Built in 2019, the Norwegian Encore cruise ship is the newest ship in the Norwegian fleet following its sister ship, the Norwegian Bliss, and comes jam packed with all the amenities and luxury you would expect from this renowned cruising company.
With routes that hit all the best spots around the Caribbean as well as Bermuda, Bahamas, Alaska, Canada and New England, and more – you have plenty of options for travel destinations, but with so much to do on board, you might not even want to leave the ship!
Whether you are a veteran cruiser or just getting your feet wet, the Norwegian Encore ship is one of the best options for a premium cruise experience, and one the entire family can enjoy!
Sailing on the new Norwegian Encore Cruise
The Norwegian Encore cruise ship can accommodate just shy of 4,000 passengers in over 2,000 staterooms, each category providing unique amenities and layouts tailored to the needs of those traveling.
With almost 30 different dining options and over 20 different bars and lounges, you will have plenty of options for eating and drinking on board. Perhaps one of the biggest attractions for those choosing to travel by cruise ship is the on board entertainment options, and the Encore shines in this department.
With award winning shows and recreational activities for young and old alike, you will quickly understand why the state of the art Norwegian Encore cruise ship is such a desirable option for travelers of all ages.
A quarter-mile long deck overlooking the water provides access to some of the many food and dining options and with numerous pools and Jacuzzi, sun decks, the largest go-kart track on the open sea and plenty of water park slides, a voyage on the Norwegian Encore cruise will be one for the memory books!
Almost 2,000 feet in length with 20 decks, you’ll never feel crowded on board!
Rooms on the Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship
Norwegian Encore cruise ship offers a variety of different staterooms over a variety of different categories so you will always be able to find something that fits your needs perfectly. With almost 50 of these staterooms being ADA accessible, Norwegian allows anyone and everyone a chance to enjoy the luxury of voyaging with their Encore ship.
Affordable studio options allow solo travelers the opportunity to enjoy the cruise lifestyle without having to pay single occupancy up-charges in comfortable accommodations that won’t leave them feeling like they are disadvantaged by their solo traveler status.
An added bonus for these solo travelers is access to a private lounge space specifically for use by those staying in one of the studio options.
Inside staterooms provide a reasonably priced option for larger groups or couples who want to enjoy the Norwegian Encore cruise on a budget. Don’t worry about feeling like you are missing out on the action or the views; most of the rooms are equipped with virtual views as well as a surprisingly spacious seating area to relax in your room!
If you’d rather see the real deal from your room, ocean view staterooms are a perfect option, allowing for unfettered views over the sweeping waters during your voyage.
Some staterooms also provide additional space in addition to private balconies. Perfect for small families and couples looking to relax on vacation, these ocean view rooms provide a private balcony that allows you to soak up some sun from the privacy of your own space, while also enjoying the breathtaking views provided during your voyage over the open waters.
Mini-suites provide even more space as well as a balcony, sleeping up to 4 with the option to also add an adjoining stateroom if you need even more space for your guests.
Spa staterooms are a popular option for those who want to take advantage of more serene decor, quieter accommodations and complimentary spa services such as the ability to use the thermal room whenever you desire. Options for spa staterooms range from the budget friendly studio and inside rooms all the way up to suites and the exclusive Haven accommodations.
The Haven of the Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship
The Haven is Norwegian Encore’s answer to the desire for more ultra luxury accommodations for those seeking such. This enclave is considered a “ship within a ship” allowing only those with rooms booked here, key card access.
The Haven staterooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes from smaller rooms with spa accessibility to family style suites and penthouses with spacious accommodations. The Haven Owner’s Suites have the ultimate options for luxury accommodations. Spacious quarters, large seating areas, private balconies and in-room wet bars compliment the breathtaking views that these luxury rooms have.
Staying in one of the Haven staterooms also comes with a host of luxury amenities exclusively to these rooms only. All guests of the Haven have access to a private courtyard with a pool and hot tub as well as lounge chairs to soak up the sun in the privacy of this exclusive space.
A private restaurant as well as a lounge bar provide additional exclusive options for the residents of the Haven and to top it all off, the Horizon Lounge is accessible only by those who are staying in the Haven and provide breathtaking panoramic views alongside a bar serving cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
Dining on the Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship
Cruises are well-known for their amazing dining options as well as the complementary nature of most of them. With a variety of options available, the Norwegian Encore cruise has pulled out all the stops to create a delicious and comprehensive array of options for those traveling with them.
Complimentary options are varied and delicious, from the classic comfort foods of The Local, a 24/7 pub-style restaurant, to the exclusive fine dining for those staying in The Haven staterooms. Savor is another option, pairing re-imagined classics with traditional options, always promising the freshest of ingredients for it’s diners.
The up-scale Manhattan Room promises a range of different styles and cuisines to appeal to even the most discerning tastes.
Additional complimentary options aboard the Norwegian Encore cruise include the laid-back family style Garden Cafe serving three meals a day and Taste, a chef’s specialty restaurant option where the menu changes daily to reflect the inspiration brought to the chef by fresh and local ingredients.
Those looking for even more exceptional offerings, there are a host of restaurants on board that serve options for an additional cost. Ocean Blue serves the freshest seafood available with options to dine in their stylish restaurant or Oceanside along the quarter-mile long Waterfront deck.
