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Norwegian Encore Review

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

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

3 Adults. Eastern Caribbean. Miami.

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Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. For embarkation, we arrived early - they do not open the terminal doors for entry until around 9 or 9:30 am. There are limited facilities (trailer for bathrooms and a vending machine for water outside the terminal). Although, I know they're building a new one that will be ready February 2020. The photo associated with your ID is taken from your passport. They give you an group number for getting aboard. Choose your disembarkation group the day before based on your needs.

Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

Our mid-ship balcony stateroom was just what we needed for the 3 of us. It was slightly larger than expected and we made the storage of suitcases and items work. The sofa was made up as a single bed (much better option than an overhead bunk). Took our turn getting ready. Our attendant made our experience comfortable...room prepared every day and towels/other cleaned up. Note: there are not electrical outlets in the bathroom so be prepared to use the hair dryer in the main cabin (located underneath the desk/counter). A balcony is always a nice way to go. Note: if you are single on the cruise, I was told the studios are nice. Bring a power strip if you have many things to charge at the same time. Research other handy things to bring that may make your cabin experience better (magnets, towel clips, etc..). The refrigerator is locked the night before checkout/disembarkation.

Port Reviews


Traffic, airport, car rental, shuttle/transportation was good. The facilities at the Port/Terminal were minimal though. I'd like to see clean and accessible restrooms and food/drink.

San Juan

We were fortunate to have been able to get to the fort to see it for 30 minutes prior to closure. The views were beautiful, texture, history was worth it. Brick/stone streets, statue, and architecture was nice. Shopping. Enjoyed the food/drink at Raices.

Great Stirrup Cay

The excursions were cancelled due to weather/water conditions. Market (cash only), food/drink available, lounge chairs, towels, a Starbucks cart, music, swings in the ocean and some good photo ops. Snorkeling gear, floaties, volleyball, and more. The tenders were nicely sized. Stayed a couple hours - it's good to check it out.

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