Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Encore current position

Norwegian Encore current location is at Caribbean Sea (coordinates 18.33007 N / -64.92751 W) cruising en route to ST. THOMAS, USVI. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Encore current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic. The itinerary starts on 18 Feb, 2024 and ends on 25 Feb, 2024.

Date / TimePort
18 Feb 17:00    Departing from Miami, Florida hotels
20 Feb 07:00 - 15:00    Puerto Plata-Amber Cove, Dominicana
21 Feb 09:00 - 19:00    St Thomas Island USVI, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
22 Feb 06:45 - 14:30    Tortola Island BVI, Road Town, UK Virgin Islands
24 Feb 10:00 - 18:00    Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas NCL private island
25 Feb 07:00    Arriving in Miami, Florida hotels

Specifications of Norwegian Encore

Year of build2019  /  Age: 5
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassNCL BREAKAWAY PLUS
Building costEUR 700 million (USD 920 million)
Speed23 kn / 43 km/h / 26 mph
Length (LOA)333 m / 1093 ft
Beam (width)41 m / 135 ft
Gross Tonnage169116 gt
Passengers3998 - 4903
Crew1735
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks20
Cabins2043
Decks with cabins11
Sister-shipsNorwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy
Christened byKelly Clarkson
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Encore Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1079
2024 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1529
2024 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1199
2024 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami
2024 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami
2024 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1099
2024 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1149
2024 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $949
2024 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1299
2024 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $979
2024 Apr 07 17 days, one-way from Miami to San Francisco Miami $1579
2024 Apr 07 21 days, one-way from Miami to Seattle Miami $1579
2024 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $729
2024 May 05 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $849
2024 May 12 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $849
2024 May 19 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1229
2024 May 26 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1379
2024 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1299
2024 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1529
2024 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1529
2024 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1579
2024 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1629
2024 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1649
2024 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1429
2024 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1379
2024 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1549
2024 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1399
2024 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1129
2024 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1079
2024 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $969
2024 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1049
2024 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $999
2024 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $879
2024 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $829
2024 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $729
2024 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $699
2024 Oct 13 21 days, one-way from Seattle to Miami Seattle $1599
2024 Nov 03 14 days, one-way from Miami to Southampton Miami $799
2024 Dec 03 12 days, one-way from Southampton to Miami Southampton $699
2024 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $999
2024 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1449
2024 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1699
2025 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $779
2025 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $679
2025 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $679
2025 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $659
2025 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $679
2025 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $699
2025 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $679
2025 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $679
2025 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $729
2025 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $749
2025 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $749
2025 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $729
2025 Mar 30 21 days, one-way from Miami to Seattle Miami $1849
2025 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $699
2025 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $699
2025 May 04 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $749
2025 May 11 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $799
2025 May 18 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $849
2025 May 25 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $979
2025 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1049
2025 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1099
2025 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1129
2025 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1179
2025 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1179
2025 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1199
2025 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1179
2025 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1199
2025 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1179
2025 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1129
2025 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1099
2025 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $1049
2025 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $949
2025 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $899
2025 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $849
2025 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $799
2025 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $749
2025 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $749
2025 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $699
2025 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $699
2025 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay, Skagway Juneau Seattle $699
2025 Nov 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $699
2025 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $699
2025 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $849
2025 Nov 29 15 days, one-way from Miami to Los Angeles Miami $1449
2025 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Cabo Puerto Vallarta Los Angeles $699
2025 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Cabo Puerto Vallarta Los Angeles $1099
2025 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Cabo Puerto Vallarta Los Angeles $1099
2026 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Cabo Puerto Vallarta Los Angeles $699
2026 Jan 11 5 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Cabo Ensenada Los Angeles $499
2026 Jan 16 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Miami Los Angeles $1449
2026 Jan 31 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $699
2026 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $699
2026 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $749
2026 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $749
2026 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $749
2026 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $799
2026 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $799
2026 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $799
2026 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $799
2026 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $799
2026 Apr 11 22 days, one-way from Miami to Seattle Miami $2049

Norwegian Encore Review

Review of Norwegian Encore

The 2019-built Norwegian Encore cruise ship is the fourth (last) Breakaway Plus-class NCL vessel, with sisterships Norwegian Escape (2015), Norwegian Joy (2017) and Norwegian Bliss (2018). Encore is NCL's 13th vessel built by Meyer Werft (Papenburg Germany).

