 2024
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27 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,719 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 25, 2023
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18 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

814 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 13, 2023
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7 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

2,280 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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12 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,882 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
May 9, 2023
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Hawaii Hnl Inter IslandDetails

2,280 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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18 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

364 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 8, 2025
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15 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,719 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Feb 10, 2023
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Hawaii Hnl Inter IslandDetails

2,280 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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20 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,719 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 2, 2023
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8 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

512 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 2, 2023
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More about Honolulu

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.


Honolulu Cruise Reviews
The third port was Oahu. Again, the standard car agencies showed no availability of any vehicles sufficient to hold our group of six. Fortunately, we found Lucky Owl on the web and they had a six-passenger van. LuckyRead More
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cboyle
Honolulu Hawaii is a beautiful place to visit. There are so many things to do there. A wide assortment of activities. The beach is super fantastic fun!!Read More
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hokiecop
We got a hotel for one night before and different (better) hotel for one night after. We stayed at Polynesian Residences the first night and were not very impressed. It was adequate, clean, but the beds were small anRead More
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hero78
Spent the day at Waikiki beach. So much to do you can’t begin to see it all.Read More
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