Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has taken delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in Bremerhaven, Germany.
This highly anticipated milestone begins a nearly month-long tour with preview events scheduled in Europe, New York and Miami, including the ship’s naming ceremony on Nov. 21.
“Today we celebrate the delivery of our 17th ship and the close of our history-making Breakaway Plus class – a feat that was made possible through a special collaboration with our partners at Meyer Werft,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our dedication to creating next-level offerings on board, will allow us to continue to deliver meaningful experiences for our guests, when Norwegian Encore arrives home to Miami.”
The nearly 1,100-foot-long Norwegian Encore, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of nearly 4,000, will embark on its first preview cruise from Bremerhaven, Germany on Oct. 31, arriving to Southampton, England on Nov. 2. New onboard offerings include the largest race track in the industry, the new Onda by Scarpetta, enhanced Galaxy Pavilion and open-air laser tag attractions, and the at-sea debut of the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots.
On Nov. 2, Norwegian Encore will commence a transatlantic voyage to the US, arriving to New York on Nov. 10 with a two-day preview scheduled from Nov. 11-13. The ship will then voyage to Miami for a series of events, concluding with the christening ceremony and celebration on Nov. 21, which includes a live performance by Norwegian Encore’s godmother and Grammy Award-winning singer and television host Kelly Clarkson.
Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning Nov. 24; Bermuda, Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning April 22, 2020; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning Dec. 12, 2020. In the spring of 2021, Encore will make its West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.
Pictured (l-r) are Yard Captain Wolfgang Thos of Meyer Werft, Captain Niklas Persson, Norwegian Encore, Tim Meyer, managing director of Meyer Werft, Stuart and Harry Sommer, incoming president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.