The Pride of America

Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month
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MS Pride of America is a cruise ship built in the United States and is operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Inaugurated during the 2005/2006 cruise season as the first new US-flagged cruise ship in nearly fifty years, Pride of America was designed to pay homage to the spirit of the United States of America, from the patriotic artwork on the hull to the American-themed public spaces. Pride of America is a one-off ship design. She was originally designed for United States Lines under the class name Project America. Project America was originally to have two ships in the class.

For much of her early build history, Pride of America was known as Project America 1; the first of a pair of 70,000 ton cruise ships to be built at the Litton-Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi with heavy federal subsidies. Project America was intended as a means of improving the competitiveness of American shipyards in performing commercial (non-military) construction, as well as creating the first U.S.-registered passenger ships of any real size in decades. Project America program collapsed in 2001, when American Classic Voyages, the company that was to operate the ships under its United States Lines division, filed for bankruptcy.

Pride of America seen from Aloha Tower in Honolulu © flickr.com - Daniel Ramirez/cc-by-2.0 Pride of America in Honolulu © flickr.com - Daniel Ramirez/cc-by-2.0 Pride of America as seen from Kilauea Point on Kauai © flickr.com - Robert Linsdell/cc-by-2.0 Deck 11 - Sun Deck © flickr.com - Mark McElroy/cc-by-2.0 © Teh tennisman
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Pride of America as seen from Kilauea Point on Kauai © flickr.com - Robert Linsdell/cc-by-2.0
Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd acquired the unfinished ship and had her towed to Germany for completion as Pride of America for their newly launched NCL America division. In the process, she was lengthened from 850 feet (260 m). to 920 feet (280 m), increasing the gross tonnage from 72,000 to more than 80,000. Under NCL America, the ship was initially slated for completion in 2004, but the delivery date was pushed back to 2005 after a major storm hit the Lloyd Werft shipyard and caused considerable damage to the vessel which also sank at her berth. A special exemption on the part of the U.S. government allowed the modified ship, and her mostly German-built sister, to attain U.S. registry.

After the transfer of Pride of Aloha and Pride of Hawaii, she is currently the only U.S.-registered major cruise ship serving the Hawaiian market from Honolulu. There are 15 food and beverage outlets and services on board: Included restaurants: Liberty and Skyline Restaurants, Aloha Café, Cadillac Diner, Key West Bar & Grill, East Meets West and 24h Room Service. Speciality restaurants (for an additional cover charge): John Adams Coffee Bar, Dolce Gelato Shop, Teppanyaki, Sushi Bar, Jefferson’s Bistro, Cagney’s Steakhouse, La Cucina and the Moderno Churrascaria.

Read more on ncl.com – Pride of America and Wikipedia Pride of America (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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