April 16, 2007
NCL to rename, reflag Pride of Hawaii
NCL Corporation today said it will re-flag the U.S.-flag cruise ship Pride of Hawaii into the Bahamas registry and rename the ship Norwegian Jade after a short wet dock in Honolulu in February 2008.
This follows NCL's earlier announcement of the the "temporary withdrawal" of the ship from the Hawaii market next year.
After reflagging, Norwegian Jade will join sister ships Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jewel in Europe in 2008 offering NCL's largest and most varied European deployment ever
Pride of Hawaii will continue its seven-day roundtrip Honolulu cruises through the January 28, 2008 cruise. The ship will enter wet dock on February 6 where it will receive modifications including the addition of a casino and new hull artwork.
As Norwegian Jade, the ship will be showcased during inaugural events in both Los Angeles and Miami. After a series of repositioning cruises, the ship will arrive in Barcelona for its first 12-day cruise beginning on March 30, 2008.