Cruisers find a more relaxed vibe than usual on board Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, though there's still plenty of evening entertainment and activities for kids and teens. The jangle of slots and other gaming machines, however, is noticeably absent: Gambling in Hawaiian waters is illegal. Then again, who needs a casino when you have Kilauea Volcano oozing lava and the magnificent Na Pali Coast in view just beyond the railing?
Roomy family suites, luxurious penthouses, an abundance of staterooms with balconies and ocean views, and new studios for singletons: Pride of America offers accommodations for every kind of sailor.
With gorgeous scenery by the boatload—and no at-sea days—a balcony stateroom is the hot ticket. All accommodate a minimum of three guests and feature a bright tropical palette, coffeemakers and mini-fridges, and — here’s the best part — floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto private lanais with deck chairs, a table and views of lush green islands.
Beginning in September 2013, the luxury options expand as 24 plush new suites, including two opulent, 566-square-foot Owner’s Suites, join the existing collection of two-bedroom suites and penthouses. Amenities include butler and concierge service, private breakfast and lunch dining, luxe bedding and mattresses, spacious baths, large balconies, espresso makers and more.
For solo travelers, four new studio staterooms lose the single-occupancy fee, while gaining access to a private lounge for breakfasting and cocktail mingling with other studio guests.
Renovations won't be limited to the luxury set: all staterooms will add flat-screen TVs, new carpeting and updated decor details.