Great Ship - Bad Weather

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
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Norwegian Encore

9 Night Transatlantic Westbound (London To New York)

Sail date: November 02, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9788

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review summary

Originally ship was to sail from Southampton to Miami but NCL went to NYC for the publicity. Inaugural cruise was a great experience but traveling across the North Atlantic in November was not ideal. First two days were rough - 45 foot waves and 60+ mph winds. Out of 9 days only had about 1 1/2 days we were allowed on outer decks. Ship was only about 42% capacity which allowed empty hallways and elevators. Meeting NCL Escape in front of Lady Liberty was a once in a lifetime experience. Great ship bad route.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy check-in quick on-board

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Never a bad meal! Great staff

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Due to weather not much outside time. Staff had plenty of "stuff" going on.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Major productions were unbelievable. Broadway caliber sets and performers. Bar entertainment was great.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was the greatest we have ever encountered on a cruise. Everyone was smiling and greeted you with a good morning or hello. Ship had the cream of the crop of staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean - ship was brand new and still staff was always cleaning. Nice design taken from the other Breakaway class ships with some new improvements.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Changed from 9788 to 10806 for a walk-in shower instead of a tub. Cabin was very nice and the bigger bathroom was just grand.

Ship tip

Enjoy! Don't miss the American Grill.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
Easy check-in and friendy staff.

New York, New York

4 out of 5
Ship arrived on Sunday and we disembarked on Monday. Problem we ALL had to get off ship on Sunday evening to go through CBP and wait about 3 hours till getting back on-board. 3+ hours wasted on last evening of cruise. Probably not NCL's fault.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Quick since all did imigration the night before. Porter was very helpful with bags and finding a taxi.
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