(5:20 p.m. EDT) -- A $30 million enhancement project launched by Norwegian Cruise Line in March recently underwent its finishing touches. This week, the line unveiled 32 new cabins -- which comprise suites, studios for solo travelers and inside cabins -- on the 81,000-ton, 2,186-passenger Pride of America.
The Honolulu-based ship's new cabins are notably different. Unlike the vibrant colors and abstract patterns that accent other cabins, the new layouts consist of more earthy tones with subtle pops of color. The 24 new suites include updated furnishings, fabrics, carpets and bathrooms, as well as expansive balconies, ranging from 150 square feet to 1,200 square feet -- the largest in the fleet. Additionally, four inside cabins and four solo cabins have been added. The solo cabins, first introduced on Norwegian Epic, followed by Norwegian Breakaway, have been a success with single cruisers, lifting the burden of a double-occupancy rate.
Other updates since the ship entered dry dock March 13 include the addition of Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian-style steakhouse; Cagney's, the line's traditional steakhouse; ship-wide Internet; new carpeting throughout; flat-screen televisions in all cabins; updated decor; and upgrades to the fitness center.
--by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor