I'm a bit prejudiced with this review because I know many of the staff that work on the ship and I know in great detail about their specialty tours. That having been said, I can only say that the USS North Carolina is an awesome place to visit, whether you're alone or with friends and family. First and foremost, the ship is a war memorial, and should be thought of as such. But the sheer size of the vessel, coupled with the many exhibits, makes this an extremely worthwhile destination. I practically grew up on the ship and as a child witnessed the ship being berthed in Wilmington in 1961. My uncle helped build the ship and as a shipyard electrician worked on the cabling and wiring of main turret # 3, which is the first thing you see as you walk up the gang plank. Many areas of the ship have been lovingly restored to their war-time appearance and reflects many hours of work done by volunteers. I don't think any other museum ship offers as many open spaces as does the North Carolina. Also, if you REALLY want to learn about battleships, they offer what is known as "Specialty Tours," which includes many areas of the ship that are closed off to the public. These include "Hidden Battleship," "Power Plant," "Damage Control," and "Firepower," which is an all-day tour with lunch being provided. Their gift shop is first-rate, and, if you wish, you can join "Friends of the Battleship," which helps support the ship and you are given a discount on merchandise purchased in the gift shop and free admission with your membership. I can't say enough good things about the ship, there is something there for everyone, and I highly recommend it.
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