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55 minutes ago, CaribbeanAmphibian said:

How slow/busy was it getting off the ship in each port?  I remember on past cruises it could be a 30 minute wait in the stairs to get off the ship.  I booked a non ship excursion in St. Thomas that meets at 8:30 but I'm slightly worried I'll be standing in line forever to get off.  I do plan on getting up early and trying to be one of the first off the ship.

Thanks,

There is always a crowd when the gangway opens. People see the ship pulling into port and head on down (even though it could be an hour before the Ship is cleared and gangway Is set). After that, things moved pretty quickly. 
 

We are never in the “gotta be the first one off” group. We always wakes right up to security with no problems. 

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Thank you so much!  We are on the Encore on May 31 to Bermuda and your review has been incredibly helpful!  

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On 1/6/2020 at 6:04 AM, bkrickles1 said:

I want to thank you again for just the best review on these forums for the Encore.

Not that the others aren't great too but yours has every bit of pertinent info to plan ahead and avoid some common pitfalls.

I feel like I have an advantage after reading your review, which I did for second time this past weekend.

I printed the dailies and took some notes on what I want to do when we first board.

13 days and extremely excited!

Thanks again!

Have a wonderful cruise on this beautiful, new ship.

 

We try to answer questions here on Cruise Critic. But, we see the same questions day after day. When I do a live post, I try to collect information on all of those things that people ask about daily. Freestyle Dailies, Menus, Bar Menus, Special Shows (Prohibition), Splash Academy programs, etc. and put them on one thread for a ship. 

 

And I am happy that you have been able to use some of the information in this thread. It usually takes at least 3 hours a day while on our cruise to collect and post all of this information (over the slow satellite internet). 

 

Over the past couple of years, we have done live posts from the Encore, Joy, Escape x 2, Breakaway, Getaway, Bliss, Sky, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and Allure of the Seas with a similar collection of information from those ships. 

 

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Hi great info.  Love that you have the menus posted.  We are going on the Encore in May.  I have a question about the show times.  Do they have an early and late show for Choir of Man and Kinky Boots?   If so would you know the times?

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On 11/24/2019 at 11:07 PM, BirdTravels said:


 

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What restaurants did you get in place of Moderno  and La Cucina?

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50 minutes ago, VegasMIGolf said:

What restaurants did you get in place of Moderno  and La Cucina?

The last sentence in the certificate picture you quoted says Q and Los Lobos. We love Los Lobos so it was fine. 

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On 1/9/2020 at 10:19 PM, CUontheC said:

Hi great info.  Love that you have the menus posted.  We are going on the Encore in May.  I have a question about the show times.  Do they have an early and late show for Choir of Man and Kinky Boots?   If so would you know the times?

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2 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

Post #21 has the show schedule. 
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Does this comedian change his routine or is seeing him once is enough?

thanks for all your info

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1 hour ago, mamashamiller said:

Does this comedian change his routine or is seeing him once is enough?

thanks for all your info

Early shows are family oriented. Late shows are 18+. Depending on the comedian, they may just spice up the late routine (toss in a few f-bombs) or do a completely different routine. 

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13 minutes ago, BirdTravels said:

Early shows are family oriented. Late shows are 18+. Depending on the comedian, they may just spice up the late routine (toss in a few f-bombs) or do a completely different routine. 

I didn’t have my glasses on so I didn’t realize there was a joe and John 🤪 I thought it was just one guy.  So is this comedy social club small and how early do I have to be to get a seat? And do I fill out this request on the first day for comedian tix?

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25 minutes ago, mamashamiller said:

I didn’t have my glasses on so I didn’t realize there was a joe and John 🤪 I thought it was just one guy.  So is this comedy social club small and how early do I have to be to get a seat? And do I fill out this request on the first day for comedian tix?

You book tickets for all shows in The Social or using a touch screen kiosk. The shows sell out quickly. At The Social, you can also book escape rooms, Canvas by U, go karts, escape room. 

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We are meeting friends on the ship. Where do you suggest we meet during Sail Away? Observation Deck? Or is there another area where it will be easy to find each other?

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I notice on the menus for the Main dining room that coffee is listed as Starbucks at an extra charge also a coffee dispensing machine at a cost in the Buffet. Is there any place on the ship besides your room where you can get a cup of coffee for no additional cost?

