Pride of America
Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2,186-passenger Pride of America is the only ship based in Hawaii year-round. The ship sails round-trip from Honolulu and stops at all the major Hawaiian islands, and there is a warm and welcoming aloha spirit — including cultural ambassadors — on board.
And, fresh from a spring 2016 dry dock, Pride of America now has a much more modern look. Decor got an upgrade throughout the ship, including all new furniture, updated lighting, and flat-screen TVs in every stateroom, plus a new look for the main dining room and specialty restaurants, including La Cucina. The pool deck also got a refit, with a refinished pool and all-new lounge chairs.
What We Love
Moderno Churrascaria: The Brazilian steakhouse is a carnivore’s fantasy, with so many meats carved tableside you’ll be begging for mercy. It’s totally worth the $24.95 upcharge. Tip: book ahead to dine on embarkation night for a magical view of Honolulu during sail-away, and trade the morning buffet frenzy at the Aloha Café for a leisurely breakfast with a view here at no extra charge.
Nā Pali Coast: The ship’s itinerary saves the best for last. Late afternoon on Friday the Pride of America sails past the spectacular Nā Pali Coast of Kauai for a breathtaking view of the dramatic lava-carved cliffs.
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All Hawaii, All the Time: The line boasts that you have 100 hours in port on the weeklong itinerary, offering plenty of time to experience the islands’ beaches, volcanoes, and rain forests. Those hours in port include overnights in Maui and Kauai, providing extra time to see the sights without rushing back to the ship.
Loose Schedule: The flexibility of freestyle dining is especially useful on overnight stops. With no reservations needed in the complimentary dining venues, passengers can wander in whenever they like for an afternoon snack or late night treat.
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Who It's Best For
Older Couples: Much of the onboard entertainment is geared toward folks who appreciate the music world’s oldies and goodies, and while there are a few families and groups of friends, most passengers come in pairs.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
This Is No Party Ship: Things quiet down pretty early on board, with most passengers retiring to their cabins after a long day on the beach or exploring in port.
Hawaii Is Expensive: Prices in town come with sticker shock, and some excursion costs are flat-out eye-popping.
Dana McMahan is a Detroit-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post.
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Pride of America at a Glance
- Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
- Class: America
- Number of Passengers: 2186
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2005
- Refurbish Date: 2016