Week 6
An NCL Cruise Around The Islands

One word can describe a cruise ship . . . MONEY!  You can become poor taking a cruise.  Veteran cruisers know what I am talking about.   Although you have paid good money to go on a cruise, everything not covered on the ticket will cost you . . . dearly. We have our room covered and we can eat at 5 of the 11 restaurants at no charge. Now that seems really good, and it is . . . if you like a limited menu. Let me explain.

The Pride of America is an American registered ship and one of three in NCL’s fleet. Currently all are cruising the waters around

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  • Hawaii & the Pride of Aloha. The Aloha is the oldest followed by the America, christened in June 2005 and then
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    The Pride of America is registered in Honolulu, HI and weighs in at 81,000 tons. She is 920.6 ft long and 105.6 wide and runs on diesel electric is 22 Knots or 25.3 mph. She has 1069 cabins accommodating approximately 2600 passengers.

    OK, so your on a ship at sea. There is no where to go. Hmm, what do you do? What will you do?

    Not a problem here. Besides the hundred or so shore excursions available to everyone the Pride of America is pretty self-contained. We have complete access to all of the following:

    Art Gallery & Auction – real art, for sale
    Arcade – video games and such
    Bungee Trampoline – strap it on and go!
    Card & Game Room – Cards, backgammon, chess, checkers . . .
    Chapel – for that quiet time with your Creator
    Conference Rooms – for those doing business on board
    Entertainment & Activities – nightly shows and events
    Gyroscope – strap yourself in and take a ride!
    Kumu Cultural Center – to help better understand the

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    Laundry Services – well, ya gotta have clean undies!
    Library- like to read? This is the place!
    Newbury Street Shops (mall) – careful ladies!
    Golf
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  • Hawaii Shop – careful men!
    Photo Gallery – where all the photos they take of you while on board stay.
    Swimming Pools & hot tubs – 2 salt water pools 6 hot tubs
    Spa & Fitness Center – go ahead, pamper yourself.
    Sports – basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, outdoor chess & shuffleboard.

    They also have separate programs for both kids and teens.

    Basically, they have everything you need to feel right at home and yet still feel like your on vacation!  Most of all . . . they have FOOD!

    There are two very large restaurants on the Pride of America designed to feed the majority of the guests over a 6 hour period. They are the Skyline Restaurant and the Liberty Restaurant. Both serve exactly the same menu which is different each night. Tuesday will be our favorite as it is lobster night! See, they do serve good food! We also have the Aloha Cafe which is all buffet all the time and is open 24/7, and they do have a lot of choices and it is better than cafeteria style food. We have the Cadillac Diner which serves Denny style food for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and finally we have Little Italy which serves Italian food. Of course if you want wine or soda with your meal it will cost extra. They have a deal which if you are a soda drinker is really good at $35 for the entire week and allows you all the soda you can drink.

    The other restaurants are: East Meets West which includes a Sushi , Teppanyaki, and Shabu Shabu, sort of a 3 in 1 restaurant with Asian flair; Jefferson's Bistro and the Lazy J Texas Steakhouse. All of these have either a $10 or $15 cover charge or a la carte pricing. Haven't decided if we will venture into any of the above restaurants before the end of the week.

    The Pride of America is themed to America’s past. The lobby looks like the inside of the White House. The Liberty Restaurant looks like the Senate chambers and the Skyline restaurant is decked out in Art Deco. The Jefferson Bistro is patterned after Monticello, Jefferson’s home, The Cadillac Diner looks like a diner from the 50’s and so on. Everywhere you go there is something depicting America in all it’s grander. Red, White & Blue, Mom, and Apple Pie . . . You can click on the photo (bottom right) to see the pages of our brochure or you can go to NCL’s website for a look and more explanation at www.ncl.com.

    Oh, and the song you have been listening to on this page? We first heard it on the cruise ship and my wife just fell in love with it. It played over and over, every day, all week long. Believe me it will get stuck in your head!

    So click on "Sunday, August 13" on the menu at left to join us on our cruise and our last week in

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