NCL, which is leading the cruise pack in creating distinctive designs on ship exteriors, has unveiled its plan for Norwegian Sky, which will be reflagged and renamed Pride of Aloha. The design, created by Hawaii artist Linda Umstead, "incorporates vibrant yellows, pinks and greens in the quintessential symbol of Hawaii's gracious welcome, a flower Lei," according to an NCL statement.
Umstead was the winner of a contest in which NCL encouraged Hawaiian artists to submit designs that represent Hawaii. The winning artist won $10,000 in cash and gets a free cruise for two aboard the ship.
Pride of Aloha, as announced earlier, will assume Pride of America's planned seven-day itineraries, beginning July 4. NCL has still not announced a specific time frame for completion of repairs to Pride of America, which, while under construction at its shipyard in Bremerhaven, was flooded and partially submerged as a result of a severe storm.
In related news, NCL has announced it will replace Norwegian Sky's scheduled Alaska voyages with a ship it is "borrowing" from parent company Star Cruises. The 77,000-ton, 2,000-passenger SuperStar Leo was the company's first-ever ship designed for Freestyle Cruising and was introduced in Singapore in 1999. Features include Freestyle Dining, which encompasses two main restaurants, three alternative eateries -- Maxim's (a French restaurant); Shogun (a Japanese restaurant) and Tai Pan (a Chinese restaurant), -- the Raffles Lido Cafe and the popular 24-hour Blue Lagoon.
The ship also has an expansive children and teen facility and entertainment venues including a 1,000-seat theater, a disco, a cinema, several bars and lounges and a world-class casino. Other features include a sports deck and spa.
SuperStar Leo will begin sailing from Seattle on May 15th, the scheduled start of Norwegian Sky's Alaska season, with seven-day cruises to the Inside Passage. Ports of call include Ketchikan, Juneau, cruising Sawyer Glacier, Skagway and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.