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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
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Norwegian Encore

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 08, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 13740

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Smokers hate it,,,non smokers love it! I personally found the technology of virtual reality games to be the highlight for mos families and people in general.the go carts..cancel!!!! People were smoking into my car like 5 times...its as harsh on ur body as a car accident literally 5 times...never again! However do book the Thermal Suite!!! It made my cruise!!! So relaxing having a quiet nook for the foo-foo people!!!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The specialty restaurants were great especially Los Lobos!! However skip the lobster in Ocean Blue and order the fish instead!!!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Unless u want to be slammed into a wall by a race car skip the racetrack!!! I got hit 5 times and my back just couldn’t take my next reservation! Big cancel!!! Do however do The Pavillion!!! OMG...wow! The tech games in there are stunning!!! Wait for day 4, 5, or 6 and buy an hours pass for $29. No lines and u can ride your favorites over and over! The 5D or 6D I’m not sure....are amazing!! The Descent in the cage was amazing!! It’s so scary I made the staff stop me early...but the graphics with virtual reality were stunning! Definitely experience as many “rides” as possible! I missed the virtual hang gliding and I’m sad for that. I will do it on my next booking! There is something to do for ever age always!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Absolutely do the Choir of Man!!!!OMG! Enough said! Kinky was cute and Prohibition had stunning costumes! Lots of cocktails..like 4 or 5....very fun! Best Old fashioned I have ever tasted! Definitely check out Phil and Kesha...amazing singers for free in lounges but worth your time! Request Bee Gees and Queen as he is a young Charlie Sexton and is extremely way to talented!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I went to Ocean Blue and Rochelleen said she remembered me from over a year ago the Getaway ship!! Seriously! That amazing! Impressed! Everyone was so very nice...from restaurants to BlackJack tables!! I was told Norwegian took the best of their best and put them all on this ship! It shows!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Kevin my room steward was amazing! So polite and helpful! I’m very messy and he made it look amazing several times a day and night! Plus I had champagne as a gift and he made sure I had ice bucket and ice for 3 days til I drank it!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I’m one person so enjoyed the balcony views immensely! I however did hear other couples say that they thought their balcony rooms were the smallest they had ever experienced. My room was clean, neat and felt brand new. Just as I expected!!!

Ship tip

Okay Let’s go there!!! The smoking policy!! Wowza! Smokers can’t smoke at any outside bar..like on the Getaway a year ago. This ship has a smoking pod! And yes only one. However, when not in port you may also in a closed in casino...which is the first one I have seen enclosed. I believe the non-smokers will love this ship...but the non-smokers were definitely not happy with Norwegian’s new policy.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Alligator swap ride was sooooo fun and educational. Great tour guide...funny and a plethora of information!!!

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
I did the power at and snorkel.... crammed in like sardines ...however the staff were funny and passed out cocktails and rum shots after snorkel. Saw only one loggerhead turtle for 5 catamaran boats. Bring your own snorkel mask as they aren’t up to date enough to have anti water snorkels on their boat like western Caribbean excursions do...booo.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
Ok this is tricky! I did the Virgin Gorda snorkel....I heard regular Virgin Gorda from land was a lot of walking...so I’m a great swimmer. And good thing! The return to the ship after the tour is very difficult with the tide...but that said...everyone made it back just fine. The tour guides helped anyone who needed it and we had over an hour to snorkel after tour! Ok the boulders....stunning!!! I’m glad i did it once, however never again. So take your camera for amazing pictures!!! If u cant crawl on your hands and knees for 2 minutes dont go!!! This is truly more difficult than I thought it would be! Wow i cant imagine overweight or elderly people on this as there is a lot of ladders, ropes, and crawling! And our snorkel guide said we didnt need our shoes...big wrong!! You need your water shoes,,and we had to carry our mask and fins the whole time which I found extremely difficult while doing ladders and ropes!!! It was truly magical but you shush bring a camera waterproof, shoes, and a mesh bag for the snorkel equipment u are forced to carry so you can swim back to the distant ship! One and done for me! But worth it if you are agile!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
I booked an excursion to the Swamp rides!! So fun!!!!! Educational and cool for young and older. Plus you sneak of ship past all the line!!!!!! So worth it for that alone!!!!
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