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Senator Inouye’s wife to christen Aloha for NCL in Hawaii

Margaret Awamura Inouye, wife of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, will christen NCL America’s Pride of Aloha on July 4 in Honolulu.

The Pride launches NCL’s new U.S.-flagged cruise operations in Hawaii on that patriotic holiday.

“The Inouye family has a long history supporting the U.S. maritime industry, and thanks to their support, NCL is now able to show travelers the best of Hawaii aboard a seven-day, inter-island U.S.-flagged cruise ship staffed by U.S. seafarers,” said NCL President Colin Veitch.

The Pride of Aloha will sail from Honolulu and call at Nawiliwili, Kauai; Hilo and Kona, Hawaii; and Kahului, Maui.

The 77,000-ton, 2,000-passenger ship has undergone a multimillion renovation, giving it a “Best of Hawaii” theme throughout.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian Star completed a major renovation and is bound for a year based in the West Coast.

Additions to the ship include a 1930s-style Cagney’s steakhouse and a 10,000-square-foot casino.

The ship started an Alaska program on May 30 from Seattle, operating a weekly itinerary to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and cruising Glacier Bay. Starting Sept. 26, the Norwegian Star will inaugurate a new program out of the Port of Los Angeles.

The eight-day itinerary includes calls at Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.