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Pride of America

Pride of America is a unique ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, and the first new US-flagged cruise ship in almost fifty years. The staff are exclusively from the United States and its territories and everything on board celebrates American culture. It is also the only cruise ship to sail the islands of Hawaii all year around. 

 

Vital Statistics

  • Occupancy: 2,186
  • Crew and staff: 900
  • Tonnage: 81,000
  • Length: 280m 
  • Cruise Speed: 23 knots
  • Launched: 2005
  • Refurbished: 2013

Pride of America underwent a major refit in March 2013 with enhancements including ship-wide wireless internet, flat screen TVs added to all staterooms, new carpets throughout, new décor and the addition of new luxury suites and new restaurant Moderno Churrascaria. 

Food & Drink

There are two main dining rooms on board ship. The Liberty Dining Room offers a traditional cruise dining experience with a décor inspired by America’s colonial history. The Skyline Dining Room features an Art Deco style interior inspired by Manhattan of the 1930s.

There are also a number of casual dining options on board including the 1950s America inspired Cadillac Diner, the extensive food court the Aloha Café, and the Key West Bar and Grill.

Speciality dining options on board include Teppanyaki serving incredible Japanese performance cuisine; Moderno Churrascaria which offers delicious meats prepared Brazilain-style; Jefferson’s Bistro offers exquisite French cuisine in a restaurant inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Georgian residence; Cagney’s Steakhouse with perfectly prepared steaks and seafood; and East Meets West which serves flavours of Asia.

The Gold Rush Saloon is inspired by the Old West and serves a selection of beers and cocktails. There’s a full range of great American wines available at the Napa Wine Bar. Pink’s Champagne Bar is inspired by Hawaii’s Royal Palace Hotel and for Hawaiian cocktails there plenty on offer at the Waikiki Bar.For a great selection of coffees and pastries, John Adams Coffee Bar is open throughout the day.

Entertainment

The Hollywood Theatre accommodates 868 people and hosts full production Broadway-style shows. The signature shows include Lights, Camera, Music – a tribute the golden era of the Hollywood Musical; and Rock-A-Hula, an original musical comedy featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.

The Mardi Gras Lounge is the alternative entertainment venue and features a variety of performers including magicians, comedians and tribute acts like Oh What A Night who perform the evergreen hits of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

There is no casino on board due to Hawaiian laws but there is plenty to keep guests entertained with Hawaiian themed arts and crafts classes, dance classes, trivia quizzes and karaoke.

Guests who want to learn more about Hawaiian culture can visit the Kumu Cultural Center where Hawaiian Ambassadors impart their knowledge of the islands and Hawaiian entertainers share the culture.

Activities

The South Beach Pool is like a little bit of Miami’s famous beach at sea. There are two pools as well as six outdoor hot tubs in close proximity. The Oasis Pool is located at the aft of the ship and though it may be smaller, it offers spectacular views.   

There are plenty of ways to keep fit on board with excellent equipment and classes available in the Santa Fe Fitness Centre; an outdoor jogging track; and sports court which can be transformed to accommodate basketball, tennis or volleyball.  For some more leisurely sporting pursuits there’s also a putting green and some driving nets.

To relax after a workout then the Santa Fe Spa offers a range of treatments, therapies and massages in this tranquil space inspired by the ambience of New Mexico.

The SS America Library features a wide range of reading materials as well of memorabilia from the great ship itself. There’s also an Internet Centre for those who want to keep up to date with the news from back home but with ship wide WiFi, there’s no reason to leave the pool.

 
 
 
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