Pride of America Cabins
Standard cabins on this ship tend to be smaller than the industry standard. What the cheerfully decorated cabins lack in space, though, they more than make up for in convenience and efficiency. The staterooms have so many drawers, 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"; the singles are actually larger than standard twins, so when pushed together they're somewhere between the size of a queen and a king. They also have a vanity that doubles as a desk and a shower-only bathroom. Select outside and all balcony cabins each feature a sitting area with a sofa bed and table.
Each Pride of America standard cabin also includes a tray with an ice bucket and glasses, a minibar fridge, a safe and an Internet connection. 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.
Inside staterooms are the smallest standard double-occupancy cabins at 132 square feet. They're tight on space and missing the sofa area found in the other cabins. Some have doors at one end of the cabin, while others have doors opening into the middle of the stateroom, with the bed on one side and closets and bathroom on the other.
Standard oceanview cabins on this ship are 144 square feet and feature picture windows, some with obstructed views. Select inside and oceanview cabins each have two beds that can be pulled down from the wall to form upper bunks to sleep third or fourth passengers.
The balcony staterooms range from 179 to 233 square feet. The addition of private verandahs extends the "living space" to the outdoors, and because nearly 63 percent of all cabin categories have balconies, even the smallest spaces expand into the Hawaiian atmosphere. Each balcony cabin features a floor-to-ceiling glass door that opens to a balcony, furnished with 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 cabin 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. All of the suites include Elemis bath products. Most also offer bathtubs in addition to showers; the exceptions are the standard family suites. Definitely pay careful attention to deck plans when booking a suite. Cabin and balcony sizes vary, and the Deck 13 suites -- added during a 2013 refurbishment -- have the same category names as suites elsewhere on the ships but are laid out and sized differently.
Families have three types of suite options. Standard Family Suites, 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. Obstructed-view 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. These suites have the bonus of two bathrooms apiece but lack balconies.
Deluxe Family Penthouses, 607 to 650 square feet, offer everything the Penthouse Suites do (see below) and then some. Extra features include Jacuzzi baths and separate second bedrooms with their own bathrooms.
The regular Penthouse Suites, 494 to 598 square feet, each offer a king-size bed, separated from the sitting area by a privacy curtain. There's 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 newer Penthouse Suites on Deck 13 are smaller, 363 to 416 square feet, but most can sleep six people and have huge, 245-square-foot balconies with lounge chairs and dining tables.
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 are 461 square feet and are also located on Deck 13.
The Owner's Suites on Decks 8 through 12 take it up a notch, at 766 to 875 square feet, with Hawaii-themed private bedrooms, king beds, private verandahs, Jacuzzis, outdoor dining and lounge chairs. They also have expansive living areas, bathrooms and walk-in closets like the other suites. Deck 13 Owner's Suites are only 570 square feet, but they can sleep four and have truly enormous 410-square-foot balconies. (Deck 13's outdoor lounge chairs and dining tables are provided, but these balconies don't have hot tubs, though there's plenty of room.) These also connect to adjacent Penthouse Suites to sleep a total of 10 passengers.
The only Deluxe Owner's Suite (formerly called Grand), 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 and Owner's levels also have a dedicated butler and concierge, as well as an array of complimentary amenities that includes Lavazza Espresso-makers, a pillow menu, Champagne and bottled water on arrival (plus soda and three bottles of wine for Owner's Suite passengers) and private complimentary dining in Cagney's for breakfast and lunch. They also receive perks like priority check-in, boarding and tendering; DVD rentals; shoeshine services; and a luxurious bath menu.
On the other end of the spectrum, Pride of America has four studio cabins; at 107 square feet, they are designed for single occupancy. The cabins sport a mod look, done all in white with padded headboards, color-changing mood lighting, a porthole window with shades that looks out into the corridor, a small desk area with flat-screen TV above and clever storage solutions. The cabins do have Norwegian Epic's much-reviled split bathroom system with the sink in the main cabin and a shower and a toilet behind separate doors (meaning you step out of the shower into the main cabin). All four studios share a narrow living area with a larger flat-screen TV and comfy chairs. This Studio Lounge has five doors -- one to each studio cabin and one to the main corridor -- and is not a true bar/lounge.
There are 24 ADA-compliant staterooms with options in all configurations. Four of these are equipped for hearing-impaired passengers; 40 additional staterooms have equipment for hearing-impaired travelers, too.
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