Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of its newest ship, the Norwegian Encore. After departing Bremerhaven, Germany, the ship will embark on a nearly month-long tour with preview events scheduled in Europe, New York and Miami, including the ship’s naming ceremony on November 21. In attendance during the delivery were Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft executives.
The new ship, which has a guest capacity of nearly 4,000, will embark on its first preview cruise from Bremerhaven on October 31, arriving to Southampton, England, on November 2. During the two-day voyage guests will be able to check out the new ship, which has a race track, the new Onda by Scarpetta restaurant, an enhanced Galaxy Pavilion and open-air laser tag attractions and the at-sea debut of the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots.
On November 2, the ship will embark on a transatlantic voyage to the United States, arriving to New York City on November 10. From there the ship will sail a two-day preview cruise November 11 – 13 to Miami, where a further series of celebrations will conclude with the ship’s christening ceremony on November 21. That event will include a live performance by the ship’s godmother, Grammy Award-winning singer and television host Kelly Clarkson.
Other entertainment options on the new ship will include “The Choir of Man,” “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical” and a Beatles cover band in The Cavern Club. As part of a recent partnership with JUST Goods, Inc., Norwegian Encore will be the first ship in the company to be plastic bottle-free when it debuts. By January 1, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line will eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet, a significant effort towards providing guests with more sustainable options at sea.
This fall the Norwegian Encore will operate seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning November 24, 2019; Bermuda and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning April 22, 2020; and sailings to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning December 12, 2020. In the spring of 2021, the ship will make its West Coast debut, sailing to Alaska from Seattle.