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Pride of America

Proud as punch! Pride of America as good as new after toe to tail enhancements

A cruise on Pride of America is a wonderful way to island hop the paradise of Hawaii.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s US-flagged Pride of America returned to her homeport of Honolulu on 26 March, 2016, as good as new following a three-and-half week renovation in which she received ship-wide enhancements, including newly designed public spaces, brand new venues and refreshed décor in all staterooms.

The extensive renovation was a part of The Norwegian Edge™ program, a $400m investment aimed at enhancing the Norwegian brand’s entire guest experience.
Pride of America
Pride of America returned to service as good as new after her refurbishment in March 2016

“When guests step aboard the all new Pride of America they will be amazed by the breadth of this renovation,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer. “This is much more than just a fresh coat of paint and new drapes. Pride of America is now essentially a new ship, and the only one to offer this incredibly unique way to experience the Hawaiian Islands with 100 hours of time in port.”
Many of Pride of America’s public spaces, along with several of the ships’ restaurants as well as bars and lounges, were refreshed from top to bottom to receive a modern updated look with new contemporary décor and furniture as well as new lighting and flooring. Every stateroom aboard Pride of America was touched by this renovation, receiving new bedding, new furniture, new flat screen televisions and updated flooring.

Pride of America guests now enjoy not only refreshed spaces but also new modern venues including the Soho Art Gallery, an expansive venue that features original works of art available for purchase; the new Perspectives Photo Studio, an area for couples, families and friends to have professional photo memories of their holiday; and Dolce Gelato, Norwegian’s signature gelateria.

Those looking to tie-the-knot while in any of the ship’s enchanting ports-of-call can do so in the ship’s wedding chapel, now in a new location on deck six with new flooring, furniture and wall fixtures.

The ship’s pool deck underwent a complete refurbishment to create an upscale feel onboard with a refinished pool, new loungers and Jacuzzis.

Guests looking to enjoy some quiet time can do so in the completely transformed Conservatory; complete with new furniture, flooring and modern décor; and the library and card rooms, which were outfitted with new flooring, furniture and six computer stations for Internet access, for those who prefer to leave their personal devices at home.

Relaxation takes centre stage at The Mandara Spa, which is being expanded and revitalised to feature more treatment rooms so guests can enjoy massages, facials and more. The spa will feature New Mexican décor including soft, neutral colours and natural elements like stone and wood to provide a tranquil atmosphere.

Dining enhancements for Pride of America included extensive renovations to all of the existing complimentary dining venues, most notably the ship’s Skyline Main Dining Room, which received a refreshed look with new décor including a new entrance, new carpet design, new furniture upholstery, new window drapes and new columns throughout the restaurant. La Cucina, Norwegian’s signature Italian restaurant, has been transformed into an elegant and intimate venue where guests can enjoy fine Italian fare. The ship’s specialty restaurants East Meets West, Cagney’s Steakhouse and Jefferson’s Bistro also received enhancements to upgrade the venues to a modern look with new flooring, reupholstered furniture, new artwork, lighting fixtures, new window treatments and more.

Pride of America is the only ship that sails year-round from Honolulu on seven-night intra-Hawaii cruises. This one-of-a-kind itinerary offers nearly 100 hours of port time and visits Hawaii’s main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo, Hawaii and Kona, Hawaii; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast.

Vital statistics

Operated by NCL America
Built by Ingalls USA and Loyd Werft, Germany
Cost: $450m
Registered: USA
Entered service: July 2005
Refurbished: March 2016
Gross tonnage: 81,000 tons
Passengers: 2,144 max
Passenger decks: 11
Lifts: 10
Crew: 1,000
Cabins: 1,072 including

Length: 921 ft
Width: 107 ft
Draught: 26 ft
Engines: diesel-electric


Two main dining rooms (open seating), six alternative dining options, two show lounges, casino, library, two outside swimming pools, health/fitness spa.

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