Norwegian Encore Overview

By Staff - Updated Aug. 26, 2019

Norwegian Cruise Line has done it again with the all-new Norwegian Encore. Sailing in the fall of 2019 from the sunny shores of Miami, Encore is the latest addition to Norwegian's fleet of Breakaway-Plus cruise ships. This cutting-edge ship is filled with action-packed activities for the whole family: Put the pedal to the metal on the Formula 1 race track, bank the curves of the high-speed Aqua Racer waterslide, eliminate the competition on the Atlantis-inspired laser tag course, or spend hours playing virtual reality games in the Galaxy Pavilion.

If you enjoy Broadway shows and live music, Norwegian Encore's entertainment won't disappoint. With three onboard shows, including the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, the fringe-fest favorite Choir of Man, and Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical, you can catch a different performance every night. The ship's restaurants are equally diverse. Keep it casual with a visit to the buffet or main dining rooms, or treat yourself to an exquisite meal from Ocean Blue or The Chef's Table. If you plan on enjoying the nightlife during your cruise, there are plenty of adult-friendly hangouts onboard. Enjoy a chilled rosé in The Cellars, an ice-cold cocktail from the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, or a comfortable chair in the Observation Lounge as you watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

For its debut season, Norwegian Encore itineraries depart from Miami and Bayonne. New Jersey departures visit Bermuda, the Bahamas, and destinations across New England and Nova Scotia. Florida itineraries visit ports of call in the eastern and western Caribbean, including Panama, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Norwegian's private Harvest Caye resort in Belize. Travelers may also book transatlantic journeys between New York and England's storied Southampton port for the ultimate at-sea cruise vacation.

Top Activities for Norwegian Encore

  • Water slides and Kids' Aqua Park
  • Open-air Atlantis-themed laser tag
  • Formula 1 Go-Kart track
  • Galaxy Pavilion with virtual reality games
  • Entourage teen club
  • Splash Academy kids area
  • Tony award-winning Kinky Boots production with music by Cyndi Lauper
  • Choir of Man from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Happy Hour Prohibition dinner and drinks theater
  • Multiple bars and lounges, including The Cellars
  • Diverse dining, including Q Barbecue and Los Lobos
  • Social Comedy and Nightclub
  • The Cavern Club music venue
  • Observation Lounge with 180-degree views
  • The Waterfront open-air promenade
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Casino games
  • Mandara Spa

Before You Book

Why Sail on Norwegian Encore: Norwegian Encore is ideal for families and couples seeking action-packed activities and high-end amenities. The ship’s 82 studio cabins are also perfect for solo travelers looking to avoid the dreaded single supplement fee.

You Should Know: Norwegian Encore's amenities place a greater emphasis on premium pay-per-use features, such as laser tag and go-karts, which may impact cruisers traveling on a budget.

Norwegian Encore Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 3,998
  • Total Crew: 2,100
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.90
  • Built: Aug 2019
  • Number of Decks: 16
  • Total Cabins: 2,031
  • Cabin Categories: 34
  • Length: 1,094


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.5
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Entertainment 4.6
  • Food and Dining 4.4
  • Onboard Activities 4.1
  • Service and Staff 4.6
  • Ship Quality 4.5


2031 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(3 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $159/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(1 Review)
Avg. Cost: $211/night
Balcony Balcony
(34 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $232/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(8 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $268/night

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Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
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Food Republic Food Republic
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Coco’s Coco’s
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Ocean Blue Ocean Blue
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Aqua Park Aqua Park
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The Beauty Shop The Beauty Shop
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The Local Bar The Local Bar
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The Cellars Wine Bar The Cellars Wine Bar
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126 Norwegian Encore Reviews

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Adequate but may not be cruising ncl in future. by Cruiseguy65

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

We cruised Norwegian for the first time last year on the bliss and loved it. Convinced family to come with us on this ship. There seem to be kinks to work out on the corporate level and his ship feels like it is suffering from an identity crisis. I’d price out royal before committing to another ncl. It may seem more expensive at first but when there is a sense that the line is nickel and diming you at every corner with an extra fee and lack it reservations (we tried over 100 days out to book things and they were full), you might come out better paying for another company’s cruise.

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7-night Eastern Caribbean by mcclellan147

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The cruising on the ship was great except for the lack of show availability. The choice destinations were good except for Tortola. I would go again and probably visit the western Caribbean or Mexico. The ship is beautiful with plenty to explore each day.

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Gorgeous ship relaxing time by mcgeemadness

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Terrific week on the water away from nasty northern weather. Amazing floating city of a ship with something for everyone to do. Excellent entertainment!

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103 Norwegian Encore Tips

Nov 12, 2019

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Nov 13, 2019

Explore the entire ship. Some folks didn't discover the Observation Lounge until the 3rd day! Enjoy the speicalty and every complimentary dining option open to you. Do check out the entertainment - absolutely first rate.

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