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Pride of America - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Pride of America cruising Launched in 2005, NCL’s 81,000-ton, 2,138-guest Pride of America lives up to her name with an interior that’s a celebration of all things American, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. She’s also the only large cruise ship on the planet crewed pretty much entirely by Americans, a distinction that puts her in compliance with U.S. cabotage laws, and thus able to sail itineraries comprised wholly of U.S. ports—in Pride’s case Hawaiian ports, among which the vessel sails year-round.

Public Rooms & Entertainment On Pride of America
Design-wise, Pride of America would really look more at home sailing within the bounds of the continental U.S. than in sunny Hawaii. Passengers step aboard into the Capitol Atrium, designed to resemble the U.S. Capitol, with sweeping staircases framing a model of the Washington Monument. From there, any direction you take will bring you to another bit of Americana, from the John Adams Coffee Bar (why? did he particularly like coffee?) to the SS America Library (themed on the old steamship of that name) to the Liberty Restaurant, with its stars-and-stripes carpeting, American-eagle-themed glass ceiling, and statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Napa Wine Bar on Pride of AmericaDue to Hawaiian law, there’s no casino on board, but there are drinking spots aplenty, including:
•The Gold Rush Saloon, with its prospector decor
•The Napa Wine Bar, an elegant space with a Napa-inspired decor and outdoor seating along the Promenade Deck
•Pink’s, a centrally located champagne and cigar bar
•The Lanai Bar & Lounge, an intimate bar way up on Deck 13
•The outdoor, stern-view Waikiki Bar, also on Deck 13
•The Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge & Nightclub, for small-scale entertainment
•The Key West Bar & Grill and Ocean Drive Bar, both looking out over the South Beach Pool

Pools & Fitness On Pride Of America
The pool deck has two main pools and four hot tubs. One deck up there’s a small bungee trampoline and a crazy gyroscope ride that allows strapped-in passengers to rotate in any direction, like astronauts in zero-G. Deck 12 is also home to the Santa Fe Spa & Fitness Center with its treatment rooms, salon, gym, and quiet outdoor Oasis Pool. Toward midships, kids have the run of the place at the Rascal’s Kids Club, with its large play space, movie room, computer terminals, indoor jungle gym, and outdoor splash pool with tube slide. A separate teen center is right next door.

Skyline restaurant on Pride of AmericaDining On Pride Of America
At dinnertime, guests can choose among 10 different restaurants:
•Two main restaurants, the Manhattan-themed Skyline Restaurant and the ultra-Americana Liberty Restaurant
•The Lazy J Texas Steakhouse, with waiters dressed in cowboy hats
•Jefferson’s Bistro, an elegant French restaurant designed like Jefferson’s Monticello home
•The Little Italy Italian restaurant
•The Pan-Asian East Meets West restaurant
•A sushi/sashimi bar
•A teppanyaki room, where chefs prepare your meal at a tableside grill, Japanese style
•The 50s-themed Cadillac Diner, serving burgers, shakes, and other comfort food 24 hours a day, with seating indoors or on the Promenade Deck
•The Aloha Cafe buffet restaurant

Cabins On Pride Of America
Staterooms on Pride of America are attractively styled but small. Oceanview cabins measure only 144 square feet and most balcony cabins measure only 178 square feet, and storage space is limited. Each is done up in vibrant Hawaiian colors with wooden accents, and offer a small sitting area and an adequately sized bathroom.

Suites come in seven different layouts, ranging from the 335-square-foot two-bedroom Family Suite with its separate living room and large balcony, to the Deluxe Owner’s Suite on Deck 12, with its separate bedroom and living/dining room, enormous bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate shower, and huge balcony with dining area and Jacuzzi.

Note for businesses: Pride of America offers one of the largest dedicated meeting spaces at sea, with an auditorium and other spaces able to accommodate up to 550 people.

Pride of America receptionFreestyle Cruising

Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are all about Freestyle Cruising. Freestyle Cruising means individual flexibility and freedom. On a Freestyle cruise you choose what to do on your vacation.

Freestyle Dining
Freestyle Dining: choose between up to 20 different dining venues per ship (20 on the Norwegian Epic). No need to rush, no need to watch the clock. In addition to two Freestyle main dining rooms, Norwegian Cruise Line's ships offer an array of a la carte gourmet and ethnic restaurants and casual eateries. From elegant French bistros and Italian trattorias to sushi and tapas bars, and more, there's a different dining option for every night of your cruise. Dine at a cozy table for two or reserve a table for up to ten friends and family members. When, where, and with whom you dine is your decision.

Freestyle Attire
Freestyle Attire: On your Freestyle cruise the attire is "resort casual"; think collared shirts and pants or designer jeans in the evening for the men, and the equivalent for the ladies. No need to pack gowns, suits, or ties. Should you prefer to dress up a little more, feel free to do so. With Freestyle Cruising the choice is yours.

Ship Information
Pride of America is specially built for Freestyle Cruising in Hawaii. In addition to the multitude of Freestyle restaurants we have come to know and to love, the ship features a Broadway Theater, casino, several bars and lounges, more than 600 balcony cabins, and much more.

Balcony cabin on Pride of AmericaShip Facts
Year Built 2005 ♦ Country of Registry United States ♦ Tonnage 81,000 ♦ Length 921 ft - 276 m ♦ Cruising Speed 21 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,138 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) TBA ♦ Passenger Decks 11 ♦ Officers and Crew 921 ♦ Officer's Nationality U.S. ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality U.S.

Total 1,069 ♦ Suites with Balcony 52 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 613 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 178 ♦ Inside 226 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 19 ♦ Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Freestyle Dining - you decide when, where, and with whom to dine. Dining in the two Main Dining Rooms, in the indoor and outdoor buffets, the around the clock dining venue, and the poolside eateries is included. For the more exclusive specialty restaurants, such as Cagney's Steakhouse or the French Le Bistro, there is a $10 - 25 cover charge. ♦ Traditional Dining - None, there is no traditional, assigned seating dining on Norwegian Cruise Line ships ♦ Formal Nights - for those who wish to dress up (usually about 1/3 of passengers), there is a "formal optional" evening, but don't expect to see any tuxedos or ballgowns ♦ Main Freestyle Dining Rooms: Skyline, Liberty ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Jefferson's Bistro, East Meets West, Teppanyaki, Lazy J Texas Steakhouse, Little Italy, Sushi ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Pink Champagne Bar on Pride of AmericaPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge - Broadway style shows ♦ Casino ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck - wraps around the ship

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center