The vessel (IMO number 9751511) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311000879) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCLOceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Encore cruise ship

In comparison to NCL Breakaway-class, the 4000-passenger ship Norwegian Encore has an expanded The Haven - "ship within a ship" leisure concept. This is area an exclusive accessible only by keycard. There is an outdoor terrace, private restaurant, courtyard area covered with a retractable roof, swimming pool, whirlpools, spa treatment rooms, sauna, private sundeck. Other differences from the Breakaway-class are more Haven Suites, Penthouses, Spa Suites, Studios (single cabins).

Decks and Cabins

Norwegian Encore staterooms (2043 total, in 42 grades) include 1587 outside, 374 Inside, 82 Studios (single cabins). Most staterooms are sized 160-170 ft2 (15-16 m2). Balcony cabins are 1112, Oceanviews 111, Inside 374. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 47. The largest accommodations are The Haven Deluxe Owners Suites (970 ft2 / 91 m2, with wraparound terrace sized 490 ft2 / 46 m2).

The 82 Studios (designed for solo travelers) are with virtual views and exclusive access to Studio Lounge. The ship also features many family cabins (connecting staterooms) across most categories.

The boat has 20 decks, of which 16 are passenger-accessible and 11 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Norwegian Encore's à la carte specialty dining at the signature specialty restaurants onboard provides passengers with the freedom to savor gourmet dishes, various tastes and the flexibility to choose the number of courses to enjoy during the meal. On Norwegian Encore, guests can choose between 11 complimentary dining options. They can also experience new flavors at signature specialty restaurants, such as Le Bistro, La Onda, Cagney’s Steakhouse and Bayamo by James Beard Award-winning chef Jose Garces. Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants feature enhanced menus including favorite dishes and new tastes. Whether passengers prefer a light meal of a favorite soup or appetizer, or indulge in a dinner featuring Maine lobster, with the new à la carte options, they have the opportunity to create their own, desired dining experience.

The shipboard dining options feature a Texas steakhouse (barbecue eatery named Q), with live country music. The menu includes brisket, chicken, ribs and sausages smoked over oak, pecan and hickory woods. A modern Mexican restaurant is named Los Lobos (2016-debuted on Norwegian Dawn). Adjacent to Los Lobos is The A-List Bar, serving handcrafted cocktails, premium spirits and wines.

NCL Norwegian Encore cruise ship

Norwegian Encore also boasts a full-service Starbucks Shop. The first Starbucks at sea was opened in 2010 on Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). Another new for NCL is the chocolate-themed dessert outlet Coco’s, serving handmade pralines, crepes, truffles and other treats paired with brand teas and coffees.

In June 2019, NCL announced the partnership with LDV Hospitality for Encore ship's "Onda by Scarpetta" - a new Italian specialty dining concept to be gradually implemented fleetwide.

  • The new "ship restaurant" joins Scarpetta's land-based venues in NYC New York (Long Island's The Hamptons), Las Vegas, Miami FL, Newport RI, Philadelphia PA, and London UK. The brand name Scarpetta is derived from the Italian expression "fare la Scarpetta" (to savor a meal to the last bite).
  • La Onda (“wave” in Italian) restaurant's menu showcases dishes that the modern Italian restaurant chain is popular for, including seafood and signature items like Yellowtail Crudo, Branzino, home-made daily pasta and some of Italy's best-known desserts.
  • The new specialty dining venue is cozy, with stylish atmosphere, contemporary design and provides expansive sea views from both within the restaurant and alfresco (on The Waterfront).

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Encore restaurants and food bars.

