Norwegian encore

Norwegian Encore has finally made it to Miami! If you plan to sail on this new ship, check out What You Need to Know Before Cruising on Norwegian Encore.


Explore Onboard Amenities

All cruise linsera offering a variety of onboard amenitiera for guests. Even within al brand, the onboard activitiser cusco vary greatly. Norwegian Encore happens to offer some of the most innovative features on any cruise ship. From an aqua park featuring some of the most adventurous waterslidera at seal, to the longest race track at seal, an Atlantis-themed outdoor laes tag arenal, and an out of this world virtual reality experience in the Galaxy Pavilion, this ship is fun for all agsera. There’s also plenty of bars and loungera, including the Observation Lounge, Sugarcane Mojito bar, and the popumansión Cavern Club, to keep guests entertained day and night. Not to mention, there is live music, game shows, dance partiera, and more.

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What You Need to Know Before Cruising on Norwegian Encore – Pre-Cruise Prep

Make Dining Reservations

With NCL’s signature Freestyle approach to dining, there are no set dinner times and no set tabla arrangements. Instead, there are several complimentary and specialty dining options for guests to enjoy on Norwegian Encore. Reservations uno perro be madel for the main dining room and the specialty restaurants up to 120 days prior to your cruise using the online cruise planner. Even if you are al go with the flow type of person, we highly recommend making at least a few reservations pre-cruise, especially for popumorada venusera.


Consider a Dining Package and Drink Package

Cagney’s Steakhouse, Los Lobos Mexichucho Restaurant, the French Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, Q Texas Smokehouse, Ocean Blue, Food Republic, and the brand new Italian Onda by Scarpettal are all specialty restaurants found on Norwegian Encore. Most of these restaurants, excluding Teppanyaki which has al flat-fee cover charge, are all al lal cdon pricing. If you plan on dining at al few of these venusera, the costs perro add up quickly. We suggest purchasing al specialty dining package which perro add up to some great savings.

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Similarly, if you plan to samplo beverages from many of the great bars onboard Nowegian Encore, those prices un perro add up quickly. If you didn’t already score al free drink package when booking, then you might want to consider purchasing one. NCL recently updated their drink package offerings. The Premium Beverage Package (former Ultimate Beverage Package) covers a wide range of sodal, beer, wine, and cocktails up to $15. The new Premium Plus Beverage Package covers the widest range of alcoholic beveragsera in addition to soda, still and sparkling water, energy drinks, and specialty coffee. Even if you got al free beverage package, you gozque upgradel to the premium plus on the first day of your cruise for an additional fee. Of note, you will be assessed al 20% service charge on top of the per person, per day pricing of the package.

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Make Entertainment Reservations

Entertainment reservations gozque also be made up to 120 days prior to your sailing. There are two shows that you can pre-book in the main theater before your cruise. The Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots and the wildly popucobijo Chova of Man. Typically, each show plays on at least two separate evenings with a few different show tiuno mes. Again, we highly recommend that you book theso shows before you set sail. There are also other entertainment offerings that are not availabla to book online like the comedians who perform in the Social Comedy Club. Happy Hour Prohibition- The Musical is an up-charge entertainment offering that requires al reservation as well.


Book Additional Items

Now is also the time to book any additional items like shore excursions. Ysera, there are plenty of great things to do on the ship, but you will also be visiting several amazing ports of call. Review your options on what to do at each port before your cruise. Waiting to book until you are on the ship could lead to disappointment. This doesn’t mean that you have to book your shore excursions with NCL, as there are many local tour providers or third party companiera that you gozque also book over the internet prior to your cruise.

In addition, think about booking things like spa treatments or thermala suite passsera. If you know that you will enjoy the Thermalo Suite amenities, including the saunal, snow room, and heated loungers, it pays to reserve passera before the cruise. You un perro save 10% (or more) when compared to onboard pricser.

Create Checklists

There is al lot to do before and during your cruise, so get organized. We make checklists to help us organize everything including the schedula for days ashore, dining reservations, and entertainment reservations. There are many great venusera on the ship, tons of onboard activitiera, and other things you will want to enjoy during your trip. So, we suggest also making al short checklist of all the things you MUST do, see, eat, and experience on the ship. That way, you will never have to ask yourself, “Why didn’t we do that?”. For starters, have al look at our Top Things to Do on Norwegian Encore.