Food Republic is a hip fusion restaurant with cuisines from all four corners of the world but for those seeking some hometown country classics, Q specializes in Texas-style wood-fired barbecue, drink specials and live country music.
More approachable American cuisine can be found at the adorably kitschy American Cafe, serving burgers, fries and milkshakes amid the classic 50s and 60s decor.
For a more luxurious style American cuisine experience, Cagney’s steakhouse serves choice cuts alongside signature cocktails amid sophisticated decor or ocean side views.
The Norwegian Encore cruise also has a host of internationally inspired options with which to treat your palette. Japanese hibachi at Teppanyaki provides a thrilling and entertaining experience while Los Lobos specialises in Mexican fusion in a more laid back and approachable style.
Onda by Scarpetta is a fine-dining experience of sophisticated Italian cuisine that goes far beyond the realm of spaghetti and meat sauce. For the ultimate in fine dining sophistication, Le Bistro features the classic white linen luxury alongside delicious French cuisine that will be sure to leave you wanting more.
After a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants on board, be sure to grab dessert or coffee at one of the many delicious dessert options found on board.
Why argue gelato versus ice cream when you can have both! Dolce Gelato features a rainbow of flavors while Coco’s provides some of the most indulgent ice cream sundaes you’ll ever experience.
For those who prefer pastries to frozen treats, the Bake Shop stands at the ready with French macarons, cupcakes, bonbons and other delicious baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth! Finish it all off with a coffee from Starbucks, an amenity exclusive to the Norwegian line.
You’ll also be able to enjoy a number of bars onboard the Norwegian Encore cruise ship. From whiskey bars to mojito bars, artisan brews at a classic pub, beers at the District Brew House, or fresh cocktails at the poolside bar, you’ll find more than a few places to wet your whistle any time of the day or night.
For the penultimate experience of luxury, sit back with a glass of premium wine at The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi family bar.
Entertainment on the Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship
Entertainment and activities on board are one of the bragging points for many cruise lines and the Norwegian Encore cruise ship is no exception.
You can race the day away at the largest go-kart track found at sea or experience an adrenaline rush with one of the two multi-story water slides located in the Aqua Park, one of which zips you out over the ocean water below as it twists and winds over the railing of the boat.
Pools and hot tubs can be found on the ship, including a family friendly option in the children’s Aqua Park, where kids and kids at heart can splash in the sun.
For an adults only experience, make sure to visit the Vibe Beach Club.
The Norwegian Encore cruise also pulls out all the stops for indoor activities as well!
Augmented simulation rides and virtual reality experiences stand alongside escape rooms featuring holograms and the thrill of racing the clock to solve complex puzzles at the Galaxy Pavilion. A large outdoor laser tag arena will have your heart racing as you go head to head against your fellow passengers to see who will come out the victor.
For a thrill of another type altogether, try your luck at the onboard casino! Make sure and play $20 on black at the roulette table.
If you are looking for something more relaxing than exhilarating, the Spa features classic offerings like facials, massages and hot tubs in addition to more unique and luxury offerings.
The Thermal Suite will ease away the tension while the steam room will help cleanse your mind and body both. The Salt Room promises a truly detoxifying experience while the Snow Room will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized during your voyage on board the Encore.
For a night of entertainment, the Norwegian Encore cruise offers a number of theater and music performances to keep you entertained every night of the week. Award-winning Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” is the premier option available on board, as well as the Happy Hour Prohibition Musical, where you can immersive yourself in the experience with speakeasy themed drinks in hand.
The Choir of Man will get your feet tapping as they reinterpret classics and new hits alike and a top-notch Beatles cover band will have you feeling as though you’ve stepped into a Liverpool pub to enjoy a night of musical entertainment.
An onboard nightclub is another way to enjoy the evening, with DJs filling the room with pulse-pounding bass beats and popular dance club hits. Don’t forget to check out the stand-up comedians for a relaxing and low-key evening of entertainment that will be sure to leave you laughing the night away.
Ports of call
Depending on where you decide to cruise to will ultimately decide where you stop. Norwegian owns their own island, Great Stirrup Cay, which is typically on Bahamas itineraries. This island oasis that Norwegian has created is by far one of the best stops they offer.
The island is packed with ocean front space that includes: white sand beach, loungers, cabanas, ocean villas, lagoon villas, restaurants, bars, overwater swings, and excursions!
For a luxury included experience, book a villa in the newly minted Silver Cove that also comes with its own restaurant, Moet Bar, private and pristine swimming area, and private overwater swings.
Great Stirrup Cay also offers a bevvy of incredible excursions like zipline adventures, swimming with pigs, stingray swims, wave runners, parasailing, and more!
The Norwegian Encore cruise ship, the newest in the fleet of this cruise line, is a mix of luxury and approach-ability that will be sure to please everyone who steps on board. With so many options for accommodations, dining and entertainment, you would be hard pressed to find the experience lacking.
Traveling to destinations all along the eastern seaboard as well as the Caribbean, the experience is almost as good as the places you’ll see when traveling with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Whether you seek a serene and peaceful getaway or the thrills and chills of adrenaline-pumping activities, the Norwegian Encore has something for everyone, surrounded by the breathtaking sights of the ocean stretching for miles around you.
No matter how many cruises you have taken in your travels, this ship will be sure to impress! You’ll have to see it yourself to truly understand how many amazing options there are to enjoy!
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Disclaimer: this post is written in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. As always, opinions are entirely my own.