  • Savor Restaurant (forward Main Dining Room /complimentary)
  • The Manhattan Room (aft Main Dining Room /complimentary, Freestyle dining, dinner-only) has a dance floor for the evening dance show.
  • Taste Restaurant (forward Main Dining Room /complimentary)
  • “Private Room at Taste” (group private dining, 100 seats capacity, with a separate lounge area)
  • The Local Bar & Grill is a complimentary eatery designed as an updated version of O’Sheehan’s Pub. The menu showcases similar offerings, such as Fish and Chips, Chicago Style Hot Dog, and some new additions (like Tortilla Bowl). The Grill is open 24 hours per day serving up different menus depending on the time of day guests choose to dine).
  • Q Texas Smokehouse is a BBQ restaurant featuring live country music. It serves authentic Texas-style barbecue including smoked meats, pulled pork, brisket, beef and pork ribs, and side items.
  • Teppanyaki is the Japanese Hibachi specialty restaurant (reservations’-only, at surcharge US$29 pp, kids charged a full cover). The Teppanyaki restaurant is open for Lunch (12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (5:30-10 pm). It features live cooking demonstrations and traditionally prepared (a la carte priced) specialties, including sushi, fruit sashimi, Yakitori grill, a sake menu.
  • Food Republic is a new and exclusive dining concept (via a partnership with the Pubbelly Restaurant Group). This specialty restaurant is open lunch through dinner, offers international cuisine with a la carte menu and iPad ordering system.
  • "Onda by Scarpetta" is an Italian restaurant (reservations-only, cover charge, kids charged a full cover). The Onda restaurant is open between 5:30-9:30 pm and has large tables. The ship’s Italian dining experience is marked by a casual atmosphere and large portions (perfect for family dinners) and traditional Italian fine wines and gourmet cuisine specialties – pizzas, pasta, seafood, classic salads, freshly baked bread, desserts (including ice cream). Onda by Scarpetta additionally has a separate outdoor seating terrace (waterfront) area.
  • Ocean Blue (seafood restaurant, reservations-only, with cover charge US$39 per person, kids are charged a full cover) is open for lunch and dinner. It is run by the Michelin Star chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who personally picked the 4-course menu and each of the wine pairings. “Ocean Blue on the Waterfront” is the restaurant’s outdoor seating/alfresco dining area.
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse is a specialty dinner-only restaurant (open 5:30-10:30 pm) serving prime steaks (Certified Angus Beef) and gourmet seafood. The Cagney’s restaurant is reservations-only, with cover charge US$30 per person and a free Kids Menu. At Cagney’s, kids are charged a full cover. Additionally, the steakhouse is open for suite-guests only serving Breakfast (7:30-9:30 am) and Lunch (12-1:30 pm).
  • Le Bistro French Restaurant (reservations-only, cover charge US$20 per person, kids charged a full cover). The intimate and romantic Bistro restaurant is dinner-only (open between 5:30-10:30 pm) and offers some of the NCL Encore ship’s best luxury dining experiences with its upscale amenities, superior white-glove service, sophisticated cuisine with a vintage wines selection and classic French gourmet specialities in the menu. During the day, Le Bistro hosts food and wine tasting events.
  • American Diner is a speciality American Bar & Grill restaurant (outdoor seating, at a surcharge of US$9 pp) which offers complimentary fast food choices and live music performances during the day.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Encore vessel features an expanded 55-suite Haven, a spacious sundeck, 2 whirlpools, private dining and specialty restaurants, expanded courtyard, outdoor terrace, Thermal suite, treatment rooms (14 – suite Heaven SPA) and a fitness center.

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-Plus class) Bliss, Escape, Joy, Encore

NCL Encore is the world's third cruise ship (together with NCL Joy and NCL Bliss) fitted with a Ferrari racetrack (deck 19). The racetrack is built by RiMO Supply (RiMO Germany Group) and operated via a partnership with Scuderia Ferrari Watches. This is also the first-ever branded Formula 1 race car track.

NCL Norwegian Encore cruise ship racetrack (Go-Karts Ferrari F1)

  • The 2-level track spans on 2 decks and offers incredible sea views at height of 60 m (200 ft). It has a capacity up to 10 racers at a time on electric go-karts (Ferrari branded).
  • The GoCars can reach speeds up to 40 mph (65 kph). In comparison to the sister-ship Norwegian Joy, Encore's racetrack is 40% longer and has 10 turns (Joy has 8), two of which are cantilevered over the ship's side.
  • Passengers booked in Concierge and The Haven staterooms enjoy complimentary rides with bookings. The used by RiMO technology ensures optimal usage under intensified UV conditions and saltwater exposure.
  • In comparison to NCL Joy, the racetrack on Norwegian Encore is larger (extending 4 m / 13 ft off ship's both sides) and upgraded with a covered open-air viewing area (in the center). There, passengers can measure go-karts speeds by tagging the passing race cars with a laser beam.

