Pride of America really is a cruise ship the Americans can be proud of – as the only U.S. flagged cruise ship, its all-Hawaiian, year-round itinerary is unique. Pride of America cruises offer the ultimate Hawaiian island-hopping holiday, with round trips from Honolulu and an extension of the Hawaiian cultural experience onboard. Amongst the 16 dining options you can sample local specialties such as Pineapple Beurre Blanc with fresh seafood, and papaya with Asian short ribs. With more than half of all staterooms offering balconies, you could easily enjoy the unforgettable views of the Napali Coast, Kilauea Volcano or even watch the whales go by from your very own room. Read through our guide to what you can look forward to on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America cruises, below.
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- 2-Bedroom Deluxe Family Suite with Large Balcony
- 2-Bedroom Family Suite with Large Balcony
- Aft-Facing Large Balcony
- Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
- Deluxe Penthouse with Large Balcony
- Family Balcony
- Family Inside
- Family Oceanview Picture Window
- Family Suite with Obstructed View
- Guarantee Balcony
- Guarantee Inside
- Guarantee Oceanview
- Large Balcony
- Mid-Ship Balcony
- Mid-Ship Inside
- Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
- Obstructed Oceanview
- Oceanview Picture Window
- Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
- Penthouse with Large Balcony
- Studio Inside
Pride of America Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
Pride of America will tempt your tastebuds with its array of restaurants. Dining can be divided into Complimentary and Specialty, with Specialty Dining available on a once-off basis or as a package, with options ranging from 3-Meal to 14-Meal packages. Specialty restaurants aboard Pride of America include Cagney’s Steakhouse, teppanyaki at Hibachi, Jefferson’s French Bistro, sushi and more. There are also seven complimentary dining options, including the Liberty Main Dining Room, Key West Bar & Grill and Aloha Cafe. Pride of America has no shortage of bars either, with the Waikiki Bar serving up classic cocktails like the Mai Tai or Polynesian. Other bars include the Gold Rush Saloon, Aloha Lanai Bar, Napa Wine Bar and the Ocean Drive Bar, to name a few.
While venturing onshore to explore the islands of Hawaii really is the big drawcard of Pride of America cruises, there are loads of activities to keep you busy on the ship. Work out in the gym, join a basketball or volleyball game, play a round at the Golf Driving Net or hit the deck track for a jog or a walk. More relaxed activities include outdoor chess, the Internet Centre if you want to stay connected to family and friends, the option to enjoy some quiet reading in The Conservatory or the SS America Library or Shuffles Card Room with its selection of board and card games. Pride of America also has the Oasis Pool and South Beach Pool areas, for you to enjoy the water and the sunshine on deck. If you find that you could do with a little pampering after all this activity, you can find that too, with four outdoor hot tubs onboard, as well as the indulgent Mandara Spa and Salon.
Kids and families
Pride of America looks after its younger guests with Splash Academy, on Deck 12. This is the ship’s kids’ club, for children aged 3 to 12, and offers active games, arts and crafts, and creative theme days where kids get to dress up and have some fun. Onboard there are also several family-friendly spaces, such as the pools, and older kids can get gaming in the video arcade or chill out in the teen-specific ‘Entourage’ lounge, which has a jukebox, table football, air hockey, video screens and more.
Fitness and wellbeing
If you want to keep active during your cruise (and enjoy those desserts guilt-free!) you’ll have a number of ways to maintain your fitness onboard. As well as options like walking or jogging around the deck and joining a basketball or volleyball game, there’s the Santa Fe Fitness Centre which is open from 6am to 11pm and has daily classes as well as the gym equipment for you to use anytime. There are two pools on board, and Mandara Spa and Salon is there to enhance your wellbeing, with treatments such as Bamboo Massage, and Fire & Ice Pedicure.
Shows and nightlife
Pride of America has two different live shows to keep you entertained in the evenings. Lights, Camera, Music is a Norwegian Cruise Line production which celebrates the greatest moments of the Hollywood musical, from the romantic glamour of 1940s musicals to the wow-factor of the Moulin Rouge. The second show is a tribute to Vegas, with stellar performers knocking out hits from the likes of The Rat Pack and Elvis to Tina Turner and Cher.
Services and accessibility
Norwegian Cruise Line is serious about its commitment to looking after guests with special needs, and as such have a dedicated access line staffed by a seasoned group of cruise professionals who are trained in this area. Talk to your Flight Centre Travel Expert about getting in touch with Norwegian Cruise Line and finding out how these Access Desk Coordinators can look after your specific needs. Advance notice is needed, and not all ships can accommodate all kinds of need so definitely give yourself plenty of time to get in touch before you book.
The staterooms aboard your Pride of America cruise can be divided into five main categories: Suite, Balcony, Oceanview, Inside and Studio. The most luxurious cabin on board is the 2-bedroom deluxe family suite with large balcony, accommodating six in comfort, with butler and concierge service also available. If you see your cabin as a comfortable place to sleep and don’t need a whole lot of space, the most economical option is the studio, designed with the single traveller in mind and offering exclusive access to the Studio Lounge. Here you can get to know other solo travellers and start your morning discussing plans for the day over a coffee.