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Norwegian Encore Review

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Norwegian Encore
4.5 / 5.0
190 reviews

Ship astounds with top-notch attraction, dining and entertainment options
Mega charges if you want to do everything; little public outdoor space
Bottom Line
High-energy ship has plenty of choices for everyone, most at an extra fee; budget accordingly




Passenger to Crew


Shore Excursions
Sails To
Bahamas, Bermuda, Western Caribbean, Panama Canal & Central America, Alaska, Eastern Caribbean
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Norwegian Encore Overview

The 3,998-passenger Norwegian Encore is a modern and sophisticated ship, with decor and public spaces that could rival a more luxury-oriented cruise line. It's a ship that aims to give everyone vacation choices, with multiple bars and restaurants, indoor and outdoor activities and plenty of evening entertainment.

In many ways, Encore is the "big city" of cruising. Its 20-plus restaurants let passengers dine in a different venue every night (though not without a cost) and its Deck 8 indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar area makes an evening out feel more like a night on the town. The live entertainment is some of the best we've ever seen at sea -- with Broadway-caliber performers in "Kinky Boots" and "Choir of Man" -- and the bars mix it up with signature cocktails and unique vibes.

Thrilling activities run the gamut from freefall waterslides to go-karts, laser tag and virtual-reality play spaces. Those looking to avoid the crowds can escape to the spa's thermal suite or adults-only Vibe Beach Club, or cozy up with a book in the breathtaking Observation Lounge with two-deck high windows at the front of the ship. And passengers who want the utmost in tranquility can book into the Haven suite complex, where they can luxuriate in exclusive enclaves including a pool, sun deck, restaurant and lounge.

However, while Norwegian Encore is big enough to offer something for everyone, it clearly caters more to some people than others. Sun worshippers might be disappointed in the compressed pool and complimentary sun deck spaces, with outdoor thrill rides and extra-fee sun decks spanning a huge chunk of the ship's top decks. Families with young children are stuck with windowless kids club areas in the bowels of the ship, a small water play area and restaurants and shows that are very much geared toward adults.

Travelers on a budget will find, even with promotional booking freebies, that there are a lot of surprise fees and pay-to-play areas; you definitely don't get the full wow factor of this ship by keeping your onboard bill to a minimum.

Overall, Norwegian Encore is a sophisticated ship, there's tons going on and you'll be wowed by the quality -- and quantity -- of the dining and entertainment. Yet because of this, a vacation here can cost more than on other "small-town" ships, and even if you do pony up for the fun, you simply won't have enough time to do everything. Make sure you budget accordingly, and be prepared to book another cruise to experience everything you missed.

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Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in three main dining rooms, the buffet, the Observation Lounge and The Local Bar & Grill
  • All mainstage theater shows and comedy in the Social Comedy Club
  • Live musical entertainment, including in the Cavern Club
  • Pools (outside the spa), hot tubs, water park and waterslides
  • Daily activities, unless otherwise noted
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Continental-style room service breakfasts
  • Kids' club activities during the day

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.99 per person per day, or $17.99 per person per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (20 percent for each)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Specialty dining venues
  • Room service (except for Continental breakfast)
  • Spa treatments and use of the thermal suite
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities such as the go-karts, laser tag, the Galaxy Pavilion and tastings (wine, whiskey, cocktails, beer)
  • After-hours group babysitting
  • Casino
  • Prohibition: The Musical show
  • Vibe Beach Club sun deck
  • Photos and artwork

Top Norwegian Encore Itineraries

Norwegian Encore
7 night eastern caribbean - miami (mia/mia)

Miami, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami

7 Night Eastern Caribbean - Miami (MIA/MIA)

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Fellow Passengers

Norwegian Encore attracts cruisers of all ages, as the sheer diversity of the ship's cabin types, from luxury rooms in The Haven to family cabins and solo studios priced for single travelers mean there is room for a wide breadth of travelers. Norwegian Encore carries numerous families during the summer as well as winter and spring holidays. Most cruisers hail from North America, but you'll also meet people from the UK and beyond.

Norwegian Encore Dress Code

Daytime: Casual all the way, with most people wearing shorts and T-shirts inside the ship and bathing suits and cover-ups outside on the pool deck. Some activities, such as the racetrack and laser tag, require closed-toe shoes.

