Norwegian Encore will be the fourth and final member of the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus Class alongside Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss.
The 4,004 passenger Norwegian Encore is currently under construction at Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany and we are booked on the 9-day Inaugural Transatlantic sailing from Southampton to New York on 2nd November 2019.
She will feature many of the much-loved bars, restaurants and lounges that are on the Norwegian Bliss but there have been some tweaks to the offerings!
Here are the top 6 things we can’t wait to explore:
1. New Dining Options
Norwegian Encore will debut Onda by Scarpetta, the notable modern Italian restaurant’s first venture at sea. This has been created in partnership with LDV Hospitality, whose Scarpetta portfolio of restaurants can be found in New York City, the Hamptons, Miami, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Newport and London.
Embracing its new home at sea, Onda, which is Italian for “wave,” will combine its classic approach to old-world fare, including using in-house-made pasta, with its own signature seafood dishes to offer a new take on Italian cuisine.
The menu will feature a prime selection of raw and cooked seafood, delicious vegetable dishes, classic Italian entrees – including Scarpetta’s famous Spaghetti Tomato and Basil – and the very best in Italian desserts, to provide guests with a true dolce vita experience.
Onda by Scarpetta will be located along The Waterfront, and diners can choose to eat inside or out on deck.
Norwegian Encore will also include American Diner, which first debuted on Norwegian Joy, where guests can order from a diverse selection of comfort foods, including burgers, fried chicken, pot pies and more.
Guests can experience a slice of Americana, including classic American cars!
2. Bigger Race Track
Norwegian Encore is going even bigger and better with the largest race track at sea.
It’s now over 1,100 feet of pedal-to-the-metal action with four high-speed curves that extend 13 feet over the side of the ship. Spectators can now get in on the action too. From a covered viewing area in the middle of the track, guests can use laser guns to turbo boost their favourite racers past the finish. Chris really enjoyed racing the Bliss and can’t wait to try this out!
3. Largest Laser-Tag
The ship will also have the largest laser-tag course at sea!
Re-designed to cover the entire back of the ship, it resurrects the lost city of Atlantis. Players can hide behind ruins and run past the giant tentacles of the monstrous sea creature to complete their mission.
There is an additional high-tech twist using virtual reality experiences to help players uncover hidden treasures.
4. Virtual Reality Galaxy Pavilion
Debuting first on Norwegian Joy, the Galaxy Pavilion is a 10,000-square-foot virtual reality complex where cutting-edge technology meets interactive gaming for an experience that’s out of this world.
Players can get lost in a virtual reality maze, challenge friends in an interactive theatre and find their way out of the most immersive escape room in the world.
5. New Entertainment Offerings
The Tony award-winning stage musical Kinky Boots will be the headline act on Norwegian Encore.
It tells the true story of a Northampton shoe factory owner who revives his failing business by making footwear for drag artists after a chance encounter with a performer. Featuring original music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is about celebrating friendships, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Norwegian Encore will also showcase the multi-talented cast of The Choir of Man as they sing everything from pub tunes and classic rock to theatre and folk songs.
Guests will be singing along to their favourites and stomping their feet to the brilliant live percussion and choreography. From the creative minds of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay, The Choir of Man has been called the ultimate feel-good show.
6. Eye-Catching Hull Design
Norwegian Encore’s hull will feature the colourful designs of Spanish artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo
Known for his humanistic approach to abstract art, Arranz-Bravo has created a design that is inspired by his life by the sea in Barcelona and pays tribute to the ‘vibrant guest experience for which the Norwegian brand is recognised’. The hull will feature a ‘labyrinth of colour’.
“I am honoured to not only bring that vibrancy to life even more on Norwegian Encore, but also to showcase my love for the ocean and my hometown of Barcelona.” said Arranz-Bravo.
We can’t wait to see this colourful hull as Norwegian Encore approaches the dock in Southampton!
So far, the main differences between Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss are:
- Onda by Scarpetta replaces La Cucina
- American Diner replaces Margaritaville
- Bigger Race Track now extending over the side of the ship
- Larger Laser-Tag area with different theme (one deck lower on the aft of the ship)
- New Virtual Reality Galaxy Pavilion (replacing the space previously occupied by Spice H2O)
- Larger Vibe Beach Club (extending up into the space previously occupied by Laser Tag)
- Kinky Boots and Choir of Man performances replacing Jersey Boys and Havana
We are really excited to have the opportunity to amongst the first to experience these. We loved our Norwegian Bliss Inaugural Transatlantic in 2018 plus there is nothing quite like the buzz of discovering all the gleaming nooks and crannies of a new ship. We plan to post daily updates while onboard.
Norwegian Encore will sail seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami starting from November 2019 until to April 2020. After her inaugural Caribbean season, the ship will reposition to New York City for a summer of Bermuda cruises through to November 2020.