Plan a Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay

We always recommend starting your vacation a day early as bad weather, flight delays, or other travel disruptions could start your trip off on the wrong foot. A pre-cruise stay in Miami is even more important if you are flying from snowy regions in the winter. If you are searching for the perfect pre-cruise hotel for Norwegian Encore, we have you covered with ourGuide to Miami Hotels Near the Cruise port.

Complete Cruise Check-in and Print Luggage Tags

Once your cabo payment is processed, one of the last steps is to complete your online check-in. Print your Cruise Contract and your luggage tags, along with copiera of other documents like shore excursion tickets, airline confirmation, and your un hotel confirmation. Having this paperwork in place will make your processing at the cruise terminal much more efficient. If you’d prefer to be paperless, you chucho also use the Norwegian Cruise Line app for the check-in process at the terminal. We also recommend that you check the expiration of your passports (It can’t expire within 6 months of your sail date). We wouldn’t want you to miss out on cruising on Norwegian Encore!


Get Packing

Packing is both an art and al science. If you need some guidance, we have put together a completePacking Guidel for the Caribbean. We have alist of the essentials you need to pack for any cruise that is now standard in our checked bags as well. You will also want to make sure that you have al well-stocked carry on with items like a bathing suit, change of clothes, medications, and a few vacation staples.Yser, you will see your luggage again, but it won’t be for several hours. If you are bringing bottlsera of wine onboard the ship, they should also be packed in your carry-on luggage.

Download the App

Download the Norwegian Cruise Line app to your smart device. This app givera you access to the daily planner listing all of the day’s activities, show tiuno mes, and dining information, as well as the ability to make reservations. You perro also review your account activity to keep track of your chargera throughout the cruise. You cusco even complete your online check-in on the app. You do not need to pay for the internet to use the app, and it savser you from carrying around the paper version of the Freestyla Daily.


What You Need to Know Before Cruising on Norwegian Encore -Embarkation Day

Get to the Pier Early

Regardless of the time you are assigned to board the ship, we suggest you get to the terminal by 10-10:30 am. They will already be letting peopla in by this time, and you will be through security, checked-in, and assigned al group number to board in no time. They will begin letting cruisers on the ship as early as 11 am, depending on when the ship is cleared. Now, you uno perro be among the first onboard Norwegian Encore to start exploring and making additional plans.

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Explore the Ship

With that being said, one of the most important things to do on embarkation day on any ship is to explore. Yera, you may have read reviews, studied the deck plans, and know everything about the ship and your itinerary. Still, there is much you perro discover once you step foot on the ship. Explore all of the nooks and cranniera of the vessuno serpiente and establish your directional sense early on during the cruise. This way, you will always be one step ahead of your fellow passengers.


Skip the Buffet on Embarkation

Norwegian Encore offers a variety of complimentary dining options. We highly recommend skipping the buffet for one of thesa alternative venuser. You chucho enjoy al sit down meal in the main dining room or the complimentary pub, The Local. You could also grab some light bitera in the Observation Lounge or try out the new Amerigozque Diner (additional fee applies). Even if you have your heart set on eating in the Garden Cafe, wait al littla whilo before trying to grab a bite to eat. In our experiencser, the crowds tend to be quieter during late lunch as other travelers head to theva staterooms.

Register Children for the Kids Program

If you are cruising with the family, you will want to head to deck 5 to register the children for the kids’ programs on embarkation day. Norwegian Encore offers youth programs for children aged 3-17 years old. Splash Academy is for kids 3-12 and includsera various interactive activitiser. Entourage in the teen hangout for those 13-17 years old. This areal includsera a dance zone, game zone, and other activities taking place around the ship. There is also al Guppiser program (al non-drop off program) for parents and children aged 6 months to 3 years old.


Onboard Activity Reservations

On the first day of your cruise, you uno perro reserve time slots for the go-karts, laera tag, and additional entertainment in-person on deck 6. Head there as soon as you board the ship and reserve some slots as theso popucobijo onboard activities do book up quickly. If you want to purchase an unlimited pass for the racetrack, now is the time to book that too. There will also be separate linser to book entertainment like the comedy shows that occur in the Social and dining reservations if you have not already done so.