Evening: Anything goes at night on Norwegian, which carries an all-day casual dress code. You'll see people wearing any range of outfits, from capris and blouses to maxi dresses and going-out attire. In the Manhattan Room main dining venue and in the upscale specialty restaurants (Onda, Le Bistro, Cagney's, Ocean Blue), you'll need to dress up a bit -- slacks, nice jeans, dresses, skirts and tops for women, and nice jeans, slacks, collared shirts and closed-toe shoes for men.

Norwegian Encore has no formal night, but there is Norwegian's Night Out, where men usually wear long pants (dark jeans are fine) and collared shirts, and women put on dresses or nice skirt-and-blouse combos. Norwegian does also have some themed events -- popular ones include the glow party, country night and various decade-themed parties.

Not permitted: Bathing suits are allowed in the buffet and outdoor venues, as long as you have a cover-up and shoes on. Tank tops for men, flip-flops, baseball caps, visors and jeans that are overly faded, with holes or tears and worn below the hips are not permitted in the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants. Kids under 12 can wear nice shorts into all restaurants.  

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Encore Ratings

Public Rooms5.03.7
Fitness Recreation5.03.4
Value For Money3.03

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Where does Norwegian Encore sail from?

Norwegian Encore departs from Manhattan, Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles

How much does it cost to go on Norwegian Encore?

Cruises on Norwegian Encore start from £287 per person.

Is Norwegian Encore a good ship to cruise on?

Norwegian Encore won 1 award over the years.

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Norwegian Encore Member Reviews

Norwegian Encore
Jim Raffan
Sail Date: Mar 2020
again But won’t recommend the Encore The pool areas are the dealbreaker for us Way to crowded... Read More
Norwegian Encore
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Overall I had an amazing time on my 2nd cruise ever with Norwegian, will I book Encore again, yes if the itinerary is something I like.... Read More
Norwegian Encore
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Chose Norwegian Encore after having a great experience on Epic the year before. Overall a wonderful experience.... Read More
Norwegian Encore
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The worst service I’ve had on a Norwegian Cruise. Service was not awful just not at the level I’ve become accustomed to with Norwegian. Maybe because it was a new crew? I’m not sure.... Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

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3.5 / 5.0
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2195 reviews

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Norwegian Sun
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Star
4.0 / 5.0
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Launched in 2001, 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, which touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

Norwegian Dawn
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means lots of choice for free and for-fee dining, drinking and entertainment, and no set dining times; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Spirit
4.0 / 5.0
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Mid-sized family-friendly cruise ship carries 2,018 passengers; offers 17 dining venues, Buccaneer's Wet & Wild Kids’ Pool, Bollywood-style nightclub and large theatre

Pride of America

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Norwegian Jewel
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means two dozen free and for-fee restaurants and bars to choose from, plus no set dining times or assigned tables; holds about 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Pearl
4.0 / 5.0
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Plenty of eateries, bars and daily activities keep this 3,000-passenger ship hopping; often chartered for music and pop culture theme cruises.

Norwegian Gem
4.0 / 5.0
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More than 10 restaurants offer everything from a traditional steakhouse to Brazilian and Japanese; entertainment includes big stage shows; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Jade
4.0 / 5.0
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Family-friendly and carries 2,402 passengers; offers nine dining options, casino, Haven Courtyard, large pool deck with two pools and the Wipe Out Teens Club.

Norwegian Epic
4.5 / 5.0
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Norwegian Breakaway
4.5 / 5.0
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An NYC-themed mega-ship, carrying some 4,500 cruisers; highlights include outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory water slides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Getaway
4.5 / 5.0
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A Miami-themed megaship, holding some 4,500 cruisers; features outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory waterslides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Escape
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries some 4,500 people; features Broadway-style entertainment, an expansive ropes course and 17 restaurants including the first at-sea Margaritaville.

Norwegian Joy
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has quiet areas -- such as the gorgeous and serene Observation Lounge -- the ship's character is driven more by all there is to do than anything else.

Norwegian Bliss
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian's newest ship, which will sail in Alaska and Caribbean, launches June 2018; highlights include 82 solo cabins with virtual ocean views and a massive observation lounge.

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