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Pride of America

Hawaii Cruises Return Onboard Pride of America

One of the most unique cruise experiences out there is back sailing after a pandemic pause in operation. Pride of America from Norwegian Cruise Line returned to service from Honolulu, Hawaii over the weekend, the fifteenth ship from the cruise line to resume sailing. 

The only large ship sailing Hawaiian island itineraries, Pride of America  sails weekly seven-day, roundtrip voyages from Honolulu, giving guests nearly 100 hours of port time across all four islands in a week’s span. The itinerary includes overnights in Maui and Kauai and cruising along the Nāpali Coast. NCL has two remaining ships that will be returning to service, both in early May, which will complete the cruise line’s comeback. 

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“Being the only cruise line to sail year-round from Hawai’i, we’re thrilled to be back at last,” said Norwegian Cruise Line President and Chief Executive Officer Harry Sommer. “Pride of America will once again offer thoroughly immersive itineraries and deeply authentic experiences that support business and tourism in Hawai’i, while providing travelers with everything they seek from a vacation in paradise.”

Pride of America
Na Pali Sunset | Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

TRAVELING TO HAWAII 

Hawaii has slowly opened up to tourism through a gradual relaxation of COVID-19 protocols. The state is also one of the most-vaccinated states, with nearly 78% of citizens having received their shots. As of March 25, 2022, there are no COVID-related requirements for arriving domestic passengers and there is no longer an indoor mask mandate. 

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Evan Gove is the SEO & Content Manager for Porthole Cruise and Travel's digital department. He covers cruise industry news and writes ship reviews for porthole.com. You can also catch him as a guest on the YouTube series Cruise Control with Bill Panoff. Follow his tweets and posts about the cruise industry from Porthole Cruise and Travel's social media accounts.