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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 09, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 13252

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

I would do this cruise again--absolutely loved the Encore. Didn't have to wait in line for much of anything. Loved, loved, loved the smoke-free casino. Used the Local, Taste and Savory for most lunches and several dinners. All were good food and good service. We did a couple of the art lectures which we enjoyed it--much better than the art auctions. All in all we enjoyed this cruise so much!


4 out of 5
Embarkation went smoothly

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Used 3 specialty restaurants, Q, Onde and Cagney's. We wouldn't bother going to Q again. But Onde was fabulous. Cagney's was excellent.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Did not use many of the special activities on this cruise. Never got in the pool, pool deck was always crowded.


5 out of 5
Entertainment was beyond excellent--Kinky Boots and Choir of Man were amazing. The Beatles tribute band was great. The only disappointment was Prohibition the Musical. The charge was almost $40 per person, definitely not worth the extra charge. We were told it was because of the 5 cocktails included but we had the drink package so was redundant.

Children's Programs

No children along with us

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
We did not see our cabin steward the entire cruise, and had some odd things happen so that's why we didn't give 5 stars. But all of the other service was excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The public spaces were amazing--the Observation Lounge was beautiful and spacious. The finishes in the ship were high end. The reason we said this cruise was surprising was because I did not want to sail on such a large ship. As it turned out, I loved it! It was luxurious, clean and well appointed.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was well designed. The shower was larger than usual and had a glass door instead of a curtain. Balcony was angled so a little larger than many.

Ship tip

Find the Observation Lounge and take advantage of it! Also, make as many reservations on the NCL website as possible ahead of the cruise.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
Late in the day to arrive, which was odd.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Took a ferry over to Water Island and spent the day at Dinghy's. Nice day!

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
Did the Jost Van Dyke shore excursion. It was great! Spent the day at Hendo's Hideout.


5 out of 5
So quick and painless!
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