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Norwegian Encore Review

4.5 / 5.0
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191 reviews
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Beautiful new ship designed for family with children

Review for Norwegian Encore to the Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

We chose this cruise because it was a new ship and we love cruising and have had great experiences with Norwegian. We love freestyle and being able to eat when we want and where we want. However, in light of all of the new family themed additions to this ship like the speedway, the kids waterpark, laser tag, and the regular water slides, it was almost impossible to find a deck chair anywhere near the pool if you arrive topside later than 10 am. They say you are not allowed to hold seats for more than 15 minutes or your items will be collected for pickup. At any given time of the day there are as many empty seats with towels and people's belongings on chairs as there are with actual people sitting in chairs. This was a deal breaker for me. Since we travelled from the northeast for warmth and sunshine, it was hard to find on this ship. The food and staff at the buffet (main dining room) was totally amazing, and went out of their way at every interaction to make you feel welcomed and valued as a guest. We loved the movie nights on the pool deck, and the cruise director was awesome and fun and great at making us laugh and have a great time. Casino was fairly large and had a lot of different games to offer. Bars and dining options were aplenty! We did not particularly care for our dinner at Onda. Our waiter made us feel very uncomfortable throughout our dinner, food was disappointing. Choir of Man was an awesome show and highly recommend!! High energy and loved the engagement of the audience. Vocals were so awesome, performers were amazing!! Also went to Kinky Boots, this was very disappointing. Felt like I was at a middle school performance where performers were off key and forgot their lines. Set was boring and non engaging. We loved the deck options with nice comfy outdoor sofas which is where we spent a lot of time just relaxing in the shade or sun, depending on starboard or portside and time of day. Nice place to chill with a good book!! If I were traveling with children, this would be my first choice. However, traveling as an early senior couple. This ship was not for us.

Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

Our room attendant was amazing and kept our accommodations pristine and welcoming at the end of each day and then again while we went to dinner or shows. We had a midshipman balcony suite. Room was a comfortable proportion and bed was very comfortable and perfectly appointed. My only complaint here would be we were directly above pool deck which was a bit loud some nights. If I cruise again would opt for an aft or fore stateroom or upgrade to a Haven suite which might have afforded us the quieter/available pool accommodations we were seeking.

Port Reviews

Great Stirrup Cay

Beautiful beach, lots of options, plenty of beach chairs and room for private or quiet lounging.

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