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1 hour ago, danmaff said:

I notice on the menus for the Main dining room that coffee is listed as Starbucks at an extra charge also a coffee dispensing machine at a cost in the Buffet. Is there any place on the ship besides your room where you can get a cup of coffee for no additional cost?

Any regular coffee (non espresso) is free. Free coffee in every restaurant. Free coffee in the buffet. Free coffee delivered to your room via room service in the morning. 
 

you only pay if you want a fancy coffee from starbucks. 

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On 1/12/2020 at 2:28 AM, measlesmom said:

We are meeting friends on the ship. Where do you suggest we meet during Sail Away? Observation Deck? Or is there another area where it will be easy to find each other?

We meet at one of the outside bars on the Waterfront on Deck 8. No need to fight the 4500 people trying to get up the elevators. 

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11 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

 

Once again, thanks for all the detail.

We're sailing in 5 days and my daughter, just last night, was asking about the fitness classes (specifically the Ryde indoor cycling), and all I had to do was search through your review and I found the scheduling and prices.

And then, my wife asked about the hairdryer, and I found your pics of the hairdryer and comment to leave yours at home.

I feel as prepared as I ever have for a cruise.

Thanks!

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On 11/26/2019 at 1:47 PM, BirdTravels said:

It’s beginning to look like Christmas, everywhere you go....

 

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thank you for the Christmas decorations photos. We were on the Bliss for its first December sailing. I have to say that tree in the Atrium by Cocoas is VERY SMALL on the Encore. 😒🎄

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In specialty restaurants with cover charge, what is included with that? I assume there are upcharges beyond the cover charges. Thank you -- your posts are extremely helpful!

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On 1/14/2020 at 7:25 AM, bkrickles1 said:

Once again, thanks for all the detail.

We're sailing in 5 days and my daughter, just last night, was asking about the fitness classes (specifically the Ryde indoor cycling), and all I had to do was search through your review and I found the scheduling and prices.

And then, my wife asked about the hairdryer, and I found your pics of the hairdryer and comment to leave yours at home.

I feel as prepared as I ever have for a cruise.

Thanks!

You are very welcome!

 

Have a wonderful cruise. We loved the Encore and will be sailing to Bermuda on her once she moves home port to New York. 

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4 hours ago, Foybles said:

In specialty restaurants with cover charge, what is included with that? I assume there are upcharges beyond the cover charges. Thank you -- your posts are extremely helpful!

The only cover charge restaurant is Teppanyaki. You select your protein(s) (beef, chicken, shrimp, scallop) and the chef cooks it for you at the table. No upcharges. 

 

All other restaurants are a la carte. Like McDonalds, you select items and pay for each item (hamburger, fries, apple pie, coke). 

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On 1/15/2020 at 12:47 PM, Noworkforme23 said:

thank you for the Christmas decorations photos. We were on the Bliss for its first December sailing. I have to say that tree in the Atrium by Cocoas is VERY SMALL on the Encore. 😒🎄

Yeah, the decorations were limited compared to other ships. This was Thanksgiving week, so maybe they put up more later. 

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Just read all of this amazing review. Thank you so much for sharing your trip in abundant detail. We will are new to NCL; I booked Encore to Bermuda out of NYC last year before she was built. I've just now  begun looking for details & planning tips. So many reviews were negative & vague. This review moved me from hesitant to excited. Thanks again! Like others mentioned, I took notes & plan to re-read. 💗

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On 1/13/2020 at 9:01 PM, danmaff said:

I notice on the menus for the Main dining room that coffee is listed as Starbucks at an extra charge also a coffee dispensing machine at a cost in the Buffet. Is there any place on the ship besides your room where you can get a cup of coffee for no additional cost?


You can also get free coffee in the observation lounge (deck 15 forward) from 6:00 am to about 8:00 pm.

 

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On 1/23/2020 at 4:12 PM, ShyMiss said:

Just read all of this amazing review. Thank you so much for sharing your trip in abundant detail. We will are new to NCL; I booked Encore to Bermuda out of NYC last year before she was built. I've just now  begun looking for details & planning tips. So many reviews were negative & vague. This review moved me from hesitant to excited. Thanks again! Like others mentioned, I took notes & plan to re-read. 💗

Thank you. 
 

We liked the Encore so much, we have booked a cruise to Bermuda. 

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18 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

Thank you. 
 

We liked the Encore so much, we have booked a cruise to Bermuda. 

When are you going.  We are going in May.

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