Book a suite staycation on the seas via Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America.
Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride Of America, The Ship That Sails In And out of Honolulu Harbor every Saturday, disembarking happy revelers from their week-long sail through the islands and picking up a new batch for another week’s adventure. Late last spring, Norwegian sent Pride of America into dry-dock, giving her a full overhaul and sending her back to sea with a grown-up, luxury persona. “Think Mandarin Oriental meets Four Seasons,” says Norwegian’s regional hotel director Klaus Lugmaier.
But the real secret is its suite life— the ship-within-a-ship that makes sure your every need is attended to, your every vista uncluttered. All cruise lines offer suites, of course, but Norwegian leaves its competitors in their wake.
Your private concierge attends to your dining reservations, ensuring you get the best tables at any of the ship’s dozen specialty restaurants and dining rooms. From an intimate French dinner in Jefferson’s Bistro to high-flying Teppanyaki with onion volcanoes and twirling knives, your greatest stress might be trying them all. By night, Cagney’s Steakhouse serves up fine cuts of beef and to-die-for truffle fries. But by day, it’s your private dining room, offering gourmet breakfast and lunch while your concierge huddles nearby to book any reservations or shore excursions you might need.
The ship’s star performer remains our islands, with overnights on Maui and Kaua’i as well as stops in both Hilo and Kona. But you may decide to skip the sights and head to Mandara Spa, where luxury services, private trainers, yoga classes and a state-of-the-art gym await. Make sure to leave time for a book and lazy afternoon in one of the heated ceramic lounges—you may end up trying to figure out where you can install one of these when you get home.
Even kama’aina will appreciate the scenery. Right now on the Big Island, Kilauea’s lava reaches the ocean, making for spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime viewing as the ship sails by at night, getting close for breathtaking photos of Pele’s splendor. You’ll want to be back on your private lanai Friday afternoon, with canapes and wine left by your butler. A leisurely sail up and down Kaua’i’s Napali coast, with dolphins and whales swimming along as the sun sets one last night, caps off this magical week before sailing into Honolulu Saturday morning.
When you disembark, you won’t see the other travelers as they queue up to depart. Your concierge will whisk you through the private lounge (just as they greeted you upon arrival), so that you can bypass the crowds and get home before the other travelers even find their luggage.
Oh, and make sure to say aloha to Miss Tutsi if you see her. Hailing from Princeville, she’s been onboard since last fall and can surely clue you in on the ship’s hidden secrets.