Awesome Alaska Adventure

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

Sail date: September 22, 2021

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9282

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Review summary

This trip was a celebration of 40 years of marriage and we had been looking forward to going to Alaska for several years. The cruise experience was everything we had hoped for and more than we could have imagined. A beautiful ship, fantastic crew, delicious food and we felt very safe with all the preparations and procedures related to COVID. Cruising in Glacier Bay National Park with the park ranger commentary was like being in a National Geographic feature film. All the excursion partners were excellent and we loved the fishing with our catch cooked for our lunch on an island in Ketchikan. We have traveled most of the US and this was truly our top experience in a breathtaking natural setting.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very organized and efficient process for COVID testing and embarkation was smooth and on time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
All the dining areas were top quality. There were so many choices that we realized we had missed one or two of the restaurants during our cruise. Food and service were both excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Too chilly for the pool but we enjoyed relaxing on the pool deck. The fitness center had top notch quality equipment and space enough to enjoy a solo yoga workout with a beautiful view.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Our favorite was Jean Pierre's magic show and his small group gathering on Friday to teach card tricks and talk about his journey becoming a magician. The Beatles Invasion was great.

Children's Programs

no children traveling with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff were so glad to be back cruising and they were polite, helpful, gracious, and efficient. They thanked us for coming back to cruise with them.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship provides so many different comfortable areas to sit and look at the ocean, enjoy a beverage, or a show that we never felt crowded. The overall decor was impeccable with each area having its own unique vibe and all the thoughtful design features. Common areas were always clean and the staff was always attentive. With 22 different restaurants, you could be spoiled and eat something special each meal!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The size of the room was perfect and we loved sleeping with the sliding door ajar so we could listen to the ocean. Super comfortable bed and we slept great. It was kept neat and spotless by our steward Charlito.

Ship tip

Be sure to explore the entire ship and check out all the restaurants and seating areas. We will have to wait til next time to enjoy a few of the restaurants that we missed this time.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth and efficient.
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