‘New’ Pride of America Back at Sea


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America has returned to its homeport of Honolulu as a nearly new ship following a three-and-half-week dry dock where it received ship-wide enhancements, including newly designed public spaces, brand new venues and refreshed décor in all staterooms.

Pride of America’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge program, a US$400 million investment designed to set a new standard of excellence for the Norwegian brand encompassing the entire guest experience.

“When guests step aboard the all new Pride of America they will be amazed by the breadth of this renovation,” said NCL president Andy Stuart. “This is much more than just a fresh coat of paint and new drapes. Pride of America is now essentially a new ship.”

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 was touched by this renovation, receiving new bedding, new furniture, new flat screen televisions and updated flooring.

New venues include 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 vacation; and Dolce Gelato, Norwegian’s signature gelateria. Those looking to tie the knot while in any of the ship’s ports of call can do so in the ship’s wedding chapel, now in a new location on deck six.

The ship’s pool deck also underwent a complete refurbishment to create an upscale feel with a refinished pool, new loungers and Jacuzzis. Pride of America’s The Mandara Spa was also expanded and revitalized.

Dining enhancements include extensive renovations to all of the existing complimentary dining venues, most notably the ship’s Skyline Main Dining Room. La Cucina, Norwegian’s signature Italian restaurant, was 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.