NCL Alaska is Fantastic

Norwegian Encore Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Norwegian Encore

7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 25, 2021

Ship: Norwegian Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 14232

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

This cruise was fantastic. Great ship. Great Food. Great entertainment. One of the best cruises I have experienced. The best feature of this cruise is that all on board were vaccinated and it felt like cruising before this horrible virus COVID existed. First time I have felt normal in a long time. Thank you NCL. I will be a faithful customer forever!!!!!!


5 out of 5
Smooth and easy!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Ate mostly at specialty dining. Best food I’ve had on any cruise.

Le Bistro French Restaurant

5 out of 5

Best filet I have ever eaten. Also, the best French onion soup! Best service as well. Very accommodating time wise due to a show reservation. Stellar food and service!!!!!!!!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
They offered some of the best at sea. Unfortunately due to wet weather the outside activities were unavailable. Plus it is quite cold in Alaska.


4 out of 5
The show Kinky Boots was a pleasant surprise. Was not expecting to see that show. Choir of Man was the show expected but was cancelled on board. I have been looking forward to that show for a very long time. Reason I booked NCL Encore. Kinky Boots was an excellent surprise. Enjoyed the show tremendously! The Beatles show was also extraordinary!!

Children's Programs

No children traveling on this vacation.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Best service ever! Can’t wait to sail with NCL again.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Top notch!!!!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Extended balcony. Three of us sharing room. We were able to utilize all the space provided for unpacking knowing we had extra gear for cold weather.

Ship tip

Be sure to book balcony if on Alaska cruise!

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Arrived few days before cruise to tour city. Glad we did. Able to adjust to time change. Great first time visit to Seattle. Visited pikes market and needle. Walked around downtown. We had great weather!!

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
Whale watching excursion. We saw a lot of whales and wildlife. Only wish we had arrived earlier in the day.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Absolutely breathtaking. Reason for having a balcony!!!

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Dog sledding excursion. It was a little rainy but I loved the tour. Great shopping.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Lumberjack show was fun and entertaining! Again rainy in the am but cleared in afternoon. Did my best shopping for souvenirs in this port! Son did fishing excursion. Only caught one fish. Just ok. NCL docks pretty far away from town. Need shuttle to get to town and the lines were kinda long.


5 out of 5
Efficiency galore. Easy to follow directions. Fast and smooth. Love the airport valet luggage cruise line offered. All bags directly delivered to airport and if bag was over weight, no extra charge. Great job NCL!

Traveler Photos

Whale watching Balcony View Encore Icy Straight Point
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