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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

Great Stirrup Cay Round Trip

Sail date: November 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11216

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

If you are a drinker definitely take advantage of the beverage package as a free at see perk it is worth it. If you are a smoker the smoker's lounge is enclosed with no air flowing through and it is on the 8th deck. While in Great Stirrup Cay you can rent the cabana's. There are some that even have bathroom's and beds.


5 out of 5
Super easy but would definitely recommend wheel chair assistance for people with mobility issues. There is a separate are for customer's who book the Haven. They have an area at the top where you are able to sit until they are ready to start boarding and you can take a photo if you would like. On your key card it will tell you what area to go on the ship to get your pictures.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was amazing and had something for everybody. I am very picky what I eat and I never went hungry while I was on board or at port.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There are so many things to do on board that you will never be board. My husband even got to enjoy the football game on a jumbo screen.


5 out of 5
The shows were very entertaining and they included the guests in the show which was a lot of fun.

Children's Programs

I did not have children while on board but I did notice that they had a lot of things for the children to do as well.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All of the staff were really friendly and very helpful. We especially enjoyed our waiter (Franky) in The Manhattan. He was awesome and we even got treated to a song that he sang by Whitney Houston. Our room steward was also great. The refrigerator was locked due to it being an inaugural sailing but he allowed us to get in it so that we could keep our water cold.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The entire ship was super clean and there people at all times making sure that it stayed that way. Our room steward also great. The refrigerator was locked due to it being an inaugural sailing but he allowed us to get in it so that we could keep our water cold.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our room was super comfortable and we never felt cooped up while relaxing in our room. I noticed that there is a lock on the balcony door at the top of the door that will prevent small children from opening it up. There is a step up to get in and out of the bathroom and the balcony as well so be careful.

Ship tip

If you look down on the carpet there are fishing pointing in the direction that you are heading so that you know if you are going forward or aft. Download the NCL app on your phone you can use it even if you do not get the internet package to communicate. Definitely book shows, specialty dinner and excursions ahead of time. You can also book on large screen on the ship and you can even do so on the tv in your room but if you book it ahead of time you have a better chance of doing what you would like to do.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
South Beach was a lot of fun. You can also get around downtown Miami on the Metro Mover for free. Definitely take an Uber not a taxi it is much cheaper.

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5
Great Stirrup Cay is absolutely beautiful. All of the food and drinks are free while you are there. You have to take a tender to get to it though so that may be an issue for someone that is handicapped. Unfortunately we did not get to do any of the excursions because they were cancelled due to high winds.


5 out of 5
Very smooth process you go through the customs line show your id and off you go.
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