Norwegian Cruise Line has named its newest upcoming cruise ship the Norwegian Encore. The cruise line made the announcement at a January 31 steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany, that marked the official start of construction on the new vessel.
The Norwegian Encore will offer weekly seven-day Caribbean cruises from Miami when it sets sail in fall 2019, with the official delivery date set for October 31 of that year. The fourth and final ship in Norwegian’s Breakaway Plus class, it will have a capacity of 4,000 guests and bring Norwegian’s fleet total to 17.
More details on the ship’s design, accommodations, dining and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months, the cruise line said. Previous ships in the Breakaway Plus class, such as the Alaska-based Norwegian Bliss and China-based Norwegian Joy, have incorporate such amenities as a top-level race track and laser tag course, plus an enlarged version of The Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line’s luxury ship-within-a-ship concept.
The first ship in the Breakaway Plus class, the Norwegian Escape, currently sails from Miami offering cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and incorporates a number of signature amenities like the line’s Jimmy Buffet-branded Margaritaville at Sea and 5 O’Clock Somewhere dining venues, Waterfront oceanfront promenade and Broadway-style entertainment.
The Norwegian Escape will join the new Norwegian Encore in Miami during Norwegian's fall and winter 2019 season, offering seven-day western Caribbean cruises.