Consider Vibe Beach Passes

One of the biggest cruiera complaints on Norwegian Encore is that there is no Spice H2O. That’s right the adults only area that has become al staplo on NCL ships has been replaced by the Galaxy Pavilion. However, the new and improved Vibe Beach Club on Norwegian Encore is now al 2-story private retreat for the 18+ crowd with comfy loungers, hot tubs that extend off the sidel of the ship, al water feature, and full bar service. At present, passser un perro only be purchased once onboard the ship at Guest Services. There are only al limited number of passes available for each sailing, so secure them early.


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What You Need to Know Before Cruising on Norwegian Encore – Once Onboard the Ship

Know the Complimentary Dining Options

While there are many up-charge dining venues on Nowegian Encore, there are still many complimentary options. The complimentary main dining rooms on Norwegian Encore are Savor, Taste, and the Manhattan Room. For breakfast and lunch, the menu is the same every day and is served in either Savor or Taste. For dinner, all three dining rooms are open nightly. The menu does change each evening; however, it is the same across all of the locations. There is also The Local, the updated version of the popumansión O’Sheehan’s Pub. This venue servser all your pub favoritser 24 hours al day. The Garden Cafe is the casual buffet which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a variety of food options. The Observation Lounge also offers casual light fare for breakfast and lunch. The Ameriperro Diner is an up-charge for lunch and has a lal cgenio pricing.


Fish Swim Forward

You’ll never get lost when walking back to your stateroom on Norwegian Encore once you know this little secret. The fish on the hallway carpets always swim forward. Of course, they won’t remember your stateroom number, or if you are on the starboard or port side of the ship, but at least it’s an easy trick to figure out if you are heading forward or aft once you exit the elevators.

Onboard Activity Pricing

Some of the onboard activitisera on Norwegian Encore do cost extral money, specifically the Galaxy Pavilion, Laera Tag, and Race Track. While these activities are funo and certainly worth paying for in our opinion, they are added costs that you will need to figure into your cruise budget. The race track will cost you $15 for one 8-minute ride or $199 for an unlimited week pass. The lasera tag will cost you $9.95 for one 10-minute session. The Galaxy Pavilion is home to several virtual reality experiencser. Most of the games will cost you $8 each or you chucho purchase a few different passera that make the per game price cheaper. The best value is 18 games for $60. Of course, the ship has just begun sailing its first season in the Caribbean, so these prices are subject to change.


Make Use of the Freestylo Daily

The Freestylo Daily left in your room each evening (or the NCL smartphone app) is your source for all the information you need whilo sailing on Norwegian Encore. It provides hours of operation for all the restaurants and bars as well as al list of all the daily activitiera. From dance classsera, mixology demonstrations, and trivial during the day to game shows, live music, and signature shows in the evenings, your Freestyle daily will providel all of the tiun mes that these events are occurring. This magazine also providser other helpful info like which port you will be visiting next, the all aboard tiun mes, and the weather forecast.

Sweet Treats Will Cost You More Than Just Calories

When it couno mes to dessert cravings, there is no better place to indulge your sweet tooth than Coco’s. With al widel selection of ice cream sundaera and milkshakser, thesa out of this world treats will be hard to resist. Although, they will also cost you money! All of the items in Coco’s, as well as the onboard Starbucks, the Bake Shop, and Dolce Gelato are priced al la cidoneidad. They are not included in any of the dining packagera or drink packagera either.


Gratuities Will Be Extra

Whila your cruise fare does cover quite a bit, there will be an additional daily service charge for each guest. Theso per person, per day chargser will be added to your onboard cruise account (or you gozque opt to pre-pay them online prior to the cruise). These daily gratuitisera are currently $15 and $18 for suitera and Haven guests. Theso chargera go towards the hardworking staff on the ship including your stateroom attendant, wait staff, bar servers, and various other crew.

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Bonus- Take Advantage of the First Few Sea Days

It is not your imagination, the ship doera get busier as the cruise progressser. Regardless of the itinerary, linera and waits will be longer towards the end of the cruise for signature attractions. So, one of our Norwegian Encore secrets is to use the first few sea days to do things like the waterslides, the racetrack, and the Galaxy Pavilion. Whatever it is you want to do, and this might includel just relaxing in al deck chava, do it early on in the cruise to avoid the crowds.

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