Monday, May 21, 2007

Pride of America Moving on...


This is the Norwegian cruise ship "Pride of America" as it is leaving Hilo Bay on the evening tide. It is a huge ship with 13 decks, 11 restaurants, arcades, gymnasiums, etc... there are three ships in this series; Pride of Aloha, Pride of Hawaii and Pride of America. The Pride of America is the most recently commissioned and is sadly enough being taken back by NCL to service their European clientele (ironic, yeah?). Every evening I used to hear its horn blowing as it made its way out of Hilo Bay (not the easiest feat considering the bay is protected by a very long tsunami seawall). But we still have its sister ships the Aloha and the Hawaii...both are beautiful ships with floral leis bedecking their bows.

7 comments:

Kate said...

Altho these ships are awesome in size and a sight to behold when moving out of the harbors in which they dock, I have serious reservations about them because of the serious environmental damage they are capable of creating. I used to live close to the docks in Mazatlán last winter, and spent lots of time watching and photographing them (see my Maz blog!), but have never been tempted to go on a cruise. Your photo does a good job of depicting their size.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I wouldn't ride on that if the trip was free. It is way too top heavy and would roll over in rough seas.

Not a fact. Just my fears.

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Chris & Deb said...

my goodness what a behemoth!

TeamSplashi said...

That is huge ship.
=)

Aloha said...

It is huge, and they come even bigger! That little black line to the bottom right is Hilo bays Huge sea wall that protects the town from Tsunamis...and I agree with you Kate they can do a lot of damage if not managed correctly (some of the things the cruise lines consider "run of the course" just blow me away.)
My daughter worked on all three of the "Pride" ships (over a three year period) and will probably never go back, due to how the "kids" get treated by the companies.
They are beautiful though and it makes a grand sight coming away from port, in the old days (10 years ago or less) the locals would paddle their canoes out to meet the ships, but 9/11 put a stop to that...coast guard is all over you if you even look like you are heading that direction, what price safety, huh?

Mike Ryan said...

Actually this is the only ship left... Pride of Hawaii is the one going to Europe, and Pride of Aloha is going to Malaysia. If you see the second star back by the waterline... I lived fifteen feet under it ;) Don't forget that by cruise ship size, this is a 'Medium' ship at 82,000 tons. The newest large ships are 200,000 tons!

Aloha said...

Mahalo for the update Mike!