In a signal that Norwegian Cruise Line is well on its way to launching its newest ship, Pride of Hawai'i has been floated out of its drydock at Germany's Meyer Werft and is now berthed at its outfitting pier.
The 93,500-ton, 2,224-passenger Pride of Hawai'i is the third in NCL America's Hawaii-based trio and will feature a 50th state-oriented design scheme. Key new features include an expansion of the courtyard villa concept as pioneered by Norwegian Jewel (along with Garden suites and an Owner's suite) and ten restaurants. Among them are Jasmine Garden, a contemporary Asian restaurant offering a blend of Hong Kong and Shanghai inspired cuisine (along with a sushi bar and teppanyaki), the Tex Mex Paniolo, and Papa's Italian Kitchen with a farmhouse feel. Bars will include those centering on martinis, beer and whisky, and wine and champagne among others. The ship, like its other NCL America counterparts, will have a Kumu Cultural Center.
Pride of Hawai'i will transit the river Ems to Emsehaven next month in order to undergo its sea trials.