Standard oceanview cabins on this ship, at 144 square feet, tend to be smaller than the industry standard. What the cheerfully decorated cabins lack in space, however, they more than make up for in convenience and efficiency. The staterooms have so many drawers and cubbyholes, shelves and closets, that you'll have no problem arranging everything, and you'll still find room for more.
Standard rooms are decorated in colorful tones of turquoise, fuchsia, yellow, lime and orange. But rather than feeling garish, these hues exude tropical good cheer. The cabins each have two single beds that can be converted to queen-size, a vanity that doubles as a desk and a shower-only bathroom. The oceanview rooms each feature a picture window, though some of the staterooms do have obstructed views.
Pride of America's standard cabins also include trays with ice buckets and glasses, room books and other reference materials. One nice touch is Norwegian's signature -- not to mention much-appreciated and well-used -- coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, cream and two heavy ceramic mugs. There is also a mini-fridge and an Internet connection.
Smaller still is the 132-square-foot inside stateroom. This shower-only cabin has two single beds (that can convert into a queen) and a small sitting area. There's also a refrigerator, TV, and tea and coffee maker.
The addition of a balcony extends the "living space" to the outdoors, and since 62 percent of all cabin categories have balconies, even the smallest spaces expand into the Hawaiian atmosphere. The 612 balcony staterooms range in size from 179 to 233 square feet, and each features two single beds that can convert to a queen, a sitting area and a floor-to-ceiling glass door that opens to a balcony. Each balcony has a small table and a couple of chairs. There is nothing in the world like sitting on your own private verandah and watching the lava from Mt. Kilauea flow into the Pacific at night, or, if your stateroom is on the other side of the ship, gliding past the breathtaking beauty of the Napali Coast, with its jagged outline rising directly from the sea.
There is a wide variety of suite accommodations, including several with verandah hot tubs. We love the cheery, breezy decor of the suites -- no pretentiousness, just pure island fun. All of the suites include Elemis bath products. The only suites that offer bathtubs in addition to showers are at the penthouse, deluxe family penthouse, deluxe penthouse, Owner's and Grand levels.
A dozen suites are outfitted for families. Eight, at 360 square feet, feature living rooms, separate dens and private bedrooms, each with two single beds that can be converted to a queen. Each living room has a double sofa bed and entertainment center, and the den houses a single sofa bed. There is also a balcony. The other four family suites have two interconnected staterooms, ranging in size from 330 to 356 square feet. The larger of the two staterooms is an outside cabin with two single beds that can be combined into a queen, a sitting area with a double sofa bed, and an interconnecting cabin that features two single beds and two upper berths.
The 28 penthouse suites, 494 to 598 square feet, each offer a king-size bed, separated from the sitting area by a privacy curtain. There is a walk-in closet; a bathroom with shower, tub and separate dressing area; and a living room with a Bang & Olufsen entertainment center and wet bar. The balcony has lounge chairs.
The two deluxe family penthouses, 607 to 650 square feet, offer everything the penthouse suites do and then some. Extra features include Jacuzzi baths and separate second bedrooms with their own bathrooms.
Add-ons at the deluxe penthouse suite level, which offers a private bedroom with king-size bed, include a spacious balcony with a private, outdoor Jacuzzi. These suites range in size from 676 to 697 square feet.
The six Owner's suites, 766 to 875 square feet, take it up a notch, with private verandahs and Jacuzzis, outdoor dining and lounge chairs. The one and only Grand Suite, 1,382 square feet, also has a separate dining area, featuring a baby grand piano and teak table with seating for six; a powder room for guests; and a full bathroom with a shower, Jacuzzi bath and double vanity sink.
Passengers at the deluxe family, deluxe penthouse, Owner's and Grand levels also have a dedicated butler and concierge, as well as an array of amenities that includes Tranquility mattresses from the Bliss Collection by Norwegian, Lavazza Espresso-makers and private dining for breakfast and lunch.
There is a wide range of ADA-compliant staterooms in all configurations.