Entering service for the first time November 2019, Norwegian Encore from Norwegian Cruise Line is a Breakaway Plus class ship, becoming a member of sisters ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy. Originally designed for the Asian market, Norwegian introduced additional into the ship’s growth that it might cater to the cruise line’s Western market, equally to Norwegian Bliss, and sail its inaugural season in the Eastern Caribbean earlier than shifting on to different areas of the world.
The huge, lovely ship sits at greater than 333 meters in size and a gross tonnage of 169,145 GT. There are 20 whole decks — 16 are reserved for passengers — and it gives capability for practically 4,000 cruisers alongside a crew of greater than 2,000.
With a brand-new, splendidly luxurious ship like Norwegian Encore, as you would possibly anticipate, there’s heaps to love and do, so let’s get straight into the 22 issues that you just completely have to do while you take your first Norwegian Encore cruise.
1. Zip Around a One-of-a-Kind Race Track
It’s no secret that Norwegian Encore serves up leisure in huge, hearty helpings and all of it begins with the ship’s race observe.
This spectacular amenity is the largest race observe at sea, with greater than 1,100 toes of observe (and, in case you didn’t know, that makes it longer than three total soccer fields). Plus, the daring and death-defying observe takes you really out over the open water, with curves that stretch 13 toes out over the facet of the ship!
2. Play a Game of Laser Tag
The enjoyable continues with an epic sport of laser tag. Your laser battle is about inside the becoming metropolis of Atlantis, for an underwater exploration that has you operating to conceal behind metropolis ruins whereas battling sea monsters. And equally to the race observe, this laser tag course is setting information, because it’s the largest open-air laser tag possibility at sea. How cool is that?!
3. Wind Your Way Through a VR Maze
Nope, the enjoyable nonetheless doesn’t cease there. The digital actuality maze is a whole can’t-miss for cruisers of all ages on Norwegian Encore. The VR maze is about inside the Galaxy Pavilion, the ship’s 10,000-square-foot AR complicated. And when you’ve tried VR video games beforehand at dwelling and didn’t take care of them, you’ll need to give it one other go right here. The tech is actually excellent and like nothing you’ve ever skilled earlier than.
4. Chill at One of Two Water Parks
That’s proper — Norwegian Encore boasts not one, however two water parks! The all-ages water park gives a number of swimming pools, scorching tubs, slides and kid-friendly water options which are certain to please each traveler in your loved ones.
Norwegian Encore Aqua Park (Rendering: NCL)
Definitely don’t miss the slides — these adrenaline-pumping experiences whip you alongside water programs that jet out over the facet of the ship, take you round double loops and extra. The kids-only water park is a bit extra tame, with kid-friendly slides and water enjoyable that can attraction to a vary of ages.
5. Check Out the Views from the Observation Deck
The ship’s statement deck is one in every of many locations to get your superior ocean views whereas aboard a Norwegian Encore cruise, however the statement deck is actually laid out in an effort to get the greatest photos of the water, with out even stepping foot outdoors. So go forward — take all the selfies and Instagram photographs you need!
6. Catch a Broadway-Style Show…
Broadway leisure abounds aboard Norwegian Encore and if the ship’s very first present is any indicator, there’s going to be loads of superb performances in its future, regardless of while you resolve to take your cruise. The ship’s first present is the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, a heart-warming story about following your goals and acceptance. It options superb musical numbers written by Cyndi Lauper.
7. …Or See a More Relaxed Number
If you’re not a fan of the huge Broadway hits, perhaps the ship’s different debut present can be up your alley. The Choir Man already appeared aboard the Norwegian Escape, to rave evaluations. It’s a nice present that options a very massive vary of musical genres and — one in every of the greatest elements — you possibly can even get pleasure from a drink whilst you watch this present set in a bar.
8. Dine in High Style at a New Eatery
Norwegian Encore options a brand-new restaurant to the model, Onda by Scarpetta. This restaurant has its roots in huge metropolis meals scenes, as a part of a portfolio of eating places that seem in huge foodie locations like New York City and London. Onda is located on the ship’s Waterfront house, so you possibly can dine inside or outdoors whereas having fun with a few of the superb Italian delicacies.
Onda by Scarpetta (Rendering: NCL)
9. Get Your Coffee Fix
No extra do you might have to accept sub-par espresso whereas on a cruise! Norwegian Cruise Line is aware of what you need and so they’re delivering. While you’re aboard Norwegian Encore, you’ll have the ability to get pleasure from all of your favourite Starbucks drinks from a full-service, licensed Starbucks storefront, with all the model’s regular drinks, meals and retail gadgets.
10. Enjoy Dinner AND a Show
At the ship’s Social Comedy and Night Club, you possibly can get pleasure from each dinner and a present with out ever leaving your seat. The venue is the ship’s late-night bar and lounge, however it’s additionally an leisure venue and the present on faucet is Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical. You do have to pay further to see this present, however, your ticket value consists of entry to a tremendous cocktail record of Prohibition-style booze.
11. Take a Stroll Along the Promenade
The Waterfront house talked about above isn’t simply dwelling to Norwegian Encore’s new Onda restaurant. It additionally acts as a quarter-mile-long promenade with incredible views of the ocean. However, identical to an on-land promenade, this house additionally provides you direct entry to eating places, bars and extra, for a really one-of-a-kind expertise.
12. Fall in Love with International Flavors…
The eating choices aboard Norwegian Encore are in depth and also you’ll discover one that you just love no matter your tastebuds’ favourite vacation spot.
