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2 hours ago, bluesea777 said:

Encore is now parked next to the new NCL terminal (looks unfinished):

 

That's because it is unfinished. It's way behind schedule. I asked on Port Miami's FB page several weeks ago when it would be finished, and they told me May/June 2020.  

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47 minutes ago, CazV said:

 

That's because it is unfinished. It's way behind schedule. I asked on Port Miami's FB page several weeks ago when it would be finished, and they told me May/June 2020.  

Too bad Meyer-Werft doesn't build cruise port terminals also.  That baby would be delivered.

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2 hours ago, Pirate at 50 said:

Too bad Meyer-Werft doesn't build cruise port terminals also.  That baby would be delivered.

They don’t have Miami  workers. 

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Yesterday while embarking on another cruise line I spotted Encore entering the turning basin at the Port of Miami as our bus transfer approached.  She was going very slow and a had a helicopter buzzing around her.  Apologize for the quality, that's shooting out a moving bus window.

 

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Welcome home.

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7 hours ago, Isabella Benjamin said:

The Encore is in Great Stirrup Cay this weekend.  I wonder how many guests are on board?

   A whole lot of travel agents.  I wonder if Kelly Clarkson went on the short cruise.

 

Still wishing Encore good luck and the more I look at the ship, the more I like the art work.

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Just got back.  I always try and give back as I do use a lot of the information that others post on these message boards.  If you have any questions please let me know.

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5 hours ago, zymurgy1999 said:

Just got back.  I always try and give back as I do use a lot of the information that others post on these message boards.  If you have any questions please let me know.

Did you like it?   We have Priority Access, and are Vibe cruisers on our past six NCL cruises.   This ship has many similarities to Escape and Bliss, but we won’t set foot in Galaxy Pavilion, Laser Tag, or Racetrack.  We will enjoy the shows, food, Vibe, and bars.   That’s why we cruise NCL.  This ship obviously changed focus with so much emphasis on VR and larger racetrack.   Did it go too far??

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14 hours ago, Jim The Lizard said:

Did you like it?   We have Priority Access, and are Vibe cruisers on our past six NCL cruises.   This ship has many similarities to Escape and Bliss, but we won’t set foot in Galaxy Pavilion, Laser Tag, or Racetrack.  We will enjoy the shows, food, Vibe, and bars.   That’s why we cruise NCL.  This ship obviously changed focus with so much emphasis on VR and larger racetrack.   Did it go too far??

We had not traveled on this class of ship yet, so a lot of it was new to us.  My kids did the VR.  I bought an hour pass for them and after 30 minutes they were bored.  It was never busy and half of the games were not working when we were there.  I cannot see that section succeeding in the long run.  We did not do the laser tag and cannot speak to whether or not it was busy or not.  I did hear that the race track was very busy.  You had to make a reservation.  They would tell you to show up 30 minutes before your time and it was still an hour plus wait after you showed up.  We did not do the race track.  By the time we decided we wanted to give it a shot we were told that it was sold out.

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Anyone who has eaten at Onda using the SDP: How does the Specialty Dining Package work at Onda as far as what you can order? And is there an upcharge there? I've seen menu pics posted in places but no consensus on what you can order in what menu sections. I have the 7 day dining package and intend to go to Onda 4-5 times to try a broad selection from the menu.

 

I called NCL about this and all 3 reps I spoke to were clueless and could only read off the "terms and conditions" most of which didn't even apply to the ship I was specifically referencing, Encore. They also had no menu to reference and no way to tell me anything other than the restaurant exists on the ship and they can make reservations for me.

 

I was told by the NCL phone rep that "ALL" specialty dining includes unlimited appetizers, desserts and sides plus 1 entree. However when dining at Le Bistro on Gem in August I was told differently at the restaurant (ate there 6 nights!) and was limited on menu selections aside from the 1 entree rule which I can understand.

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We were on the TA and dined at Onda.  We ordered an app, salad and entree.  We were too full for desert but it was included.  I do not think you will have a hard time getting exactly what you want from the menu included.  

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1 hour ago, floor13 said:

Anyone who has eaten at Onda using the SDP: How does the Specialty Dining Package work at Onda as far as what you can order? And is there an upcharge there? I've seen menu pics posted in places but no consensus on what you can order in what menu sections. I have the 7 day dining package and intend to go to Onda 4-5 times to try a broad selection from the menu.

 

I called NCL about this and all 3 reps I spoke to were clueless and could only read off the "terms and conditions" most of which didn't even apply to the ship I was specifically referencing, Encore. They also had no menu to reference and no way to tell me anything other than the restaurant exists on the ship and they can make reservations for me.

 

I was told by the NCL phone rep that "ALL" specialty dining includes unlimited appetizers, desserts and sides plus 1 entree. However when dining at Le Bistro on Gem in August I was told differently at the restaurant (ate there 6 nights!) and was limited on menu selections aside from the 1 entree rule which I can understand.

My wife and I had the SDP, our 2 daughters were able to use our platinum voucher for lacuchina. We ordered an app each, a pizza, 2 pastas, our mains, and a dessert ea.  Our daughters got an app, main, dessert. So we shared the pizza and the pastas with everyone.. it was WAY too much food.....

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1 hour ago, La-Z-Guy said:

My wife and I had the SDP, our 2 daughters were able to use our platinum voucher for lacuchina. We ordered an app each, a pizza, 2 pastas, our mains, and a dessert ea.  Our daughters got an app, main, dessert. So we shared the pizza and the pastas with everyone.. it was WAY too much food.....

Was it good?

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2 hours ago, La-Z-Guy said:

My wife and I had the SDP, our 2 daughters were able to use our platinum voucher for lacuchina. We ordered an app each, a pizza, 2 pastas, our mains, and a dessert ea.  Our daughters got an app, main, dessert. So we shared the pizza and the pastas with everyone.. it was WAY too much food.....


They allowed you to use the platinum voucher in Ondo?? The platinum voucher on Encore is supposed to be good only for Q or Los Lobos for one voucher and Cagney’s or Le Bistro for the other voucher. 

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6 minutes ago, rtkenmore said:


They allowed you to use the platinum voucher in Ondo?? The platinum voucher on Encore is supposed to be good only for Q or Los Lobos for one voucher and Cagney’s or Le Bistro for the other voucher. 

 

I used the Platinum voucher in Onda, no problem at all!

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10 minutes ago, QueenOfZoom said:

 

I used the Platinum voucher in Onda, no problem at all!


interesting. We were told no on the cruise we just got off of today.  We were told the platinum voucher could only be used in Q or Los Lobos. No changes or any leeway to choose Onda since the normal voucher is indeed for the Italian restaurant. 

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I was encouraged by the server to order a ton of food at Onda. I was on the Inaugural TA. I ordered an app, a pizza, a pasta, and a main course. They offered dessert but I declined. All was covered under my SDP. 

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38 minutes ago, rtkenmore said:


They allowed you to use the platinum voucher in Ondo?? The platinum voucher on Encore is supposed to be good only for Q or Los Lobos for one voucher and Cagney’s or Le Bistro for the other voucher. 

The voucher was printed saying only Q or LosLobos, but I saw one being used at the hostess desk. So, I asked and she said we could us it there also...so I did take advantage of it.... might have been a mistake, but it seemed like multiple people did it.

 

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56 minutes ago, Cruisercl said:

Was it good?

I liked it.  It was very noisy, but we were right by the kitchen entrance. My one daughter didn’t like the pasta, but everyone else did. The pizza was very good, and the salmon was very nice.

 

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