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Norwegian Encore Review

Norwegian Encore departing the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on September 30, 2019  (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)
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Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Senior Editor

Norwegian Encore Overview

Norwegian Encore will be the fourth and final ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway Plus Class, joining classmates Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss.

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Measuring in at approximately 167,800 gross tons, Norwegian Encore will hold nearly 4,000 passengers and is scheduled to launch in Fall 2019. It is currently under construction at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. 


Highlights

  • An expanded go-karts at sea race track, with a section of the track extending out over the side of the ship
  • Broadway entertainment in the theater with a 90-minute version of "Kinky Boots"
  • The Galaxy Pavilion, a 10,000-square-foot virtual reality complex
  • New-to-Norwegian Italian restaurant concept, Onda by Scarpetta 
  • Sails from Miami every Sunday from November 2019 to April 2020, the repositions to New York City

Entertainment

Norwegian Encore will expand its popular go-karts at sea with a two-level race track that's larger than the ones currently on Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy. Upgrades will include a covered viewing area in the center of the track where spectators can provide a turbo boost to passing carts by tagging them with a laser beam. The race track will also extend over the side of the ship, as much as 13 feet.

Norwegian Encore will also have the Galaxy Pavilion, a 10,000-square-foot indoor virtual reality complex which debuted on Norwegian Joy; as well as an open-air laser tag arena similar to the one on Norwegian Bliss. Norwegian Encore's laser tag will be Atlantis-themed, and have some virtual reality elements.

In terms of shows, it will feature the Tony-award-winning musical "Kinky Boots" with songs written by pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Also onboard will be "The Choir of Man," which recently debuted on Norwegian Escape, which combines high energy music, dance and live percussion. 

Also returning will be the line's popular "Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical" interactive theater show, which features 1920s-era cocktails in the cost of the show. 


Dining

Norwegian Encore will have a full complement of dining options including fleetwide favorites and a new Italian concept.

The new restaurant, Onda by Scarpetta, is being created in partnership with LDV Hospitality, whose Scarpetta portfolio of restaurants can be found in New York City, the Hamptons, Miami, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Newport and London.

Onda by Scarpetta will be located along The Waterfront, and diners can choose to eat inside or outdoors. The menu will showcase a selection of modern Italian dishes, as well as homemade pastas, including such items as yellowtail crudo, branzino, and the Scarpetta signature dish, spaghetti tomato and basil.

Among the returning restaurants will be Cagney's Steakhouse, Food Republic, Le Bistro, Los Lobos, Q (Texas barbecue-style fare), Ocean Blue, Teppanyaki and the American Diner. The ship will also have a Coco's sweet shop, Dolce Gelato on The Waterfront, a full Starbucks and a Bake Shop.


Bars & Lounges

As for its beverage options, the ship will have a large selection of bars and lounges, many featuring cocktails on tap created by celebrity mixologist Kathy Casey. Venues will include The Cellars -- A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, The District Brew House, The A-List Bar, Maltings Whiskey Bar, Mixx Bar, Sugarcane Mojito Bar and the Skyline Bar.

The line's popular Cavern Club also returns, offering standing room only performances by a Beatles cover band.  

Norwegian Encore will also have an expanded, extra-fee two-story Vibe Beach Club, the adults-only lounge with private sun deck.


Itineraries

Sailing out of Miami every Sunday from November 17, 2019 to April 12, 2020, Encore will sail seven-night itineraries that visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Beginning April 22, Encore will resposition to New York City from where it will offer seven-night cruises to Bermuda. 

 


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