We had planned this trip precovid. We're a family of 4 adults, flying from two different US cities to meet in Honolulu. Came in two days early, stayed at the Park Shore Waikiki, relatively reasonably priced ocean view balcony rooms, across the street from the beach and the Honolulu Zoo, at the less congested end of Waikiki by Diamond Head.
On the day before departure we toured Pearl Harbor with ToursByLocals, because they get tickets to the USS Arizona for you. A very interesting experience - lots to see. To look at the wreck of the battleship right below you is very moving.
Embarkation was smooth. We had two suites booked so we had priority boarding but it looked pretty smooth for everyone.
Loved loved loved our cabin. We were in 10020. Huge balconies with table, chairs, and two loungers. Spacious with a big closet, dressing area, plenty of storage. Other family in 10524, accessible. Accessibility design was very good except that there was no automatic door opener. Our family member in a wheel chair could not get out of the cabin by himself.
Fantastic city. Traffic is terrible. Plan extra time for any excursion.
Fabulous scenery. The best place to tour by helicopter.
Best - really the only - port for just getting off the shi and walking around. Beautiful little beach right by the pier. Nice shopping and little restaurants right on the bay.
One of the rainiest locales in the world. It rained on us, but we went to Volcanoes Natl Park anyway.