Norwegian Encore Heads To Sea For Trials

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Norwegian Encore has left the shipyard
to head out to sea.

Norwegian Encore has completed another major construction milestone, as the next ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and sailed down the Ems River towards the North Sea.

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 by Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson in Miami on 21NOV and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on 24NOV. 

“Today we celebrate a huge milestone for our history-making ship,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Now is when the anticipation truly begins to build. Our partners at Meyer Werft have collaborated with us to bring the industry-leading experiences from the successful Breakaway Plus class ships to Norwegian Encore, making her truly the best in class.” 

Among the ship’s most touted features:

  • 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.
  • A new immersive escape room and interactive theatre experiences in the 10,000-square-foot Galaxy Pavilion. 

Norwegian says that in addition to featuring many of the restaurants and lounges that have made the Breakaway Plus class one of the most successful in the company’s history, Norwegian Encore will 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 onboard entertainment, with returning guest favourites “The Choir of Man,” “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical” and the rocking Beatles cover band of The Cavern Club. 

As part of a recent partnership with JUST Goods, Inc., Norwegian Encore will be the first ship in the NCL fleet to be plastic bottle free when she debuts.  By 1JAN, 2020 Norwegian Cruise Line says it will be the first major cruise line to eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet.

Launching this fall, Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning 24NOV, 2019; Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning 22APR, 2020; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning 12DEC, 2020.  In the spring of 2021, she will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle. 

Bruce Parkinson

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.