Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America cruise ship sails the waters of Hawaii and has just undergone over 50-million-dollars of refurbishment. Kelly, one of our Cruise Holiday Experts went to have a look around…
When you board the ship and enter the main reception area you feel as though you have stepped into the foyer of the White House, with the American Eagle stamp as the main floor feature, elegant furnishings and a huge sweeping staircase. The renovations certainly exceeded my expectations, each bar and restaurant is decorated tastefully to reflect its individual theme and all the cabins have been renovated with sleek, modern contemporary furnishings.
Complimentary dining rooms include the Skyline, Liberty, Cadillac Diner, Aloha Café, Key West Grill and East Meets West. The Skyline and Liberty Dining Rooms have similar menu options that change daily, and are the main complimentary a la carte dining venues. The Cadillac Diner is a 1950’s diner offering good old fashioned comfort food, the spicy chicken wings were my favourite! Don’t miss East Meets West, which serves fresh Asian cuisine. Pay a small surcharge once inside the restaurant to eat at the Teppanyaki Bar and watch the chef prepare and cook your food at the table. This is very popular so make sure you book ahead of time.
If you want to try one of the speciality restaurants head to the Moderno Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse where I enjoyed the all you can eat salad bar and 11 courses of delectable meat, poultry and fish served at your table (surcharge). Another favourite for its exquisite décor is the French inspired Jefferson Bistro. If you are celebrating an occasion with a special someone or want a romantic evening I highly recommend reserving a table here as the venue is simply superb. For an Australian style great coffee, John Adams bar serves fresh barista coffee.
I always enjoy the live entertainment on board the Norwegian Cruise Lines and the Pride of America did not disappoint. The two main shows in the Hollywood Theatre which I highly recommend are the Polynesian Dancers on opening night, and the finale performance by all the crew. Mardi Gras is the venue for various themed nights throughout the cruise such as ABBA Tribute bands and the Norwegian’s famous Hot White Party.
If you are looking for an after dinner drink head to the Pink Champagne Bar, perfect for a cocktail whilst listening piano performances of all your favourites from the Beetles, Elton John and Frank Sinatra. If karaoke is more your scene head to the Gold Rush Saloon. You will want to finish up at the Waikiki Bar on deck, where passengers can dance the night away until the early hours.
Top Cruise Excursions
Maui – A visit to the town of Lahaina is a must. The main street is lined with beautiful art galleries, quaint shops, restaurants and bars overlooking the ocean. This town has an interesting history, a former whaling town it is now very popular with tourists. One of the best spots for snorkelling and swimming with the turtles is at Kaanapali Beach, 10 minutes up the road from Lahaina. Swim just off the beach to Black Rock located at the Sheraton Maui Resort. For those more adventurous passengers, join the Haleakala volcano tour. Watch the sunrise at from the rim of the crater, and take in the scenery as you ride down the volcano by bike.
Big Island (Hilo) – I did the helicopter Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls tour with Norwegian Cruise Lines. This was an absolutely amazing experience as there was an eruption that morning so lava was flowing like a river and the sights were phenomenal as we circled the volcano. On the drive back we saw beautiful cascading waterfalls and tropical rain forests. This was a bucket list moment! The tour was well run and the company was very professional.
Kaua’i – Waimea Canyon can be seen from the road, from the air, or both! The road up to Waimea Canyon has some breathtaking scenery and magical views. I was in awe of the picturesque beauty of this Island and the canyon. On day two I decided to take a helicopter tour which flew over the Waimea Canyon and the Napali Coast. The Napali Coast’s natural beauty and coastline is something I am so happy I did by helicopter as you visit areas you could simply never see by road or boat. I felt like I had stepped inside the Jurassic Park movie!
Pride of America’s number one tour attraction is the Kaua’i Luau. If you have never been to a traditional Hawaiian Luau, I suggest you make this a priority on your tour excursions list!