Food Republic (Rendering: NCL)
We already talked about Onda, of course, however past this Italian eatery, you’ll find Teppanyaki, an genuine Japanese hibachi restaurant; Food Republic, for Asian-inspired menu gadgets that you just order straight from a pill; Los Labos, a premium Mexican restaurant; and Le Bistro, a signature French restaurant that boasts a completely elegant environment.
13. …Or Stick to Steakhouse Favorites…
If your tastebuds want steakhouse menus to another, you then’ll love Cagney’s, Norwegian’s basic steakhouse possibility. The eatery serves up perfectly-aged premium licensed angus beef alongside all the different basic steakhouse sides, from succulent roasted greens to recent seafood to truffle fries. Definitely anticipate a decadent dessert at the finish of your meal!
14. …Or Even American Classics!
But, if all of the above can’t make your mouth water fairly like a burger or barbecue can, you then’re nonetheless in luck. Norwegian Encore’s eating choices proceed onward with basic American treats. Q is a completely cool barbecue joint that serves drinks and dancing to boot, whereas American Diner is decked out in basic 1950s model, with a menu to match.
Q Texas Smokehouse (Rendering: NCL)
15. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Did you save room for dessert? Good, you’ll want it. There are numerous locations to fulfill your candy tooth aboard Norwegian Encore. Coco’s serves scrumptious ice cream all day, daily, in addition to candies and crepes. Dolce Gelato is all about Italy’s wealthy and creamy take on ice cream. And then The Bake Shop will heat your coronary heart with its array of macaroons and cupcakes. Yum!
16. Escape to Your Own Oasis
Norwegian Encore gives staterooms, after which it gives STATEROOMS. The better of the greatest are situated inside a particular VIP part of the ship: The Haven. When you e-book a keep in a Haven stateroom, you’re assured an amazingly massive guestroom that might be at dwelling in any luxurious lodge round the world.
You get your individual personal balcony, luxurious showers, unbeatable views and extra. You’ll need to transfer in and keep for good! The Haven additionally gives its friends a personal courtyard with a beautiful pool and scorching tub, in addition to a personal high-quality eating restaurant and a bar that’s solely open to Haven friends. Talk about posh!
17. Relax in Private While the Kids Are Away
Like most cruise ships, Norwegian Encore offers youngsters programming so that oldsters can enjoy a little quiet time whereas the youngsters are nonetheless having any equally pleasurable expertise. The Splash Academy is for youths of all ages, and offers artistic actions, adventures and events.
Norwegian Encore Arial (Rendering: NCL)
The Guppies program is for the smallest vacationers, to get pleasure from sensory play. Entourage is for the teenagers in your loved ones, who’re certain to get pleasure from the motion pictures, music and events that abound on this adults-free zone.
18. Pamper Yourself at the Spa
The spacious Norwegian Encore spa serves vacationers with an ample array of therapy choices. But, when you’re not in the temper for a therapy, you’ll nonetheless get pleasure from stress-free on this serene house, which incorporates loungers with ocean views, a salt room for detoxifying your physique and a snow room for a chilling sensation that can depart you revitalized.
19. Break a Sweat
You don’t have to depart your exercise routine at dwelling whilst you’re on trip. Stay wholesome with a journey to Norwegian Encore’s health heart, the place state-of-the-art exercise gear is accessible alongside guided lessons for many who need to check out pilates, yoga and even guided meditation.
20. Places Your Best and Try Your Luck
Norwegian Cruise Line’s award-winning on line casino continues to ship aboard Norwegian Encore. You’ll discover each sport conceivable, from slots to poker, and, when you’re wanting to be a part of the huge canines at the high-stakes tables, you’re greater than welcome. (But don’t fear, newbie tables can be found too, to allow you to be taught the ropes.)
21. Escape to the Adults-Only Beach Club
While there won’t be a seaside onboard, you gained’t discover thanks to Vibe Beach Club’s impeccable design. The adults-only, personal retreat covers a whopping two tales of house and consists of a spacious bar with all of your favourite drinks, loads of loungers in the solar, refreshing snacks and a scorching tub. It’s a great spot for adults to chill out in the sunshine with out braving any screaming youngsters or harried households.
Vibe Beach Club (Rendering: NCL)
22. Grab a Drink
And, lastly, identical to there are such a lot of completely different locations aboard Norwegian Encore to seize any meal, any time of day, there are likewise a great deal of choices for getting your drink on, whether or not you’re a cocktail individual, a beer fan or a wine aficionado. The signature watering gap is The A-List Bar, which is featured prominently.
There’s additionally The District Brew House, serving up greater than 70 completely different beers (although non-beer followers will like this spot, too, as hand-crafted cocktails are additionally accessible). Sugarcane Mojito Bar is all about tropical-inspired drinks.
The Cellars is for these wine lovers on the market, and Maltings Whiskey Bar serves your favourite whiskeys from round the world. And that’s not even all of your choices. The record of watering holes goes on and on.
So, have you ever heard sufficient about Norwegian Encore to persuade you to hop aboard this ship at your very first likelihood? We undoubtedly have! See you aboard, fellow cruisers!
Also Read: 16 Reasons You Should Cruise on Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Encore FAQ
Norwegian Encore gives friends three completely different swimming swimming pools. Across these swimming swimming pools, you’ll discover 5 waterslides. In addition, friends get pleasure from entry to 9 Jacuzzies, although not all of those water choices are open to each single cruiser, as some are in adults-only or VIP areas.
The Norwegian Encore ship is simply over 1,000 toes in size, with 16 passenger decks and 20 whole decks. This provides the ship a visitor capability of slightly below 4,000, and a crew capability of two,100.
Norwegian Encore is in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus Class, the place it joins sister ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy. The Breakaway Plus Class was launched in 2015 and has acquired rave evaluations worldwide since.