Recent Sightings at Honolulu Harbor

The Celebrity Century

I seem to have been spending a lot of time lately at or near Honolulu Harbor. My photos reflect that fact. In the past week I’ve spotted and taken pictures of three cruise ships and a rocket launcher vessel that all came into Honolulu Harbor over the past week.

Latest arrival is the Celebrity Century, an 815 ft. long cruise liner belonging to Celebrity Cruises. The vessel came into Honolulu Harbor after sailing in from Hilo. Its next stop is Lahaina, Maui. The ship is our lead photo for this blog post.

The Celebrity Century

The Celebrity Century arrives in Honolulu Harbor October 9.

Sea Launch Odyssey

This past weekend Sea Launch Odyssey, a large, private, towering seagoing vessel built on top of a former oil rig was in town for a few days. The ship dwarfed nearby Aloha Tower and as others have reported, caused a distraction along Nimitz Highway.

Ryan Ozawa of the Hawaii Blog has some good photos of Sea Launch there and on Flickr. Below is one of his photos of Sea Launch Odyssey taken from up high.

Sea Launch 15

The Golden Princess

Two other cruise ships visited Honolulu this past week. They were the Golden Princess (above) from Princess Cruises and the MS Westerdam (below) from Holland America Line. Both were in port on October 4.

The MS Westerdam

Pier 9 Honolulu Harbor

Last but not least is the Japanese resarch vessel Riasu Maru tied up at Pier 9 for several days.

More photos of ships and vessels in Honolulu Harbor
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Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.