Pride Of America

Norwegian Cruise Lines

2005

Year of construction

14

Decks

2138

Number of passengers

22

Speed

280 m

Length

32 m

Width

11

Restaurants

10

Elevators

Special Features

  • Pitching stabilizers

Cruise ship review

The 80,439-ton, 2,135-passenger cruise ship Pride of America became operational in 2005 as the first U.S.-flagged passenger cruise ship to be built in more than 50 years. The unique thing about the vessel is that its crew and officers are from America or US citizens. One main plus for this ship is that it has U.S. registration and doesn't have to embark or disembark in Vancouver or Esenada (The Passenger Services Act orders foreign-flagged cruise vessels to go to a port when leaving or returning to US waters). Pride of America and her guests celebrate American culture and history, from the kitsch of the Cadillac Diner to the sober statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Liberty Dining Room.

The only mainstream cruise ship sailing regular round-trip voyages solely within the Hawaiian islands, Pride of America, returned to her Honolulu homeport in the end of March 2016, following an extensive refurbishment. The American-flagged, Honolulu-based ship underwent a 3 and a half week dry dock in San Francisco CA that included new venues, newly designed public spaces and refreshed decor in all cabins. The refurbishment is part of the line's $400 million investment program, The Norwegian Edge, in existing ships. The changes to Pride of America include:

  • Updated flooring, new flat-screen TVs, new bedding and furniture in all cabins;
  • New jacuzzis and loungers in refurbished pool area;
  • Expansion of Mandara Spa, with new Mexican décor and more treatment rooms;
  • Addition of Dolce Gelato, Norwegian's signature gelateria;
  • Addition of Perspectives Photo Studio and Soho Art Gallery;
  • Six computer stations, new flooring and furniture in the card rooms and library;
  • New decor, furniture and flooring in the Conservatory;
  • New location, furniture and flooring in the wedding chapel;
  • Renovations in all dining venues, including Skyline Main Dining Room, East Meets West Asian restaurant, La Cucina, Cagney's Steakhouse, Jefferson's Bistro, and new menus, based on those found onboard the Norwegian Escape.

Cabins

Pride of America has a total of 1595 cabins (of which 1145 balcony, 220 Inside, 740 connecting, 52 suites) in 34 grades. Most Pride of America staterooms (63%) are 140-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Pride of America are the Deluxe Family Suites (605 ft2).

 

 

On board

The program of events for everyday, is published in a special mini brochure, which is delivered to the cabin on the evening before the next day. Entertainment programs on the ship are varied depending on the route of the ship and seasonality: karaoke, dance classes with coaches, special lectures on various educational topics, sales of jewelry and goods, and much more.

Food

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Pride of America has 9 restaurants, including 2 main dining rooms, the no-charge Cadillac Diner and the casual buffet Aloha Cafe. The 5 specialty restaurants levy a surcharge. Better make a reservation if you prefer dining at a specific time, at a certain venue. Wednesdays and Fridays are the busiest nights in all extra-fee restaurants; Sundays are the slowest. Have in mind that not all specialty restaurants are open on embarkation day. The two MDRs, Skyline and Liberty, are one above the other, both located at the aft. These carry through Americana themes, with Liberty paying homage to American patriotism and Skyline serving as a Deco-version of NYC. There are pianos in both main dining rooms, and occasionally a musician provides background music for dinner.

Follows the complete list of Pride of America restaurants and food bars.

  • Liberty Restaurant (aft Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • East Meets West (Asian restaurant, dinner-only, complimentary since 2015)
  • Sushi Bar (12-seat East Meets West restaurant, a la carte); Sake Bar (inside East Meets West)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Skyline Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • Jefferson’s Bistro (French specialty restaurant, reservations-only; cover charge US$20 pp)
  • Cadillac Diner (24-hour fast food restaurant)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Aloha Cafe (buffet restaurant, complimentary, with different food stations)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Key West Bar & Grill (complimentary fast food restaurant)
  • Dolce Gelato (gelateria).

Entertainment

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Hollywood Theatre, located on Deck 5 forward, is just one story and fairly small, with excellent sight lines. A bank of chairs has been set aside for mobility-impaired passengers. One deck above the theater, Mardi Gras is the venue for funky themed parties and smaller shows. By day, it shows movies, hosts lectures, dance classes and other events. Kids are allowed in Mardi Gras until 11 p.m., at which time it is 18 and older only. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats. Norwegian Pride tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp per day). For your Pride of America cruise ship weddings there's a small chapel on board.

Follows the complete list of Pride of America lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Hollywood Theatre (868-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge & Nightclub
  • Pride of America Capitol Atrium (8-deck midship hub area with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • John Adam’s Bar; Pink’s Champagne Bar; Napa Wine Bar; Ocean Drive Bar; Gold Rush Saloon; Mojito Bar; Waikiki Bar (cigar bar)
  • SoHo Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Kumu Cultural Center;
  • Internet Centre; SS America Library;
  • Shuffles Card Room; Wedding Chapel;
  • Studio Lounge
  • Newbury Street Shops (tax and duty free shops)
  • South Beach Pools area (two swimming pools, five Whirlpools, served by Key West Bar & Grill); Oasis Pool
  • The Conservatory (retreat room)
  • Santa Fe Fitness Centre & Mandara Spa
  • Rascals Lounge & Club (kids area); Connections Teen Club; Blast Off Video Games Arcade
  • Jogging Track; Combined Sports Court; Sun Deck area, Deck Games, Outdoor Chess, outdoor NASA model replica gyroscope - Gyrosphere; Bungee Trampoline; Golf Nets.

For kids

On the ship there are organized children's clubs (participation in which is free) with special programs for children and teenagers in accordance with age:
Guppies (6 months - 3 years) - children's room for children only when accompanied by adults.
Turtles (3 - 5 years) - educational games, drawing, thematic game "Treasure Hunters".
Seals (6 - 9 years old) - thematic game "Treasure Hunters", pizza cooking lessons, games and activities, drawing, movies.
Dolfins (10 - 12 years old) - sports events, arts and crafts lessons, parties, team competitions and games.
Entourage (13 - 17 years old) - video games, sports events, cinema, parties, dinner with a peer, team competitions and games, aero hockey.
 

On the ship you can order a group babysitting service for children aged 3 to 12 years for a small additional fee. Working hours from 22:30 to 01:30 every evening. Unfortunately, there is no individual babysitter service. 

Dress code

The cruise company recommends to have three types of clothing during the trip:

  • for recreation and sports (casual);

  • clothes and shoes for excursions, depending on the season and route features (sport and casual);

  • elegant clothes for evening visits to restaurants and evening events: shows, casinos, clubs, bars (smart casual "more strict" and formal "strict").

During the evening events, the cruise company does not welcome a beach clothes.