Encore, but no standing ovation

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
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Norwegian Encore

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 15, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 10826

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

It's your basic cruise ship with excellent entertainment. They charge you for almost everything. The specialty dining rooms are a must if you appreciate good food. The ship tends to shimmy and rock more than most of the other ships we have been on. NCL has cut back on a lot of things the last two years, including axing the farewell lobster dinner. Beware of the cost of the "FREE" packages received when booking.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Fast and uneventful

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining rooms food quality has gone down since our previous cruise two years ago. Specialty restaurants : Cagney. Onda, Le Bistro were excellent. Ocean Blue , fair. Buffets were fair.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
You must pay for most of the onboard activities such as laser tag, go carts and virtual reality rides.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
18+ comedian shows were excellent as were both complimentary Broadway Shows: Choir of Man and Kinky Boots. Prohibition, another show however not free, was fair at best and I would not advise going and paing the premium for it if you have the beverage package, Waste of money since they serve you 5 different alcoholic beverages. One every 10 minutes. There was your typical Bingo and Deal or No Deal which was a total rip off.

Children's Programs

We don't have children

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Service was good not great. If there is a problem you need to keep escalating the problem until you reach management, 3-4 people.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It's your typical cruise ship in design, just new and clean

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Room was cramped but plenty of storage. Bathroom was nice with a large shower with good shower head and jets. The ship tended to shimmy a lot

Ship tip

They nickel and dime you to death.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
Arrived at 5:30 pm and left at 12:30. We say the Fiesta Latina Show which was cheesy but educational.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Great port if you need Jewelry of a table cloth. Definitely see the 2nd oldest synagogue. Our parasailing excursion was cancelled without notice due to winds.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

3 out of 5
Not much here. Did the Virgin Gorda and Baths. Nice trail and gorgeous beach but not worth the money.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Carried our luggage off. Fast and efficient.
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