This was the inaugural voyage of the new Norwegian Encore to the Eastern Caribbean. With a guest capacity of 3,998, nearly 1100 feet long, 160 feet wide and weighing in at nearly 170,000 GT, the Encore is NCL’s newest ship at sea and the last of the Breakaway-Plus class ships.
The Encore was delivered to NCL on October 30, 2019 and christened by Grammy Award-winning godmother Kelly Clarkson bringing the best of luck to the ship and all of us who sail on her. After several press/media and travel agent preview cruises, and a transatlantic repositioning, this was the Encore’s inaugural voyage after being christened.
The room was a standard Breakaway-class minisuite. NCL has done a wonderful job with contemporary room decor with earth tones. They have appointed the bed with throw pillows and a fabric runner (gone are the days of the tacky plastic mat). The bed is set as a queen, but it can be divided into two twin beds.
Each bed has a separately controlled lamp and separate reading light. The lamp has a USB port for charging or a small bedside fan (although from a cybersecurity perspective, you should avoid using USB charging ports). None of NCL’s reading lights on any ship are exceptionally useful. The old lights on flexible arms never would stay in a position you needed. The reading lights on the Encore are fixed to the bedside lamp and are hard to aim to your reading material. Each bed also as a tiny nightstand to stick a clock, CPAP, or just a bottle of water.
The room has a sofa which can be set up as a third bed.
Across the bed, there is a flat screen TV and desk area. The desk has a large mirror and doubles as a vanity with a stool. The desk has the telephone and a single-serve coffee maker which the room steward keeps well stocked. NCL has done away with ice buckets. On the desk and in the mini-bar under the desk, there is bottled water, liquor, and soft drinks for sale. The desk also has the only outlets in the room. There are three U.S. outlets and one European outlet.
Pro Tip: There are no outlets near the bed. If you have a CPAP, you will need to bring extension cord to bring power to the bedside. We always carry a light weight 12’ and 6’ extension cord for our CPAP. The outlets are controlled by the master power switch which uses your room key (or old hotel key) to activate. Also, room stewards have been instructed to unplug anything left in the outlets to minimize the potential of fire.
The bathroom is spacious with a double sink a beautiful glass tiled backsplash. There is ample room around the toilet (a lot less claustrophobic than a balcony). The room has a large shower with six jets. The bathroom has a liquid soap dispenser at the sink, and a shampoo/conditioner (combination) and body wash dispenser in the shower. The Spa rooms are suppose to have the Bvlgari amenities (ours did not, but some showed up after we asked).
Like all NCL Breakaway-class standard balconies and mini-suites, there is a lack of storage space. There are a few shelves in the closet and hanging space. The desktop and rail quickly becomes overflow storage space.
The balcony was spacious (for NCL Breakaway-class ships) with two chairs and a tiny table for drinks.
We like the room. It was close to the aft stairwell going up to the Spa. And being on Deck 15, it was a short walk to the observation lounge for morning coffee and afternoon snacks to bring back to the room and drink on our balcony.