In time for anniversary, ticket affords visitors all-inclusive Pearl Harbor tour


PEARL HARBOR -- The Battleship Missouri Memorial partnered with the nearby USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park to create a visitor package that for the first time offers tours of two Pearl Harbor historic sites on the same ticket.

Navy Day in Pearl Harbor, a daylong, all-inclusive package, differs from previous combination tours, according to Keith DeMello, a spokesman for the USS Missouri Memorial Association.

The old combo tours lasted about one-half hour, he said. They featured only a portion of the tours. On this tour, visitors are not missing out on anything. It provides value and an incentive to agents because its commissionable.

The Navy Day Tour encompasses either an entire morning or afternoon, and most people opt to visit the Arizona Memorial, The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, as seen from the bridge of the Missouri. Photo by Robert W. Boneas well, adding another two to three hours to the experience, DeMello said.

Visitors begin the day with an audio tour of the Bowfin submarine followed by a visit to the submarine museum where theyll see artifacts and exhibits such as the one-of-a-kind Poseidon C-3 missile.

Next, they take an open-air trolley across the harbor to Battleship Row on Ford Island, home to the Battleship Missouri, the site of Japans formal surrender that ended World War II. Guides lead them on the Chiefs Guided Tour, which includes a one-hour introduction to the layout of the ship, an overview of its systems and weapons, a narrative of the Missouris five-decade career and exclusive access to the ships combat engagement center.

Premium features of the Navy Day package that carried an additional cost on earlier combo packages are the Missouri Memorials Combat Flight Simulator, in which visitors experience a mission over the Battle of Iwo Jima (regularly $5 per person); lunch on the Missouris mess decks (regularly between $7.50 and $10); and Battleship Missouri passports, surrender cards and souvenir photos, $15 each if bought separately.

The Navy Day in Pearl Harbor package is $69 for adults and $53 per child ages 4 to 12. Special rates apply for military personnel.  If purchased separately, the Chiefs Guided Tour is $22 for adults and $14 for children, and the Submarine and Museum tour is $10.  The price for children is $3, and the headset for the audio tour is an additional $2. The premium features of the Navy Day package are extra.

Commissions are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Travel agents should call (877) MIGHTYMO and ask for Cris Estrata, the Missouris domestic sales manager, or e-mail [email protected].

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