Pride of Hawaii Christened in Los Angeles

NCL America christened the 93,500-ton Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most luxurious and most expensive U.S.-flagged cruise ship in history. At the official christening ceremony at the Port of Los Angeles, the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, senior United States Senator from Hawaii, who sponsored and named the vessel at the pier side event, joined Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT LIM and NCL CORPORATION's President and CEO Colin Veitch. The Senator was joined by six female crewmembers from Pride of Hawaii, all hailing from Hawaii, who christened the ship with the traditional bottle of champagne. The 2,400-passenger Pride of Hawaii is the third U.S. flagged ship in the NCL America fleet; that fleet sails between Hawaii's isles without the need for a foreign port call, something foreign-flagged lines must do by U.S. law. As a result, the ship will have 100 hours of port time over a weeklong cruise, creating a "floating hotel" for guests to use while sailing from island to island and overnight on both Maui and Kauai. Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT LIM said his company, the parent of NCL and NCL America, has invested over $1.2 billion building the U.S. flagged fleet. Senator Inouye said NCL America is creating as many as 20,400 direct and indirect jobs, including thousands of U.S. seafarer jobs and nearly $1 billion in annual U.S. economic activity. Pride of Hawaii employs a crew of over 1,000, bringing the total seagoing workforce of NCL's U.S. flagged fleet to approximately 4,000, making NCL America the largest private employer of American seafarers in the world. The new ship has itsshare of bells and whistles too, including 10 restaurants, three swimming pools, family-friendly accommodations, a state-of-the-art spa and themed public rooms. The ship features a new style of accommodations—10 Courtyard Villas—which along with the ship's two Garden Villas—are the largest in the industry; the suite complex boasts a private courtyard and sundeck and both Courtyard and Garden Villa guests have a concierge lounge available to them. Additionally, Pride of Hawaii features "Bar Central," a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, and a beer and whisky pub all connected, with three distinct personalities, plus nine other bars and lounges for passengers to enjoy.

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