Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
sid_9169

Encore / Live / Solo(*)- Dec 1-8-2019...

Recommended Posts

                        A long

                time ago... In a

       shipyard far, far away........

 

Men (And, women, I assume) worked around the clock, to bring to fruition, the newest vessel in Norwegian Cruise Lines' Breakaway Plus Class fleet... Her name would be Encore, and she would take NCL where it had never been before... Her racetrack would be the largest at sea, and new, intriguing dining venues such as Onda and American Diner would make their debut. Sadly, Spice H2O would be eliminated, and replaced by Laser Tag and the Galaxy Pavilion, a virtual realty experience... All the old favorites, such as Cagney's, the District Brew House, and Food Republic, would remain, but would the loss of valuable "not for fee" deck space be the death knell of this new, and impressive ship? Come sail with me, and we'll all find out together on the seas of the sunny Caribbean...

 

*** Image "borrowed" from the NCL website... A rendering, actually...

 


 

 

 

encore cover.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

If you're a frequent reader of Cruise Critic, then you may have followed the "Everything...Norwegian Encore! Launch Nov 2019" thread started by TheDougOut wayyy back in January 2018... This discussion covered each and every step in the construction of the Encore, which will be the final Breakaway Plus Class ship, in case you didn't know. 

 

When the renderings for the Encore hull artwork were first released, there was a good bit of moanin' and groanin' going on here on Cruise Critic... The general consensus it seemed, is that most people didn't really like it. There have been others who even said they hated the artwork so much, that they would never sail the Encore because of it. I'm in the camp that really couldn't care less what's painted on the side of a ship, it's what's inside that counts...

 

Many thought that "Hull Art Gate" was the worst of what was to come, that is until the full deck plans were released. The space, formerly known as Spice H2O had been written out of the plans, and replaced by Laser Tag and the Galaxy Pavilion... 

 

The problem wasn't that people had something against laser tag and virtual reality games. The problem was that a significant percentage of "free" deck space was being eliminated. All of the passengers who would normally enjoy the serenity of the adults only area, would have to compete for deck space in the main pool area, or try to obtain a Vibe Pass at a cost of over $200 per week...

 

Although I'm not really excited about forking over two hundred something bucks, in addition to everything I've already paid, I do plan on securing a Vibe Pass, just to be able to enjoy some un-crowded deck space. I'm just not one of those people who enjoy the "hustle & bustle" of the main pool area. I like to have somewhere to escape to, and if it costs extra, then I'm just going to have to grin and bear it. 

 

***Another rendering "borrowed" from NCL...

 

ncl encore.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yay! I’m here too! Number 4 ain’t so bad. 😉 Go get ‘em Sid. 

Edited by Greenpea2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

For the past 5 years, I've cruised during the first week of December, which is always one of the least expensive weeks of the year... I was completely oblivious to the fact that it was Thanksgiving weekend, and rates with the airlines were well above what I usually pay. But, what could I do? There's no way I would ever drive to Miami, and pay to park my car for the week. And the thought of spending the entire day in the car after the cruise is just not the way I want to end my vacation. 

 

Again, I'll be staying in the Downtown area. I booked a Priceline Express Deal, where you don't actually know the hotel until after you book. I selected "4 star hotels Downtown" and ended up with a pretty good rate at the InterContinental. I usually stay a bit further South in Brickell, but it's only a short ride away on the Metro Mover... As usual, I'll be bouncing from place to place, in search of food and adult beverages. Unfortunately, there aren't many Happy Hour options on Saturday as there are on weekdays, so I'll be paying full price, which in Miami can be pretty steep. I'll most likely be hitting some of my old favorites, and hopefully at least 1 or 2 "new to me" establishments... 

 

*** Another " borrowed from the interwebs" photo...

 

encore 1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 minutes ago, ceilidh1 said:

NOOOOO

stupid pacific coast time! 

You could have set an alarm....🤷‍♀️  👼🤣

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright I vow'd not to miss your "Live" this time just because we are sailing at the same time, just on different ships.  Looking forward to be following along your "Live" whilst I'm doing my "Live" on Oasis of the seas!! 🙂

 

Thanks for bringing us along!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The story you're about to read is true... In fact, 99% of it hasn't even been written yet...

 

Part review, part novel, and part confession...

 

For those of you who've never run across one of my "reviews" before, I just want to prepare you a bit about what you're getting into... This isn't going to be one of those milquetoast reviews that provides bullet points, such as what was good, bad, or ugly. It'll be more of a series of observations, happening in real time. A play by play narrative of my travels from Atlanta to Miami, including happy hour and dinner. The next morning, we'll head to the port together, and ultimately board the beautiful Norwegian Encore!... 

 

I like to joke around a lot, so try not to take any of it too seriously. When I am being serious, I promise, you'll know it... This whole thing is meant to be lighthearted and fun. I will try to be informative at times, but a lot of it will be just for pure entertainment value. There will be plenty of food and beverage p0rn along the way, and I'll be visiting many of the specialty restaurants to document and devour everything I can... I like to bring you the ship and all she has to offer in a different way than most. I'm going to try and give you the experience of being right there as best I can...

 

*** Pic stolen from NCL...

 

 

norwegianencore.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have to post quickly before reading so I’m not way the heck down the handwritten list.

Definitely looking forward to “our” trip Sid.

Have a wonderful cruise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, ColeThornton said:

Looks to be a fun review.   BTW, is your font size intentional? It's really big.

Intentional... The theme for this review is Bigger, Longer, and Uncut...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, maybe I did overdo it a bit with the font size... I'm typing this on a desktop, but I just looked at it on my phone, and WHOA is it BIG!... Sorry, I'll go back to average size font, it's too late to edit the rest...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

I normally just book directly with NCL online, but my travel agent was able to get me a 4 night Specialty Dining Package in addition to the Premium Beverage Package, with no "Free at Sea" gratuities... Add in my 2 Platinum meals, and I'm looking at 6 free specialty meals for nothing. When reservations opened up at 120 days out, I made plans for Onda, Ocean Blue, Cagney's, and Los Lobos, leaving 2 more to decide upon once on board. 

Since I paid nothing for the beverage package, I've decided to upgrade my plan to the Premium Plus Beverage Package for around $35 per day... This way, I can take advantage of all of the best name brands of liquor, in addition to bottled water, specialty coffee, and fresh squeezed juices. 
 

*** I promise that when I get to Miami I'll get you some of my actual photos of the Encore... Until then, another "stolen from NCL" photo...

 

encore 2.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’m here, too.  Loved the font on my iPad, but I realize many people use their phones to read/post on CC.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...