Year built: 2006
Speed: 32 kn
When built, the ship comprised the third in a series of U.S. flagged ships operated by NCL America for the Hawaii market. At a cost of over half a billion U.S. dollars, the Pride of Hawaii was the largest and most expensive U.S. flagged passenger ship ever built. Her design was originally planned to be a sister ship to the Pride of America, utilizing parts from the Northrop Grumman Shipyard and the failed Project America series of ships. Later NCL America decided that it would be better to enlarge the Pride of Hawaii and make her a sister ship to the Norwegian Jewel. The ship was christened in Los Angeles by Senator Daniel Inouye. After delivery to NCL, she joined the Pride of America and Pride of Aloha as the final ship in the NCL America fleet to deliver 7 day cruises to the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island (aka Hawai’i).
On April 11, 2007 NCL announced that Pride of Hawaii would be withdrawn from the Hawaiian market in February, 2008 and subsequently redeployed to Europe for the summer. In a press release, NCL’s CEO, Colin Veitch, cited substantial 2006 losses that had been caused by downward pricing pressure in the Hawaii market following the addition of Pride of Hawaii to the fleet, as well as an increase in the amount of foreign flagged competition entering the Hawaii market from the west coast as the reason for the vessels redeployment. NCL did not commit to sending Pride of Hawaii back to Hawaii until the other NCL America vessels reach an acceptable level of profitability. On February 4, 2008, “Pride of Hawaii” departed from Pier 2 in Honolulu for the last time. After several repositioning cruises, name change, new livery, and an added onboard casino, she made her debut in Europe. Despite the changes, “Norwegian Jade” maintains much of her original Hawaiian themed decor. Tropical flowers, Hawaiian landscapes, and Hawaiian names are throughout the ship’s public spaces. Additionally, Matson menu inspired artwork and a large statue of King Kamehameha grace the main dining room. “Norwegian Jade” is currently based in the Caribbean. There is little chance that she will ever return to Hawaii, as it would be difficult to regain her former US registration. November 2011: The ship underwent a dry dock in Marseille in France for two weeks. The ship received new carpets and tiling throughout and the hull was repainted plus the usual annual maintenance took place. The Norwegian Jade was used as a floating hotel during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The Norwegian Jade will sail many different itineraries starting with an 11-night Mediterranean as well as 12-night Holy Land cruise; both cruises will feature stops at Turkey as well as Egypt and many others. Other cruises include the Greek Isles & Turkey cruise and Croatia & Greece cruise. The ship will sail from Barcelona and Malaga in Spain offering 7 or 9 night cruises to The Canary Islands and Maderia.
In November 2015, for the first time since 2008, Norwegian Jade will return to America, sailing a winter season out of Houston, Texas. From November 14, 2015 through April 9, 2016, she will sail seven-day Western Caribbean cruise; visiting Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Norwegian’s brand new destination, Harvest Caye, Belize. This also means the ship will give up what chance she had in returning to Hawaii as an American-flagged ship by returning to the United States. Currently she sails from Europe and to the Caribbean during the spring and summer.
May 16, 2008, while sailing in the Europe’s Mediterranean Sea and en-route to Naples from Venice, the vessel experienced an 8-degree listing to portside. The shipowner NCL officially stated the incident was caused by a “temporary technical issue” affecting the steering system. Unofficially was reported the ship’s compass lost power for a few seconds. Among the results were swimming pools being emptied and the Lido buffet restaurant being toppled.
June 23, 2010, when the vessel docked in call port Civitavecchia (port to Rome, Italy), the disembarkation was delayed by 2 hours due to a murder case investigation by the Italian police conducted on the ship. The crime report stated a male passenger confessed he strangled his pregnant wife in their cabin. The couple was traveling together with their children.
March 8, 2013, a 25-year-old male crew died in an pier accident while the ship was berthed and upon disembarking passengers in call port Katakolon (port to Olympia, Greece). The man was standing on the Deck 7’s platform when a mooring rope snapped, struck him violently and knocked him overboard into the water. Since the harbor water was murky, divers searched for several hours until they found the body. The investigation report stated the crew was without life jacket, harness and hard hat.
January 9, 2010, a male passenger jumped overboard into the sea, but was rescued alive. He was traveling together with his family, and was reported wearing a life vest when he jumped from the Bridge Deck 11. When the incident occurred, the ship was off the Egypt’s coast. It had to change course, then stopped, deployed a rescue boat and retrieved the passenger. The man was deported off the ship in call port Alexandria Egypt, where he was transported to a local hospital. He was fined $5,600 by NCL for causing this incident.