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Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Reviews: 7
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Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 11, 2021

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 18712

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise post COVID, NCL has this down! Recommended 72 hour prior test with the testing at port brings a comfort level around other passengers we never had pre-COVID. the 100% vax requirement just added to the comfort around others. The ship is amazing in cleanliness and in technology. The staff, in all areas of the ship were exceptionally helpful. 50% capacity at sailing made this experience even better. Absolutely no lines anywhere!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Only change was the COVID testing.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Fantastic meals overall.

The Local

5 out of 5

The wings!, The wings!

The Haven Restaurant

5 out of 5

Was an amazing experience, service, food, and atmosphere are unmatched anywhere on the ship or land. We were called by name by every individual we encountered.

The Haven Lounge

5 out of 5

Beautiful, clean and well attended.

Q Texas Smokehouse

5 out of 5

Amazing BBQ for something prepared on a ship with no charcoal or wood firing. Was as good or better than many land based BBQs. portion sizes could be larger, but presentation was upscale!

Onda by Scarpetta

4 out of 5

They provide a great atmosphere, menu is limited in that some of our Italian favorites are missing. Food served was very good.

Ocean Blue

5 out of 5

Excellent flavors! Wish portion sizes were a little larger. But then again I make a pig out of myself in seafood restaurants.

Los Lobos

4 out of 5

I'm not much for Mexican food but my wife is. Food was very good and served quickly.

American Diner

5 out of 5

Ala carte dining, old style (50's) drive-in fare really good!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Thermal SPA makes one want to find one somewhere in one's hometown. Sadly, nothing close!

The Marketplace

5 out of 5

Very helpful, had a good selection. Maybe a bit too heavy on Jewelry should focus more on merch.

Mandara Spa & Salon

5 out of 5

OMG! Why is this not on every ship?

Haven Sundeck

5 out of 5

Not crowed, fantastic for Glacier Bay!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was so happy we were back and fell hand over foot to provide exceptional service.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Spotless!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The Haven, good size super clean!

Ship tip

Go now while capacity is limited, no lines for anything.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

2 out of 5

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Port Valet was fantastic! Put luggage outside the door and picked it up when we arrived back at our home airport.
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