We enjoyed it but......

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 08, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We enjoyed it but prefer RC as we liked the atmosphere more and open areas of the ship

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Very much in the dark ages where you have to queue up and see a desk clerk. They need to move with the times and allow online checkin and swift embarkation, as RC are doing

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food absolutely fantastic. Indian station at buffet fabulous. Can’t fault it as we never had a bad meal

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They have the standard activities such as quizzes etc but we were disappointed about all of the extra charges. For example the adults only solarium costs 100 dollars a day whereas it is free on other lines. Lots of other charges for activities and some shows too.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
All good. Loved choir of man and kinky boots. Comedians were the same all week though and some variety is needed. The two piano singers were excellent as were the bands.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service all round

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Very clean, new and innovative. There were things that we really liked such as the observation deck but this ship is focussed more like a rabbit Warren and we like Ships with promenades and larger areas. We had a mini suite and found that as it was at the front of the ship, the wind made the balcony impossible to use when not in port so we got very little use from it. Also you are overlooked from all of the standard balconies from above so no privacy whatsoever. We were disappointed as this was our first balcony and we probably won’t bother again.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Can’t remember number but it was a mini suite 3 cabins back from the front. There was a tornado on the balcony almost when we were out to see with the furniture lifting off the floor. Room was big and luxurious though.

Ship tip

Make sure you know that you will be charged tax on your drinks when in certain ports. We had the drinks package and were shocked to find we had extra charges. This is naughty and no other lines we have sailed on have charged this. NCL should absorb this cost and not pass on to us. It’s penny pinching after the high cost of the cruise.

Ports of call

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
They changed the itinerary so we arrived at 4pm and only had a hour of daylight. Luckily we had been before so didn’t miss out too much

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We went on the Everglades trip as we had a late flight. Recommended
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