The Pride of Hawaii is ready for it’s maiden voyage from the Dutch city of Eemshaven. The ship was delayed when the builders had trouble with The Pride Of Hawaii’s propulsion system. With some minor modifications the ship was ready to sail. The ships owners, Norwegian Cruise Lines, had the ship built at the Meyer Werft yards and has two more ships, the Norwegian Pearl and the Norwegian Gem, being built in the same yards.
The ship, built by Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany at a cost of more than $500 million, can carry 2,400 passengers. It will employ 1,000 people, pushing the company’s total Hawaii work force to 4,000. “We are proud to take delivery of this beautiful new ship not only because she is our newest and largest U.S.-flagged vessel but because she features the innovative design and tremendous consumer appeal,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Star Cruises, which owns NCL Corp.
Nationally, Pride of Hawaii is the ninth in a series of 11 ships that will be part of NCL’s North American fleet. The company undertook a $5 billion expansion project here in 1998 to create a niche in the casual, freestyle cruising market.
Just in Hawaii, NCL will have about 500,000 passengers sailing the seas on its three vessels annually.
The Pride of Hawaii will begin its voyage to Hawaii, reaching Baltimore at the end of this month, then traveling to San Francisco and Los Angeles en route to the Islands. The ship will offer interisland hops and leave Honolulu every Monday. It will spend a day each in Hilo and Kona and two days each in Kahului and Nawiliwili before heading back to Honolulu. via the Pacific Business News (Honolulu):.