Norwegian Cruise Lines’ interisland ship, Pride of America, will take a break early next year. It debuted in 2005 as the first new U. S.-flagged cruise ship in nearly 50 years (thanks to special exemptions provided courtesy of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye). The Pride of America is the only cruise ship that weekly travels around the Hawaiian Islands, bringing passengers into Hilo, Kona, and other islands’ main cities. But come spring, Norwegian Cruise Lines will put Pride of America into drydock.
Norwegian Cruise Lines will spend $30 million on luxurious suites and upgrades of rooms and public spaces. The upgrades will take it off the sea for about two weeks, starting in March, 2013.