Travelers can declare their vacation independence this summer with a Freestyle Cruising experience aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, the only U.S.-flagged ship to offer seven-day Hawai’i inter-island cruises to all four main islands. With more than 100 hours of port time, guests have the opportunity to explore active volcanoes, lush canyons and endless beaches.
Pride of America sails seven-day Hawai’i inter-Island cruises year-round, departing every Saturday round-trip from Honolulu with overnight stops in Kahului, Maui and Nãwiliwili, Kaua’i; and a day in Kona, Hawai’i. Cruises are from $829 per person, based on double occupancy.
Brad Huffines of Huntsville, Alabama, who recently sailed on Pride of America with his wife and three-year old son, remarked on what a wonderful experience they had.
“Our cruise was incredible. It was easily the friendliest and most responsive cruise line staff I have ever experienced. This is a cruise everyone should put on the top of their travel to do lists,” said Huffines. “I recommend Pride of America to any and everyone as it easily matched the best cruse experience we have ever had. Perfect ship, perfect staff and perfect ports of call.”
Pride of America features the innovative attributes of Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising with a star spangled line up of eight culinary options, dynamic public rooms such as the Hollywood Theater, the expansive Rascal’s Kids Center and the luxurious Santa Fe Spa & Fitness Center. The heart of the ship, the Capitol Atrium, is inspired by the Capitol Building and White House and features a decorative stone floor, impressive water feature and a stunning backlit glass dome.
The cornerstone of Freestyle Cruising is Norwegian’s Freestyle Dining program, especially convenient for families with small children who like to eat early or even families with older children who can appreciate the flexibility of open seating and variety of restaurants. In addition, Pride of America offers seven lounges and bars including the Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge – the ship’s nightclub, the Napa Wine Bar, Pink’s Champagne & Cigar Bar, John Adams Coffee Bar, Gold Rush Pub and the outdoor pool bars – Ocean Drive Bar, Key West Bar & Grill and the Waikiki Bar.
Pride of America offers an extensive choice of cabins highlighted by an expansive Grand Suite, a broad range of family accommodations with more than 250 staterooms that interconnect, more than 660 balcony staterooms, as well as Family Suites, accommodating up to eight people.
The ship features the latest in relaxation and fitness facilities with the Santa Fe Spa and Fitness Center. The spa is a tranquil area making use of natural elements such as stone and wood and offers an exotic menu of spa and beauty treatments combining the best of East and West. The spa also features invigorating saunas and a steam room and a relaxation area. The fitness center boasts state-of-the-art exercise equipment and cardiovascular machines, each with their own flat screen TV, an aerobics room offering high/low impact aerobics, yoga, power walking and spinning classes.
The Sports Deck includes a basketball and volleyball court. The large South Beach sunning and swimming area is inspired by Miami’s Art Deco district and features some novel distractions including a gyroscope and bungee trampoline, and activities capturing the energy and fun of Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road.
The ship is particularly family-friendly and features the Rascal’s Kids Center and Kid’s Pool, a supervised facility for children designed around a theme of native animals of America. Norwegian’s Kid’s Crew program in Hawai`i features a plethora of supervised activities for youths aged 2-17. While parents take advantage of Norwegian’s on-board amenities such as spa facilities, casinos, or a cozy dinner, the children are enjoying games, parties, scavenger hunts, pajama parties and much more.
To help travelers sample the colorful culture and see the dramatic scenery in each port of call, Norwegian offers an extensive Shore Excursion program including more than 125 tours and activities. In O’ahu on the famous Waikiki Beach, guests can “hang loose” and watch surfers vie for the perfect wave in the shadow of the majestic Diamond Head. On “the Magic Isle” also known as Maui, guests can discover whale-filled seas, relax on heavenly beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters or play golf on world-class greens. The spirit and energy of creation surround Hawai’i's Big Island – Hilo where guests can have the opportunity to see flowing, red lava and even walk on cooled lava on the Kilauea Lava Viewing Adventure. The island of discovery known as Kaua’i has a lush, rural feel and a laid-back lifestyle. On Kaua’i, guests should not miss the Tubing the Ditch Expedition which offers guests an exclusive experience on private lands tubing historic waterways along the tropical flumes and ditches of the old Lihue Plantation, which were engineered and hand dug in 1912. The cruise also features a sail by Kaua’i's rugged and breathtaking Na Pali Coast.