HONOLULU -- Visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial have a
chance to tour part of the ship -- the combat engagement center --
that is not yet open to the public.
opportunity is offered in a new package created by Atlantis
Adventures, which handles sales and marketing for the 45,000-ton
battleship. Called the Missouri Signature Tour, the package
includes roundtrip transportation from Waikiki hotels, admission
and a one-hour guided tour. The price is $29 for adults and $19 for
children ages 4 to 12.
The Mighty Mo, which was launched in 1944 and saw action in
conflicts from World War II to the Gulf War in 1991, opened as a
museum attraction at Pearl Harbor in late January. According to the
USS Missouri Memorial Association, which is the ship's operator,
those on the tour visit the combat engagement center, which is in
the final stage of refurbishment and not yet open to the public.
This is the area below the bridge where enemy targets were
Restoration is continuing on several areas of the ship, which
will open in phases during the next few years. They include the
mess deck, the crew berthing area and the engine room.
Visitors on the Signature Tour are driven directly to the
Missouri's pier on Fort Island's Battleship Row. For public
admission, visitors purchase Missouri tickets from the USS Bowfin
Submarine Museum near the Arizona Memorial Center.
Visitors have the option of a self-guided tour or a one-hour
guided tour. Those taking self-guided tours, aided by a map, walk a
circuit route around the main deck of the 887-foot-long ship. The
focal point is the wardroom, where officers once dined and their
staterooms were located and which now features artifact
Visitors also can visit the Surrender Deck, where Gen. Douglas
MacArthur received the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2,
1945. The bridge and the flying bridge, where the ship would be
controlled on good weather days, is also open.
Admission to the ship begins with a five-minute trolley ride
from the Bowfin museum to the Missouri's pier. Trolleys operate
every five minutes, and the ship is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily. The self-guided tour is priced at $10 for adults and $6 for
children ages 4 to 12, with one-hour guided tours costing an extra
$4 for both adults and children.
The Bowfin also offers a combination price of admission to the
USS Bowfin, a World War II submarine; the submarine museum, and the
Missouri for $14 ($8 for children).
Earlier this year, before the battleship opened, Atlantis
introduced two tours -- one combining a Missouri tour with
admission to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and the other a
Missouri tour with a catered lunch. The Missouri/lunch tour is now
narrated in Japanese for Japanese market as well as in English.
Atlantis Adventures, Phone: (877) MIGHTY MO.