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Norwegian Cruise Line Encore Review

We took a cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line Encore, and I wanted to share our experience with you. If you considering a cruise, I would recommend this ship.

Norwegian Cruise Line Encore Review

The Norwegian Encore is a Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). She is the fourth Breakaway Plus-class ship in the fleet, following her sister ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy, and debuted in November 2019.

We personally enjoyed the size of the Norwegian Encore. This class of ship has a large variety of dining options, entertainment options, bars and amenities. The ship was clean, and the staff was friendly.

It is one of the larger ships that NCL sails with almost 4,000 guests and 1700 crew. However, the design of the ship isn’t overwhelming and even though our cruise was at full capacity we never felt overcrowded and never waited for a table or long for a drink.

The encore sails from Miami to the Caribbean or from Seattle to Alaska. We chose the Caribbean route, but I would love to take the Alaska cruise next. That is a bucket list trip for me!

There are so many activities for all ages. You can watch the ocean blur by as you zoom around curves suspended 13 feet over the side of the ship on Norwegian Speedway, the largest racetrack at sea. You can play laser tag in the lost city of Atlantis, and enjoy Step into the high-tech, virtual world of the Galaxy Pavilion.

One of the highlights was the Broadway show where you can rock along to classic hits in a British pub at The Choir of Man. And you can’t not mention the food options! We were huge fans of free at sea concept. Where you don’t have to make a reservation and you don’t have to dress up to go to dinner.

We did enjoy two specialty dining options, Cagney’s and Le Bistro where we did dress up a little more than the other nights where we ate in the dining room but the simplicity and casual ability to just walk up when you are ready to dine won us over.

I have to mention the spa. The best kept secret on any NCL is the thermal spa. Our room was a spa balcony, so it included the thermal spa for all three of us. We spent HOURS every day enjoying the thermal spa located inside the Mandara Spa.

We would unwind in the Thermal Suite with a steam or a dip in the Vitality Pool. We enjoyed the Salt Room, a dramatic grotto surrounded with layers of body-cleansing salt crystals but my favorite next to the vitality pool was the thermal stone beds. The views were to die for and the relaxation it provided was exactly what my body needed.

I highly recommend the Norwegian Encore. It is a fantastic way to take a multi-generational trip. There is so much to do on this ship for all ages. From Bingo to eating to the shows to the spa. We all found something we loved and enjoyed our time together.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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