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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

5 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: 15270

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

It was fun being the first ones on a new ship. I am sure the outdoor activities will be very popular, just not on a transatlantic cruise in November.


5 out of 5
Simple to get onboard.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was awesome on board. Not sure if it was because it was the maiden voyage, but the buffet had crab legs on multiple days, often with shrimp and/or crab claws. Le Bistro was excellent - food as well as service. Q - didn’t expect much for BBQ on a cruise ship, but the brisket was fantastic. Large portions and trimmed of fat.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Facilities are great. Did not participate in the go carts or laser tag as the weather did not cooperate.


5 out of 5
Choir of Man was a great show along with Kinky Boots. The Liverpool Beatles were fun to watch and reminisce but the music was lacking.

Children's Programs

No kids with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone on the cruise was very helpful. You did notice some “newness” of the cruise and people getting to understand the ship.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship. The “chandelier “ in the atrium is pretty unconventional but is unique in its color changing capability.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was as expected with it being new. Standard NCL balcony room. Convenient access to spa and elevators but away from unnecessary traffic.

Ship tip

Book shows and dinners as soon as you can. Main theater filled up quickly even with ship sailing under capacity.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
Did not do an excursion but did walk around. Was rainy when we were there so did little exploring. Stayed at Holiday Inn that was only a few minutes walk to the terminal. We stayed on the top floor on the west side of the building and were able to watch the ship dock.

New York, New York Did not visit port

Only took bus to airport.


3 out of 5
Have never sailed into New York before so I don’t know if what we experienced was normal. We arrived at port in the evening. Everyone had to disembark and go through customs at that time. This was even though we were not leaving until the following morning. We had to stay in the terminal (could have gone into the city but weather was poor). We were not allowed to get back on the ship until everyone had disembarked and was accounted for. The next morning you only had to walk off the ship but it took a few hours out of your last evening on the ship.
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