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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Norwegian Encore

7 Night Scenic Alaska & Dawes Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 14, 2021

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 5705

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

An amazing Alaskan experience. I learned a lot about the history of how people not only survive but thrive in such wilderness. A lot of mishaps and apathetic with pompous, arrogant and unprofessional guest services but the cabin crews were above and beyond expectation. For Alaskan ports, I wish I have more time, there was so much more I wish I could do (helicopter to top of glacier, for example). Will definitely come back.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
The Covid testing procedure was too long, no room guidance or welcoming. The initial drill was nearly nonexistent.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Plethora of very good options on lunch and dinner. However, breakfast was bland and the same lackluster for the whole cruise. For dinner, there missing a tad bit of over-the-top jolly I had on Royal Carribean (I felt the whole experience was very McDonalized for a luxury meal).

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The ocean loop, racing track and laser tag were the best. The hot tubs were great.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Choir of man was great. The comedians are kinda boring. Most other shows are kinda like the ones I saw in adult day care (I'm looking at you, Bingo).

Children's Programs

There were nearly no children onboard due to vaccination requirement.

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Horrible Shore excursions crews. They lied to me, made me run around like their errand boy, and literally walked out when helping me due to "my shift is over". Guest service crew was a bit better, but share the same indifference, careless apathetic attitude. If you don't like helping guests, don't work in GUEST SERVICE.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Superb service, couldn't ask for more. These cabin crews who cleaned my room were the BEST of my cruise experience.

Ship tip

GET A STARBOARD (right side) room if you plan to get a Balcony. That face got the most time during the Endicott Arm Glacier.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
I visit before embarkation. Really like the Starbucks Reserve.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

1 out of 5
Pretty deceitful, Hoonah is like 10 miles away from Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait Point is a cruise-affiliated tourist trap corporation that deprived the native village (Hoonah) off any tourism at all. Shame on you, Icy Strait Point Corporation.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Pretty great Street Car excursion, I learned a lot about the history of one the most unique town in America. The Yukon train was a tad bit disappointment for us, not only that they cut off 1/3 of the length.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
I visited the Alaska State Capitol (still amazed at how nice and transparent the staffs are, they let us roam the whole place with no restrictions). I learned a lot about the American spirit of democracy even at the very remote place. The Gold Mine tour was a educational experience, I got to see how a lot of machines STILL WORK and got a little gold souvenir for myself.

CRUISE ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER

5 out of 5
The creme de la creme of this cruise. My parents got a starboard balcony and we literally got the most time of the whole ship to see the glacier ourselves, with NO CROWDS.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
The Lumberjack show was boring. The town was cool though. We saw salmon, seals and wildlife at Creek Street.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
It was OK, fast process.
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