NCL Encore also features an open-air laser tag course (deck 18), Aqua Park with Double Aqua Loop (two multi-deck waterslides - one hull-extending loop, one with transparent loop section stretching down to the below deck) and 2 racing slides (high-speed inner tubes with length over 110 m / 360 ft) both with a transparent section.

Pool Deck 16 has 2 swimming pools (located away from midship) and cantilevered whirlpools (hot tubs over the ship's sides). A top-deck water fun kids zone has splash pads, tipping buckets, water cannons and slides.

Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

 

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Encore lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-Plus class) Bliss, Escape, Joy, Encore

  • Encore Theater (900 seats; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand shows per night). Theater's signature programming features the ship-exclusive “Kinky Boots" (Tony Award-winning musical with original Cyndi Lauper songs) and "Four Seasons" musical (NCL exclusive production show by Warren Carlyle / themed on Cuba’s culture - dancing, music, costumes).
  • Atrium “678 Ocean Place” is a 3-decks high, open-floor designed midship area with live entertainment and a big-size LED screen for movies. The Atrium is served by Atrium Bar.
  • Coco's is a chocolate-themed dessert outlet/patisserie serving handmade pralines, crepes, truffles and other treats paired with brand teas and coffees.
  • Chess & Card Room, Library, Internet Cafe (open 24 hours), Meeting Rooms; Photo Studio & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Reception (Guest Services Desk- assistance, reservations, information); Shore Excursions Desk (information, planning, booking)
  • Starbucks Coffee Shop features the full Starbucks menu on offer.
  • Social Comedy and Night Club (103 seats) has a large dance floor and offers live entertainment by stand-up comedians and DJs.
  • Maltings Whiskey Bar (56 seats) serves a rich variety of premium whiskies and beers; live music. The Maltings lounge also doubles as Library( books, board games, cards playing).
  • Mixx Bar (piano bar) is a modern pre-dinner gathering spot.
  • Encore Casino is a premium gaming lounge with both smoking and non-smoking areas, large-size LED screens, a separate Encore Casino VIP Room (high-stakes gambling room) and is served by Skyline Bar.
  • Skyline Bar offers cocktails before dinner. Guests can meet friends after a show or press their luck with the bar-top poker screens.
  • Promenade Deck’s best feature is the Waterfront Promenade (1320 ft/402 m long, open-air area with multiple alfresco dining and entertainment venues). It offers a unique open-air deck experience by several seaside venues with outdoor seating. The list of the venues features shops, bars, restaurants, a 1/4-mi-long boardwalk (outdoor area with shaded seating) located 8 stories above the water.
  • The District Brew House has a keg room and offers a selection of 50 bottled beers and 24 draft beers on tap (including the new Wynwood brew). The venue is operated via the NCL partnership with Miami’s Wynwood Brewing Company.
  • The Humidor Cigar Lounge & Bar is the ship’s smoking-allowed bar lounge.
  • The Cellars Wine Bar is operated via NCL partnership with Mondavi and offers premium wines and tapas-style a la carte menu. The Wine Bar has a separate room for wine tastings (with sommelier service) and outdoor seating area on The Waterfront.
  • Sugarcane Mojito Bar features live Latin music performances.
  • Dolce Gelato (Italian ice cream bar, a la carte)
  • Carlo's Bake Shop is a premium patisserie/bakery by ‘the “cake boss” Buddy Valastro.
  • Tradewinds Tax & Duty-Free Shops are duty-free retails selling alcohol, tobaccos, NCL-logoed merchandise, jewelry, watches, perfumes and cosmetics, brand fashion and accessories, special occasion gifts. The shopping complex includes Tides Boutique, Cartier, Omega, Bvlgari, Fine Watches, The Time Zone, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Bally, Godiva (gourmet sweets, including truffles, premium chocolates, soft-serve ice cream), also Beauty Shop.
