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New suites, studios debut on Pride of America in Hawaii

Norwegian Cruise Line
New suites have Tranquility mattresses from the Bliss Collection by Norwegian
Thirty-two new accommodations including suites, studios for solo travelers and inside staterooms debuted on Pride of America this week as the final elements in a $30m upgrade of the Hawaii-based ship that began in March.

The 24 new suites on Deck 13 are outfitted with premium custom furnishings, fabrics, carpets and luxurious bathrooms. Two of the 24 suites are Owner’s Suites. These 566-square-foot suites sleep up to four people each and feature a large bedroom, separate living area and deluxe bathroom decorated in custom mosaic tiles.

The remaining suites are Penthouse Suites, including two Deluxe Penthouse Suites with Large Balcony ranging from 363 to 459 square feet, most sleeping up to people.

The two Owner’s Suites have connecting doors to the adjacent Penthouse Suites, sleeping up to 10 people when combined.

The suites have expansive balconies, ranging from 150 square feet for Penthouse Suites up to 1,200 square feet for the Owner’s Suites, giving Pride of America’s suite passengers the largest balconies in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. The company is highlighting this feature as ideal for scenic Hawaii cruising.

Suite passengers also get dedicated butlers and a concierge, plus amenities such as Tranquility mattresses from the Bliss Collection by Norwegian, Lavazza espresso makers, Elemis bath products, private dining for breakfast and lunch, and more.

For solo travelers, Pride of America now has four studio staterooms. These have a full-size bed and a separate bathroom area. Four new inside staterooms were also added to the area on Deck 13.

Pride of America entered a 14-day drydock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Honolulu on March 23. The 2005-built ship gained a Moderno Churrascaria, Norwegian's signature Brazilian-style steak house, and Cagney’s, the line’s traditional steak house. Other changes included ship-wide Wi-Fi, new carpeting throughout, flat-screen televisions in all staterooms, updated décor and fitness center upgrades. The ship also gained new directional signage, and the gift shop, photo gallery and art gallery were renovated.

On the technical/environmental front, Pride of America installed four Green Tech Marine scrubbers. The compact GTM R15 scrubbers replaced the ship’s silencers and will clean the exhaust of four 8 MW engines, in total 32 MW.

Pride of America sails every Saturday round-trip from Honolulu to Kahului, Maui (overnight); Hilo and Kona, Hawaii; and Nãwiliwili, Kauai (overnight). One afternoon provides scenic cruising along the Nãpali Coast.