OK! Pretty ship, Good Shows, Service Meh!

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Encore

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 19, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9738

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall, had an OK experience. I have never sailed with NCL before, and I will most likely stick with Royal Caribbean after this experience.


3 out of 5
Easy to get on the boat, but the reservation process is stuck in the 20th century. Need to wait in multiple lines to reserve everything right when you board. Should all be done through App (which is terrible).

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Buffets and main dining rooms were very good. Main dining room did not have good food.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Go Karts and Laser Tag were fun!! BIGGEST ISSUE with this boat is the pool and sun chair areas. Literally had a hard time moving around, as the pool deck is less than 1/3 of the top deck space.


5 out of 5
Great shows!!! Especially Kinky Boots and Choir of Man. Game shows were not my fav on this boat (nothing like royal).

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Overall, staff was not happy to be there. Seemed like there is a leadership issue which very much trickles down throughout the staff. Very OK telling the customer they are wrong and NO. Overall, very disorganized and not a ton of staff new about the ship or ship processes.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
New ship!! It is very pretty.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Comfortable, decent size balcony. Generally clean.

Ship tip

Make sure you book everything right when you get on ship (or you will not be able to do what you want). Do not get internet upgrades. INCREDIBLY SLOW!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Fun place to start. Check out South Beach.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1 out of 5
Should not do night port visits. There really wasn’t anything to do.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Pretty port and good times. Catamaran excursion is a good choice for this port.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

4 out of 5
Pretty island. Missing a pool. Staff was


5 out of 5
Easy and very fast.
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