Hawaiian Islands Cruise Ship - Pride of Hawaii
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This blog is about the Pride of Hawaii. The Hawaii is a new state of the art cruise ship, the ultimate in luxury and is reported to have cost a little over a half of billion dollars. It is truly a beautiful, magnificant ship.
The schedule around the Hawaiian Islands is a 7 day schedule and is much the same as the schedule for the Pride of Aloha (see my blog Hawaiian Islands Cruise Ship Pride of Aloha). The days at each location is different but the shore excrusions are mostly the same, only ship board is different with a much higher luxury level. Also it has a higher capacity of passengers then the Aloha which can handle about 2200 passengers and a crew of about 850. I have heard the Hawaii's passenger capacity was anywhere from 2400 to 3000 but I do not know the actual number.
Mechanically the Hawaii has the latest equipment in propulsion and safety equipment. The Aloha was classed as being a diesel-electric with 6 huge MAN B&W inline engines, each engine as large as the biggest tour bus, and each engine was coupled to a huge alternator/generator which fed two gigantic electric motors, each as large as a small house. These electric motors drove two huge drive shafts which turned two huge propellers that had hydraulic variable pitch for greater speed control. The Hawaii is also classed as being a diesel-electric but the MAN B&W engines are the latest V design which gives greater power with less physical size and lower fuel consumption. These engines also drive alternator/generators but the electrical power is transferred to PODs outside the ship.
These cruise ships are huge ships, the Aloha was about 850 feet long and 150 feet wide displacing some 77,000 tons and the Hawaii is even larger but I do not know the numbers for it. The point is how the marine engineers have designed the ships to allow more profit for the cruise line. When a ship comes into a port, it costs thousands of dollars for tugs to move the ship to the pier. So the marine engineers that designed these cruise ship have built bow and stern thrusters into the ships. To illustrate the value of this, the Aloha would pull into a small port like Nawiliwili on Kauai and stop itself in the middle of the harbor by reversing pitch on the variable speed propellers.
The Hawaii is truly a beautiful ship and the cruise line is a world class operation. I would recommend any of this company's ships to passengers.