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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 64

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Norwegian Encore

Great Stirrup Cay Round Trip

Sail date: November 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11138

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This is my third time sailing with NCL. I've only ever sailed on these larger ships and love all the activities that keep you entertained for the entire cruise. Since it's a new ship some of the staff were still learning their roles. In the recreation area it seems like an employee would only work a position for 30 minutes or less before being rotated somewhere else, so in some cases the customers had to wait for this to complete. It was most noticeable on the slide where this happen twice. The food in the main dining restaurants was good and the staff were attentive. I'd certainly take another NCL cruise.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was quick in Miami. I arrived just before boarding was set to begin.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Sugarcane Mojito Bar

5 out of 5

The mojitos were on point. My favorite was the raspberry guava. The live music in the evenings makes this a great place to sit and pass the time and people watch. At times the bar seemed short staffed so you had to wait a while to get drinks.

Garden Cafe

4 out of 5

Los of choices and the food was generally been good. The prime rib could have been warmer though.

The Local

5 out of 5

Good was food and the service was quick. Great place to people watch or catch the entertainment that's happening in the atrium.

The District Brew House

5 out of 5

A wide variety of beers. The entertainment in the evenings was good.


5 out of 5

They carry most of the items you can get on land including all the seasonal drinks that were available at the time. The cafe area is quite spacious.

The Manhattan Room - Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Had dinner here twice. The steak was quite good the first night. The second night it was cooked well, but the portion was just smaller. The service and atmosphere was great both nights.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Pulse Fitness Center

5 out of 5

Several classes including a rowing one I wish I could have tried. The equipment is very new and in good condition.

Observation Lounge

5 out of 5

I love this area on the Bliss, Joy, and Encore. A peaceful place to sit, read, or have a drink. During certain times they have small snacks available as well. There's a bar at the front part of this space if you want to get a drink.


4 out of 5

Encore Theater

4 out of 5

The venue itself is fantastic. Watched The Choir of Man which was very energetic and involved the audience. The Kinky Boots show I didn't enjoy as much and I felt like the vocals were at times overpowered by the music so you couldn't understand what the performers were saying.

Galaxy Pavilion

4 out of 5

I like the idea of this same enjoy the games I tried. The first racing simulator along the back wall had some issue half way through my race where I couldn't back out when I got stuck. So they let me play again on another simulator but the VR goggles on that one didn't work so I just played watching the normal screen.

Laser Tag

5 out of 5

My absolute favorite activity on the ship. I ended up playing this over 10 times. If you're able to, play on the red team side. You have a much better advantage.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Generally speaking the staff was friendly with the exception of one recreation staff member Edwin who worked at the slide and laser tag. He was bossy, cold, and rude. Not a warm positive experience one would expect especially when there were delays in the attraction and people are already frustrated.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was in great condition. They could use a trash can near the laser tag area though.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It's a little far towards the front, so it's a short walk from the most forward elevators. Everything was still very new and in good condition. USB plugs near both sides of the bed to charge phones and several outlets on the counter.

Ship tip

Make sure to reserve the activities you want to do as soon as you can.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Disembarking in Miami was smooth and quick.
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