May 20, 2003
Norwegian Cruise Line announces it has named its two Project America ships. Project America I, the purpose-built ship for Hawaiian inter-island cruising, which launches next year, will be called "Pride of America." That ship, originally commissioned by the now-defunct U.S. Lines, is the first ocean-going newbuild to carry the American flag in half-a-decade. Pride of America begins service in Hawaii in July 2004, and will sail week-long inter-island itineraries. The second in the NCL Project America duo is Norwegian Sky, which will be reflagged into the U.S. registry and will sail under a new name: Pride of Aloha. As part of its transition, Norwegian Sky-to-Pride-of-Aloha will undergo a major refurbishment (details to be announced, according to NCL). The ship will launch in October 2004 and sail three- and four-day all-Hawaii itineraries. Both Pride of America and Pride of Aloha will be staffed with a ratio of 100 percent U.S. crew members.