NCL’s Pride of America heading back to Kahului, Maui starting Sept. 3

MIAMI — NCL has announced its return to Kahului, Maui, with the guidance and encouragement of the Maui community, Hawaii State Governor Josh Green and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

NCL’s Pride of America will re-start its weekly overnight calls to Kahului as of Sept. 3, 2023.

Earlier this month, the cruise line paused its calls to Maui, to avoid stressing local resources due to the devastating wildfires in Lahaina on the island’s west side.

The U.S.-flagged ship has an 18-year history of cruising the Hawaiian Islands year-round.

“We have a strong connection with the people and islands of Hawaii and long history of bringing guests from all over the world year-round to this paradise in the Pacific,” said NCL’s President, David J. Herrera.

Herrera added: “When we heard of the tragic wildfires, we were quick to mobilize our network to support local recovery efforts in Maui. We temporarily adjusted our itineraries to avoid stressing the destination further, we donated $50,000 to Maui United Way, and together alongside our partners have collected and will be donating over $150,000 in supplies such as food, clothing and mattresses. We look forward to returning to this incredibly special destination soon with the guidance and support of the local community, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Governor Green.”

For his part, Governor Green said: “We appreciate the continued partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line, and the support it has recently provided to aid the recovery of the residents of Lahaina.  While travel to West Maui is restricted to returning residents and emergency responders, we are working with our tourism partners, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, and encouraging them to make a steady return to other areas of the island and throughout the rest of the state.”

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s chief brand officer Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā, said the HTA is encouraging a responsible return to Maui. “The damaging effects of the recent wildfires to the Lahaina community has been heartbreaking. As recovery efforts are underway, the island of Maui is dependent now more than ever on the return of mindful, respectful visitation which keeps our residents employed and businesses open. We are encouraging travelers and visitor industry companies, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, to make a responsible return to the island, visiting the many areas that were not impacted by the fires and are welcoming travelers back.”

The latest updates from Maui can be found at For the latest Maui emergency management and recovery information, and to help the people of Maui, and Maui United Way.

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