Excellent Return To Cruising

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 95

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

Sail date: August 24, 2021

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 13204

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Review summary

An excellent cruise. The staff as well as the passengers were all glad to be back at sea. The ship is virtually new and well designed. NCL did a great job of handling the Covid vaccine requirements and pre-boarding testing went smooth and a great piece of mind for all aboard.


5 out of 5
The vaccine confirmation and pre-boarding Covid testing went very smooth.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
All meals were excellent. The buffet was self-serve as before. Specialty restaurants were great and the service was perfect.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The speedway on the Encore is unique and lots of fun. And the water slides were thrilling. Being in Alaska, the pools weren't very busy but nice and comfortable temperature.


5 out of 5
Choir of Man is best cruise ship show we've ever seen. And Alexa, the piano/vocalist was exceptional performing in several venues on the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was exceptional as the crew was just as happy to be back at sea as the passengers.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Encore is a new and beautiful ship. The ship sailed at only 2/3 capacity so never seemed over crowded. The layout is very convenient. The only thing we missed is that the ship doesn't have a walking/jogging path that goes clear around the ship. If the ship were at full capacity on a warm weather itinerary, the small size of the pools will get very crowded. Overall it is a very nice ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent location on the ship. The cabin layout is very good. We always book a balcony. This cabin with the bed next to the balcony seems roomier than when the bed is in the middle and the couch next to the balcony. The simple layout make a big difference.

Ship tip

Mid ship cabin location is nice. It's a big ship and can be a lot of walking.


5 out of 5
Luggage was taken off the ship to the terminal. Lots of time for a nice breakfast before leaving. Disembarking was nicely spaced out and no crush in the terminal.
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