Encore, do you want more? That seems to be Norwegian Cruise Line’s motto as the cruise line continues to push the envelope when it comes to onboard experiences.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest mega-ship, Norwegian Encore, keel laying ceremony occurred just yesterday. We were lucky enough to be invited to this event at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to get a first-hand look at this new ship. It was amazing to be a part of this tradition. Being live at the ceremony, we also got a sneak peek at some of the ship’s new features, including a live performance. If you are wondering what new and innovative features the ship will include, here are Five Things to Love About the New Norwegian Encore.
5 Things to Love About the New Norwegian Encore
More Exhilarating Race Track
How do you top the largest race track at sea? You make it bigger and add some new elements of course. On Norwegian Encore, the race track will extend to almost 1,150 feet. This new course will feature 10 turns including 4 points that extend up to 13 feet over the side of the ship. There will also be a covered viewing area where bystanders can watch the race. In addition, the crowd can provide drivers with some extra speed using a laser system to tag go-karts with a temporary speed boost.
Immersive Galaxy Pavilion
Norwegian Encore will offer one of the most interactive and technologically advanced spaces at sea, the Galaxy Pavilion. The Pavilion first debuted on Norwegian Joy, and the cruise line is re-envisioning the venue for Norwegian Encore. This family-friendly space will feature a variety of virtual reality experiences. Among the known attractions are a driving simulator, two dark ride simulators, and a virtual reality maze. With all of these new features, this indoor venue is sure to be popular with cruisers of all ages. We will be sure to update you as more details emerge about this 10,000 square foot space.
Get ready to pull up a pair of bright red boots! Norwegian Encore will feature the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. This Broadway production will feature original music from Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper and will be a 90-minute show in the main theater. Also featured in the main theater will be Choir of Man. This West End show recently debuted on Norwegian Escape and has been one of the best received shows on any Norwegian Cruise Line ship.
Along with these new productions, the ship will also feature Happy Hour Prohibition- The Musical which debuted on Norwegian Bliss, the popular Cavern Club with a Beatles cover band, and plenty of bars and lounges with live music.
Enhanced Laser Tag
One of the popular onboard activities on Norwegian Bliss is the laser tag. For Norwegian Encore, the cruise line has taken this concept and enhanced it with digital technology. This lost city of Atlantis themed outdoor arena will now include augmented reality as part of each game. Players will wear virtual reality headsets, so along with avoiding being targeted by opponents, cruisers will also have to be wary of “digital” obstacles which makes this game unlike anything else at sea.
Along with all these new features, Norwegian Encore will also be home to many of the popular venues and amenities found on earlier ships in the class. These include the Waterfront outdoor promenade, the Observation Lounge on Deck 15, the “ship within a ship” Haven area, and a variety of complimentary and specialty dining. Stay tuned for more details on dining as they emerge.
What is amazing is that this brand new ship will be offering Eastern Caribbean cruises that qualify for the company’s Free at Sea promotion, which now includes up to six perks. The newest addition to this line up is free flights. So, cruisers can now book an all-inclusive trip on this innovative ship with free Ultimate Beverage Packages, dining, internet, and more. Now that is something that deserves applause.
Are you planning to cruise on Norwegian Encore? What is your favorite new feature on this ship? Drop us an anchor below with your thoughts on this new vessel.
Hi Andrew, glad to hear you will be cruising on Encore. We are scheduled for the first cruise in November. Fingers crossed the ship is delivered on time! Happy Cruising.