  • The Cavern Club Lounge (replica of Liverpool's music club) offers Beatles music, tribute bands performances and "The Choir of Man” crew show (dynamic performances with live percussions, high-energy music, dancing and foot-stomping by 9 crew performers).
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (photo-video services by professional onboard photographers)
  • The A-List Bar serves handcrafted cocktails, premium spirits and wines.
  • Observation Lounge & Bar (deck 15) is a VIP lounge exclusive for Concierge Level passengers with a delicious buffet available for light breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.
  • Garden Cafe (708 indoor seats, 280 outdoor seats) is a complimentary, buffet-style casual restaurant, plus an Open-Air Garden Cafe (outdoor seating area). It offers traditional Asian cuisine as well as specialty dishes from all around the world.
  • Waves Pool Bar (15 seats) is a casual outdoor bar serving beverages, including popular cocktails.
  • Aqua Park (3-decks high, with 2 pools, 5 multi-level waterslides / Ocean Loop; 2 racing-slides, “Free Fall” drop-slides; 4 Whirlpools, poolside bar, Sun Deck area); Kids'Aqua Park
  • Splash Academy (kids 3-12 yo, is 2-story high, offers themed activities, with a light-up floor (for interactive dancing), circus school (with a resident clown), Nintendo and PS3 console games, kids-only cinema, crafts-arts, pirate parades. The area hosts also the Guppies Nursery (toddlers 6 months to 2 yo) and the Kid’s Aqua Park (splash pool, Nickelodeon characters entertainment).
  • NCL Encore ship’s Mandara Spa & Fitness (wellness complex) consists of Thermal Suite (heated loungers, sauna, steam rooms, solarium), Salt Room (halotherapy room), Beauty Salon, Foot Clinic, Barber Shop, Medi Spa (teens), Aerobics Studio (classes).
  • Entourage Teen Centre is a teens-only club lounge for kids 13-17 yo (complimentary, supervised by certified counselors). The teen lounge has Video Games Arcade, large TVs for movies, PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, game tables (pinball, foosball, air hockey). Here are hosted themed parties (dance, pool, pizza) and teen discos in the evenings.
  • Galaxy Pavilion is an indoor complex for virtual-world and multi-player gaming, equipped with interactive video walls and virtual reality technology. 
  • “The Haven” complex is for Villa- and Suite passengers only, and consists of “The Haven Courtyard” (has a retractable roof, adults-only pool area, 2 Whirlpools), spa, steam room, gym room), “The Haven Restaurant” and “The Haven Lounge & Bar” (offering a delicious limited buffet for breakfast and lunch with delicious traditional Chinese and Western cuisine).
  • Spice H2O (lower level 1 of 2) is an adult-only relaxation area, with 1 pool, 2 Whirlpools, huge outdoor LED screen, Poolside Bar, Grill.
  • Pulse Fitness Centre features Technogym equipment and a separate Aerobics Studio for classes, among which Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, boxing, TRX).
  • Sports Complex has a Bungee Trampoline, Spider Web (climbing wall with spiral slide), Mini Golf and Ropes Courses, Zip Line, The Plank (walking platform); combined sports court (basketball/volleyball), Race Track (Ferrari TM go-karts), Rock Climbing Wall, Jogging Track.
  • Race Track is operated with 10 electric carts and 5-6 min race sessions. Go-Karts are decorated with different companies' logos.
  • Laser Battle is an open-air Laser Tag Course (deck 18) with obstacles and a large-size touch screen for kids.
  • Vibe Beach Club (99 seats, deck 19) is an adults-only relaxation area (surcharges per day apply) with cantilevered whirlpools, sunbathing area with sun loungers and luxury chaise lounge chairs, outdoor bar, private cabanas.

