Nearly Done: Norwegian Encore Emerges From Building Dock
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest shipNorwegian Encorehas completed a major construction milestone, emerging for the first time from the Meyer Werft ship building dock in Papenburg, Germany.
The new vessel will remain in the shipyard port for the final phase of construction, before her conveyance up the Ems River and towards the North Sea at the end of SEP. At nearly 1,100 feet long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of 3,998, the ship will be delivered to the cruise line on 30OCT. She will be christened in Miami on 21NOV and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on 24NOV.
“To see the ship emerge from the shipyard is always one of the most exciting construction milestones,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian president and CEO. “Our partners at Meyer Werft have been committed to our vision for not onlyNorwegian Encore, but for this industry leading class of ships, supporting our dedication to delivering our guests the best cruise vacation at sea.”
Norwegian Encorewill feature the world’s longest race track at sea at 1,100 feet with four high-speed curves extending up to 13 feet over the side of the ship; the largest outdoor laser tag arena at nearly 10,000 square feet with the addition of augmented reality elements; and new immersive escape room and interactive theatre experiences in the 10,000-square-foot Galaxy Pavilion.
In addition to featuring many of the highly rated restaurants and lounges that have made the Breakaway Plus class one of the most successful in the company’s history,Norwegian Encorewill debut a new elevated Italian dining experience, Onda by Scarpetta, in collaboration with LDV Hospitality. The Tony Award-winning musical, “Kinky Boots” will headline the entertainment on board, with returning guest favourites “The Choir of Man,” “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical” and the rocking Beatles cover band of The Cavern Club.
Launching this fall,Norwegian Encorewill offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning 24NOV; Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning 22APR, 2020; voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning 12DEC, 2020; and in the spring of 2021 will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.