Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Norwegian Encore
When is Norwegian Encore slated to resume operations?
Norwegian Encore will resume sailing on August 7, 2021, offering 7-night Alaska cruises from Seattle. These cruises will include port stops in spectacular Icy Strait Point, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.
Norwegian Cruise Line is requiring that ALL guests and crew be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to sailing and provide proof of vaccination for sailings departing on or before October 31, 2021.
Cruising on Norwegian Encore? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Norwegian Encore, made its debut in 2019, and is one of the newest vessels in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Encore is part of the Breakaway-Plus class of cruise ships. This cutting-edge vessel is filled with action-packed activities for the whole family. At full capacity (pre-covid), Encore can accommodate up to 3,998 passengers and offers 2,031 cabins of various sizes.
Activities + Entertainment: Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, Norwegian Encore is certain to have something to entertain everyone. A sample of ship highlights include: water slides, Aqua kids park, laser tag, Formula 1 Go-Kart track, the Entourage teen club, Splash Academy kids area, an Observation lounge with 180-degree views, a casino, and the Mandara Spa.
At night on Norwegian Encore, catch a performance of the Tony award-winning play Kinky Boots or the Choir of Man. Adults can also enjoy the Happy Hour Prohibition dinner and drinks theater, the Social Comedy and Nightclub, or the numerous bars and lounges onboard.
Dining: Norwegian Encore is home to 19 dining venues. Included options include: American Diner, Dolce Gelato, Savor Restaurant, Garden Cafe, The Local, The Manhattan Room, The Private Room at Taste, and The Haven Restaurant (only available for guests staying in The Haven). Specialty dining (extra charge) options on Encore include: Coco’s, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Food Republic, Le Bistro, Los Lobos, Ocean Blue, Onda by Scarpetta, Q Texas Steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Starbucks, and The Bake Shop.
Pricing: As travelers get excited about the return of cruising, sailings on the new Nowegian Encore are filling up fast and prices are constantly changing. Right now you can expect to pay about $120 - $130 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you have your own private oasis to enjoy the Alaskan scenery. Balcony cabins on Norwegian Encore currently start at about $170 per person per night.
If you find a price you like for the sailing you want, book it NOW as chances are it won't last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation
Many details are still being ironed out when it comes to embarkation especially on the first few sailings. Expect to provide proof of vaccination prior to sailing and again during the socially distant and staggered embarkation process. All guests will be assigned a check-in time and are asked to arrive at the pier only during this time frame.
Guests will take an antigen test at the pier (paid for by Norwegian Cruise Line) and will need a negative result prior to boarding the ship. Initial sailings will be capacity controlled to allow for more space per passenger during the cruise as well as feature contactless food and beverage service. For more details on Norwegian’s Sail Safe plan and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Tips from Our Community Members:
The Norwegian Encore is a fantastic ship for families! I highly recommend booking your cruise on Norwegians newest ship. - lilyfriedman72
Amazing floating city of a ship with something for everyone to do. Excellent entertainment! - mcgeemadness
Overall the Norwegian Encore is a beautiful ship with great food, excellent entertainment, and plenty of onboard activities for people of all ages. I would highly recommend trying the go carts. They are surprisingly fast. - CruiseMaverick
With so much to see and do in the Alaskan ports Norwegian Encore will visit, you will want to make sure to book your excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by port are:
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