Pride of America
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Innovator of Freestyle Cruising, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line operates a growing fleet of nine ships sailing to more than 140 ports around the world. Its Homeland Cruising program offers more regularly scheduled, round-trip cruises from more U.S. and Canadian ports than any other cruise line, utilizing Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, San Juan, Boston, New York, Honolulu, and Lahaina. Freestyle cruising provides a more relaxed, resort-style cruise product with flexibility in dining and other onboard pleasures. NCL, pioneering several on-board firsts including the first Internet café at sea (now fleetwide), was first to offer a nationwide air/sea program combining cruise, hotel and transfers from more than 150 U.S. and Canadian cities. NCL also was first to position a modern ship on a full-time basis in the seven-day Hawaiian market.
As the first new ocean-going passenger ship to sail under the Stars and Stripes in nearly 50 years, NCL’s Pride of America’s white hull will be splashed in red, white and blue with a vibrant, artistic interpretation of the U.S. Flag combined with the American Bald Eagle. Pride of America starts service in Hawaii in July, 2004 with seven-night island cruises, round-trip from Honolulu. The All-American theme décor includes the Capitol Atrium and the Washington Library. Providing more time in Hawaii without side trips elsewhere to meet requirements for ships under foreign flags, Pride of America also brims with the suite life. The 1,386-square-foot Grand Suite has a living room with a Bang & Olufsen entertainment center, and a dining room seating six. A quintet of 870-square-foot Owner’s Suites and a sextet of 735-square foot Deluxe Penthouse Suites have similar amenities including private balconies and outdoor Jacuzzis, and 28 Penthouse Suites have balconies with sun beds. Pride of America also has the broadest range of family-friendly interconnecting cabins at sea, including eight family suites, accommodating up to eight, with a living room and two separate baths. Other firsts for NCL: A conservatory with live exotic birds, a tennis court, and an art gallery. Pride of America has six dedicated meeting rooms from boardrooms for 10 to a multi-level circular Diamond Head Auditorium seating up to 250, which can be split into amphitheatre-like presentation rooms. Prior to the inaugural Hawaiian cruise, sneak preview sailings include a 5-day Eastern Seaboard from Boston to New York, a 5-day Colonial America from New York to Miami, an 18-day Panama Canal from Miami/New Orleans to Los Angeles, a 5-day California Coastal from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and a 12-day repositioning from San Francisco to Honolulu.
Year entering service: 2004
Providing more time to experience Hawaii without days at sea or side trips elsewhere to meet requirements for ships under foreign flags, Pride of America has the broadest range of family-friendly interconnecting cabins at sea, including eight family suites, accommodating up to eight, with a living room and two separate baths. Other firsts for NCL: A conservatory with live exotic birds, a tennis court, and an art gallery.
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