Pride of America Scheduled for Major Update

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Pride of America courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LinesNorwegian Cruise Line is investing more than $30 million to enhance and update their ship, the Pride of America. The Pride of America is the only cruise ship of its size sailing in Hawaii that sails¬† under the U.S. flag. This means it’s the only ship that can sail around the Hawaiian islands without having to include a stop on the mainland of the US, Canada or Asia.

The update will take the ship out of commission for two weeks starting on March 23, 2013. During this time the ship will:

  • Add 24 suites
  • Add four studio staterooms (for single travelers)
  • Add four inside staterooms
  • Add Moderno Churrascaria, Norwegian’s signature Brazilian-style steakhouse
  • Upgrade TVs in all staterooms to flat screens and broadcast on a digital signal
  • Make the entire ship accessible to Wireless Internet
  • Enhance the video, sound and lighting on the ship
  • Replace the carpets
  • Upgrade the fitness center with new equipment
  • Update the decor of the Aloha Buffet
  • Convert Lady J’s Steakhouse to Norwegian’s signature steakhouse, Cagney’s
  • Renovate the ship’s Photo and Art Galleries

The 24 new suites will be on Deck 13 of the ship and they will consist of two Deluxe Owner Suites and 22 Family Suites. The Deluxe Owner suites will be 556 square feet and sleep four. These suites will have a large bedroom, living area, bathroom and 410 square foot balconies.

The Family Suites will range in size from 363 to 414 square feet and will sleep up to six. Two of these suites will be connected to a Deluxe Owner Suite, so a large family can combine both rooms to create a 10-person cabin. Two of these Family Suites will also be ADA compliant. Each Family Suite will have a 245 square foot balcony.

These suite balconies will be the largest of any balconies available on any of Norwegian’s ships. The suites will also feature dedicated butlers and a concierge along with Tranquility mattresses, espresso makers, Elemis bath products and private dining.

The four studio rooms, for single cruisers, will also be on Deck 13 of the ship. These rooms will feature a full-sized bed in each with a separate bathroom.

The Pride of America was built in 2004 and was last refurbished in 2008.

While the ship will be back sailing through the beautiful islands of Hawaii in April, these new suites and staterooms will not be available until September 7, 2013. So contact your Cruise Web Consultant today to reserve one of these amazing rooms, which will give you the best view of Hawaii as you sail to Maui, Kona, Kauai and Hilo.

If you’ve sailed on Norwegian’s Pride of America before, what did you think? Is this a much-needed upgrade?

The Cruise Web, Inc.
The Cruise Web, Inc.


1 Daryl Nicholson { 09.19.12 at 8:45 pm }

I have sailed on the Pride two times. The ship was new in 2004 and we were on the 3rd sailing. I am sorry to say that the service was the worst we have ever encountered. The staff were all American young people who had signed up to take a
all expense paid trip to Hawaii.. The did not want to work or solve any problems. Many were leaving at each port, because they did not want to work.

We tried it again in 2008 after it had been refurbished, and we did not expect the type of outstanding service other cruise lines provide. We got exactly what we expected, beautiful islands and lousy service. So if you want a KMart or Walmart cruise and you do not expect good service, you will enjoy your cruise.

2 The Cruise Web Team { 09.21.12 at 1:15 pm }

Daryl, we are so sorry that you didn’t have the best experience on either of your Pride of America Cruises, however we are glad that you enjoyed Hawaii enough to visit twice. Norwegian Cruise Lines has a lot of great cruise ships and itineraries, but sometimes they don’t work for everyone. Here at The Cruise Web, we try to match our cruisers with sailings that are not only the best deal, but also the best fit. We trust this was your experience since you made the decision to book your latest cruise with The Cruise Web.

We hope that your upcoming cruise is a great fit and we look forward to working with you on all your future cruises!

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