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TheDougOut

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    Rochester, NY
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    NCL
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    DBH

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  1. TheDougOut

    Meet and Greet agenda

    Transatlantics can handle quite a few planned activities due to the number of sea days. If you’re looking for ideas, here’s what we have planned so far for the Encore transatlantic... https://www.cruiseencore.com/events/
  2. TheDougOut

    Encore: Rhyme or Reason H20/Spice?

    To me, Spice felt half-baked on the Bliss - a bit of an afterthought. Original renderings showed the screen, and there was early hope for a more significant water feature similar to what’s on the Joy. When I first walked out there, I sensed its days were numbered. I agree that wasting the prime aft views on Lasertag is a mistake. However, I suspect there’s more to come with a Spice replacement mid-ship. I guess I’m still in wait-and-see mode.
  3. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    Could someone please describe this exhilarating view for me? 😃
  4. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    First off, I agree that there’s likely more-to-come with the new sundeck area. Personally, my gripe isn’t about a change in sun deck space. I simply think it’s stupid that the 3 big activity lineups (Galaxy, Go-Karts, Laser Tag) take zero advantage of the fact that they’re sitting atop a cruise ship. In fact, it’s the opposite - as they all go out of their way to obstruct it. All 3 activities can and are done better on land, and the designs appear to do nothing to leverage the uniqueness of them sitting atop a ship. When you add in the fact that SO MUCH of the deck space is being set aside for these voids of experience, then yeah, it’s a little disappointing.
  5. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    There are creative (innovative?) solutions to every problem. I’m not saying an aerial coaster is the answer, I’m just pointing out what it does and doesn’t do when compared to sacrificing 1/3 of a top deck for entertainment that dismisses the uniqueness of being on a ship.
  6. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    I think they’re good parallels - Skyride & Ropes Courses were the initial “man-power” options, and both took advantage of the spectacular at-sea views. When bigger excitement was sought, Carnival went with a ship-top coaster that extended the at-sea thrills while continuing to sacrifice little deck space. NCL went with obstructive helmets and augmented-reality googles in vast venues that hide the ocean views for both participants and non-participants. I don’t mean to be a dougie-downer, I’m just disappointed in what could have been. I’ll still go (assuming they don’t scrap DBH), and I’ll still have a blast. But then it’s back to the Escape.
  7. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    I love what Carnival came up with for their top-deck entertainment option. The Mardi Gras unveil of “Bolt” makes it clear where NCL got it wrong. Bolt is raised above the decks, so apparently very little prime space is sacrificed. But more importantly, the entertainment is made more-special because it sits atop a ship (much like the away-class Ropes Courses). It EXTENDS the at-sea experience, rather than obstruct it. Such a smarter solution. It makes me wonder if NCL’s days of innovation are wearing thin. https://m.facebook.com/6067784583/posts/10156551422134584/
  8. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    Encore’s bow block...
  9. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    Not much to see on the updated webcam shots. It appears the outside block is starting to see the go kart viewing platform, and the inside block has the Garden Cafe loft in view.
  10. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    That font is my excuse to drink tonight. Thanks for the assist!
  11. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    SingleCruiser found our first glimpse of Encore’s Observation Lounge, sitting atop the bridge. I can only imagine how many steelworkers are asleep in there.
  12. TheDougOut

    Everything... Norwegian ENCORE! Launch Nov 2019

    A couple of juicy visitor photos from today’s tour...
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