Next are listed the NCL Encore ship's venues by deck location.

  • On deck 20 are the Laser Tag Course, Ropes Course, Aqua Racer Waterslide (entry-level), Vibe Beach Club (upper level).
  • On deck 19 are located The Haven Courtyard (sundeck with 2x Jacuzzies), Vibe Beach Club (sundeck with 2x Jacuzzies), Encore Speedway (Race Track), Mini-Golf Course.
  • On deck 18 are located Ocean Loops Waterslide (entry-level), The Haven complex (Courtyard, Lounge, Restaurant, Outdoor Restaurant, Horizon Lounge), Encore Speedway (Race Track), Laser Tag Course, Sports Complex (Bungee Trampoline, Spider Web, Zip Line, Rock Climbing Wall).
  • Forward on decks 17-18 are located two 2-level bar lounges (exclusive for The haven passengers) - Horizon Lounge and The Haven Lounge.
  • On deck 17 are located The Haven Courtyard (Sundeck, Jacuzzi, Swimming Pool), Sundeck (with 4x Jacuzzies), Speedway Jogging Tracks, Le Bistro French Restaurant, American Diner, Galaxy Pavilion.
  • On deck 16 are located Garden Cafe, swimming pools, Sundeck, Kids' Aqua Park, wellness facilities (Fitness Center, Mandara Spa, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop).
  • Forward on deck 15 is the Observation Lounge & Bar (444 seats, size 2723 ft2 / 253 m2). This is a VIP lounge (exclusive for Concierge Level passengers) with a delicious buffet (available for light breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks) and offers 270-degree ocean views (from floor-ceiling windows) and full Bar service.
  • On deck 13 is the Infirmary/Medical Center.
  • On deck 11 is the Studio Lounge (exclusive to Studio/single cabin passengers).
  • On deck 8 are Cellars Wine Bar, Maltings Whiskey Bar, Cavern Club, Humidor Lounge, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, The A-List Bar, Onda by Scarpetta Italian Restaurant, Ocean Blue, Los Lobos Cantina, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Food Republic, Maltings Whiskey Bar, Dolce Gelato, Carlo's Bake Shop, Tradewinds Shops.
  • On deck 7 are the Box Office, The Local Bar & Grill, Encore Casino, Manhattan Restaurant.
  • On deck 6 are Shore Excursions, Internet Cafe-Library-Card Room, Perspective/Photo Studio, Meeting Rooms, Reception/Guest Services, Art Gallery, Atrium Bar, Q Texas Smokehouse, Teppanyaki, Taste and Savor restaurants, Mixx Bar, Starbucks Bar, Social Comedy Nightclub, Coco's.
  • On deck 5 are located childrens' venues (Splash Academy, Guppies, Video Arcade, Entourage).

Encore is NCL's first liner with the new "Onda by Scarpetta" - specialty restaurant offering dining premium experiences (planned to be introduced fleetwide). In June 2019, NCL announced the company's exclusive partnership with Scarpetta Restaurants via LDV Hospitality (USA-based boutique hospitality company specializing in unique restaurant and bar experiences). The new "cruise restaurant" joins Scarpetta's land-based restaurants in NYC, The Hamptons (Long Island NY), Miami FL, Philadelphia PA, Newport RI, Las Vegas NV, and London OH. "Onda by Scarpetta" restaurant's menu showcases the unique flavors of modern Italian cuisine featuring a selection of beautifully presented seafood and signature dishes, including daily handmade pasta and traditional gourmet desserts. The new NCL Scarpetta restaurant is similarly designed to the land-based venues, with an interior featuring walnut wood and Calacatta marble.

Galaxy Pavilion (930 m2 / 10,000 ft2 sized gaming center) is equipped with interactive video walls and Oculus virtual reality technology. The equipment includes three XD Dark Ride Motion simulators (with 3D real-time graphics, 3D Virtual Surround Sound, multi-sensory effects), six Xbox stations, Star Wars Battle Pod (arcade game), hovercraft bumper cars.

Itineraries

Norwegian Encore itinerary program is based on homeport Miami (Florida USA) roundtrips (Sunday departures) on 7-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries with call ports San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas USVI and Tortola BVI.

Previously (in 2017), NCL announced that the liner will be deployed in Asia and homeported in China.

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On January 31, 2018, was held the vessel's steel-cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg Germany, with which officially started its construction. The ceremony was attended by NCL executives gathered at the yard's laser cutting hall.

 

On November 28, 2018, was the vessel's keel-laying ceremony. The special event was a construction milestone and featured the traditional “commemorative coin” placing (within the keel blocks) and a surprise “Kinky Boots” live performance by “The Choir of Man” (9 crew show).

NCL Encore cruise ship construction

The vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) on August 17, 2019. The float-out started at ~8 am. Once removed from the drydock hall, it was berthed at the shipyard's outfitting pier for funnel cladding and further outfitting works. Then followed the passage through Ems River for the North Sea trials (testing the machinery and performance). NCL Encore's crewed conveyance to Eemshaven Holland started on September 30 and finished on October 1. The ship was officially delivered to NCL from Meyer Werft on October 30, 2019, in Bremerhaven Germany. The ceremony was attended by Andy Stuart (NCL's President and CEO) and Tim Meyer (one of Meyer Werft Papenburg's managing directors).

