Sneak Peek: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Refurbished Pride of America Emerges
Photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America was already special as the only U.S.-flagged ship to offer seven-day intra-island Hawaiian cruises, and now the ship has been completely updated (illustrated in the slideshow below) as part of the company’s $400 million Norwegian Edge fleet enhancement program.
“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.”
Following a three-and-a-half week dry-dock refurbishment, the ship’s unique patriotic decor remains mostly in place throughout the atrium with a few subtle changes. Overall, the ship was enhanced with a modern aesthetic more in keeping with the rest of the fleet including new furniture, lighting and flooring, and every cabin was also refreshed with new bedding, furniture, flat-panel televisions and flooring.
Since my time onboard, the restaurant transformations are the most striking. Specialty restaurants East Meets West and La Cucina are particularly more refined, as can also be seen in the slideshow. In the same vein, the Skyline Main Dining Room was also updated with a new entry, upholstery, carpets, drapes and even columns. Cagney’s Steakhouse and Jefferson’s Bistro were additionally treated to a new aesthetic.
Also part of the fleet dining enhancements, new menus have rolled out in every dining venue featuring elevated items such as prime rib, chateaubriand, rack of lamb and escargot; and extra premium dishes are now available at a la carte pricing.
Plus, Dolce Gelato, the line’s gelateria, was added as was the Soho Art Gallery displaying pieces available for purchase, and the new Perspectives Photo Studio is where guests can have their portraits professionally taken while the relocated wedding chapel is where they can schedule ceremonies among upgraded flooring, furniture and fixtures.
Also updated were the Conservatory, a relaxing glass-enclosed retreat, now with new furniture, flooring and a more modern look; the library and card rooms featuring six new internet terminals and the expanded Mandara Spa with additional treatment rooms and a New Mexican decor of natural stones and woods. The pool deck was also entirely redone with a refinished pool and new loungers and whirlpools.
The Pride of America returned to service on March 26 and now continues its signature year-round Hawaiian sailings featuring an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; day visits in Hilo, Hawaii and Kona, Hawaii; and an afternoon cruise along the Nãpali Coast.
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