Pride of Hawai’i readying for sea trials

The Pride of Hawai’i, expected to begin calling on Nawiliwili Harbor weekly for overnight stops beginning next month, recently was floated out of Meyer Werft’s roofed building dock, and is now berthed at the shipyard’s outfitting pier, where all remaining work will be completed, Norwegian Cruise Line officials said in a press release.

The 93,500-ton Pride of Hawai’i, which is the sister ship to Norwegian Jewel, was scheduled to transit the river Ems passage to Emsehaven earlier this month, and begin undergoing sea trials later this week.

NCL America officials will welcome the new Pride of Hawai’i to their U.S.-flagged fleet in April 2006.

She is the largest U.S.-flagged passenger ship ever built, and will join Pride of Aloha and Pride of America offering seven-day, inter-island cruises visiting Hilo on the Big Island (one day), Kahului on Maui (two days), and Nawiliwili (two days), with cruises beginning and ending in Honolulu.

Purpose built for NCL’s signature Freestyle Cruising, Pride of Hawai’i features a vast array of accommodations, including two luxurious Garden Villas with their own private gardens and sun decks; 10 Courtyard Villas sharing a private court-yard, pool and sundeck on deck 14; and a top-of-the-ship Owner’s Suite.

The ship features multiple, lively public rooms, 10 restaurants, and other onboard amenities.

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