 

NCL Encore's hull artwork was created by the Spanish painter Eduardo Arranz-Bravo (1941-born in Barcelona, first exhibition in 1961). NCL ship's namesake is the 2016-launched Seabourn Encore (Seabourn).

NCL Encore cruise ship construction

Cruise liner's christening ceremony was on November 21, 2019, held in NYC New York. Ship's godmother is Kelly Brianne Clarkson - 1982-born (in Burleson, Texas USA) singer, actress, author and TV celebrity. She became famous in 2002 when won American Idol's first season and signed a deal with RCA Records (a Sony subsidiary). Kelly Clarkson's best-selling song is "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (2011). As godmother, Kelly Clarkson performed live at the naming ceremony in PortMiami. The event was attended byFrank Del Rio (NCLH's CEO), Andy Stuart (NCL's old President and CEO), Harry Sommer (NCL's new President and CEO) and 3500+ VIP guests including US Government officials, travel agencies, media representatives, investors, NCLH partners.

 

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2019

On March 22, 2018, were opened the NCL Encore bookings on all Caribbean 2019 voyages. The inaugural season (November 2019 through April 2020) offers Miami roundtrips (Sunday departures) on 7-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries with call ports San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas USVI and Tortola BVI.

Next tables show the ship's "Inaugural Cruise" itineraries with call ports times and prices per person (USD, based on double occupancy Inside Cabin rates).

Initially was scheduled (but later changed) an 11-day maiden voyage (Europe-USA repositioning Southampton-Miami) priced from USD 1200 pp. The cruise (departing Southampton on Nov 2) included a visit to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores (Nov 6, port stay 9 am - 6 pm) and arriving in Miami on Nov 13.

Following the delivery (Oct 30), on October 31 started a "preview cruise" from Bremerhaven to Southampton (November 2). This voyage was not opened for booking but only for industry and media representatives, travel agents and VIP guests. A second preview cruise (2-day) was scheduled for November 11-13 (roundtrip from NYC). 

9-day "Inaugural Cruise" (Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Southampton to NYC) - from USD 600 pp

Date / TimePort
02 Nov 17:00Departing from Southampton, England UK
11 NovArriving in NYC New York (Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ)

7-day Inaugural Eastern Caribbean cruise from Miami - from USD 900 pp

Date / TimePort
24 Nov 16:00Departing from Miami, Florida
26 Nov 17:30 - 23:59San Juan, Puerto Rico
27 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI
28 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Road Town, Tortola BVI
01 Dec 07:00Arriving in Miami

(special) 4-day Inaugural Bermuda cruise from NYC - from USD 630 pp.

Date / TimePort
22 Apr 16:00Departing from NYC
24 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Kings Wharf, Bermuda
26 Apr 07:00Arriving in NYC

The regularly scheduled 7-day roundtrip itinerary is priced from USD 880 pp and includes 2 overnights in King's Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard).

Date / TimePort
03 May 16:00Departing from NYC
06 May 08:00 - 08 May 15:00Kings Wharf, Bermuda
10 May 07:00Arriving in NYC

7-day Inaugural Western Caribbean cruise from Miami - from USD 650 pp

Date / TimePort
12 Dec 16:00Departing from Miami
14 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Roatan Island, Honduras
15 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Harvest Caye Belize, NCL private island
16 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
17 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Cozumel, Mexico
19 Dec 07:00Arriving in Miami

12-day Inaugural Panama Canal cruise from Miami - from USD 1600 pp

Date / TimePort
16 Jan 17:00Departing from Miami
18 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Puerto Plata, Dominicana
20 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Willemstad, Curacao Dutch Antilles
21 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Oranjestad, Aruba Dutch Antilles
22 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Santa Marta, Colombia
23 Jan 06:00 - 14:00Cartagena, Colombia
24 Jan 05:00 - 15:00Panama Canal
25 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
28 Jan 07:00Arriving in Miami

7-day Inaugural Alaskan cruise from Seattle - from USD 1050 pp

Date / TimePort
02 May 17:00Departing from Seattle, Washington
04 May 14:30 - 23:00Juneau, Alaska
05 May 07:00 - 20:15Skagway, Alaska
06 MayGlacier Bay, Alaska
07 May 07:00 - 13:15Ketchikan, Alaska
08 May 19:30 - 23:59Victoria, BC Canada
09 May 06:00Arriving in Seattle

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