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Norwegian Encore Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Good first start for a Return to Alaska sailing!

Review for Norwegian Encore to Alaska
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scooter6139
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2021
Cabin: Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

From start to finish, this was an overall very enjoyable experience. The Covid testing process took too long, but that was apparently an IT issue with Eurofins (1.5 hours wait in the hall for COVID results). Embarkation was super fast and streamlined. ALL staff was super excited to have us back on board and everyone was super excited.

Service was excellent in all venues (except for an issue with onboard credit in the Mandara spa).

We had a Club Balcony room on deck 15, just a few feet away from our favorite spot on the ship, the Observation Lounge. Was worried we might hear a lot from the Lido deck above, but really didn't hear much so the cabin choice was well worth it. Might have just been that there were only 2700 of us on the ship, or that it was mostly overcast and cool.

Cabin Review

Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

Beautiful. Little narrow for my comfort but usable. The balcony is smaller for what is generally considered a mini-suite. Best bathroom compared to most other cruise lines. This cabin had the sofa closest to the balcony, which we preferred. TV seems a bit small compared to other cruise lines now. The bed is atrociously hard, but you can request extra padding (we ended up with two extra layers). Storage is adequate for a 7 day or less cruise.

Port Reviews

Icy Strait

Very pretty, but not much to do at this time. Especially if you have 12+ hours.

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