May 28, 2016


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America is back sailing from her Honolulu homeport every Saturday, following a three and a half week dry-dock where she received ship-wide enhancements.

hawThe newly designed public spaces, incredible fresh dining venues and new, contemporary décor across all staterooms were undertaken as part of the US$400 million Norwegian Edge™ programme. Pride of America’s new look and feel exudes excellence, freedom and flexibility that sets a new standard for the entire passenger experience.

Some of the highlights of Pride of America’s refurbishment include new bedding, furniture and flat screen TVs in every stateroom, a refinished pool and new loungers and Jacuzzis on the pool deck, while several restaurants, bars and lounges have undergone top-to-tail renovations.

A new look has been given to the library and card rooms, including six computer stations for internet access and there is a new Perspectives Photo Studio where guests can have memorable holiday shots taken.

The popular Mandara Spa has been revitalised and expanded with tranquil wood, stone and Mexican décor, while the newly located Wedding Chapel on deck six boasts fresh flooring, furniture and wall fixtures.

Dining enhancements on board include extensive renovations to all existing complimentary dining venues. The Skyline Main Dining Room has been given a new entrance and room design; signature Italian restaurant La Cucina is now an intimate, elegant venue and upgrades have been made to specialty restaurants East Meets West, Cagney’s Steakhouse and Jefferson’s Bistro. The addition of signature gelataria Dolce Gelato and delicious new menus featuring the latest trends across all dining outlets, give passengers more freedom and flexibility to choose when and where they dine.

ncl_POA_Strm_Balcony_NEWSteve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said “After more than three weeks in dry dock, we are looking forward to welcoming guests aboard the enhanced Pride of America”.

Ms Nicole Costantin, Vice President Sales, Norwegian Cruise Line added “Hawaii is an incredibly popular destination amongst Australian cruisers and it’s easy to see why. Cruising is an exciting and unique way to experience Hawaii’s diverse islands and Pride of America’s seven day one of a kind itinerary, which sails year round, offers nearly 100 hours on shore, including overnight stays in Kahului, Maui and Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo and Kona, Hawaii; an afternoon cruise along the spectacular Nãpali Coast and a choice of 89 shore excursions”.

The 89 shore excursion options on Pride of America’s Hawaii sailings range from snorkelling, parasailing, zip-lining and hiking to immersive cultural and culinary experiences.

ncl_POA_Atrium_LoungeNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel and has a fifty year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionised the industry, by giving passengers more freedom and flexibility.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond


May 28, 2016

The Sydney premiere of “Far From the Madding Crowd”, based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel set in rural England, is currently being performed at the Genesian Theatre in Kent Street, Sydney.

For this production, The Genesian Theatre Company has obtained the rights to use Mark Healy’s recent stage adaptation of Hardy’s novel for the English Touring Theatre.

Directed by Debbie Smith, the story of Bathsheba Everdine, the owner of a large farm left to her by a relative, is brought to life by Nicole Harwood, starring as the headstrong heroine. Bathsheba is in the enviable position of having three suitors, all wanting to marry her.

DSC09099 (1)Louis Cummings is excellent as Sergeant Troy, the cad who steals Bathsheba’s affections, while Ben Dewstow tugs at our heartstrings as Farmer Gabriel Oak.

Clever use of the minimalist stage sets helps the audience believe they are watching the daily life of workers on a farm in rural South West England, at the beginning of the industrial revolution.

This production features original music for the folk songs, as well as original choreography for the country dances that are performed.

If you have read the book or seen either of the two movie versions, you are sure to enjoy this production.

“Far From the Madding Crowd” is playing until 25th June 2016, with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm
 and a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond