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We booked our cruise three weeks prior to sailing. The Encore is a beautiful ship. As Platinum past NCL guests we get two complimentary specialty dinners. We could not make reservations prior to sailing. We were able to book Cagneys Steak once on ship, but it was after standing in a long line upon boarding the ship. We couldn’t book a time suitable for our schedule, but eventually get in. The restaurant was overbooked & noisy. They were bringing servers from the BBQ restaurant to help out. Food was good, service fair. We booked the Italian restaurant, food was excellent, and service was excellent. Our first port was San Juan where we docked around 5:00 pm and left around 11:00 pm. My wife had the drink package, but since we were in port for the evening, she was charged port tax on her alcoholic beverages. ( not good). Overall this is a beautiful ship, but not freestyle like Norwegian advertises. Reservations are required for the two available major shows as well as the comedy shows. We were charged a delivery charge when we bought their water package. Additional charges are for the upper deck and go carts. We do not plan to ever sail on Norwegian ‘s large ships again. Way too many people and too difficult to enjoy the shows, etc. The Liverpool Beatle group sounded like a cat got his tail ran over by a rocking chair.

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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review by Breath Of Fresh Air

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window
We booked our cruise three weeks prior to sailing. The Encore is a beautiful ship.

As Platinum past NCL guests we get two complimentary specialty dinners. We could not make reservations prior to sailing. We were able to book Cagneys Steak once on ship, but it was after standing in a long line upon boarding the ship. We couldn’t book a time suitable for our schedule, but eventually get in. The restaurant was overbooked & noisy. They were bringing servers from the BBQ restaurant to help out. Food was good, service fair. We booked the Italian restaurant, food was excellent, and service was excellent.

Our first port was San Juan where we docked around 5:00 pm and left around 11:00 pm. My wife had the drink package, but since we were in port for the evening, she was charged port tax on her alcoholic beverages. ( not good).

Overall this is a beautiful ship, but not freestyle like Norwegian advertises. Reservations are required for the two available major shows as well as the comedy shows.

We were charged a delivery charge when we bought their water package. Additional charges are for the upper deck and go carts.

We do not plan to ever sail on Norwegian ‘s large ships again. Way too many people and too difficult to enjoy the shows, etc. The Liverpool Beatle group sounded like a cat got his tail ran over by a rocking chair.
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Cabin Review

Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window
Cabin O8
Very nice cabin, lots of room for our clothing. Three closets for hang up clothing. Lots of drawers for folded clothes. Nice roomy bathroom with a shower and bath tub.

Our cabin had wet carpet our first night and second day. The staff said that an AC unit had caused the leak. They brought a big fan to dry the carpet.

Also our in-room safe didn’t work the first two days. They did fix it. These two issues were not expected on this new ship.
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