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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review

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Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 24, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 11505

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Left Miami, spent 1.5 days at sea, evening in San Juan, days in St. Thomas and Tortola, and 2 more days at sea

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation was easy and fairly brief

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I never went to a specialty restaurant but dining rooms/buffet were decent. Nothing spectacular but I’ve had much worse

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Racing was fun but the laser tag was a disaster. Thankfully I got a refund easily. VR was interesting but glitches abounded, especially in the escape room

Entertainment

5 out of 5
This was the highlight. All of the shows were unbelievable, especially Choir of Man. See them all

The Cavern Club

4 out of 5

The Liverpool Beatles were as good as any tribute I’ve heard. Not much other reason to go here

Social Comedy and Night Club

4 out of 5

The comedians were funny but it’s all very tame. Prohibition was great though. Get there early even if you reservations, because seating matters

Laser Tag

2 out of 5

I got a refund easily so it gets 2 stars, but this was a waste of time. An hour behind schedule and my gun was broken half the time. If you miss anything, make it this

Galaxy Pavilion

3 out of 5

I went here twice. Needs some tech work but there’s real potential

Encore Theater

5 out of 5

Everything was clean, seats were decent, and the shows were spectacular

Encore Speedway

4 out of 5

I would only go once but I had a good time. Not super fast but more than I expected

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everybody was very friendly and helpful

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship was very clean but it needs more open space. It has the same atrium as the Jewel class

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Size and comfort suited me fine. Keep in mind that all light is artificial. If you turn the lights off and shut the “window”, it’s pitch black 24/7. As for the window, it’s a TV livestream of the outside. Nothing interactive about it

Ship tip

Book your shows ASAP. They will sell out quick, as will everything else

Ports of call

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
I went to St. John. The island is gorgeous but know that you can’t really see it on a shore excursion. Still it’s a decent intro

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
I’m sure the city is even more beautiful in the daylight. I have no clue why NCL wasted the money on port taxes

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
This was actually easier than embarkation. There are lines of course, but they move fast and everything ran 30 min ahead of schedule
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